WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 – Upon initial review, American Petroleum Institute (API) Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman recognized improvements in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final air rules for oil and natural gas production, including hydraulic fracturing operations, that allow for emission reductions while still allowing for production of oil and natural gas:
“The industry has led efforts to reduce emissions by developing new technologies that were adopted in the rule. EPA has made some improvements in the rules that allow our companies to continue reducing emissions while producing the oil and natural gas our country needs. This is a large and complicated rulemaking for an industry so critical to the economy, and we need to thoroughly review the final rule to fully understand its impacts.”
API represents more than 500 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America's energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers more than $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.