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Statement: National environmental and public-interest groups demand strong EPA methane standards

Statement: National environmental and public-interest groups demand strong EPA methane standards

More stringent regulations will reduce methane leakage from oil-and-gas production

WASHINGTONMonday was the last day for comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s methane emissions standards. U.S. PIRG, Environmental Action and Environment America submitted more than 32,000 comments to the EPA requesting that the agency adopt the strongest standards to prevent methane leaked.

Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, traps 85 timesOver 20 years, the atmosphere has absorbed as much heat as carbon dioxide. Over 20 years, oil and gas operations have emitted large amounts of this pollutant into our atmosphere, accelerating global warming. Global Methane PledgeNovember, to reduce methane emissions in the world by 30% below 2020 levels.

The following statement was released by U.S. PIRG experts and Environment America:

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We applaud the EPA’s first step in ensuring that oil companies are not allowed to freely leak methane into atmosphere. U.S. PIRGs Environment Campaign Director Matt Casale. From the giant Florida was covered in methane cloudsDue to the continual release of this dangerous gas The huge Permian basin of TexasThis problem must be solved. All Americans would benefit from holding oil and gas companies responsible and reducing methane emission.

We cannot afford to allow methane polluters to continue to cause harm to our environment and to our health. Environment Americas Federal Legislative Associate Max Wengroff. We need to crackdown on oil and gas companies that leak methane into the atmosphere in order tackle climate change. Higher standards can prevent harmful methane emissions and flares that cause global warming. This will enable the Biden administration to fulfill its commitment to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

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