Description: Threatened litigation against EPA for failing to regulate methane and volatile organic compound emissions from the oil and gas sector.
Notice of Intent to Sue EPA for Failure to Promulgate Emission Guidelines for Methane and VOC Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/28/2017 Notice of Intent to Sue Download Notice of intent to sue sent to EPA. Environmental Groups Notify EPA of Intent to Sue to Compel Issuance of Methane and VOC Guidelines for Existing Oil and Gas Sources. Eight environmental groups sent EPA a letter informing the agency that they intended to file a lawsuit under the Clean Air Act to compel EPA to issue emission guidelines for methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from existing sources in the oil and gas sector. The groups said EPA had known for many years that methane and VOCs were harmful to public health and welfare, that the oil and gas sector emitted large amounts of methane and VOCs, and that low-cost controls were available to reduce emissions. The groups also asserted that that EPA’s promulgation of methane and VOC standards for new sources in the sector imposed a mandatory obligation on it to issue the guidelines for existing sources. Notice of Intent to Sue EPA for Failure to Promulgate Emission Guidelines for Methane and VOC Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector