U.S. Needs Strong Greenhouse Gas Standards (GHG Tailoring Rule)

by Duane Nichols on April 17, 2012

The US EPA is proposing Step 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule, originally designed to cut industrial emissions that harm public health and cause climate change by gradually tightening pollutant standards over time. This most recent step may be in the wrong direction. It allows the same greenhouse gas standards as before rather than lowering them while building in streamlining measures for industry. This rule will have major ramifications for whether or not the natural gas industry is properly regulated. Hopefully the US EPA will stand up for human health and the environment over industry’s bottom line. You may wish to provide comments.

The Clean Air Council is a member-supported, non-profit environmental organization founded in 1967 and dedicated to protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air. The Council works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to seek enforcement of environmental laws. Here is a message from the Clean Air Council:

Ask EPA for Stronger Greenhouse Gas Standards

The deadline for commenting is Friday, April 20th at 5 pm.

Matt Walker, Clean Air Council, Community Outreach Coordinator, Marcellus Shale Program, 215-567-4004 ext. 121, mwalker@cleanair.org

Website: www.cleanair.org


Some drillers say that the costs of pending air pollution standards are manageable, according to Business Week.  The US EPA proposal to cut air pollution from natural-gas wells, that was delayed after a flurry of last-minute comments, won’t slow the gas boom sweeping the U.S., some drillers and industry analysts said.

Southwestern Energy Co. and Devon Energy Corp. say they already use systems to capture methane and other fumes at wells, the key requirement of a rule that may be issued very soon. Drilling hasn’t slowed in Colorado or Wyoming where technology to capture emissions has been required by the state since 2009 and 2010, Christine Tezak, senior policy analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. in McLean, Virginia, wrote in a March 16 research note.

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Duane Nichols April 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

This ARTICLE contains quotations from PAM JUDY and from JOE OSBORNE of the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), both of southwestern Pennsylvania.



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