CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—August 18, 2015. Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement on a new rule that the Environmental Protection Agency put out today to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
“I applaud the Obama Administration and the EPA for this common-sense proposed rule. There are steps we can take to reduce the harmful impacts of methane emissions, and this rule requires that those steps be taken by the oil and gas industries. Methane gas emissions contribute heavily to climate change and public health challenges, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
The proposed rule is estimated to yield net climate benefits of $120 and $150 million in 2025, reduce emissions that contribute to global warming and substantially improve health. Methane emissions are known to cause illnesses that lead to emergency room visits, hospital admissions and reduced productivity. I look forward to the finalization of this important environmental and public health standard.”