API's Letter to Scott Pruit Regarding Reconsideration of Oil and Natural Gas Sector Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources
The American Petroleum Institute sent a May 1, 2017, letter to Scott Pruitt regarding the agency’s intent to convene a proceeding for reconsideration of the Final Rule, “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources,” which was published on June 3, 2016 (81 FR 35824).
Technological innovations and industry leadership have propelled the oil and gas industry forward despite the unprecedented level of federal regulatory actions targeting our industry during the previous administration. Consistent with President Trump’s stated objectives of American energy independence and economic growth, EPA and other federal agencies should ensure that regulations are achievable and cost-effective.
API’s members look forward to EPA moving expeditiously with this temporary relief. API’s members would benefit from additional guidance, either in the notice of the stay or in supplemental documents, concerning the scope of the stay and how it affects inter-related leak monitoring and repair requirements. To maximize its effect, the agency should begin this 90-day period at or near the June 3rd deadline to comply with the requirements of §60.5397a and associated provisions. In advance of this, EPA should quickly review and, if appropriate, grant reconsideration of other technical issues API raised in our administrative petition submitted to Administrator McCarthy in August, 2016 (included in the PDF of the attached letter).
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