Andrew Wheeler can’t justify EPA rollback of methane protections

Cleveland 2 weeks ago

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler was the keynote speaker at Case Western Reserve University’s recent law school symposium celebrating the EPA’s 50th anniversary of protecting our environment. Yet he’s also a proponent of recently proposed changes to the 2016 New Source Performance Standards, which, contrary to the intent and purpose of the CWRU celebration, deregulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and only hurt our planet.

Methane is the primary component of natural gas which traps more heat in the atmosphere than CO2. More than 13 million metric tons of methane are emitted each year by the oil and gas industry, according to recent reports in Science magazine.

The 2016 standards sought to limit methane pollution through more stringent implementation of pollution control measures and leak checks. But the recent revisions would roll back these standards for both new and existing sources of methane pollution.

While Wheeler claimed these revisions would reduce methane emissions, in fact, the opposite is true - his plan, according to the Environmental Defense Fund, will result in 5 million additional metric tons of methane pollution each year.

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Peter Griesinger,

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