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Statement of Lauren Pagel, Earthworks Policy Director, on the lawsuits filed today by 13 states in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in an attempt to block vital public health protections for communities living with oil and gas pollution.

“The attempts by several states to use the courts to try and stop sensible clean air standards further demonstrates why national methane pollution standards are so badly needed. Methane pollution, and the harmful smog-forming and toxic air pollution that is released by the oil and gas industry threatens public health and the climate. We need a national standard because those in power don’t believe their constituents warrant protection. Everyone deserves to breathe clean air.”