Members Of The House Science Committee Introduce Methane Emissions Research Bills


On September 28, 2022, three House Science Committee members introduced legislation to address methane emissions and strengthen emissions research:

  • Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Methane Emissions Research Act (H.R. 8991), which would create a pilot study at EPA to quantify methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in the United States.
  • Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced a bill (H.R. 8992) to address methane “super-emitters” in oil and gas operations. Beyer’s September 28, 2022, press release states that the bill “addresses a finding of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s investigation into oil and gas sector methane leaks and June 8, 2022 hearing on the same topic, which determined that oil and gas companies are failing to address super-emitting leaks.”
  • Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) introduced the Methane Emissions Mitigation Research and Development Act (H.R. 8993) to reduce methane emissions. According to Casten’s September 28, 2022, press release, the bill directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to coordinate a technical assistance program to work with state and local governments, as well as private industry, to reduce methane emissions and protect public safety.

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JDSupra, 21-10-22