EPA Publishes Paper on Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
EPA scientists recently published a paper documenting serious and widespread human health impacts from the pollution dumped in the air by the US oil and gas industry.
A Good Start for Massachusetts on Clean Energy, but Lots More to Do
Massachusetts steps up to the climate challenge, embracing a technology neutral approach to its clean energy standard – but the Commonwealth can go further, and must to meet global warming solutions act requirements. Given rapidly changing federal policy on combating climate change, it is all the more important that states take the lead. The Commonwealth
Don’t Let the Senate Waste the BLM Methane Rule!
On February 3, the House of Representatives passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to kill the Methane Waste Rule — a recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) effort to restrict the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands. A companion resolution is expected soon in […]
Voluntary Methane Reduction Efforts Will Still Fall Short of Methane Reduction Goal
On March 30th, at a session of the Global Methane Forum in Washington, DC, the EPA launched its Methane Challenge Program to encourage companies to voluntarily reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. This program seeks to build on the work of the EPA Natural Gas STAR Program that has been in existence, […]
Another Important Step Forward: BLM Proposes Long-Awaited Waste Rule
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) update to its decades-old regulations that address the waste of natural gas on Federally-managed land has been much anticipated. The wait is over—BLM’s proposed rule has finally been published, and there is much to be excited about in the rule. Why is BLM’s proposal […]
First Aliso Canyon, Then the Rest of the Oil and Gas System
On October 23, 2015 a massive natural gas leak was detected and subsequently demonstrated by infrared camera at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, California. Over 2,000 residents have been relocated away from the leak and schools in the area have been closed as well. The […]
Five Actions EPA Should Take When Issuing Much-Needed Methane Pollution Standards
In January, EPA committed to a series of actions to reduce methane pollution, including setting nationwide methane standards for new and modified oil and gas equipment. Currently, there are no national limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry can release into the air. If you’re wondering why that’s a […]
Putting Out the Fire: Low-cost Solutions are Available to Prevent Flaring in Tight Oil Fields
Flaring of associated natural gas from oil wells in shale formations like the Eagle Ford in Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota has been growing rapidly for several years. Some well developers have acted responsibly, ensuring that gas pipelines with enough capacity are in place at wells before oil and gas production begins, thereby […]