As a person of faith and conscience, I am writing to thank you for the recent rules on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. The rules as proposed are an excellent start, but this critical moment of the climate crisis demands we do as much as possible immediately.
I am asking EPA to strengthen the proposed rule to end the wasteful and dangerous practice of routine flaring at oil and gas operations, as states like Colorado and New Mexico have done already. I also ask EPA to require regular monitoring at all smaller, high-polluting and leak-prone wells.
All faith traditions share a sacred calling to care for the earth and to care for those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Methane pollution causes deep and irreparable harm, polluting not only the land and the air, but also jeopardizing the health of children and those living in frontline communities.
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and it's responsible for a quarter of the warming that we are experiencing today. We know that far too much is leaking from oil and gas operations and contributing to the climate crisis while wasting this resource and endangering public health. Our EPA must implement rules that will cut methane pollution from oil and gas operations 65 percent by 2025 while eliminating any loopholes around flaring and smaller wells that can contribute outsized methane pollution.
It is EPA's obligation and moral opportunity to protect all Americans from harmful methane pollution.