TO: Members of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
From: Alex Mills, Alliance President
DATE: March 3, 2017
RE: Information Compliance Request (ICR) from EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency withdrew yesterday its requirement to owners and operators of oil and natural gas facilities that they must submit a list of equipment and emissions to EPA.
The official notice will be published in the Federal Register, and it states, in part:
“In 2016, EPA sent letters to more than 15,000 owners and operators in the oil and gas industry, requiring them to provide information. The information request comprised two parts: an ‘operator survey’ that asked for basic information on the numbers and types of equipment at onshore oil and gas production facilities in the United States, and a ‘facility survey’ asking for more detailed information on sources of methane emissions and emissions control devices or practices in use by a representative.
“EPA is withdrawing both parts of the information request.
“The withdrawal is occurring because EPA would like to assess the need for the information that the agency was collecting through these requests, and reduce burdens on businesses while the Agency assesses such need.
“This also comes after the Agency received a letter on March 1, 2017 from nine state Attorneys General and the Governors of Mississippi and Kentucky, expressing concern with the burdens on businesses imposed by the pending requests. EPA takes these concerns seriously and is committed to strengthening its partnership with the states.
“The withdrawal was effective upon announcement on March 2, 2017. As such, owners and operators – including those who have received an extension to their due dates for providing the information – are no longer required to respond.” [Emphasis added]
Alliance Chairman Bob Osborne is sending a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking him, and he encourages all Alliance members to send a letter, also. The address is:
Mr. Scott Pruitt
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of the Administrator 1101A
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460.