Gutting Methane Waste Rules Will Put Public Health At Risk

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday Department of the Interior Secretary Zinke proposed a major rollback to Bureau of Land Management limits aimed at reducing the methane wasted by oil and gas companies drilling on public lands and requiring companies to plug leaking infrastructure. 

Clean Water Action's National Oil and Gas Campaigns Manager John Noël released the following response:

"Secretary Zinke and the Trump administration sure are dancing with the one that brung them. This is an outrageous attack on public health and our climate that will put communities at risk. It flies in the face of public opinion ─ people across the nation support this commonsense rule, as do 75% of westerners, who are most at risk. Allowing oil and gas companies to recklessly waste methane will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, will worsen healthcare outcomes from communities living near drilling operations, and puts polluter profits before the public good. This is another love letter to fossil fuel companies, this time with little hearts drawn in the margins."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly
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