Trump Administration Unleashes New Attack on Public Health with Harmful Methane Rollback

Proposal would undo 2016 rule to reduce harmful climate and air pollution from the oil and gas sector


Phil LaRue, Earthjustice, (202) 667-4500, ext. 4317

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan to gut climate and health protections from oil and gas sector methane emissions. Public health advocates contend that the move is the latest in a series of Trump-era giveaways to major oil and gas companies. Earthjustice and its partners prevailed in a lawsuit to stop the EPA’s earlier attempt to roll back the same health protections last year.

The following is a statement from Tim Ballo, staff attorney at Earthjustice:

“Once again, the Trump administration is making clear that it stands on the side of the oil and gas industry — not the health and well-being of the American people. These commonsense rules require oil and gas companies to fix leaking equipment. The rules help save money and lives, especially those of the people living near fossil fuel facilities. It’s obvious that this rollback is nothing more than an attempt to line the pockets of greedy corporate polluters.”

Hazy air covers an active drilling field in California.
Hazy air covers an active drilling field in California. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)

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