Organisation Name
American Petroleum Institute (API)
InfluenceMap Query
GHG Emission Standards
Data Source
Social Media
 
 

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-1.91

InfluenceMap has researched and collated the following pieces of evidence associated with the data source and query indicated above. Extraordinary information is indicated by a coloured flag in the upper right corner. Evidence items in order of data inputted with exceptional items first.

 

Opposing emissions standards

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API appear to be actively opposing the Barack Obama's ozone standards, which would impact GHG emissions. (Press release, May 2015)

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API will launch a major new television, radio, print, and online advertising campaign Friday to urge the Obama administration to keep the current ozone standards rather than implementing new ones. The current standards set in 2008 are the strictest ever imposed and have yet to be fully implemented, API Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman told reporters in a conference call...As proposed, the new standard could impose unachievable emission reduction requirements on virtually every part of the nation, including rural and undeveloped areas, Feldman said.

Created: 22/07/2015 Last edited: 11/04/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Opposing an EPA proposal to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas wells (Press Release, August 2015)

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EPA’s proposal for additional methane regulations on oil and gas wells and transmission are duplicative, costly, and undermine America’s competitiveness. The industry has already led the significant reduction in methane through innovation and existing regulations, according to API President and CEO Jack Gerard. [...] “API supports a common sense regulatory approach that builds on cost-effective controls already required by EPA for new equipment,” Gerard said. “Combined with smart, voluntary efforts for existing sources, this approach will continue to lower methane emissions. To avoid undermining American competitiveness, we urge the EPA to coordinate its efforts and not add duplicative rules.”

Created: 14/09/2015 Last edited: 11/04/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions targets

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Supporting the Ozones Standards Implementation Act which weakens ozone emissions standards (Press Release, June 2017)

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API applauded today’s passage of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act out of the House Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee. The legislation recognizes that the United States has continued to make dramatic improvements in air quality under existing regulations and that relief is needed for states and businesses from the duplicative regulatory and economic burdens of the previous administration’s implementation of concurrent ozone programs. [...] “API is committed to working with EPA and Congress so only one set of ozone standards is being implemented at any given time. Removing hurdles for job creation and supporting local economies through environmentally responsible manufacturing, infrastructure and energy projects should be top priorities.” The EPA issued stringent new regulations in 2015 before the previous 2008 regulations had been fully implemented despite data showing U.S. ozone emissions declined by 17 percent between 2000 and 2015. The new regulations burden state agencies and local economies with the obligation to develop two different but concurrent ozone programs. The latest ozone standards, which approach background levels in many areas, could place even rural, undeveloped areas out of compliance and could place new restrictions on virtually any economic activity. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) offers state and local regulators necessary flexibility to implement new ozone standards while ensuring economic security.

Created: 06/07/2017 Last edited: 06/07/2017

 

Not supporting GHG emission standards

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Not supporting direct regulation of methane emissions (Press release, July 2017)

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API today reiterated its support for cost-effective regulation that target emissions of volatile organic compounds – which provide the co-benefit of methane emissions reductions – from natural gas operations.  API comments came at an EPA hearing on its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rule where EPA received testimony on extending compliance deadlines to allow EPA to revisit the NSPS regulations finalized in 2016.   [...] EPA’s 2012 NSPS rule provided a roadmap for effectively reducing emissions from natural gas and oil operations, including methane.

Created: 14/11/2017 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Supporting roll-back of requirements under BLM Methane regulations (API Press Release, September 2018)

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API welcomed the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) release today of the revised Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) waste prevention rule. “We support smart, cost effective BLM regulations that focus on prevention of waste and the conservation of resources,” said API Upstream and Industry Operations Group Director Erik Milit

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Not supporting GHG emissions standards

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Have stated they do not support GHG emissions standards, with regards to methane (Press Release, September 2014)

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“The U.S. oil and natural gas industry is one of the strongest success stories in our country today, on many fronts: successful in job creation, economic growth and environmental protections,” said Gerard. “As natural gas production has grown 37 percent over the last 20 years, methane emissions from natural gas systems have fallen 17 percent. As the President said, America’s greenhouse gas emissions are near their lowest level in 20 years, and that progress has been built on our industry’s commitment to producing more energy, more efficiently, rather than any government-imposed mandate to reduce production, raise costs, or layer new regulations.

Created: 03/08/2015 Last edited: 11/04/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Opposing an EPA new regulations on methane emissions from oil and gas wells (Press Release, November 2016)

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API: New methane regulations are duplicative, technically flawed and unnecessary WASHINGTON, November 15, 2016 – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new rules are unnecessary and ignore industry’s successes in reducing greenhouse gas and criteria pollutants, according to API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito. [...] “If the goal is to prevent emissions, not impede U.S. energy production, then the BLM should focus on fixing permitting, infrastructure and pipeline delays that slow our nation’s ability to capture more natural gas and deliver affordable energy to consumers.”

