Go Erie Op-ed: Federal smog policy is impacting PA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is on pace to propose new standards for methane and other volatile organic compound pollution from oil and gas facilities by September .

This month, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, will attempt to use the 1996 Congressional Review Act to undo the Trump Administration’s reckless dismantling of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for oil and gas facilities. This was the first-ever federal standard for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new oil and gas facilities.

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TribLIVE Op-ed: Biden must prioritize health of Pa. citizens

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on pace to propose new standards for methane and other volatile organic compound (VOC) pollution from oil and gas facilities by September 2021. Next month, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., will attempt to use the 1996 Congressional Review Act to undo the Trump administration’s reckless dismantling of the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for oil and gas facilities. This was the first ever federal standard for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new oil and gas facilities.

We need President Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan to prioritize the health of Pennsylvanians when establishing these much needed public health and air pollution standards. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Health recently concluded that, “Air pollution is one of the greatest health challenges in Pennsylvania.”

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette LTE: Minimize pollution

Now is the time to make sure that Pennsylvania residents and workers are protected from the oil and gas industry and receive needed government funding to expand renewable energy and increase resilience to the increasing effects of climate change.

The Biden administration has committed to propose new standards for methane and volatile organic compound leakage from new and existing oil and gas facilities by September. The administration has also raised the social cost of carbon to $51 a ton compared with the Trump administration’s low of $1. The Methane Emissions Reduction Act has been proposed in the Senate to establish a fee system starting at $1,800 per ton of methane from the oil and gas industry to benefit the National Coastal Resilience Fund or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The administration directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to consider a proposed fossil fuel pipeline’s contribution to climate change. FERC also recently unanimously voted to reconsider a 1999 policy statement that guides how the commission approves gas infrastructure.

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The Hill Op-ed: Fossil fuel pollution is killing people in the US and abroad

That’s the chilling conclusion reached by a new peer-reviewed study from Harvard University and University College London. Researchers found that more than 8.7 million people around the world died from exposure to particulate matter from fossil fuel emissions in 2018.

The findings bring new understanding and urgency to the immediate global health threat caused by climate change and our world’s continued reliance on high-polluting fossil fuels.

For the Biden administration and policymakers worldwide, it must be a wakeup call. Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels isn’t just about protecting future generations from looming threats and projections — it’s about saving lives right now. Our actions — both domestic and internationally — must reflect that urgency.

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