On April 17, 2012, Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), signed regulations to control air emissions from the oil and gas industry, including the first federal air standards for hydraulically fractured wells. The new source performance standards (NSPS) for the natural gas sector were previously updated 13 years ago and only covered emissions from natural gas processing plants. The newly finalized rules update those standards and include new standards for emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from a range of sources including well completions, compressors, pneumatic controllers, and crude oil and condensate storage vessels. At the same time the Administrator signed the O&G NSPS, she also signed limits on emissions of air toxics (HAPs) from the oil and gas industry. Those standards update previous standards for glycol dehydrators and equipment leaks from natural gas processing facilities and propose new standards for glycol dehydrators at major sources.
This issue brief highlights key topics associated with the final oil and gas regulation: MJB&A Issue Brief