President Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just took a critical step towards cutting methane and other harmful pollutants from the oil and gas industry. However, more work must be done to ensure that we are confronting the climate crisis head-on and protecting the health and safety of communities across the country.
Cutting methane pollution from the oil and gas industry is one of the quickest, most cost-effective ways to slow the rate of climate change and protect our health. Stronger standards would reduce harmful emissions and energy waste from covered sources by 87 percent below 2005 levels while delivering economic benefits.
That is why it is crucial to let the EPA know cutting methane is important to you.
Take action TODAY -- tell the Biden EPA to enact the strongest possible protections against methane pollution.
Dear EPA Administrator Regan,
As a person of faith and conscience, I share a moral responsibility with all people to care for our Sacred Earth and protect the most climate vulnerable among us.
Methane pollution from the oil and gas sector is accelerating the pace of climate change and harming the health of our families and communities across the country. That is why we are counting on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly finalize the strongest possible safeguards to cut methane and other harmful pollution from the oil and gas industry.
The updated draft rule improves upon or maintained many of the standards in the original draft rule released by EPA in 2021 identified by climate, public health, and environmental justice advocates like me, including by ensuring all wells are regularly and frequently monitored for leaks and that outdated pneumatic equipment is replaced with zero-emitting options. In addition to ensuring that each of these key provisions remains in the final rule, more work must be done to ensure that communities like mine are protected.
EPA must do more to:
- require operators at wells to capture associated gas and limit flaring of that gas to instances in which it is necessary for safety or maintenance reasons;
- strengthen the standards to address emissions from storage tanks by making the standards applicable to more tanks; and
- provide a clear pathway for communities and individuals to participate and engage in the Super Emitter Response Program by ensuring that approved monitoring technologies and data are accessible to all, which will help reduce methane and other pollutants in the areas where we live and work.
Reducing methane waste from oil and gas operations is a commonsense and achievable climate solution. Communities on the frontlines of oil and gas operations bear the brunt of methane and other toxic emissions that are released. This is an issue of environmental justice.
My community is counting on your agency to quickly address these concerns, and to finalize strong, comprehensive new and existing source rules to cut methane pollution from the oil and gas sector before it's too late.
Thank you for your consideration,