Methane and Climate Change Coalition Letter

Methane Flare

We are urging our coalition partners to sign onto our PDF icon Methane and Climate Change Coalition letter the Wolf Administration to directly address methane in its proposed regulation to control emissions from existing oil and gas operations. Please fill out the form below to sign on.

Background

We’re facing a climate crisis. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming concluded we have to essentially eliminate greenhouse gas emission by 2050 to avoid the most disastrous outcomes. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more damaging at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry emits hundreds of thousands of tons of methane each year. As the third largest greenhouse gas polluting state in the nation, Pennsylvania bears an outsize responsibility for addressing our climate crisis.

Despite the severity and urgency of the situation, Pennsylvania is failing to get to the root of the issue. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed regulation to control emissions from existing oil and gas operations doesn’t directly reduce methane emissions. It also allows operators to shirk their responsibility to regularly inspect for leaks and exempts certain sources- further minimizing the regulation’s effectiveness.

There’s no reason to do just the bare minimum given the extent of the methane problem in our Commonwealth, especially when we know a rapid reduction is something that we can do immediately to help curb the near-term rate of warming. PDF icon Sign onto our letter and join us in urging the Wolf Administration to amend its proposed rules to more directly address methane. 

Please fill out your information below to sign on.

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