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We are Running Out of Time to Curb Methane

Did you know that when it comes to global warming, methane is 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide? Methane is the second largest contributor to the human-caused climate crisis - and increased by 17 parts per billion in 2021. This is the largest amount of methane since we started taking measurements nearly 40 years ago. Not only that, methane pollution from oil and gas development can cause immediate harm to human health, including worsening asthma and respiratory disease. Black, Latino and Indigenous communities are especially at risk of these health effects, with 17.3 million people living within ½ mile of an active oil and gas well.

In November, President Biden issued an updated draft rule to cut methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing oil and gas operations. The updated rule builds on the draft rule released by EPA in 2021, incorporates much of the feedback offered by communities in the past year, and is an important step towards addressing the climate crisis, safeguarding public health, and creating new jobs in the methane mitigation industry.

Your Voice Will Make a Difference

To ensure EPA finalizes the strongest possible methane safeguards, we need as many people as possible to weigh in during the comment period through February 13th. We can protect our communities and the climate from methane pollution, ensuring cleaner air and healthier communities. Tell EPA not to let this opportunity slip away!

Take action TODAY! Tell the Biden administration and EPA to finalize the strongest possible protections against methane pollution before the February 13th 2022 deadline.

Related Priorities

Clean Water Action: New Methane Rules are a Positive First Step

“Until we transition away from oil and gas completely, we need the strongest possible rules to limit the harm to our climate and communities from this polluting industry."

NGO Letter to EPA, re: Methane Standards

Protective standards must include no carveouts, and must secure the substantial, science-based pollution reductions needed to help address the climate crisis and to ensure healthy communities.

The Roadmap for Reform

Over the last decade of research and advocacy, Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund has found that activities essential to oil and gas operations cannot be conducted without regulatory and legislative loopholes that put water at risk.