January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1



EPA Examining Further Changes to Methane Leak Rule The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a second look at its requirements for natural gas pipelines to repair compressor leaks as part of the methane emissions final rule the agency published in 2016. That rule – a new source performance standard (NSPS) regulating methane and volatile organic compound emissions from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry (known as NSPS OOOOa) – affected numerous emission sites at pipelines and wells and prescribed control requirements and timelines. The agency last June had already extended from six months to two years the period of time a transmission company or oil company coul

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