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Proposed Clean Air Act Rulemaking Promotes Regulatory Transparency

clean air act  epa  air quality  emissions 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted July 6, 2020

Smart regulatory reforms from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) support responsible energy development and strengthen the economy, while protecting human health and the environment. EPA’S proposed Benefit-Cost Rule under the Clean Air Act certainly fits with that approach.

The proposal would improve the rulemaking process by clarifying the environmental, scientific and economic impacts of newly proposed rules for the public, the industry and all stakeholders.

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Cleaner Air Delivered by Cleaner Fuels

clean air act  air quality  emssions 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted April 27, 2020

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, and while the energy and transportation sectors currently face historic challenges, this environmental milestone is an important reminder that our nation has made significant progress in reducing emissions since 1970. Under the Clean Air Act, we’ve seen the development of cleaner fuels and engine efficiencies that have dramatically improved air quality.

America’s natural gas and oil industry is part of that progress. We’re committed to protecting the environment and improving air quality, while continuing to meet the world’s energy needs. This is an industry of problem solvers – scientists, skilled laborers, small business owners and manufacturers – who have researched operating impacts and monitored environmental performance for decades, contributing to industry-led innovations that have enabled a healthier and more sustainable future.

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EPA's Particulate Matter Proposal Makes Sense

epa  national ambient air quality standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 14, 2020

Some points and data that help frame EPA’s proposed rule on National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM), which would retain all six of the current standards:Annual concentrations of PM2.5 have dropped 39% since 2000, and the U.S. has reduced emissions that can contribute to PM – including an 84% drop in sulfur dioxide (SO2), and a 54% decrease in nitrogen oxide (NOx) – since 2000. Fuel switching to clean natural gas in the power sector played an important role in those reductions. This progress can be helped by continued implementation of existing regulations.

Also: Retaining the current PM NAAQS is supported by the absence of compelling new evidence to lower the existing standards. Another NAAQS review was completed in 2015, and at that time an economic analysis indicated there could be a significant impact on the income of families and potential job losses if a lower NAAQS option was selected.

And: EPA’s proposal is consistent with the recommendation of the agency’s independent Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, which voted 5-1 to keep the current standards.


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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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Cleaner Fuels, Cleaner Air

air quality  epa  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 1, 2018

EPA’s latest air quality report shows the air Americans breathe is cleaner than it has been in more than four decades – with increased use of natural gas and cleaner motor fuels playing leading roles.

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Industry is Leading the Push to Cut Emissions

air quality  emission reductions  natural gas 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted July 31, 2018

The U.S. natural gas and oil industry is committed to reducing emissions and addressing environmental challenges. Consider:

These efforts result from industry initiative, not government policy. Companies are demonstrating that meaningful solutions can be achieved through voluntary, collaborative efforts, and the U.S. is breathing easier as a result

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Natural Gas, Benefits, Continuing Progress on Cutting Emissions

natural gas benefits  emission reductions  methane  air quality  the-environmental-partnership 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 21, 2018

Let’s make three quick points following release of a new methane emissions report from the Environmental Defense Fund: The paper's findings are consistent with falling emissions; technology, knowledge and industry collaboration are continuing the progress already made in cutting emissions; and a sound, accurate base of information is needed to help build an understanding of where and how more improvements in reducing emissions can be made in the future.


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Thanks to Natural Gas

natural gas benefits  consumers  emission reductions  air quality 

Jack Gerard

Jack Gerard
Posted April 25, 2018

There are plenty of statistics out there to measure the scope of U.S. natural gas production. The United States is the No. 1 natural gas producer in the world, producing 78.9 billion cubic feet per day in 2017. Exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) nearly quadrupled in 2017, making the U.S. a net natural gas exporter for the first time in nearly 60 years and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across the nation. 

The numbers are impressive, but the economic and climate benefits they make possible are even more remarkable. In a new series of short videos, we’ve boiled down the natural gas advantage into five words.


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Industry Investments Power Conservation and Outdoor Recreation

Environment  conservation  social-license-to-operate  air quality  water management  reclamation 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted February 22, 2018

Our industry is committed to the responsible development of energy that not only powers our daily lives, but also provides access to clean water, clean air and natural environments that are suitable for outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking, fishing and more.

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Environmental Progress, Technology and Passion

power-past-impossible  air quality  refineries  technology  state of american energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 15, 2018

Protecting the environment and the communities where we operate is a core industry value. We talk about the commitment and we demonstrate it – in technologies that enhance environmental performance, in tangible results such as reduced carbon emissions and in the efforts of trained professionals like Lola Owolabi, an environmental engineer with Phillips 66’s Los Angeles Refinery.

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