Emissions Regulations Finalized for State Natural Gas and Oil Sector

J.M. Lesinski

A shot of the 190 right before the Scajaquada Expressway in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

In an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions as part of the state’s pledge to minimize the effects of global warming, lawmakers in the capital have been busy concluding regulations on the industry. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently finalized natural gas and oil infrastructure regulations necessitating substantial reductions in the output of methane and other greenhouse gases.

“As New York continues our ambitious and historic transition away from fossil fuels, we are committed to reducing emissions from oil and gas infrastructure that are contributing to climate change and impacting the public health of our communities,” noted Hochul of the regulations. “The finalization of these rules will reduce leakage from New York’s oil and natural gas facilities, and keeps our state at the forefront of climate action.”

The measures finalized by Hochul are estimated to reduce the equivalent of over 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, or 230,000 cars permanently off the highways. Additionally, the regulations include meticulous repair requirements, which will be enforced by DEC inspections for compliance.

"This announcement demonstrates how states can achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gases and help mitigate harmful impacts on public health and our natural resources,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos remarked of the regulations. “DEC’s dedicated staff are at the forefront of examining the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors, including the development of the requirements for fossil fuel infrastructure in the regulations finalized today. With Governor Hochul’s leadership, New York is advancing a cleaner, greener economy and acting to require the fossil fuel industry to reduce emissions.

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