Safe Energy Future Plan would end preferential treatment for oil and gas polluters

Five bills introduced today would require oil and gas industry to abide by same rules as other industries

Earthworks and NRDC

April 6, 2017

Washington D.C. -- Today Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced a legislative package, collectively dubbed the Safe Energy Future Plan, in response to flagrant oil and gas loopholes that degrade our air, water, climate, and health.

The five separate bills in the plan would close these loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA (regulating hazardous and other waste), the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.

“The Safe Energy Future Plan would end the oil and gas industry’s preferential treatment by closing key loopholes in our bedrock environmental laws that allow this industry to privately profit at the expense of public health. All polluting industries should play by the same rules,” said Earthworks’ Policy Director Lauren Pagel. “Even after passage, we must remember that avoiding catastrophic climate change requires a complete switch to a renewable energy economy as soon as humanly possible, if not sooner.”

“For too long, the oil and gas industry has enjoyed exemptions from the laws created to protect people,” said Alison Kelly, Land and Wildlife Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The industry must not be allowed to continue jeopardizing our clean air, safe drinking water and communities. These bills will finally close dangerous, long-standing loopholes in our nation’s most fundamental public health and environmental protection laws.”

The Safe Energy Future Plan consists of:

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