Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to limit methane pollution from new and modified sources in the oil and gas industry and started the formal process to limit existing sources of methane pollution. Dan Lashof, Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Climate America, issued the following statement:
“While the families of Aliso Canyon put their lives and community back together after one of the biggest climate disasters in U.S history, today the EPA took important commonsense steps to limit dangerous methane pollution and protect Americans’ health. The EPA finalized national limits on methane pollution from new and modified oil and gas operations and began the process to set limits on current oil and gas operations by proposing mandatory disclosure of key information by the industry. Recent data show that existing oil and gas operations emit more than previously thought and are the top source of industrial methane pollution. We urge EPA to finalize standards for current oil and gas operations as soon as possible.
“Curbing methane pollution from the oil and gas industry is essential to staving off the worst impacts of climate change, but the best way to reduce pollution from fossil fuel development—including methane pollution—is to transition to a clean energy economy as fast as possible. There is no time to waste.”