Washington, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–August 18, 2015. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first ever rule to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas agencies. A toxic pollutant, methane is widely-reported to be one of the leading causes of climate change.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director, Michael Brune released the following statement:
“Today’s EPA methane standards are a much needed and necessary step toward minimizing the oil and gas industry’s impact on our climate and communities. We’re encouraged that the Obama administration is beginning to ask the oil and gas industry to bear the burden of its pollution. These rules pave the way for the Administration to move swiftly to curb emissions from existing sources.
“Controlling methane, however, is not an end in itself and it will not make fracked oil and gas safe. Continued reliance on dirty fossil fuels is a dangerous course for our communities and our climate. We must move swiftly to truly clean energy like wind, solar and energy efficiency while establishing policies that keep fossil fuels in the ground.”