On March 28, 2014, the White House announced an Administration-wide Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions, which will include proposed agency actions over the next two years across the government, from EPA to the Bureau of Land Management, to DoE, and to the Pipeline Safety & Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) among others. The highest visibility actions are a proposed BLM rule on methane emissions from production and distribution activities on federal public lands to ensure a fair return on an American resource to taxpayers. Also, a proposed rule from the EPA under Section 111(b) the Clean Air Act cutting emissions from new or modified sources, and potential regulations governing the detecting, measurement, and monitoring of methane emissions. The Center’s engagement on these issues is therefore urgent.
States are becoming increasingly active as well. Colorado has promulgated comprehensive rules on methane emissions, and Wyoming, Utah, California, and Ohio are also in the process of addressing methane waste. Other states may consider similar regulatory models.
The Center plays an important role in helping federal and state policy makers create smart standards that encourage the deployment of proven detection and reduction technologies available today in an economical, smart, and practical way and provide incentives to monitor, measure, and reduce methane emissions.