IG's office recommends EPA begin regulating LDC methane emissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency, which does not regulate methane emissions from natural gas local distribution companies (LDC), should start working with the US Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to address the problem, EPA's inspector general's office said in a July 25 report. Such pipeline leaks led to the loss of more than $192 million of gas during 2011, a cost that was passed on to consumers, in addition to their potential environmental impacts, according to Erica Hauck, a program manager in the EPA IG office's Program Evaluation Office. "Additionally, EPA has not partnered with [PHMSA], which regulates pipeline safety, to control methane leaks; nor ...

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