API’s Voluntary Program Does Not Keep Pace With Industry Leaders, Sensible Regulations

Statement by Matt Watson, Associate Vice President. Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund

December 5, 2017
Stacy MacDiarmid, (512) 691-3439, smacdiarmid@edf.org

Today the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced a set of voluntary steps for industry to reduce methane emissions from across the oil and gas supply chain.

“The last several months have produced a number of good examples of what leadership in reducing methane looks like. The API program falls well short of these industry led efforts and doesn’t reflect best practice in reductions or disclosure. At a time when API is aggressively putting its full weight into tearing down federal methane rules, this weak initiative does little to show that API is serious about tackling the methane problem.”

Matt Watson, Associate Vice President, Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund

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