Help plug dangerous pipeline leaks

What's At Stake

Studies show that U.S. gas pipelines leak as much as 2.7 million tons of methane into our atmosphere each year. That’s the same impact as roughly 50 million passenger cars.

It’s unacceptable. But it’s also a problem we can fix. The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has a proposal that will help find and fix more leaks — but it’s already well behind schedule. That’s why we need to act fast and urge PHMSA to put their plan into action. 

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and PHMSA can lead and deliver on this win for climate and safety by directing his agency to finalize the rule this spring. Send a letter and show your support for stronger community safety and climate protections! 

Gas pipelines are a significant source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas more than 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Methane fuels extreme weather across the country by immediately trapping heat in the atmosphere. It’s a big problem, but also a big opportunity. Cutting methane emissions now is the best, most cost-effective way to slow the rate of climate change happening now. That’s why we need to act fast.

With protective standards for leak detection and repair, we can hold gas companies responsible, improve community safety and curb climate emissions at the same time. And PHMSA’s proposal is a big step in the right direction. If adopted, the Advanced Leak Detection & Repair Rule will require regular surveys for repairing pipelines, ensure more detailed reporting, incorporate modern technology into leak detection programs that will find and fix more leaks, and extend these protective standards to cover an additional ~70,000 miles of pipelines.

To meet our nation’s climate goals, and protect the health and safety of our communities, we need to put a stop to gasline leaks. Tell DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg and PHMSA Deputy Administrator Tristan Brown to swiftly adopt this proposal. 

Three pipelines reflecting blue sky. (zorazhuang for Getty Images)
Three pipelines reflecting blue sky. (zorazhuang for Getty Images)

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