The CAA passed in 1970 with the purpose of making air breathable again. Today, we’ve made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. Methane severely affects the health of community members surrounding oil and gas extraction sites. The leaking emissions smell terrible and have severe health consequences, especially in children. Children in oil and gas extraction areas suffer from high rates of asthma and other chronic problems. Communities deserve the protections that the CAA intended to give when it was enacted.
Washington, D.C., July 10th –On the same day the Environmental Protection Agency takes public comment on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to stay for 2 years the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) to limit oil and gas methane pollution, a new analysis shows more than 203,000 Americans, including more than 51,000 children, live within ½ mile of the more than 18,000 oil and gas facilities affected by the Pruitt’s proposal. Peer-reviewed science has found that harmful air pollution from oil and gas and negative health effects are significantly correlatedwith proximity to oil and gas industry sites, such as wells and compressor stations.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today reinstated EPA’s oil and gas methane pollution standards that the Agency had suspended since early June. These standards provide Americans living near new oil and gas development much-needed protections from pollution caused by the industry. The three-judge panel agreed with environmental and public health groups’ claims, acting on the groups’ emergency motion. The majority found the stay to be unlawful and voted 2-1 to reinstate the rule, stating that EPA had no authority to issue the original stay.
Washington, D.C. – Announcements this week from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will delay Obama-era methane pollution rules. The rules aimed to limit methane pollution from oil and gas facilities.