Target: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Goal: Reduce the amount of methane that escapes into the atmosphere from oil and gas wells.
A huge methane gas plume the size of Delaware is floating above New Mexico because of leaks during natural gas production and processing on federal lands. Methane is an even more dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and its emission needs to be curbed. Demand that these leaks be fixed at once.
Resource extraction aimed at capturing natural gas for energy production is taking place on federal lands across the United States. While this is an important source of energy for millions of Americans, the processes through which the gas is extracted are horribly inefficient. By the government’s own admission, up to 40 percent of the methane gas the operations are supposed to capture leaks out and into the atmosphere.
Methane can retain up to 39 times more heat than carbon dioxide. Annually, it’s estimated that the amount of methane that gets leaked into the air from these extraction operations is equivalent to 3.1 million cars on the road in terms of its exacerbating effect on climate change.
The amount of greenhouse gases these extraction operations emit from leaks cannot be tolerated in the face of global climate change and rising sea levels. Sign the petition below to demand that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell address these leaks and reduce the amount of methane that escapes into the atmosphere.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
I am writing you today regarding the natural gas extraction operations taking place on federal lands across the country. The amount of waste these operations perpetrate is deplorable and detrimental to the environment.
While I understand the need to extract natural gas for an energy resource, if it is to take place, it must be done responsibly and with as many environmental protections in place and adhered to as possible. As it stands, that is not the case. Up to 40 percent of the natural gas meant to be extracted ultimately gets leaked into the atmosphere over the course of the operations taking place on your lands.
While the exponential impact this leaked gas has on climate change should be self-evident, it also represents a huge missed opportunity economically and practically, as the gas never goes to market or has the chance to be turned into energy. I demand that you immediately address these leaks in the natural gas production taking place on federal land so that methane does not keep escaping into the atmosphere.
[Your Name Here]
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