Providing Information to EPA on the Upcoming Oil and Natural Gas Methane Rule
How to Provide Input to EPA as the Agency Develops a Proposed Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the first step to develop a proposed rule to reduce methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry, beginning with a broad public outreach effort to gather community and stakeholder input. These activities include opening a public docket for pre-proposal comments, holding training sessions on the rulemaking process and how to participate in it, and convening listening sessions for stakeholders. These actions are a part of our response to a directive in Executive Order 13990, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” See the information below on how to participate.
Submit Your Input in Writing to EPA’s Public Docket Through July 30, 2021.
EPA has opened a docket for members of the public to submit input to the Agency in writing through July 30, 2021. To submit your input online, visit https://www.regulations.gov/. Identify your comments by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2021-0295. For more information on submitting information to EPA dockets, visit https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets .
Note: This is not the docket for the proposed rulemaking. EPA will open a separate regulatory docket when it issues the proposal in September.
Public Listening Session
EPA held virtual public listening sessions from noon to 3:00 p.m., 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday June 15 through Thursday, June 17, 2021. See the speaker list.
- Tuesday, June 15, 2021 session: https://youtu.be/T8XwDbf-B8g
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021 session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l23bKPF-5oc
- Thursday, June 17, 2021 session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2AZrmfuAXQ
View the Slides from trainings for communities, tribes or small businesses
EPA held webinar-based trainings designed for communities, tribes and small businesses. Each training will provide an overview of the oil and gas industry and how it is regulated, and will offer information on how to participate in the rulemaking process. Follow the links below to view the slides from the trainings.