“We applaud the Obama Administration for working to prevent venting and flaring of methane at new and existing oil and gas operations on public lands. The current inadequate rules allow the the oil and gas industry to waste and pollute with impunity. Western communities deserve cleaner air and taxpayers deserve not to have public minerals wasted.
In order to come close to meeting the international climate commitments recently set forth in Paris, the Obama Administration must curb methane pollution from all oil and gas operations. To best protect community health and ward off catastrophic climate change, this Administration must act swiftly to keep fossil fuels in the ground by stopping the leasing of gas, oil, and tar sands on public lands.”