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Statement on EPA's Proposed Rule Regulating Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Drilling

Isaac Brown

Contact: Patrick Von Bargen

Executive Director

The Center for Methane Emissions Solutions

202-524-8887

Patrick@methanesolutions.org

Center for Methane Emissions Solutions Statement on EPA Draft Methane Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a draft rule to reduce methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas sector.  The Center for Methane Emissions Solutions (CMES) looks forward to reviewing the proposed rule in detail and providing the EPA comments that help ensure that a final rule will incentivize the adoption of leak detection and repair technologies that are commercially available and cost-effective, producing fast paybacks for oil & gas producers as they capture the methane that would otherwise be wasted by these leaks.

CMES represents American businesses that develop and manufacture cutting edge technologies to significantly cut methane waste on a cost-effective basis across the oil and gas supply chain.  The American methane mitigation industry is comprised of over 75 companies spread throughout the U.S., most of them small businesses.

“The proposed rule announced today is not a surprise; it was anticipated in the January 2015 White House announcement of Administration steps to cut methane emissions,” said CMES Executive Director Patrick von Bargen.   “We have prepared for the publication of the rule, and are ready to offer comments after we review the proposed rule in detail.  The methane mitigation industry offers readily-deployable, American-made technologies that can support a solution that is a true win-win for both the environment and the oil and gas supply chain.”

Reducing emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry is a pressing environmental and energy-waste issue for America. The good news is that there are proven, cost-effective technologies that we know can fix this problem. This industry provides good-paying, highly-skilled jobs to Americans who manufacture the technologies and deliver the services to reduce methane emissions.  These technologies help detect and capture an otherwise wasted American resource; studies have shown that the technology to address this issue is cost effective and will often result in net profits for the oil and gas industry.

The Center for Methane Emissions Solutions was founded to provide a voice for businesses that that offer innovative solutions to reduce methane emissions.  The Center represents the interests of American businesses that develop and manufacture cutting edge technologies, install commercial technologies, and aid inspectors on the job to significantly cut methane waste on a cost-effective basis across the oil and gas supply chain.