EPA: Proposed Rule Would Require Reporting of all Methane Emissions by Energy Companies

Federal Register (Dec. 9 2014, v79 n236)

[Climate Central] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule [attached] that would require energy companies to report to the federal government all greenhouse gas emissions from oil well fracking operations and natural gas compressor stations and pipelines.

The EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program currently requires energy companies to report only those emissions from fracking operations that involve flaring — the industry’s practice of burning off excess natural gas at a well site.

Scientists have called for a more thorough accounting of the energy industry’s greenhouse gas emissions so they can fully understand how oil and gas operations affect climate change. Many studies have shown that methane frequently leaks from oil and gas operations, but too little public information exists for researchers to know the specific sources of the emissions…

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