Plug Methane Gas Leak at Abandoned Wells


Target: Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy

Goal: Plug up abandoned mines in Pennsylvania to stop methane leak

Researchers from Princeton University found something shocking from abandoned mine wells in Pennsylvania. The mines are leaking a significant amount of methane, a greenhouse gas linked to global climate change. The researchers state that immediate action must be taken to plug up the mines. Implore Administrator Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate this matter, and stop methane gas from entering our atmosphere.

It is believed that there are three million abandoned mines in the United States, and researchers from Princeton University found that both natural oil and gas mines in Pennsylvania were leaking a substantial amount of methane into the atmosphere. These wells are decades old and no one has bothered to make sure that these structures have been tended to. The researchers declared a dire need to investigate not just the mines in Pennsylvania, but those in California and Texas where mining for oil and gas have been prominent in recent years.

Methane gas has become a huge concern to environmentalists because of its insulation abilities. It is 20 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping in heat, contributing to global climate change. It is an unprocessed form of natural gas, resulting from decomposition, landfills, and oil and gas mines. While naturally occurring, too much methane in the atmosphere becomes dangerous.

Unfortunately, oil and gas companies care about mines that are currently in operation, and pay little to no attention to mines that have been abandoned. With over three million mines existing in the United States, a survey must be conducted to make sure that our environment is safe and free of toxic gases. Urge Administrator of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, to create a task force responsible for measuring methane gas leaks and plugging up these mines.


Dear Administrator Gina McCarthy,

Princeton University researchers found an alarming amount of methane gas leaking from abandoned oil and gas mines in Pennsylvania. As I’m sure you know, methane gas excels at trapping in heat. Unfortunately, this spells disaster for our planet. Global climate change affects everyone and it is due to the release of methane and other greenhouse gases. Actions must be taken to reverse this phenomenon and you can help correct this problem.

I implore you to send in a task force to monitor methane levels found in these mines. If these levels are too high—and the Princeton researchers believe they are—I urge you to plug up these mines immediately. The burning of fossil fuels has already polluted our air, and we cannot let more toxins enter our atmosphere.


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