The U.S. takes a big step forward in oil and gas methane reductions with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act
Deep inside the over 700 pages of text of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) is a revolutionary provision to slash the waste of natural gas through methane pollution pricing.
EPA still has a clear pathway to significantly reduce methane emissions from oil and gas
Last week, in West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court blunted an important tool for EPA in its efforts to address greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
CATF Testimony to EPA on New Source Performance Standards
Clean Air Task Force experts gave the following testimony at the November 30th EPA listening session on new performance standards to regulate methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas sector. Darin Schroeder, Staff Attorney I am Darin Schroeder, and I’m an attorney with Clean Air Task Force. First, I…
CATF testimony: EPA listening sessions on regulating methane emissions from the oil and gas sector
Clean Air Task Force experts gave the following testimony at the June 15th EPA listening session on regulating methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas sector. Sarah Smith, Program Director, Super Pollutants: “Good afternoon. My name is Sarah Smith, and I appreciate the opportunity to speak on behalf of…
Oil and Gas Methane Pollution Offers Biden-Harris Early Climate Win
Methane has become a hot topic, as levels of this potent, harmful greenhouse gas in the atmosphere soar. Fortunately, President-elect Biden has oil and gas methane at the top of his list of climate challenges to address. The oil and gas industry is the largest industrial emitter of methane in…
The Fight Continues: CATF Challenges EPA Methane Rescission Rules
Last week, CATF, on behalf of our clients Earthworks and NPCA, challenged two new EPA rules that aim to rescind critical aspects of its 2016 methane and VOC standards for the oil and natural gas sector. While both of the new rules are legally and technically flawed, and we look…
Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration Cancellation of Methane Pollution Rule
SAN FRANCISCO ― A federal judge late yesterday reinstated the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 methane waste rule, aimed at protecting people and the climate from methane waste and pollution from oil and gas extraction on public lands. The ruling is the third defeat for the Trump administration’s efforts to…
2020 NEPA Revisions
Clean Air Task Force offers our comments on the Council on Environmental Quality (“CEQ”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM or proposal”), “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act,” 85 Fed. Reg. 1,684 (Jan. 10, 2020). CATF strongly opposes this effort to undermine protective…