To address methane and smog-forming VOC emissions from the oil and gas industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing a strategy to reduce methane pollution from new sources in this rapidly growing industry via commonsense standards.

As a part of this development, they will form a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel. small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) in a process focused on the agency’s development of a rule to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases  and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under its New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry. EPA will build on the cost-effective standards, issued in 2012, that are currently in place for several sources in the oil and natural gas industry. The agency intends to add equipment and processes to those sources currently covered by the standards. Equipment and processes the agency is considering adding include hydraulically fractured oil wells, pneumatic pumps, and leaks from new and modified well sites and compressor stations.

EPA anticipates proposing a rule this summer and taking final action in 2016.

The SERs will provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community or organization to inform the panel members about the potential impacts of the proposed rule on small entities. Self-nominations may be submitted and must be received by February 11.

Learn more about EPA’s strategy for reducing air pollution form the oil and gas industry here.