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Babst Calland: Environmental Advocacy Groups Call for National Methane Emission Standards

By Holly A. Pisanelli

On September 18, 2014, sixteen of the nation’s largest environmental advocacy groups joined forces in a letter to President Barack Obama calling for national standards aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations.  The letter urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to exercise its authority under the Clean Air Act to develop “smart and reasonable” methane standards for the oil and gas industry.  The letter also encouraged the U.S. Department of the Interior to update their policies for national gas and methane emissions on public lands.  As reported earlier this year, USEPA has released technical white papers regarding methane and volatile organic compound emissions, and is currently developing a strategy to address emission sources in the industry.

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