Policy Solutions

Oil & Gas Methane

US Federal

Validation and Early Deployment

Fiscal Incentives

One critical element in reducing fugitive methane emissions is understanding where the leaks are happening. Fiscal incentives like tax credits can help oil and gas producers deploy innovative leak detection and repair (LDAR) technologies to find and fix fugitive methane. Today, leak detection is a manual and time-consuming process, typically done with handheld infrared cameras. More rapid deployment of remote and distributed methane sensing technologies, and the use of satellites and automated aerial drones to inspect pipelines and other production facilities, can play a large role in addressing this issue in the future.

Rapid, Large Scale Deployment

Performance Standards for Oil and Gas Facilities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates methane from oil and gas facilities as an air pollutant under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act, which requires the Agency to establish a “best system of emissions reductions” for new and existing facilities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also regulates methane from oil and gas production on federal lands. EPA and BLM should use their authorities to strengthen performance standards for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.