• USEPA GHG Reporting Rule for Environmental Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry
  • December 28, 2010
  • Law Firm: Hiscock Barclay LLP - Syracuse Office
  • Starting on January 1, 2011, petroleum and natural gas operators will face new federal reporting requirements concerning emissions of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) from their facilities. On November 9, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) expanded its GHG reporting rule, published at 75 Fed. Reg. 74458, to include reporting requirements for large oil and natural gas producers, processors, and distributors. The new rule specifically targets methane, a GHG with a warming potential four times that of carbon dioxide and associated with petroleum and natural gas operations. The original GHG reporting rule in 40 CFR Part 98, which became effective in December 2009, requires large sources of GHGs to monitor emissions and provide USEPA with an annual GHG emission report.