Extension of Proposed Air Quality Rule Comment Period Appreciated, but Likely Insufficient

RandallLuthi_webFor Immediate Release: Friday, May 6, 2016
Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463, nicolette@nullnoia.org

Extension of Proposed Air Quality Rule Comment Period Appreciated, but Likely Insufficient

Washington, D.C. – NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement after being notified today that the comment period on BOEM’s proposed air quality rule will be briefly extended.

“While NOIA members appreciate and will take advantage of the extension of time to comment on the proposed air quality rule, BOEM’s parsimonious 14-day extension may once again result in a dearth of meaningful dialogue between those affected by the rule and the regulators. We saw this with the well control rule; once the comment period ended, industry attempted to get clarification and provide useful guidance, only to be met with stony silence from the regulators until the final rule was released. Our hope is that there will be ample opportunity in the still too short comment period for active give-and- take engagement on the proposed air quality rule.”

 

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NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf.  NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises about 300 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.