We simply MUST comment on this! Cherelle Blazer, EDF, has a blog post up about the TCEQ woes. At the end she has information about comments to the EPA and she links to THIS DOCUMENT that will make commenting easy.
Do it! Now!
Here is a bare-bones comment:
We strongly approve EPA’s April 2010, proposal that would require oil and gas producing equipment in the same basin to report emissions as one facility. Oil and gas emissions must be aggregated and reported as one facility. We know that fugitive and vented emissions from oil and gas facilities are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in Texas. We must have accurate emissions data from these facilities to create polity that reduces greenhouse gases.
EPA should require direct measurement of emissions. Using equations to estimate emissions is inaccurate. We need direct measurements to ensure the data is accurate to develop the best policy.
Submitting Comments: Written comments must be submitted no later than June 11, 2010.
Submit your written comments to EPA docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0923 by any of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
- E-mail: GHG_Reporting_Rule_Oil_and_Natural_Gas@epa.gov. Include EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0923 in the subject line of the message.
- Fax: (202) 566–1741.
- Phone: (202) 566-1744.
- Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Attention Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0923, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460
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