EPA's Final Rule for Oil and Natural Gas Operations Will Sharply Reduce Methane and Other Harmful Pollution.
December 2, 2023 -- EPA has issued a final rule that will sharply reduce emissions of methane and other harmful air pollution from oil and natural gas operations — including, for the first time, from existing sources nationwide. The final action includes New Source Performance Standards to reduce methane and smog-forming volatile organic compounds from new, modified and reconstructed sources. It also includes Emissions Guidelines, which set procedures for states to follow as they develop plans to limit methane from existing sources. Oil and natural gas operations are the largest industrial source of methane pollution in the U.S.
Methane is a climate "super pollutant" that is more potent than carbon dioxide and is responsible for approximately one third of current warming resulting from human activities. Rapid, sharp cuts in methane can generate near-immediate climate benefits and are a crucial addition to cutting carbon dioxide in slowing the rate of warming of Earth's atmosphere.
- Table of Covered Sources by Site: EPA's 2012, 2016 and 2023 Rules (pdf)
- Summary of Requirements: Final New Source Performance Standards and Emissions Guidelines (pdf)
EPA will hold trainings in February and March 2024 to provide an overview of the final rule for communities, Tribes, tribal environmental professionals and small businesses. The Agency also will hold trainings on how to apply to use alternate test methods for detecting methane. See what trainings are coming up.
Questions About the Final Rule?
If you have questions about the final rule for oil and natural gas operations, please send them to O&Gmethanerule@epa.gov.
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