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California ARB to hold public workshop on lifecycle assessment of crude oil production

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold a public workshop on 19 March in Sacramento to discuss lifecycle assessment of crude oil production within the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation.

ARB staff will present for public review the beta version of the Oil Production Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimator and solicit input from stakeholders on the oil production methods considered to be innovative under Section 95486(b)(2)(A)3 (Determination of Carbon Intensity Values).

The proposed section originally detailed how a regulated party may receive credit for fuel or blendstock derived from petroleum feedstock which has been produced using “innovative methods” such as carbon capture and sequestration or other methods approved by the Executive Officer. The section also originally dealt with calculations for High Carbon-Intensity Crude Oil (HCICO).

Enforcement of the LCFS is currently under injunction following a decision in US District Court in December 2011. That decision is currently under appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. (Earlier post.)

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