This webinar will provide an overview and update of current greenhouse (GHG) regulations and policies as they apply to the production and use of both conventional and unconventional oil & gas. The following topics will be addressed:
• Current status of the international negotiations to complete, by 2015, a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol that would take effect in 2020.
• Lessons learned to date from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V permitting for oil & gas operations and facilities.
• What you need to know about the 2012 Indiana Gasification LLC PSD permit; why Indiana regulators concluded that carbon dioxide (CO2) from a gasifier and sold for enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) was not subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act; and why you should be concerned that this permit is on appeal.
• What EPA’s August 2013 re-proposed GHG New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for New Electric Generating Units mean for combined-cycle natural gas (CCNG) power plants. Will CCNG be required to deploy CO2 capture technology, too?
• Why oil & gas owners & operators, including those engaged in hydraulic fracturing and developing facilities such as LNG export terminals and GTL plants, should pay close attention to how EPA is treating CO2-EOR under the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program; what you need to know about the coming UIC Class II v. Class VI battles and what they may portend for oil & gas operations generally.
• How future climate regulations may impact oil & gas operations, including: (1) the so-called “Aggregation” policy; (2) a likely GHG NSPS for refineries; and (3) coming controls on methane emissions from shale gas operations.
• Does the Administration really believe that natural gas is a “bridge” fuel to a low-carbon future? What you need to know about the current status of GHG lifecycle emissions of shale gas.
Kipp Coddington is a founding partner of and heads the Washington, D.C. office for Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP, a boutique law firm that specializes in energy and environmental law. Mr. Coddington’s commercial, regulatory and policy practice focuses on the Clean Air Act, carbon management, and fossil fuel production and usage.
Mr. Coddington is a carbon capture & storage (CCS) and carbon dioxide-enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) expert. He led the formation of and is currently counsel to the North American Carbon Capture & Storage Association. In April 2007, he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on CCS stewardship issues. He served on the State of California’s Blue Ribbon CCS Review Panel and serves on the Geological CO2 Sequestration Task Force of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission.
He is a member of the newly formed U.S. Technical Advisory Group that is advising the American National Standards Institute in the development of a new international standard for CCS under an ISO process known as TC 265.