TULSA, Okla. (February 24, 2016) - Gas Processors Association (GPA) President and CEO Mark Sutton responded to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy’s statement in regards to the natural gas industry today at Houston’s IHS CERAWeek energy conference. According to Politico, McCarthy said that EPA is "learning this industry right now, because it's not an industry we regulate."
“With all due respect to Administrator McCarthy, I don’t understand how in the world she could say that EPA doesn’t regulate the natural gas industry. If she truly believes that, then I would hope she would put a stop to the numerous and onerous regulations EPA has forced on our members,” Sutton said. “The natural gas industry is one of the most regulated industries in America. Our members comply with numerous environmental laws that EPA is responsible for administering, including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
“As the head of an agency that employs over 15,000 people, I would hope one of her employees working on natural gas issues would inform her that the natural gas industry is already heavily regulated by EPA.”
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.