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Statement: National environmental groups and public interest groups call for strong EPA methane standards

Statement: National environmental groups and public interest groups call for strong EPA methane standards

Methane leaks from oil or gas production will be dealt with by stricter regulations

WASHINGTONMonday was the final day of the comment period for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methane standards for oil-and-gas operations. U.S. PIRG, Environmental Action and Environment America delivered more than32,000 commentsThe EPA urged the agency to adopt the strongest standards possible to prevent methane leaking.

Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, traps 85 timesOver the past 20 years, there has been as much heat in our atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Large amounts of this toxic pollutant are being released into the atmosphere by oil and gas companies, accelerating global heating and threatening public health. Global Methane PledgeNovember: To reduce global methane emissions by 30% below 2020 levels by 2030

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

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We are grateful to the EPA for taking this initial step towards ensuring that oil and gas companies won’t be allowed to leak methane into the atmosphere. U.S. PIRGs Environment Campaign Director Matt Casale. From the giant Florida was covered in methane cloudsThis dangerous gas is constantly being released from 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 must crack down on oil and gas companies that allow methane to be released into the atmosphere in order to combat climate change. More stringent standards can stop harmful emissions and flares of methane that causes global warming. This action will allow the Biden administration fulfill its commitment of reducing methane by 30% before 2030.

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