Representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a finalized rule to limit methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas facilities. Modeled after recent action in Colorado, the rule will avoid the equivalent of 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2025, and creates climate benefits of over $170 million. This is an important, cost-effective way to protect our health and communities, combat climate change and reduce wasted natural gas.
“Methane emissions have a negative and devastating impact on our climate, and we must act now to reduce methane gas emissions,” Polis said. “While I am disappointed the EPA rule only targets new and modified sources, the EPA not only has the right to act and require a reduction of methane emissions, but the responsibility.” [press release]