New technologies will help oil and gas companies reduce their environmental footprint, and they will continue to improve as innovations occur.
While environmental groups and some politicians attack the oil and gas industry, particularly when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, the reality is the oil and gas industry has made significant progress, and will progress even further, toward reducing the impact of drilling and production on the environment. New technologies are allowing the progress in producing the oil and gas we need to run the country.
EPA proposes an expansion of its risk management regulations, which could affect oil and gas companies with extra mandates to follow.
On Feb. 25, EPA released a prepublication version of its much-anticipated amendments to the agency’s Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations. The proposal, which follows EPA’s 2014 Request for Information, would impose significant changes to existing prevention programs, emergency response preparedness and information availability requirements, without furthering the program’s goal of accident prevention and release detection.