IG's office recommends EPA begin regulating LDC methane emissions

08/04/2014
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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