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Follow-up Comments on Reducing Methane Emissions from B.C.’s Oil and Gas Sector

July 26, 2023 Category: Policy Work Area: Methane

Clean Air Task Force joined the Pembina Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment in submitting follow-up comments to the British Columbia Energy Regulator on reducing methane emissions from B.C.’s oil and gas sector.

High-level recommendations include:

  • Speed up timelines for cost-effective solutions at existing facilities to align with best practices in the U.S.
    • Non-emitting pneumatics in 2025 instead of 2035 (U.S. EPA proposing 2028)
    • Stricter limits for uncontrolled tanks in 2025 instead of 2035 (U.S. EPA proposing 2028)
  • Increase frequency of measurement based LDAR to monthly to align with best practice in Alberta Peace River region, and U.S. EPA.
  • Enhance comprehensiveness of emissions sources included in prohibition of routine
    venting for new sources to include separators.
  • Enforce penalties that exceed the cost of compliance.
  • Develop a clear policy approach to address compressor engine exhaust including
    improved quantification methods and reporting requirements.