API's statement on EPA’s public hearing on the proposed NSPS OOOOa rule amendments
API Sr. Policy Advisor Matthew Todd delivered the following statement during the EPA’s public hearing on the proposed NSPS OOOOa rule amendments on October 17, 2019. The oil and natural gas industry is laser-focused on cutting methane emissions through industry initiatives, smart regulations, new technologies, and best practices.
U.S. methane emissions are down even as Americans produce more affordable, reliable, and cleaner natural gas. Between 1990-2017, methane emissions from natural gas systems dropped 14% during a period when production has increased more than 50%. This is effectively a 43% reduction in the rate of emissions. In the Permian here in Texas, the emissions rate is down 26% while gas production is up 182% for 2011-2018. And the Eagle Ford is another great story. The emissions rate is down more than 70% while production increased 140% for 2011-2018.
Smart, cost-effective regulations combined with voluntary actions are effective to further reduce emissions.
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