Trump’s EPA publishes rollback of oil & gas methane rule

Statement of Earthworks' Policy Director Lauren Pagel on proposed rule that would gut climate & health safeguards

“With this methane safeguard rollback President Trump’s EPA just sacrificed public health and climate for oil and gas industry profits. And he did so despite some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies endorsing the need for methane rules.

Even with EPA’s methane safeguards in place, we’re not doing enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. To do that, we must end the oil and gas era and make a rapid, clean and just transition to the 100% renewable economy as soon as humanly possible. But the first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging. Unfortunately Trump’s EPA just replaced a shovel with a backhoe.” — Earthworks’ Policy Director Lauren Pagel

BACKGROUND

Today’s proposal would eviscerate part of the EPA safeguard that cuts methane and associated toxic air pollution from new oil and gas production (the NSPS rule). According to the Office of Management and Budget, this is first of two parts to completely gut the existing rule. Today’s proposal focuses on undermining Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) requirements among other issues. This is repeal is unwarranted and unwise for many reasons, including:

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