States, including Oklahoma, urge EPA to stay out of oil-field emission regulation

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and 12 other attorneys general this week asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to settle with several northeastern states about regulating methane emissions without including oil and natural gas states in the talks.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: May 4, 2013
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and 12 other state attorneys general this week asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to settle with several northeastern states about oil-field methane emission, saying regulatory authority should remain with the states.

The letter stated that “regulation of methane emissions from oil and gas facilities is not appropriate” and that methane emissions from oil and gas facilities are being controlled “in compliance with existing regulations implemented by producing states and as a result of voluntary industry efforts.”

The attorneys general also asked that if the EPA disagreed, the federal government should at least include the producing states in the discussions.

“EPA must at a minimum include Oklahoma and other states with similar interests in any negotiations with the northern states,” the letter stated.

The attorneys general also took issue with EPA data they say overstates emission levels.

Pruitt wrote the letter and 12 other attorneys general endorsed it.

“The justification for those estimates has been challenged by mounting evidence, including voluminous data and investigation of potential flaws in the statistical methodology,” the letter stated.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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