Observer-Reporter Op-ed: Why is EPA trying to roll back methane standards?

The oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania produces the second most natural gas in the nation, behind only Texas. Yet, an estimate earlier this year by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found that we’re wasting more than 520,000 tons of methane a year – about $68 million worth of wasted energy resources – mostly due to old, outdated equipment. More concerning is that the group found that figure is far higher than what the industry reports to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Forbes Op-Ed: Investors Call On BP, Exxon, Shell And More To Defend EPA Methane Regulations

Last week, investors representing $1.9 trillion assets under management called on 30 oil and gas companies, urging them to publicly oppose the EPA’s proposed weakening of its methane rules. This letter is signed by investors including CalSTRS, the New York City Comptroller’s Office, and Robeco, all of which have joined together to say no to these regulatory rollbacks.

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Albuquerque Journal: Time to regulate methane without killing oil and gas

When it comes to methane, New Mexico is both first and last.

We have the highest concentration of atmospheric methane in the nation — a “hotspot” the size of Delaware over the San Juan Basin, as shown by NASA imagery. And we have the least amount of regulation controlling methane emissions, according to a new study from The Wilderness Society and Taxpayers for Common Sense.

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Pueblo Chieftain Op-ed: Methane Rules Needed To Protect Colorado’s Children

There’s a certain irony in Colorado hosting the one and only public hearing of the President Donald Trump administration’s proposed re-write of the 2016 Environmental Protection Agency methane rule. Colorado was the first to implement state-level methane regulations on oil and gas production in 2014, a mark not only of Colorado values, but the necessity of protecting the health, safety and taxpayer resources associated with being the sixth-largest oil- and gas-producing state.

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Casper Star Tribune Op-ed: Hebberger Jr.: It’s time for Wyoming to take a leadership role in methane waste

When you ignite natural gas to heat your house, cook your dinner, or power your water heater, you’re burning a chemical compound called methane. There’s some other stuff in there (in very small amounts) but it’s mostly methane. And it’s a pretty good source of energy, all things considered. It’s odorless, efficient, burns relatively clean and — when all goes as planned — pollutes a lot less than other fossil fuels do.

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