(RIVERSIDE, California – March 23, 2017) The California Air Resources Board today finalized new regulations targeting methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas facilities. Methane is both the main component of natural gas and a potent climate pollutant. Emissions from the industry can also reduce local air quality and cause other public health concerns. The policies approved today will apply to both new and existing facilities, both on and offshore, making them the strongest methane standards in the country.
Statement from Tim O’Connor, Director of California Oil and Gas, Environmental Defense Fund
“California’s actions represent commonsense energy policy. Reducing the oil and gas industry’s emissions is one of the most affordable ways to minimize climate pollution, protect public health and ensure companies operate responsibly. Adopting these standards will help communities enjoy a healthy environment with less pollution and create a stronger energy economy with less waste.
“At a time when our country’s most basic societal protections are under threat, efforts to reduce harmful air pollutants and support a strong economy are more important now than ever before. Even if the Trump Administration tries to roll our country’s environmental protections backward, smart leadership can and will continue moving forward. California is making it clear it will hold the industry accountable for its pollution.”
- Tim O’Connor, Director of California Oil and Gas, Environmental Defense Fund