Op-eds and Columns

KRWG Public Media Op-ed: Trump Administration Attacks on Methane Safeguards Threaten New Mexico Families, Add to Pollution

Commentary: Today, Moms Clean Air Force released a new report: “Face to Face with Oil and Gas: Voices from the Front Lines of Oil and Gas Pollution”. The report highlights the scope and diversity of the public health impacts that oil and gas pollution have on the well-being of families across the country, in both urban and rural areas, living near and far from oil and gas operations. It is unconscionable that our federal government wants to weaken or revoke safeguards that protect our children from this industrial pollution.

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Casper Star Tribune Op-ed: Regional, state action on methane shows bipartisan sensibility of waste reduction efforts

A few weeks ago, Democratic and Republican governors from across the West, including Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead, announced their agreement that there are environmental and economic benefits to reducing methane emissions from oil and gas development and opportunities for the beneficial use of this natural gas resource.

The Times-Tribune Op-ed: Stop leaks from gas wells

Methane is the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is a major methane emitter. Recently Gov. Tom Wolf took steps to reduce methane leakage from new natural gas industry sources. Now he must keep his promise to reduce methane leakage from existing sources.

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Las Vegas Sun Op-ed: Deadly fumes threaten communities of color

As a retired chaplain and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I know a successful Air Force pilot is keenly aware of threats seen and expected, as well as threats unseen and unexpected. When an unseen threat is revealed, the good pilot is ready to confront and eliminate it, because it is a matter of life and death.

It is easy to see oil and gas infrastructure across the American West. It is easy to see benefits of oil and gas revenue — jobs and energy security — particularly when oil and gas companies have enormous budgets to advertise to tell us about such things.

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Philadelphia Inquirer Op-ed: Gov. Wolf should move forward with methane regulations

Methane is the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is a major methane emitter. Recently Gov. Wolf took steps to reduce methane leakage from new natural gas industry sources. Now he must keep his promise to reduce methane leakage from existing sources.

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My San Antonio Op-ed: Don’t lose sight of curbing methane emissions

Reducing carbon emissions is paramount if we are to mitigate climate change.

But so, too, is the need to reduce methane emissions. A recent study led by the Environmental Defense Fund and published in the journal “Science,” serves as a stark reminder of how much work remains on that front. The study found the U.S. oil and gas industry is emitting 13 million metric tons of methane each year from operations. That’s 60 percent more than estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The Daily Item Op-ed: Keep drilling for accurate emissions data

The state Department of Environmental Protection should continue its independent evaluation of methane emissions from natural gas wells and compressor stations located within the commonwealth. The DEP should also continue to implement environmental protections based on that data, even if it appears that similar regulations are being rolled back at the federal level.

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Steamboat Today Op-ed: Strong rules needed for methane venting

I am an oil and gas industry engineering consultant, and I'm disappointed by the recent report by Colorado State University researchers that suggests that the amount of methane vented in natural gas operations may be significantly higher than previously thought.

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Washington Post Op-ed: The practically cost-free way to slow global warming that Trump won’t adopt

WHAT IF there were a way to slash planet-warming greenhouse-gas emissions at little to no net cost? Opportunities such as these exist because knowledge about them has emerged gradually and the government has failed to require the simple changes needed. An example is curbing methane emissions from the nation’s booming natural gas industry. A new study in the journal Science suggests that the industry can easily do much better, driving immediate emissions benefits while extracting and transporting a fossil fuel that, if handled correctly, is substantially cleaner than coal.

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Las Cruces Sun News Op-ed: Rollback of methane rule wastes millions for NM

I’ve had the honor of working for fiscal conservatives like the late Senator Pete Domenici — budget hawks that put the wise management of our resources above special-interest politics. That’s why I know there is nothing conservative about the waste of millions of dollars every year in New Mexico revenue due to leaked, vented and flared methane from the oil and gas industry.

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