Under rules finalized in 2016 by the Environmental Protection Agency, new and modified oil and gas operations must take reasonable steps to find and repair leaks, and to deploy commonsense technologies and practices to limit waste and pollution.
These standards are based on cost-effective and proven technologies and techniques successfully deployed in states including Colorado, Wyoming and Ohio.
Continuing his record of siding with polluters, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed a massive loophole by delaying the central components of these standards. This action would mean more wasted American energy and more pollution, putting the health of children across America at risk.
We need to keep these protections strong; our communities are counting on them.
The impact of rolling back protections:
- Over 30,500 oil and gas wells built or modified since September 2015 will no longer be required to find and fix leaks
- Over 17,000 tons of additional methane pollution put into our air
- Over 4,700 tons of additional smog-forming volatile organic compounds put into our air
- Over 362,000 lbs. of additional hazardous air pollutants like cancer-causing benzene put into our air
State fact sheets
- Legal and technical resources
- Rules to stop the waste of taxpayer owned resources are also under attack
- Blog: Suspension of clean air standards for the oil and gas industry- an urgent health threat for Americans
- Statement: EPA Proposes Massive, "Unconscionable" Two-Year Loophole for Oil and Gas Air Pollution Control Measures