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With over 80 times the warming power of carbon, methane is a huge threat to our climate.
Methane is the second-biggest driver of climate change after carbon dioxide. And the oil and gas industry is the largest industrial source of methane emissions, spewing millions of tons of the climate-busting gas into our air each year. Their methane emissions pack the same climate gut punch as operating more than 150 coal-fired power plants or driving more than 145 million cars for a year.
Right now, President Biden's EPA is considering a proposal that would reduce methane emissions from oil & gas facilities, but it doesn't go far enough — leaving out regular leak inspections for smaller facilities and a ban on routine flaring from oil & gas rigs.
These must be included before the proposal is finalized to ensure EPA is protecting frontline communities from pollution, safeguarding public health, holding oil and gas companies accountable, and acting on climate.
To: EPA Administrator Michael Regan
Dear Administrator Regan & EPA officials:
First, I want to thank you for everything you've done to combat the climate crisis. I'd also like to thank you for your proposal to reduce methane pollution from our largest industrial source: the oil & gas industry. However, your current methane proposal isn't strong enough to do what's needed to tackle the climate crisis.
Methane poses a grave danger to our planet. It has over 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide, making it a major driver of climate change, and most of that pollution is coming from oil and gas industrial facilities.
To strengthen your methane proposal, EPA first should eliminate the industry's dangerous practice of routinely burning off gas—flaring—that sends climate and health-harming pollution straight into the air. Second, EPA should require more frequent monitoring of small but highly polluting wells, so that leaks can be quickly found and fixed.
These provisions must be included before the proposal is finalized to ensure EPA is protecting frontline communities from pollution, safeguarding public health, holding oil and gas companies accountable, and acting on climate in a responsible and timely manner.