TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 28, 2015) – The Gas Processors Association (GPA) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently announced plans to propose regulations forcing natural gas processing plants to comply with the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements.
GPA President and CEO Mark Sutton said, “GPA has always been willing to participate in discussions with EPA and has worked collaboratively with the agency for many years. Although we do not agree with EPA’s rationale to expand the TRI reporting requirements, we look forward to working with them through the rule making process.
“It’s important to note that most, if not all, of the information that EPA is seeking is already publically available in one form or another, which may explain why it took EPA so long to act on the 2012 petition and the validity afforded to it. However, this is a classic example of activists using the “sue and do” concept, where they petition the agency to do something they want and then sue the agency to ensure that it complies with their wishes. Essentially, the activists drive and control the agency’s agenda in this particular situation.
“Operating safely and in compliance with regulations is paramount to our members’ operations. GPA looks forward to engaging EPA in the rule making process.”
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 more than 100 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.