GPA Midstream weighs in: EPA's proposed Information Collection Request

TULSA, Okla. (Aug. 2, 2016) - The GPA Midstream Association today filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed information collection request for oil and natural gas facilities. EPA is soliciting comments to develop a rulemaking that would regulate methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources.

"GPA Midstream and its members have a strong commitment to gathering and processing natural gas in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts and reduces emissions of valuable natural gas products to the fullest extent feasible. As a result, our members have taken significant steps to reduce methane emissions from their operations," GPA Midstream President and CEO Mark Sutton said.

GPA Midstream does not believe EPA should regulate methane emissions from existing sources but detailed a series of constructive comments on the proposed Information Collection Request, which the association says would clarify, improve and streamline the request, provided EPA and the Office of Management and Budget elect to proceed with the information gathering effort.

Sutton said, "GPA Midstream has a long history of working collaboratively with EPA and will work with them on this particular issue to lessen the regulatory burdens and minimize the costs this will have on the midstream industry."