Tell the EPA: Don't delay methane protections
June 20, 2017
Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first-ever rule to regulate methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas wells and facilities. Methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, leaks throughout all stages of natural gas production, causing acute harm to the climate and human health.
EPA wants to delay this critical public health protection for two years!
The EPA's methane standards apply to future oil and gas industry facilities and would reduce leaks of both methane and dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds.
Tell the EPA the health of our communities can't wait—implement the methane New Source standards without delay!
Studies document that methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more powerful than carbon dioxide during its first twenty years in the atmosphere, leaks extensively from oil and natural gas wells, infrastructure, pipelines and compressor stations. These leaks pose a severe threat to the world's climate and, thus, to human health. Further, increased levels of volatile organic compounds and ground-level ozone from oil and gas extraction induce significant health consequences, including respiratory and neurological diseases.
The EPA is accepting public comments right now. Let them know your health and the health of the climate cannot wait—the methane new source standards should be implemented, NOT delayed.
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