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  • 19
  • July
  • 2016

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U.S., Canada, and Mexico Agree to Use Similar Measures for the Social Cost of Carbon to Value GHG Reductions

On June 29, 2016, President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made a trilateral energy and climate announcement during the North American Leadership Summit in Ottawa. The announcement included an Action Plan of “deliverables,” such as striving “to achieve a goal for North America of 50% clean power generation by 2025.”

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  • 14
  • July
  • 2016

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EPA Continues to Aggressively Target Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued three final rules, all related to the regulation of air emissions from oil and gas operations. The most significant of these regulations was a set of new requirements to limit Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and methane emissions from certain new, modified, and reconstructed upstream and midstream sources in oil and gas production.

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  • 06
  • July
  • 2016

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EPA Finalizes Oil and Gas Source Definition: The Evolution of EPA’s Source Determination Rule

On May 12, 2016, EPA issued the final version of its source determination rule, defining when activities will be considered “adjacent” for purposes of major source air permitting in the upstream oil and gas sector. Under the new rule, new or modified equipment or activities are “adjacent” if they are on the same surface site or on sites that share equipment and are within one-quarter mile of each other.

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  • 28
  • June
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EPA’s Cost Analysis for the New Methane Rules for the Oil and Gas Sector

On August 2, 2016, EPA’s first-ever rule to directly regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector will go into effect. EPA is regulating methane as a greenhouse gas (“GHG”), which it considers to be 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide (“CO2”). The way that EPA values the reduction in these emissions resulted in the agency concluding that the rule would have a net economic benefit.

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  • 13
  • June
  • 2016

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Preparing for the New Rules for Fugitive Emissions at Well Sites

On June 3, 2016 EPA published a final New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane and VOC emissions from the oil and gas sector (known as “Quad Oa”). This is the second in a series of posts discussing the new requirements. This post outlines steps that upstream companies may want to consider now that Quad Oa is taking effect. More information about the requirements is available here.

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