BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member, issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizing rules to update the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas industry:

“The Obama Administration weaponized EPA rules to go after the oil and gas industry. Rescinding these unnecessary and politically-motivated regulations better align EPA rules with the Clean Air Act and will save critical resources for our smaller producers of reliable energy, which already have every incentive to reduce methane emissions. Administrator Wheeler understands the importance of protecting American-made energy and carrying out President Trump’s directive to assist this vitally important industry however possible.”

Senator Cramer applauded the rule when the EPA proposed it in August of 2019 and encouraged North Dakotans to offer their input. North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness issued a statement praising today’s announcement from the EPA.

“We appreciate the EPA’s work on updating these regulations to reduce the unnecessary burden they placed on our industry,” said Ness. “In these past months we have been hit with a price collapse and decreased demand due to COVID, so getting relief from burdensome regulations will go a long way to help our industry recover. We appreciate President Trump’s leadership and Senator Cramer’s support to address these important issues and help ensure we can continue producing our valuable energy resources in a responsible manner.”

According to the EPA, these final rules will streamline regulations, reduce regulatory burdens, and save the oil and gas industry about $100 million per year in compliance costs while continuing to help provide cleaner, healthier air. The Obama Administration pushed for the regulation of methane and the transmission and storage segment of the oil and gas sector without taking the appropriate steps to justify such an action. The EPA’s action supports President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, which directs agencies to promote domestic energy production by reviewing regulations that “burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.”

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