VOC and Methane Emission Reduction Regulations in the Oil and Gas Sector After the Election

  • A Virtual Setting
  • November 12, 2020

VOC and Methane Emission Reduction Regulations in the Oil and Gas Sector After the Election

November 12, 2020 9am-10:30am PST, 10am-11:30am MST, 11am-12:30pm CST, 12:00pm-1:30pm EST

On August 13, 2020, the U.S. EPA issued two final rules that amend the New Source Performance Standards for the Crude Oil and Natural Gas Industry at 40 C.F.R. Part 60, Subparts OOOOa (Quad Oa).  The 235 page “Technical Amendments” rule is the third fugitive emissions rule issued by EPA for oil and gas facilities in the past eight years.  In the meantime, state VOC and methane reduction regulations overlay the EPA rule and continue to evolve, and companies look for ways to voluntarily reduce their methane footprints.  Overlaying this are ongoing court challenges to EPA’s methane and EPA regulations.  Join our panel of industry and regulatory experts as they discuss the quickly changing methane and VOC legal and regulatory landscape.  You’ll take also take away tips for updating and organizing your toolbox to address these challenging and evolving standards. And we’ll provide a look at how the election will impact the regulations and cases in 2021 and beyond.

  • The Impact of the election on Methane and VOC Regulation in the oil and gas sector
  • Update on technical revisions to NSPS Quad Oa
  • Update on policy revisions to NSPS Quad Oa
  • Status of court challenges to NSPS Quad Oa changes
  • Update on BLM’s Waste Prevention Rule and recent cases
  • Trends in Compliance Programs
  •   -Facility leak surveys - - optical gas imaging cameras and issues
      -Repair and confirmation
      -Tools to track and collect data
      -Minimizing emissions: storage tank thief hatches and other evolving technologies
    COLIN G. HARRIS, Partner, Faegre Drinker LLP, Boulder, CO (Chair and Moderator)
    BRANDON W. KIRKHAM, Principal, Faegre Drinker Consulting, Washington, DC
    SCOTT MASON, Lead – Environmental Programs, Enerplus Resources (USA) Corporation, Denver, CO
    JOHN WAGNER, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, DC