Tell EPA: Cut Methane Pollution from Oil & Gas Operations

Right now, EPA is considering a rule that would cut methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing oil and gas industry sources.

Methane is a powerful climate pollutant. The nation must cut methane emissions to address climate change, which is a public health emergency. What’s more, cutting methane from oil and gas operations will also reduce other toxic air pollution emissions at the same time, resulting in immediate health benefits.

Join the American Lung Association and tell EPA that it is time to strengthen and finalize this proposed rule to #CutMethane now.

Dear Administrator Regan: 

Thank you for recognizing the threats posed by pollution from the oil and gas industry, and for proposing a rule to cut methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing oil and gas operations. I urge EPA to strengthen and finalize the proposal into law as soon as possible. 

Climate change is a health emergency, and methane is a powerful climate pollutant. Its heat-trapping capacity is more than 80 times that of carbon dioxide. The proposed rule is a vital step forward in addressing these health threats, but must go further.

Stronger final rules will not only curb greenhouse gases, they will also result in immediate public health benefits by reducing volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Some VOCs can cause cancer, affect the nervous system, or cause birth defects. In addition to being toxic, VOCs contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone pollution, which causes respiratory and cardiovascular harm, heart attacks and asthma attacks, stroke, premature birth and early death.

Communities living near oil and gas operations are especially at risk from these toxic emissions, and strong final methane standards are crucial to protect them.

I urge you to:

  • Strengthen the proposed rule to reduce methane pollution from new and existing oil and gas operations by 65 percent of 2012 levels by 2025. This is an achievable target, and one that can be met using existing technologies, at low cost. 
  • Strengthen requirements for smaller, low-producing wells; require more frequent leak monitoring and repair; and put an end to the practice of routine flaring (burning of waste gas that results in harmful air pollution.)  

Requiring the oil and gas industry to take the most effective steps possible to prevent fugitive emissions of methane and other gases, and to capture those gases that do escape, will reduce climate pollution and result in direct health benefits in communities near oil and gas operations. 

Please strengthen and then quickly finalize requirements for new, reconstructed and modified oil and gas wells and equipment, and standards for existing sources.  

Sincerely, 

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Page last updated: December 8, 2021

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