Created: 08/12/2016 Last edited: 08/12/2016

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Opposing specific GHG emissions standards (Press Release, June 2017)

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API welcomed the June 15, 2017 notice by the Department of the Interior that it will delay certain compliance dates in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule addressing methane emissions related to oil and gas production. Reviews of the rule are underway as questions remain over the rationale of many provisions of the rule. “This is an important step in the process to ensure that regulations are cost-effective, feasible and lawful,” said API Upstream and Industry Operations Group Director Erik Milito. “Any rule that could impede U.S. energy production while reducing local and federal government revenues could slow a growing U.S. economy and run counter to a balanced approach to environmental management.” BLM’s redundant and technically flawed rule overlaps with existing state and EPA regulations and could further reduce activity on federal lands where natural gas production is already down 18 percent from 2010 to 2015. Analysis by Environmental Resources Management on the proposed rule found that the added cost of compliance could result in up to 40 percent of wells that flare on federal lands being permanently uneconomic to produce

Created: 06/07/2017 Last edited: 06/07/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Supporting roll back on US methane regulation (Press release, September 2018)

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API issued the following statement regarding EPA’s proposed amendments to its air emissions standards regulating the oil and natural gas industry. “We welcome EPA’s efforts to get this right and the proposed changes could ensure that the rule is based on best engineering practices and cost-effective,” API supports cost-effective, achievable regulations targeting our mutual objective of reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds that, as a co-benefit , also reduce methane.   “Industry will continue to develop and employ the most efficient and effective technologies to help these trends continue, while working with academia and state and federal governments to achieve comprehensive, science-based best practices and regulations.

Created: 20/11/2018 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Supporting steps to roll back BLM methane emission standards (API, Press Release, Febuary 2018)

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API issued the following statement regarding the release of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new proposed rule addressing methane emissions related to oil and natural gas production.  “We welcome today’s announcement by the BLM as an important step towards our shared goal of reducing emissions,” said API Upstream and Industry Operations Group Director Erik Milito. “We are supportive of smart regulation that is effectively tailored to BLM’s authority to prevent waste and conserve resources, an objective that our industry shares.  We are hopeful that the new proposed rule will strengthen our nation’s energy renaissance, our economy and environmental stewardship.

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Highlighting the financial implications of Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. Stated opposition to the policy. (Press Release, August 2015)

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The EPA’s final power plant rule imposes unnecessary costs on states and U.S. consumers, particularly poorer communities, while overlooking the proven, market-driven potential of natural gas to help reduce emissions, said API. API opposes the rule because it oversteps the authority given to the EPA under the Clean Air Act.

Created: 14/09/2015 Last edited: 11/04/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions targets

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Directly advocating to policy makers to support weaker Ozone emissions standards (Letter to Congress, April 2016)

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The undersigned, which represent a diverse group of industries from across the country, write to express our strong support for H.R. 4775, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016.”  [...] We have significant concerns that the 2015 ozone standards overlap with existing state plans to implement the 2008 standards, leading to duplicative and wasteful implementation schedules, and unnecessary and severe economic impacts. [...] Notwithstanding concerns expressed by thousands of elected officials, state agencies, businesses, community groups, and other stakeholders, the EPA issued the 2015 standards without addressing the overlap with the 2008 standards and the enormous impacts that dual implementation would have on limited state resources, permitting, and the economy. [...] American Petroleum Institute

Created: 17/02/2017 Last edited: 17/02/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions targets

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Directly advocating to policy makers to support weaker Ozone emissions standards (Joint Letter to US Senate, March 2015)

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On behalf of a broad range of manufacturing, energy, agriculture, construction and transportation industries employing millions of Americans, we continue to remain deeply concerned about the harmful impacts that EPA’s ozone proposals have on local economies. Under the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone, to the 2008 ozone standards, to EPA’s current proposed revision, many areas remain and will continue to be pushed into “nonattainment” under a lower NAAQS. As a result, past and proposed revisions have made it harder to attract industry, begin new manufacturing projects, and sustain growth.We strongly urge you to support Senator Thune’s Amendment #743 to the Senate budget resolution. It would direct budget dollars to EPA so that the Agency can focus on the important work of implementing the 2008 ozone NAAQS. Much needs to be done; portions of 26 states covering a population of 120 million still do not meet the 0.075 ppm standard. [...] American Petroleum Institute

Created: 06/07/2017 Last edited: 06/07/2017

 

Opposing GHG emissions standards

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Supporting roll-back of requirements under EPA Methane regulations (API Press Release, October 2018)

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API issued the following statement regarding EPA’s proposed technical revisions to the NSPS OOOOa rule, regarding air emissions standards regulating the natural gas and oil industry, published in today’s Federal Register. “EPA’s technical corrections to federal regulations are essential to ensure that the respective rules reflect current technologies and operations that are continuing to reduce methane emissions while ensuring alignment to the statutory authority of the agency,” Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman. “Methane emissions from U.S. natural gas production are down significantly since 1990 while natural gas output increased has doubled [...] Industry initiative, not government mandates, is the driving force behind this success and data confirms industry’s commitments and efforts are working

Created: 15/01/2019 Last edited: 15/01/2019