API Supports EPA action on Information Collection Request, calls on Senate to repeal redundant BLM methane rule
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2017 – API Senior Director for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman said EPA’s announcement to reassess its methane information collection request was a positive step in reducing significant uncertainties and burdens on the oil and gas industry.
“This step will reduce the significant uncertainties and burdens on the oil and gas industry,” said Feldman. “We now call on the Senate to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s duplicative rule on methane, as the BLM does not have legal authority to regulate air quality. EPA is the proper agency to determine the need to further regulate emissions.”
“The United States is leading the world in the production and refining of oil and natural gas and in the reduction of carbon emissions, and we look forward to working with the administration on lawful, common sense regulations that create jobs and benefit American consumers.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 30 million Americans.