Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nature Abounds Applauds New EPA Rule Cutting Methane Emissions From Oil & Gas Operations

Nature Abounds President Melinda Hughes Thursday released this statement in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency final rule setting limits on climate-changing methane emissions from oil and gas operations—
“Nature Abounds applauds the Obama Administration on setting standards projected to reduce the equivalent of 11 million metric tons of carbon pollution by 2025 and save Americans a net of $170 million in costs related to methane pollution.
“By issuing a standard for new and modified sources, EPA sets the stage to begin work on a rule to curb emissions from existing oil and gas operations.
“Oil and gas operations are the largest industrial source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a twenty-year time frame.
“Methane is a powerful contributor to climate change and in 2013 alone, the oil and gas sources emitted over 7.3 million metric tons of methane. Reducing methane emissions was and continues to be necessary for our future.
“By doing so, it should also lead to a reduction of respiratory problems which are experienced in epic numbers in our mountainous area as the toxic air gets entrapped in the valleys.
“The reduction also lowers the risk of  explosive risks that methane also brings to our area as mixtures of just 5 to 15 percent of methane in air can be explosive.
“The oil and gas industry must take responsibility for their pollution, rather than asking the public and our environment to bear the burden. Thank you to the EPA for fulfilling their mission 'to protect human health and the environment'. There's absolutely no reason that we cannot have a strong economy while also protecting our environment and future generations." 
Hughes testified at the EPA hearings last fall on the proposed methane rule.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events of this Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, visit the Nature Abounds website or contact Melinda Hughes at 814-765-1453 x203 or send email to:

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