EPA Considers Options for Plugging the Leaks in Oil and Natural Gas Systems

White papers are a guide to regulations that EPA may issue.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued five white papers on oil and gas sector emissions for public comment. You have until June 16 to send data or comments on emissions or mitigation technologies.  The EPA will use the public comments along with those from a peer-review panel to draft new regulations to reduce methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from oil and natural gas operations.

Each white paper presents emissions data from past studies and information on potential mitigation techniques. The mitigation techniques proposed by the EPA are based on lessons learned in the Natural Gas STAR program and an …

Future Oil and Gas Opportunities for Women and Minorities

18 percent of AAPG members are women, up from 10 percent in 2006.

On April 8, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities.” The subcommittee chairman, Doug Lamborn, noted that his committee has advocated for the job growth that comes from a pro-growth policy for domestic energy, and wanted to highlight the opportunities for underrepresented segments of the population, women and minorities, if the U.S. energetically develops its oil and gas resources.

Let’s look at the data without spending too long analyzing the motives of the committee.

The first witness was Ms. Julie Gressley, Consultant, Economic Impact Analysis at IHS Economics. …

Quadrennial Energy Review: Infrasturcture–Public Meetings and Opportunities to Comment

Addressing energy infrastructure vulnerabilities due to aging, capacity, climate change impacts, and cyder and physical threats.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) “…will provide a roadmap to modernize our energy infrastructure in ways that will support the Nation’s economic competitiveness and energy security, and enable us to move toward a low-carbon future.”

The Secretary notes that most energy infrastructure is privately owned, so investment and engagement by the private sector is necessary to develop and implement effective policies.

To get a greater understanding of how the review and any resulting policies will develop, see two of the documents that provide a foundation for the QER: the Administration’s Blueprint …

EPA Plans Oil/Gas Industry Methane-Emission Fact Finding

New methane-emission regulations for the oil and natural gas industry could follow this fall.

The White House statistics show that:

  • Methane represents about 9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
  • U.S. methane emissions have decreased by 11 percent since 1990.
  • The largest sources of anthropogenic methane are: agriculture (36 percent), natural gas systems (23 percent), landfills (18 percent), coal mining
    (10 percent), petroleum systems (6 percent), and wastewater treatment (2 percent).

#1: Agriculture: All of the proposed actions to reduce methane from the agriculture sector will be voluntary. It is unclear why manure management using biogas systems would not be mandated, given that EPA claims that the technology is proven and cost effective.

#2 Oil and gas …

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