Thank Our Leaders for Holding Oil and Gas Companies Accountable!
Land, air, and water are our heritage. We have a moral obligation to hold oil and gas companies accountable.
Every day, unnecessary pollution is spewing into the skies over our public lands in the form of methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas over 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short term. The consequences are often devastating for ecosystems and habitats and put in danger the natural treasures of our nation.
But now, we can thank our elected officials who made sure the Bureau of Land Management finalized a strong rule to cut natural gas waste on our public lands which will hold oil and gas companies accountable by:
- Modernizing how we account for natural gas waste on public lands;
- Dis-incentivizing wasteful practices such as venting, flaring, and leaking natural gas;
- Employing technologies that not only reduce natural gas waste, but also cut toxic air pollutants such as benzene and ozone-forming volatile organic compounds and greenhouse gases.
The implementation of this rule will result in healthier communities and will also be a move in the right direction for our country’s international commitments on tackling climate change.
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Dear U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich; U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham; New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller:
Thank you for making sure the Bureau of Land Management finalized a strong natural gas waste rule cutting natural gas waste on public lands.
This rule is a critical step forward to ensure a fair return to the American taxpayer and reduce the needless waste of America's energy resources.
In fact, oil and gas companies waste $330 million-worth of natural gas on America’s public and tribal lands each year through venting, flaring, and leaks. Wasted natural gas means lost tax revenue for state and tribal governments that could support education, roads and bridges, and conservation projects.
And by cutting natural gas waste, we will also cut ozone-forming pollutants that trigger asthma attacks and worsen emphysema. In fact, this rule would cut as much methane pollution as taking nearly a million vehicles off the road.
Protecting our natural resources is our moral obligation. We'll need to all work together to defend these common sense rules, hold oil and gas companies accountable, and continue to put a stop to natural gas waste.
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