The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized the first-ever national limits on dangerous methane pollution from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry. This is a big victory because currently the oil and gas industry is leaking millions of tons of methane pollution and toxic chemicals into the air, harming our health and speeding up climate change.
Earthjustice litigation prompted this rulemaking under the Clean Air Act, and over 60,000 Earthjustice supporters spoke up and demanded strong methane pollution standards.
Methane pollution is to blame for a quarter of all human-caused climate change. Pound for pound, methane pollution traps more than 80 times as much heat on our planet in the short term as carbon pollution. Methane pollution and toxic chemicals from the oil and gas industry can also make smog worse, trigger asthma attacks in children, and cause cardiovascular disease and even premature death.
While this new pollution standard is a strong first step, there’s more work to be done. We need you to thank the EPA for this important step and urge the agency to act quickly to address the dangerous methane and toxic air pollution that is already leaking from existing sources in the oil and gas industry.
May 24, 2016 Action Alert ID# 378
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