What’s worse, methane leaks from other sources such as fracking are like an invisible oil spill happening every day. And the oil and gas industry is getting away with it.
This is a problem that can and must be fixed immediately. The EPA recently proposed the first-ever protections to curb methane pollution from new oil and gas industry operations, but we can can’t afford to wait. Tell the government that you want these protections expanded to ALL sources of methane pollution in the oil and gas sector NOW.
Methane has a huge near-term impact on the climate. Compared with carbon-dioxide, methane’s heat-trapping potential is 82 times greater over a 20 year period. Smog-forming, toxic chemicals that leak from oil and gas sites along with methane also harm air quality, endangering the health of people in neighboring communities.