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WEDNESDAY: EPA to Hold Public Hearings on Proposed Oil and Gas Rules

Contact Information: 
Joe Hubbard (r6press@epa.gov)
Jennah Durant

DALLAS - (Sept. 21, 2015) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing on proposed updates to the agency's air rules for the oil and natural gas industry. EPA has proposed commonsense standards that would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds from this rapidly growing industry. The proposal is a part of the Administration's strategy under President Obama's Climate Action Plan to reduce methane emissions. The agency also has proposed two rules to clarify permitting requirements for the oil and gas industry in states and Indian country.

The proposed standards for new and modified sources are expected to reduce 340,000 to 400,000 short tons of methane in 2025, the equivalent of reducing 7.7 to 9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. EPA estimates the rule will yield net climate benefits of $120 to $150 million in 2025. Those standards are also expected to reduce 170,000 to 180,000 tons of ozone-forming VOCs in 2025, along with 1,900 to 2,500 tons of air toxics, such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene.

People can also comment on the proposal by email, fax or letter. The comment period is open for 60 days after the proposed rules publish in the Federal Register.

WHO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Central

WHERE: Dallas City Hall
Council Chamber
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Media wishing to register please R.S.V.P. with: r6press@epa.gov

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