Cutting Methane and Cleaning Up Oil and Gas

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Oil and Gas Burning Harms Health

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The burning of fossil fuels – including natural gas – emits harmful air pollution like volatile organic compounds which can cause cancer, irritate the eyes, nose and throat, cause difficulty breathing and damage to organs. Oil and gas production also releases methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that is fueling climate change.

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The Lung Association advocates for stronger measures to reduce leaks of methane from the oil and gas sector, as well as pushing for a transition to clean, zero-emission sources of energy.

In a big victory, in December 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new final rule that will significantly reduce emissions of methane from oil and gas operations, as well as emissions of other dangerous air pollutants that harm communities nearby. Learn more. 

Join us in thanking the administration for finalizing these new protections and calling on them to get additional clean air and climate measures across the finish line: take action.

Page last updated: June 7, 2024

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