Should Methane Emissions Regulations Be Prescriptive or Performance Based?
- May 9, 2021 11:17 pm GMT
- Robert Kleinberg Senior Fellow, ISE
Principal, Presidio Energy Technology
Regulatory shortcomings have led to inadequate methane reductions in the U.S.
In the United States, legal strictures on emissions of air pollutants from crude oil and natural gas production, processing, and transmission systems originated in 2012 with the promulgation of the New Source Performance Standards of 40 CFR 60 Subpart OOOO, which regulated emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). This was followed in 2016 by 40 CFR 60 Subpart OOOOa, which regulated emissions of greenhouse gases, including specifically methane. Subparts OOOO and OOOOa imposed similar, though not identical, restrictions on natural gas emissions. The measures in OOOO that limited VOC emissions also reduced methane emissions as a co-benefit.
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