August 2016 --- A key factor in global warming is that methane is needlessly leaked, vented, or burned during drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas. Methane has a heat-trapping potential 86 times that of carbon dioxide over the initial 20-year period. Every year the oil and gas industry leaks millions of metric tons of methane—the emissions equivalent of 160 coal-fired power plants.
On March 10, 2016, as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to act on climate, he and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau committed to new actions to reduce methane pollution from their oil and natural gas sectors, the world’s largest industrial source of methane.
The EPA has finalized methane rules for new oil and gas operations, but new data shows that methane emissions from existing sources are substantially higher than previously understood. It’s time for the EPA to move quickly to propose standards for existing operations that currently have no pollution limits.
Thank Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the EPA, for finalizing methane rules for new oil and gas operations and urge her to move quickly to put in place strong science-based standards for existing operations. Include the following in your email or letter: Docket # EPA-HQ-OA-2016-0203.
CONTACT: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
US Environment Protection Agency
EPA Docket Center
Docket # EPA-HQ-OA-2016-0203
Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
If possible, also send your comments to the President: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this url into your browser: https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2016/03/epa-taking-steps-to-cut-methane-emissions-from-existing-oil-and-gas-sources/
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