EPA’s Methane Rules for Oil and Gas Facilities

This is a compilation of our legal analyses, podcasts, and tracker posts about the Biden administration’s efforts to strengthen the current regulations for methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, and the regulatory history starting with the Obama administration.

Regulatory Tracker Our EPA VOC and Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Facilities post discusses why regulation of this powerful greenhouse gas matters and tracks the timeline of events and litigation around the rulemaking from the Obama administration to the present.

White Paper In EPA’s Supplemental Methane Proposal – A Comprehensive Regulatory Framework to Encourage Use of Advanced Technologies and Significantly Reduce Methane Emissions we examine EPA’s approaches to enabling the timely deployment of rapidly advancing technologies that can lead to greater emission reductions by detecting the larger events that are a significant portion of the sector’s methane emissions. (November 21, 2022)

Podcast Our executive director Carrie Jenks and methane expert Kate Konschnik discuss the proposed methane rule and some of the input EPA is seeking from stakeholders related to advanced technologies and how regulations could enable their deployment to achieve emission reductions. (December 15, 2021)

White Paper In EPA’s Methane Proposal for the Oil and Gas Sector – A Strong Foundation to Reduce Methane Emissions and Regulatory Path for More we look at EPA’s proposed rule and focus on those areas that could enable a regulatory framework to use advanced methane monitoring technologies and methods. We highlight key areas on which stakeholders may want to provide EPA comment to support a final rule that achieves significant emission reductions through the deployment of cost-effective technologies and approaches. (November 16, 2021)

White Paper In Weighing the Risks of Using the CRA to Restore EPA’s Methane Standards Ari Sillman (JD 2021) weighs the political expediency of using the Congressional Review Act to restore EPA methane regulations against the risk of litigation given the CRA’s prohibition on agency adoption of substantially similar rules. (October 22, 2020)

White Paper Hana Vizcarra’s backgrounder EPA’s Final Methane Emissions Rules Roll Back Standards and Statutory Authority discusses the Trump EPA’s development of methane rule rollbacks, summarizes the specifics of the new final rules, and discusses some of their implications for future. (September 9, 2020)