New Methane Rule Is a Critical Step to Fulfill President Biden’s Climate Goals

In response to the announcement of new EPA regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, Evergreen Action Executive Director Jamal Raad released the following statement:

“The IPCC report was clear: driving down methane pollution is essential to reining in the climate crisis. But for too long, corporate polluters in the fossil fuel industry have gotten away with unchecked methane leaks from existing infrastructure that accelerate the climate crisis and poison our communities. That must end now. 

“EPA’s new rule will address critical sources of methane pollution from the oil and gas industry in both new and existing operations. This rule will drive down pollution, help fulfill President Biden’s commitments, and protect our communities from the worst impacts of climate change. And alongside the EPA rule, Congress must act, by moving swiftly to pass a penalty on methane waste in the Build Back Better Act. Tackling methane pollution is an essential step to help tackle the climate crisis and allow American communities to flourish—we look forward to imminent action from Congress and further steps from EPA to build on the important progress made today."