EPA’s New Methane Rule: What you Need to Know

Submit your comments by Nov. 24

On November 15, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  proposed a new rule to control climate damaging methane emissions by the oil and gas industry. The proposed rule would eliminate 41 million tons of methane emissions between 2023 to 2035; or the equivalent of 920 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s more than all the carbon dioxide emitted from all U.S. passenger cars and commercial aircraft in 2019.  

Read more details from the EPA here

Public Citizen, the Environmental Defense Fund and Sierra Club hosted an informational meeting about the crucially important new rule. The presentation featured:

  • Colin Leyden, Political Director for Environmental Defense Fund Texas.
  • Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter.
  • Andres Restrepo, Senior Attorney, Sierra Club Environmental Law Program.

Visuals from the meeting are available here

Public Comment Opportunity

Now you have a chance to tell the EPA you support this rule. EPA will hold public hearings on the rule Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2021. The deadline to register to participate is Nov. 24. Register now to make your voice heard.

Written comments on the rule are due January 14, 2022. Here’s a helpful explainer on how to submit your comment in writing.

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It’s important that we spread the word about this opportunity for public comment. Please share this link with your personal and social media networks and encourage your friends and family to speak up, too. Thank you for lending your voice to this important cause.