The Environmental Compliance Information for Energy Extraction (ECIEE) Portal is intended to help you comply with environmental regulations that affect the exploration/development, extraction, production and processing of on-shore crude oil and natural gas. The site includes overviews of the regulations and links to more detailed information and other resources that can help this sector operate in an environmentally responsible manner.

This website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Funding for this project has been provided by EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Lisa Stobierski, Administrative Director,

Methane Detection Technology Virtual Workshop: Abstracts Deadline Extended
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending its abstracts deadline for the upcoming Methane Detection Technology Virtual Workshop, to be held August 23 and 24, 2021 in response to a number of requests. The new abstracts deadline is Friday, July 23, 2021.

The workshop will focus on methane-sensing technologies that are not currently approved for use in EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry, and how those applications could be applied in the oil and gas sector.

For more information and/or to submit an abstract to present at the workshop, or to register to attend, visit this signup page.

EPA Announces Public Listening Sessions, Trainings on Upcoming Oil and Natural Gas Methane Rule. On Friday, EPA announced the first step in developing a proposed rule to reduce methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry, beginning with a broad public outreach effort to gather community and stakeholder input. These activities include holding training sessions on the rulemaking process and how to participate in it, convening listening sessions for stakeholders, and opening a public docket for pre-proposal comments. Here are some links for more information:

EPA review of SPCC and RFP Plans – Fact Sheet and Webinar. EPA conducted an internal quality and consistency review of a sample of Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and Facility Response Plans (FRPs) required under 40 CFR part 112. The review was conducted to inform EPA’s outreach program, provide regulatory clarity and improve SPCC and FRP compliance. EPA summarized its findings in the Quality and Consistency Review of SPCC and FRP Plans: Summary of Findings Fact Sheet. The review addresses recommendations provided in an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report: EPA Needs to Further Improve How It Manages Its Oil Pollution Prevention Program (Report No. 12-P-0253, February 6, 2012). EPA will hold three stakeholder webinars about this review on May 4, May 19, and May 20, 2021. Details and registration links can be found here.

New Compliance Assistance for Crude Oil Storage. Please visit our new “Technical Topic” – “Storage of Crude Oil.” This page provides information about the potential requirements that may apply to oil storage activities under the CAA, CWA, EPCRA, RCRA and Emergency Response Authorities. The page also provides resources for the storage of crude oil in Indian Country.


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