EPA Withdraws Request for Oil and Gas Industry to Submit Data on Methane Controls

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has withdrawn a 2016 Information Collection Request (ICR) which directed existing oil and gas facilities and operators to provide data needed to help the agency determine how to best reduce methane and other harmful emissions from existing sources in the large and complex oil and natural gas industry. The ICR applied to a wide range of entities within the oil and gas industries, including onshore production, gathering and boosting, gas processing, transmission, storage, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) import/export. It sought information about the equipment used at these facilities, available emissions controls, and what is involved in the installation of those emissions control.

EPA made this decision one day after receiving a request for such action from a group of state attorneys general.