Gas processors seek more time to comment on proposed EPA methane rules

The Gas Processors Association has requested more time to comment on four proposed rules covering methane emissions from oil and gas operations. The Tulsa trade association asked for 60 additional days beyond the Nov. 17 deadline EPA established when it announced the proposed requirements on Sept. 18.

“The regulations are complex, and it will take more time than the short 60-day window that EPA has allotted to understand and evaluate the true impact on the midstream sector,” Matthew Hite, GPA vice-president of government affairs, said on Oct. 7 as GPA submitted its request.

“As proposed, each rule will have a significant financial and resource impact on our members,” Hite said. “It is only reasonable to allow an additional 60 days to thoroughly review each proposal, fully understand its impacts, and develop thoughtful comments and recommendations.”

The association responded to “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources;” “Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country: Federal Implementation Plan for Managing Air Emissions from True Minor Sources Engaged in Oil and Natural Gas Production in Indian Country;” “Source Determination for Certain Emission Units in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector;” and “Release of Draft Control Techniques Guidelines for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry.”

In its summary of proposed 2015 requirements for processes and equipment at gas processing plants, which it prepared on Aug. 18, EPA dealt with New Source Performance Standard Requirements for New and Modified Pneumatic Pumps, NSPS Requirements for Equipment Covered by EPA’s 2012 Rules, and Sources Subject to Draft Control Techniques Guidelines in ozone nonattainment areas classified as Moderate or higher, and throughout the Ozone Transport Region.

“GPA has worked collaboratively with EPA for many years, and is committed to continuing this effort to strive for cost-effective rules that minimize the impact to the domestic energy infrastructure,” Hite said.

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