EPA Faces Backlash for New Regulations Threatening Permian Production

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said EPA’s actions could limit Permian Basin production, which could substantially increase pump prices.

EPA Faces Backlash for New Regulations Threatening Permian Production

New E&P regulations wouldn’t only significantly affect production in the Permian, but other basins as well, Scott Field, president and owner of Field Geo Services Inc., told Hart Energy. (Source: A picture of the EPA building in Washington DC by DanielJohn / Shutterstock.com)

A move by the EPA to redesign portions of the Permian Basin for violating federal air quality standards is drawing heavy criticism across the energy sector.

The action, currently being considered by the Biden administration, would force state regulators in both Texas and New Mexico to develop plans for cracking down on high ozone levels, which could lead to stricter regulations and scrutiny of drilling operations. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said EPA’s discretionary re-designation of the Permian Basin could threaten a quarter of the nation’s gas supply from the most prolific oil field in the U.S.
“While you express concern about out-of-control gas prices, your Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to increase them even further,” Abbott wrote in a letter to President Joe Biden.

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Faiza Rizvi

Faiza Rizvi is a senior editor of ESG for Hart Energy's editorial department, with a strong focus on E&P Plus and HartEnergy.com. She has been covering all facets of the U.S. and international energy industry for over 5 years.