IPAA and 25 Orgs to Congress: Methane Regulations “Unfair, Unworkable, and Uneconomic”

IPAA and 25 Orgs to Congress: Methane Regulations “Unfair, Unworkable, and Uneconomic”

WASHINGTON – On Friday, the Independent Petroleum Association (IPAA) and 25 other state, regional and national oil and natural gas associations wrote to congressional leadership urging action on methane regulations that could have a detrimental impact on our nation’s energy supply.

In their letter, the groups express “serious concerns regarding the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new methane emissions regulations (Subparts OOOOb and OOOOc) and the Methane Emissions Reduction Program (Methane Tax) on oil and natural gas marginal well owners. Both actions threaten marginal wells continued operations by creating unfair, unworkable, and uneconomic regulations. These small business energy producers need assistance to find a regulatory or legislative solution to mitigate these threats.”

The letter provides definitions and information on the impact to producers in the following areas:

  • Regulatory Applicability to Marginal Wells
  • Subparts OOOOb and OOOOc
  • The Methane Tax

“Collectively, the Subpart OOOOc regulations and the Methane Tax pose serious and direct threats to hundreds of thousands of marginal wells,” said the energy producer associations in the letter. “These threats have not been remotely addressed in the current regulatory actions completed or pending at EPA. Congress needs to step up and step in to prevent irresponsible agency actions that would savage the nation’s marginal oil and natural gas wells.”

Read the full letter here.

Full list of letter signees:

Independent Petroleum Association of America

Arkansas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners

California Independent Petroleum Association

Domestic Energy Producers Alliance

Energy Workforce and Technology Council

Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia

Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York

Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico

Indiana Oil and Gas Association

Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association

Kentucky Oil and Gas Association

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

Michigan Oil and Gas Association

Montana Petroleum Association

National Stripper Well Association

Oil and Gas Workers Association

Oil Producers’ Alliance

Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners

Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association

Permian Basin Petroleum Association

Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma

Southeastern Ohio Oil and Gas Association

Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners

Utah Petroleum Association

Western Energy Alliance