Trump Administration Throws Common Sense Out the Window with Methane Rule Rollback

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposal today to roll back regulations that prevent unnecessary methane leaks in the oil and gas industry.

August 29, 2019

The BlueGreen Alliance’s report, Plugging the Leaks, showed full deployment of existing practices and technologies at new and modified oil and gas facilities could reduce methane emissions in the United States and create 50,000 jobs over the next ten years in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing.

The BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh:

“In the latest attack on workers, public health, and common sense, the Trump administration’s EPA is gutting methane standards that are working right now to address the climate crisis and protect the health of workers and communities around oil and gas operations, while also helping to create jobs in the methane mitigation industry.

“No one benefits from methane leaks. The Trump administration’s plan throws common sense out the window, putting workers and communities at risk and costing us good-paying jobs in communities around the country.”