Babst Calland: U.S. EPA Proposes Amendments to Air Rules Affecting Oil and Gas Industry

Babst Calland: U.S. EPA Proposes Amendments to Air Rules Affecting Oil and Gas Industry

By Meredith Odato Graham

[On July 17] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published proposed amendments to federal air regulations at 40 C.F.R. 60, Subpart OOOO (Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, Transmission and Distribution).  Subpart OOOO was first promulgated in 2012 and later revised in 2013.  In response to petitions for administrative reconsideration, USEPA is now proposing additional changes to Subpart OOOO and requesting public comment on a limited set of issues, including the management of flowback gases and liquids associated with well completions.  Comments are due on August 18, 2014 (or September 2, 2014, if a public hearing is requested).

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