Proposed Regulations

Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector)

On May 27, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada published two proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, for a 60-day public comment period: the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) ('the proposed methane regulations'), and the Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petroleum Sector). These proposed regulations are intended to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from the oil and gas sector. The information presented on this page relates only to the proposed methane regulations.

The objective of the proposed methane regulations is to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through reductions in fugitive and venting emissions of natural gas from the upstream oil and gas sector (natural gas is almost entirely composed of methane, a potent greenhouse gas). The proposed methane regulations would introduce control measures (standards at both facility and equipment levels) to reduce fugitive and venting emissions of methane from the upstream oil and gas sector. For more information on the proposed methane regulations, please visit the Other Useful Links section below.

Contact Information:

Helen Ryan - Director General
Energy and Transportation Directorate
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd.
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number:
Fax number: 819-420-7410
Email address: ec.methane-methane.ec@canada.ca

Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2017-05-27 Vol. 151, No. 21

Regulatory Text in HTML and PDF:

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