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EPA Hearing — the only one in the US on Methane Standards Changes
October 17, 2019 @ 3:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the EPA will hold the ONLY public hearing on the Trump administration's proposed policy amendments to existing New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry that affect methane standards:
Time/Location: Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse, 1100 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas in the Red River and Live Oak conference rooms on the 7th floor from 8 am to 6 pm.
Assigned speaking times available through October 14. To sign up to speak at the hearing, go to:
To learn more about the proposed rules go to:
For questions regarding oral testimony at the hearing, you can also contact EPA rep Virginia Hunt no later than October 14, 2019, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred); or by telephone: (919) 541-0832.
Methane is a product of fracking. It is an odorless gas that is 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide during the time it remains in the atmosphere. It is a precurser of ozone and a climate disrupter. Along with other pollutants (including smog and soot-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carcinogens like benzene, methane escapes into the atmosphere during oil and fracked gas drilling, pumping, processing, and transmission. These leaks not only harm the health of our families and communities, and industry workers -- but also is devastating for the climate.
The Trump administration’s newly proposed methane rollback rule will roll back the safeguards to control methane pollution from the fracked oil and gas industry. The EPA previously approved two methane and volatile organic compound control rules known as “New Source Performance Standards,” (NSPS). The rule applied to new oil and gas wells and associated midstream equipment like gas processing plants, storage tanks, and compressor stations. The standards required things like “green completions” at well sites and low-bleed or no-bleed pneumatic devices to redirect gas back to the pipelines that would otherwise have been leaked into the air. The standards also had established a leak detection and repair (LDAR) program that required operators to look for methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) leaks from their equipment using specialized cameras and also required operators repair those leaks.
The newly proposed rule is a major gutting of these NSPS requirements in two major ways:
1) The new rule would redefine the industry rule to entirely exclude equipment in the transmission and storage segment from the NSPS program’s emission control requirements. This would leave in place methane and VOC limits for equipment in the production and processing segments only. In other words, compressor stations and storage tanks located along interstate pipelines would be free to emit unlimited
WE NEED YOU AT THIS MEETING... You don’t need to be an expert to comment on this rule rollback, just care enough to say these rules don’t safeguard you or your family. If you want some info to add to your talking points, we can provide some. We want you to express your concerns for yourself, your family, and your community. If you have someone in the family with asthma or a respiratory ailment, talk about the fears you have for those family members.
Written comments can be submitted to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0757 on or before November 25 to the EPA.