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Industry's Focus on Cutting Methane Emissions

emission reductions  methane  oil and natural gas  epa  the-environmental-partnership 

Erik Milito

Erik Milito
Posted March 18, 2019

The oil and natural gas industry is laser-focused on reducing methane emissions from production for two very important reasons.

First, the risks of climate change are real, requiring real solutions. Our industry takes these risks seriously, and we are driving solutions – evident in our innovation and technical work and in our long working relationship with the EPA.

Second, our members are in the business of providing natural gas, of which methane is the chief component, for clean electricity generation, to heat Americans’ homes and to supply manufacturers and other businesses that have realized billions in cost savings as a result. There’s no question that industry is highly motivated to capture as much methane as possible for progress on climate goals and for its customers. The results speak for themselves.

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On Cellulosic Ethanol, Hope Still Outpacing Reality

cellulosic ethanol  consumers  renewable fuel standard  epa 

Dean Foreman

Dean Foreman
Posted December 11, 2018

As debates continue over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its ethanol mandates, let’s remember that when the RFS was enacted more than a decade ago it was supposed to jumpstart a commercially viable cellulosic ethanol industry – ethanol made from the leaves, stems and other fibrous parts of a plant.

This has not happened. Far from it. Despite increased mandates under the RFS for cellulosic ethanol, those mandates have dwarfed actual production. The result is a costly proposition for American consumers and an object lesson on what can happen when government tries to use policy to favor a certain technology. Let’s explore the issue.


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EPA Should Protect Consumers From Ethanol Mandate

ethanol  renewable fuel standard  consumers  epa 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 19, 2018

EPA likely will need to take the lead in rescuing U.S. consumers from the potential negative impacts of the federal ethanol mandate, given the shrinking chance that Congress will pass significant reforms to the broken Renewal Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

That’s the view of the natural gas and oil industry, which continues to warn of the possible consumer risks posed by the RFS, which was launched before the shale energy revolution and has been largely made obsolete by surging domestic production.

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EPA's Missed Opportunity with Proposed OOOOa Amendments

emission reductions  methane  production  standards  epa 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted November 14, 2018

The good news is that EPA’s proposed amendments to the 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) OOOOa rule will continue the rule’s ability to effectively reduce volatile organic compound and methane emissions from all emission sources addressed in the previous administration’s rule. Methane is the primary component of natural gas – a key product for industry. Producers are incentivized to bring that product to consumers, making its capture a top priority from a business standpoint, in addition to the environmental considerations. Unfortunately, the proposed rule includes several missed opportunities, and could ultimately stifle innovative new technologies in emissions detection and increase the cost of energy for Americans.

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U.S. Energy Production Up, Emissions Down

crude oil  production  us energy security  emission reductions  epa ghg regulations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 23, 2018

Two stat lines capture the essence of modern natural gas and oil development:

First, the United States produced a record 11 million barrels of oil per day (mbd) in September, 2.2 mbd more than September 2017, according to API’s latest Monthly Statistical Report (MSR). It’s a remarkable output number, given where domestic production was less than two decades ago.

Second point: Just as remarkable is the fact the United States’ world leadership in natural gas and oil production is accompanied by world leadership in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


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Weighing In on EPA's Wastewater Study

water management  recycled water  epa  industry standards 

Reid Porter

Reid Porter
Posted October 9, 2018

EPA held a public hearing on its Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management and heard a number of comments. These include those from operators and trade associations representing industry nationally and in states with high levels of oil and natural gas production – all supporting safe, responsible onshore development using innovative solutions that protect water. A sampling.

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Dear Mr. President: Protect Consumers From E15's Potential Harms

consumers  renewable fuel standard  e15  ethanol  epa 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted September 27, 2018

With recent reports indicating that the EPA is moving to facilitate the year-round sale of E15 gasoline – which studies have shown could put consumers at risk – API and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) this week wrote a letter to President Trump urging the administration not to take actions that could negatively impact refiners.

Specifically, EPA is preparing an extension to the one-pound Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to E15 fuel, coupled with potentially problematic changes to Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market trading. 

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EPA, Smarter Regulation and Lowering Emissions

emission reductions  epa  regulation  oil and natural gas  the-environmental-partnership 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2018

Let’s push back against a narrative springing up around EPA’s proposed improvements to the 2016 standards on  emissions from new natural gas and oil production sources – which the agency says will streamline implementation, reduce duplication with state requirements and decrease unnecessary burdens on domestic energy producers.

First, while API reviews EPA’s proposal, it’s important to note that it appears the rule will continue to protect public health and reduce emissions through standards that are smarter, science-based and that promote greater cost-effectiveness – while industry keeps on delivering the energy Americans use every day.

The narrative is based on a mythology that natural gas and oil companies don’t care about emissions and won’t develop new technologies and innovations to capture more and more emissions unless Washington makes them do it. False and false.

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Next On Ozone

ozone standards  air quality  epa 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 21, 2018

EPA’s recent decision not to revisit 2015 ozone standards suggests a couple of points as the agency looks ahead to its scheduled 2020 review of the ozone air quality standards.

First, it’s imperative that EPA build its 2020 review around quality science – for one, to properly consider background levels of ozone and how they affect where the federal government sets the standards. For some parts of the country the 2015 standards were near levels of background ozone – setting up compliance problems for places such as Yellowstone National Park.

Second, on the road to the 2020 review, there should be discussion of implementation relief – from EPA or directly by Congress legislatively. 

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EPA Sidesteps RFS Problems in its 2018 Volumes

renewable fuel standard  rfs34  ethanol  epa  e15 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 30, 2017

EPA is out with ethanol use requirements for 2018 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the big takeaway is that a broken program remains in place – its original purpose superseded by surging domestic oil production and U.S. consumers still at risk. 

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