Stop Methane from Leaking into the Atmosphere

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Target: Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Goal: Commend the EPA for its focus on reducing the amount of methane emission

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed their intentions to pass more regulations to decrease leakage of methane. Numerous regulations are currently in effect from the Clean Air Act, but the EPA is looking to expand beyond the scopes of the current regulations and make an even greater impact on reducing the leakage of the pollutant.

Due to the nation’s rapidly growing economy, increasing quantities of methane have leaked into the air from oil and gas wells that are located throughout the United States. Methane is a valuable fuel, and so producers of methane try to capture as much of the pollutant as they can. Producers use a process called “flaring” to burn off some of the gas to lessen its climate impact. However, some of the gas that is not burned off by flaring escapes into the atmosphere. Environmental groups have expressed concerns about the detrimental effects that flaring has on the environment, in addition to the waste of the usable fuel.

However, industry groups have responded with great criticism to the methane reduction planning of the EPA, saying that additional regulations will hinder economic growth. A group representing the American Petroleum Institute publicly stated that no additional regulations on oil and gas companies are necessary.

Gina McCarthy, the EPA Administrator, maintains that since the companies are producing the methane, they have an incentive to stop the leakage of the chemical into the air in order to increase the amount of methane they acquire from the ground. Therefore, the proposal to instate more effective measures to prevent the leakage of methane into the air would be in the best interest of both the oil and gas companies and the environment.

Conservation of the environment must be a priority of the government in order to ensure the health and welfare of people. Please sign the petition below to commend the EPA for taking tentative measures to plan for regulations to reduce the leakage of methane into the atmosphere.


Dear Gina McCarthy,

Methane emission is a considerable threat to the environment, and the EPA is the best proponent for protecting the environment from the disastrous effects of the pollutant. Reading about the additional measures that the EPA is considering to take to combat the issues of methane emissions reflects the great work that the agency is contributing.

As the EPA Administrator, thank you for making the initiative to consider taking the current methane emission reduction regulations further. The increased restriction on methane gas emission into the atmosphere will certainly benefit all sides of the issue, by increasing the general welfare of the environment and people and conserving more methane for the oil and gas companies’ production. I look forward to reading about the advancement of these considerations.


[Your Name Here]

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