Limiting and Controlling Methane from Natural Gas and Other Sources is Critically Important Now!

by Duane Nichols on February 5, 2022

Clean Air Moms want you to understand Frontline Impacts

Halt the Harm Network is Dedicated to Achieving a Much Stronger EPA Methane Rule

I am thrilled to commend everyone in the Halt the Harm Network for joining over 500,000 comments submitted nationwide on the EPA Methane Rule as of Monday. Over 8500 of these comments came from our grassroots leaders and concerned members of HHN.

We were also successful in promoting community voices at the Frontline Impacts from the EPA Methane Rule webinar on January 26.

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments, shared this to their network, and joined us for the January 26 webinar. We have all had a significant impact on strengthening the EPA methane rules to truly protect communities across the country.

The methane rule campaign is being created by leaders in Halt the Harm Network – a project focused on building a stronger and more connected movement to fight oil & gas. Join the network discussion here.

Please join us in the ongoing Methane Rule discussion space in particular to know when EPA’s supplemental comment period opens in March.

>>> Thank you! Raina Rippel, Senior Fellow, Halt the Harm Network

Halt the Harm Network, 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW,
Suite 440, Washington, District of Columbia 20015


See also: Federal pipeline agency shifts focus to cut methane – Mike Soraghan, E&E News, January 18, 2022

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was given a broad new responsibility by Congress to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and the “thousands” of inquiries it’s planning to make to companies about their methane emissions this year will be some of the earliest tangible signs of that mandate. “Congress was very clear that we must not just reduce these emissions, but we must do all we can to minimize these emissions,” Tristan Brown, PHMSA’s deputy administrator, said in a speech late last year.

In late 2020, Congress ordered pipeline companies to update their inspections and maintenance plans to find ways to reduce methane emissions. It ordered PHMSA to check those plans with inspections. Meanwhile, the agency is also writing rules on methane, requiring companies to find and fix leaks. It says it’s aiming to have a proposed rule published in the Federal Register by May.

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