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Anticipating Changes in Federal Methane Emissions Standards for Oil and Gas Operations


As the EPA prepares to regulate methane emissions, the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues hosted a webinar to explore policy approaches from researchers, practitioners and engineers. Improved methane monitoring and assessment will speed strategic decision making and innovation to reduce methane emissions. Noted experts and practitioners discussed the scientific evidence that can inform federal, state, regional, and local efforts to mitigate methane emissions and their contributions to changing climatic conditions and to identify the most pressing issues related to potential changes in the regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. This interactive event allowed participants to share existing information, surface knowledge gaps, and discuss constraints to the implementation of evidence-informed solutions.


Howard R. Dieter, P.E., Vice President – Environmental, Health & Safety, Jonah Energy LLC

Kate Konschnik, Director, Climate & Energy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University; Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law

Uduak-Joe Ntuk, California State Oil and Gas Supervisor, California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM); California Department of Conservation

Dr. Arvind Ravikumar, Research Associate Professor, Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin; Payne Institute for Public Policy Fellow, Colorado School of Mines; Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy Fellow, School of Advanced and International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Moderated by Dr. Zachary Valdez, Advanced Manufacturing Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO).


Environmental Protection Agency: Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks

Environmental Protection Agency: Voluntary Methane Programs for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

United Nations Environment Program: Global Methane Assessment: Benefits and Costs of Mitigating Methane Emissions

Event Contact

Sarah Solomon

Program Associate, AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

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