Posted October 19, 2018 10:53:51While methane emissions from the oil and gas industry have been growing dramatically in recent years, the EPA has made some changes to its regulations that may help reduce emissions.
The agency’s new rules will allow drillers to release more methane from their wells, which can be released on a commercial scale.
The rules are expected to have a significant impact on the gas industry.
The rule will also allow oil and natural gas producers to release methane from some oil and mineral deposits on federal lands, including oil and geothermal reserves.
A new study by the University of California, Berkeley, and the University the University at Buffalo analyzed the effects of the methane rule on the oil, gas and mining industries.
The researchers examined data collected between January and June 2018 from more than 600 oil and oil- and gas companies and found that companies were more likely to release less methane from a field if they followed the new regulations than if they did not.
“The more methane that is released, the more methane can be produced,” said Michael Sivak, an assistant professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the co-author of the study.
If you have any questions about the new methane rules, contact the National Academy of Sciences.
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