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What We Know on Methane: Falling Emissions

methane emissions  emission reductions  natural gas production  hydraulic fracturing  horizontal drilling  epa 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 22, 2014

This from Judi Greenwald, the Energy Department’s deputy director for climate, environment and efficiency, talking about methane regulation during a panel discussion this week (as reported by Fuel Fix.com):

“We know enough to act. There are uncertainties about methane emissions — and part of the administration’s strategy is to improve our numbers — but we know enough to take some action, and this problem may be easier to solve than many characterize.”

While others talk about methane and problem solving, industry already is significantly lowering methane emissions – even as natural gas production soars, thanks to safe fracking.

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The Facts on Methane and Fracking

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  natural gas benefits  emission reductions  methane  epa  greenhouse gases 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 23, 2014

Environmental groups want more regulation targeting methane emissions from oil and natural gas production. While this is what environmental groups often do, the new methane alarm is especially curious given the fact situation.

This is reflected in the dramatic decline in emissions of methane (CH4) from 2006 to 2012, according to EPA’s Inventory of Greenhouse Gases  – 39.4 percent to be exact. This occurred while natural gas production was growing 37 percent during the same time period, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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EPA's GHG Refinery Guidance Comes Too Late

clean air act  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas emissions  greenhouse gas regulations  greenhouse gases  climate change policy  emission reductions 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 10, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today took two significant steps toward its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for stationary sources. It released guidance to help states and local permitting agencies implement controls on GHGs, and it issued "white papers" to refineries, power plants, pulp and paper mills and other industries outlining the Best Available Control Technologies (BACT) that can be used to reduce GHGs. 

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Safe, Abundant Energy is in America’s Interest

air quality  emission reductions  methane  natural gas  oil  blm 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 1, 1

Though the U.S. Senate missed a chance to expeditiously rectify an unnecessary regulation that could impact natural gas and oil production on federal lands, jobs and U.S. consumers, we trust supporters of domestic energy will focus on future opportunities to implement policies and commonsense regulations that ensure safe, responsible and abundant production.

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Senate Should Repeal BLM Venting, Flaring Rule

air quality  oil and natural gas  methane  emission reductions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 1, 1

The U.S. Senate has until next week to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s flawed “venting and flaring” rule, which could put at risk energy production and important progress on reducing emissions. Though senators leading the repeal effort say it will advance, a close vote looms. It shouldn’t be.

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Energy, For U.S. Security and Prosperity

oil and natural gas  economic growth  emission reductions  climate  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 1, 1

We have vast energy wealth beneath our feet. By safely harnessing it, under the right energy policies, America will be more energy secure, our economy and individual consumers will benefit and we’ll help improve the environment.

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