Rolling back protections puts health at risk

EPA moves to gut safeguards that protect us from oil and gas pollution

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 is proposing to weaken 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 benefits of these protections:

  • Over 36,000 oil and gas wells built or modified since October 2015 have to find and fix leaks
  • Every year this avoids:

  • Over 21,000 tons of additional methane pollution put into our air
  • Over 5,900 tons of additional smog-forming volatile organic compounds put into our air
  • Over 454,000 lbs. of additional hazardous air pollutants like cancer-causing benzene put into our air

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