Every day, millions of people across the country who live near oil and gas facilities breathe in toxic air pollutants that are leaked into the atmosphere — including methane, one of the most dangerous byproducts of oil and gas operations.
In 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency finalized requirements to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Now, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is attempting to roll those standards back — lining the pockets of Big Oil and Gas at the expense of public health. Tell the EPA to leave these vital protections in place!
Leaks from broken equipment are one of the largest sources of emissions of methane and other harmful pollutants from oil and gas facilities. These leaks are cost-effective to fix, yet the Trump administration is proposing to roll back this simple requirement and allow the industry to emit more smog- and soot-forming volatile organic compounds, as well as hazardous air pollutants such as cancer-causing benzene and formaldehyde. Americans rely on the EPA to protect us from dirty air and the corporate polluters who profit from it. This rollback will do the opposite.
We need the EPA to strengthen requirements for oil and gas companies to rein in their methane emissions — NOT weaken them.
These rules provide critical protections for millions of Americans who live in close proximity to tens of thousands of new and modified wells and other covered facilities.
We must act now. Tell acting EPA Administrator Wheeler to stop putting the interest of oil and gas companies ahead of Americans’ health.