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New Report Provides Policy Makers Guidance on Plugging and Abandoning Offshore Wells

report cover showing oil rig in sunsetCenter for Energy Studies faculty have collaborated on a new paper that examines offshore well plugging and abandoning (P&A) liabilities and provides guidance to federal policy makers during the formulation of P&A programs. Part of an oil and gas research initiative at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, the study identifies at least three objectives of potential P&A programs: reducing future financial P&A liability for tax payers, lowering environmental risk, and preserving or increasing employment while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Upton, Nehiba Provide Comment on EPA's Proposed RFS Small Refinery Exemption Decision

EPA sealIn December 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to deny more than 60 pending small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions from small refineries that were requesting an exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The RFS is a federal program that requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum amount of renewable fuels, such as ethanol, blended into the fuel purchased by consumers. 

Associate Professor-Research Greg Upton and Assistant Professor-Research Cody Nehiba provided an opinion on two specific claims made by the EPA in its proposal. Their expert opinion was submitted to the EPA in Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2021-0566. 

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