Reducing Oil & Gas Methane Emissions: EPA Regulations & Data Collection

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently committed to specific reduction targets under the Paris Climate Conference, a legally binding agreement among 195 countries. A significant aspect of their ambitious goal is to reduce methane emissions by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 in oil and gas operations. This target was reaffirmed on June 30 when Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto joined the commitment.

The U.S. has already begun acting on these commitments and this month the EPA issued a mandatory request for information that would help detect, measure, and mitigate emissions from the oil and gas industry. The environmental agency is also aggressively pursuing regulation of methane sources in the oil and gas sector. What does this mean for the industry, and how can companies engage effectively and prepare proactively?

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Pipelines, New Governments and the Psychology of Risk

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in
environment, health and safety news:

  • Rethinking the context of risk and influencers
  • Tightened regulations for Canadian pipelines

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

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  • Learn more about tightening pipeline regulations. Click here

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EPA New Methane Emissions Rule, Occupational Deaths on the Rise and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Occupational Death rates on the rise!
  • EPA imposes new rule on Methane Emissions
  • Cal/OSHA Issues Citations to Exxon Mobil for Health and Safety Violations

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

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  • Deaths in the Workplace Continue to Rise. Click here
  • EPA New Rule on Methane Emissions. Click here
  • Citations Issued to Exxon Mobil for Health & Safety Violations. Click here
  • Intelex Receives $160M in Strategic Growth Investment. Click here

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Rail Safety Improvement Act, EPA Toxic Spill, Massive Explosion in China and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Massive Explosion In China Tianjin
  • EPA Spills Toxic Wastewater Into Colorado’s Animas River
  • The Rail Safety Improvement Act & Positive Train Control
  • NIOSH to examine vehicle crashes in Oil & Gas Industry

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • EPA Spills Toxic Wastewater Into Colorado’s Animas River. Click here
  • The Rail Safety Improvement Act & Positive Train Control. Click here
  • NIOSH wants to study vehicle crashes in oil and gas industry. Click here
  • Massive Explosion In China Tianjin.
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Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Safety Groups Push for Veto to OSHA Funding Cuts and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Obama Administration Unveils Clean Power Plan
  • Safety Advocates Push for Veto to OSHA Funding Cuts

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • GreenBiz Webinar, “The Road to Paris: The Role of Business at COP21. Click here
  • Blog Post, “5 Questions to Ask About EPA’s Forthcoming Clean Power Plan. Click here.
  • Obama Administration Looks to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Power Plants. Click here
  • Safety Advocates Push for Veto to OSHA Funding Cuts. Click here

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5 Questions to Ask About EPA’s Forthcoming Clean Power Plan

This article was co-authored by Kristin Meek and was republished with permission from the World Resources Institute, a global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.

Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever standards to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. After an extended comment period during which the agency received more than 4 million comments, EPA is expected to finalize the plan this summer. By addressing the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this plan is one of the most important near-term tools the country can use to help reach its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Here are 5 key questions to keep in mind as we look forward to the final Clean Power Plan:

1) How much will

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EPA Launches Clean Water Rule, Safety Tips for Health Care Workers and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Clean Water Rule Courts Controversy
  • Safety Tips for Health Care Workers
  • Groundbreaking Animal Welfare Policy for Walmart’s Supply Chain
  • California’s Oil Spill

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

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  • EPA’s Clean Water Rule. Click here
  • Safety Tips for Health Care Workers. Click here.
  • Walmart’s Groundbreaking Animal Welfare Policy. Click here
  • California Oil Spill. Click here

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NIOSH Firefighter Study, Air Quality Impacts on Fracking and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • NIOSH Study Confirms Firefighters’ Higher Caner Risk
  • Study Finds Young Workers Unlikely to Report Minor Injuries
  • New Study Examines Air Quality Impacts on Fracking Wells

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Risk of cancer among firefighters in California, 1988–2007. Click here
  • OHS Insider’s New & Young Worker Compliance Centre. Click here.
  • Fracking may affect air quality and human health, OSU study finds. Click here

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Yellow Stone Oil Spill Threatens Drinking Water, OSHA’s Most Cited Standards and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Auto Industry Teams up with EPA for Voluntary Initiative
  • Yellowstone Oil Spill Threatens Drinking Water in Montana
  • FAA Issues Warning about E-cigarettes
  • OSHA’s Most Cited Standards and their Economic Impact on Businesses

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Auto Industry teams up with EPA for Voluntary Initiative. Click here
  • Yellowstone Oil Spill Update. Click here.
  • FAA issues warning about E-cigarettes. Click here
  • OSHA’s Most Cited Standards and their Economic Impact on Businesses Infographic. Click here

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EPA Delays Emissions Rules as Energy Companies Prepare for a Tumultuous Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it will delay releasing the final rules for new power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions. The rules are now scheduled to be released sometime this summer.

The EPA’s 2015 Plan for the Carbon Emissions Rules
The rules for new power plants were expected to be released on January 8, 2015, but the EPA held a press conference on the 7th to announce that they would instead be releasing both sets of rules for new and existing power plants at the same time. “We believe it’s essential to consider these overlapping issues in a coordinated fashion,” said Janet McCabe, the EPA’s acting administrator for air quality.

The EPA will take this time to further review the feedback gathered during the comment period, having received more than 4 million public comments. McCabe also announced that the EPA will begin drafting a “model rule” … Read more...