ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT
On March 2, 2017 the EPA withdrew its request that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas operations. The withdrawal is effective immediately, meaning that owners and operators – including those who have received an extension to their due dates for providing the information- are no longer required to respond.
“By taking this step, EPA is signaling that we take these concerns seriously and are committed to strengthening our partnership with the states,” said EPA Administrator Pruitt. “Today’s action will reduce burdens on businesses while we take a closer look at the need for additional information from this industry.”
Under the previous administration, EPA sent letter to more that 15,000 owners and operators in the oil and gas industry requiring them to provide information. The information request comprised of two parts: an “operator survey” that asked for basic information on the numbers and types of equipment at all onshore oil and gas production facilities in the U.S., and a “facility survey” asking for more detailed information on sources of methane emissions and emission control devices or practices in use by a representative sampling of facilities in several segments of the oil and gas industry. EPA is withdrawing both parts of the information request.
Please note that the ICR relates to EXISTING SOURCES, Quad Oa requirements for new and modified sources are already rules published in the federal register and are the focus of a lawsuit that MOGA is a part of with IPAA and numerous other state OGA’s.