Protect Environment From Rising Oil and Gas Emissions

Target: Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Combat climate change by creating stricter regulations on the expansion of the oil and gas industry.

Oil and gas-related industries have permits to build or augment 157 new plants and expand drilling over the next five years. Their permits will allow them to release up to 227 million tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2025. According to state and federal records, this is equivalent to about as much pollution as 50 new coal-fired power plants.

This planned expansion includes companies that extract and/or refine natural gas, liquefied natural gas terminals, petrochemical and plastics plants and ammonia fertilizer plants. The 227 million tons of emissions they are allowed to release is an increase by 30 percent from the 764 million tons the industry released in 2018. These estimates are based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s predictions on future outputs. The actual pollution emitted is estimated to be much higher given the thousands of smaller projects being built that are not required to have permits. While permits designed to regulate pollution are better than nothing, they still do not promise much. According to the Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project, “…the permits being issued by states and the EPA for the largest projects do not include cost-effective methods for controlling greenhouse gas pollution, even though this is required by the federal Clean Air Act. Unless you think climate change is a hoax, that needs to change.”

The planned expansion of the oil and gas industry also poses a huge threat to human health. The permits allow facilities to annually emit a variety of harmful chemicals, including: 119,000 tons of volatile organic compounds which are components of smog, 11,100 tons of fine particles that contribute to asthma and heart attacks, 8,800 tons of sulfur dioxide which can damage the lungs and 47,200 tons of nitrogen oxides which cause aquatic dead zones.

Due to the looming threat of climate change, it is absolutely essential that emissions growth is slowed. However, it has only been rising; emissions grew by 57 million tons from 2016 to 2018. Sign below to demand the EPA increase regulations and enforcement and work to halt the growth of the oil and gas industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Wheeler,

Given the climate disaster we face, expanding the oil and gas industry is a frightening endeavor. Human health and the environment should not be subject to a 227 million ton increase in greenhouse gas emissions. We must be working to slow emissions, not increase them.

I demand that the health of the environment be prioritized, which must include issuing stronger air pollution permits that decrease the amount of pollution released and include cost-effective measures to reduce greenhouse gases, as well as providing proper monitoring, oversight and enforcement that holds industry accountable for violation of regulations. I urge you to implement these measures and work to curb the expansion of the oil and gas industry.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Solvay Group


2 Comments

  1. I hate to say it, but asking Andrew Wheeler to slow down oil and gas production is like parking under a roosting tree and asking the birds not to crap on your car!! The Trump administration and all his hand-picked administrator for our precious EPA has not only upped oil and gas production but he and Trump have sold out the American people by taking bids from oil and gas companies to “rape” our public lands. These lands belong to all of us but we don’t have a “say” in their use.

  2. If God would dry out oil all out of the sudden, within the first twenty four hours three quarters of the world governments officials would have died by suicide. The other quarter will be the oil based millionaires. That would live the rest of the population in a world free from environmental pollution.

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