Background: Methane is a major contributor to climate change as it traps 86 times more heat than carbon dioxide. Methane pollution can also be detrimental to the health of those who live near natural gas extraction sites. About one third of methane emissions in the United States come from natural gas leakages at extraction sites.
In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implemented the New Source Performance Standards, which required natural gas and oil companies to reduce methane leaks on both private and public lands. A new EPA proposal would weaken these regulations.
Faith Reflection: Ezekiel 34:18 states, “Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet?”
Action: Ask the EPA to keep methane pollution standards in place. (Comments must be submitted by December 17.)
Alert prepared by Whitney Ricker, Climate Advocacy Intern, October 24, 2018.
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