“Our state regulators—and our industry—has a long way to go to clean up our act.”
The methane revision is not the first time the Trump administration has rolled back environmental regulations.
Not only does fracking harm kids' brains, cause earthquakes, and poison water supplies, it also helps contribute to overall global warming.
In 2013, Mexico emitted 126 million tons of methane into the atmosphere.
This is a huge victory for environmentalists, who have been working tirelessly against Scott Pruitt and the EPA to ensure Obama-era environmental regulations aren’t undone.
Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide but hangs around the atmosphere for a shorter time.
A new EPA rule limits methane emissions from new oil and gas infrastructure and requires operators to submit to semi-annual or quarterly monitoring, depending on the type of operation.
A Stanford researcher found the highest risk of leaks was from shallow natural gas wells drilled in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.