Target: Governor John Hickenlooper
Goal: Commend Colorado for becoming the first state to regulate methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas
A coalition between energy companies and environmental activists has forged groundbreaking regulations in the state, making Colorado the first state to regulate emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. These regulations will monitor emissions from oil and gas operations, ensuring that methane doesn’t leak into our atmosphere. The governor is responsible for prompting the creation of this legislation and should be commended.
Three different energy companies, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Noble Energy Inc., and Encana Corp., are among the state’s largest oil and gas producers and helped craft this law with the aid of the Environmental Defense. The regulations were approved recently by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, and would fix persistent methane leaks from tanks and pipes.
With the natural gas industry booming in Colorado and other nearby states, it is crucial that regulations are set to protect our environment and our wildlife. Drilling for natural gas has started to encroach on communities, where the noise and traffic are bothering residents. It is this pressure from citizens and environmental activists that has forced lawmakers to address problems with pollution.
Methane is 20% more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. While many energy companies are divided on these regulations, it’s extremely imperative that these laws exist. Sign this petition and commend the governor for taking action.
Dear Governor John Hickenlooper,
I would like to thank you for prompting the creation of regulations to monitor methane in your state. I realize that fracking is a commonly used method for extracting natural gas from the ground, however many environmentalists are concerned about its consequences. One of the major problems with fracking is the mere fact that it’s heavily unregulated. I don’t know if fracking will ever be banned in our country, but if it continues regulations need to be in place to protect our environment and wildlife.
Please continue to monitor the smog problem in your state, alongside other environmental concerns. I’m sure Colorado could become a role model for the natural gas company. I’m sure if the energy companies could have it their way, there wouldn’t be regulations. We need our political leaders and environmentally conscience citizens to maintain a clean and unpolluted planet.
[Your Name Here]
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