TULSA, Okla. (March 17, 2015) – The Gas Processors Association (GPA) today filed comments with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in response to its proposal to create a species-specific rule under the authority of section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act.
The 4(d) rule provides flexibility for regulators and is used to tailor the take provisions of the Endangered Species Act to apply to those actions most important for conservation of the species and exempt other actions.
GPA members have extensive natural gas and natural gas liquids operations in the Northern Long-Eared Bat habitat area and will be directly impacted from this proposed rule. GPA believes the current 4(d) proposed rule’s exemptions are too narrowly focused and should be expanded to include oil and gas activities.
GPA President and CEO Mark Sutton said, “We truly appreciate FWS going down the path of a 4(d) proposed rule that we asked for in our previous comments on the Northern Long-Eared Bat, but because our industry has such a small footprint, we want FWS to broaden their unnecessarily narrow exemption to include midstream operations.”
FWS is expected to make a Northern Long-Eared Bat designation announcement on April 2.
The Gas Processors Association (GPA) has served the U.S. energy industry since 1921 as an incorporated non-profit trade association. GPA is composed of 130 corporate members that are engaged in the gathering and processing of natural gas into merchantable pipeline gas, commonly referred to in the industry as "midstream activities." Such processing includes the removal of impurities from the raw gas stream produced at the wellhead, as well as the extraction for sale of natural gas liquid products (NGLs) such as ethane, propane, butane and natural gasoline. GPA members account for more than 90 percent of the NGLs produced in the United States from natural gas processing.