The United States Environmental Protection Agency said on April 18 that it has agreed to reconsider certain aspects of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas industry, in response to several administrative reconsideration petitions.
In a letter to the petitioners posted on its website, the agency said it also intends to issue a 90-day stay of the June 3, 2017 compliance date for the fugitive emissions monitoring requirements in the rule.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agency is issuing a 90-day stay of the compliance date for the fugitive emissions monitoring requirements.
In March, US President Donald Trump asked the EPA to review several rules that targeted the oil-and-gas sector.
Pruitt’s letter was a direct response to petitions from the American Petroleum Institute, Counsel for the Texas Oil and Gas Association, Counsel to the Independent Associations and GPA Midstream Association.
Pruitt, has reportedly faced criticism from receiving contributions from the fossil fuel industry and questioning climate change science. The European Union has also urged the US Administration to respect international climate agreements reached to curb emissions.