Submit your comment to the EPA on Methane

Environmental Protection Agency

In November, President Biden issued an updated draft rule to cut methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing oil and gas operations. The updated rule builds on the draft rule released by EPA in 2021, incorporates much of the feedback offered by communities in the past year, and is an important step towards addressing the climate crisis, safeguarding public health, and creating new jobs in the methane mitigation industry. Still, there is more work to be done to ensure that the strongest possible methane safeguards are quickly finalized.


Submit your comment (below) to the EPA and urge our leaders to quickly finalize the strongest possible safeguards to cut methane and other harmful pollution from the oil and gas industry.

To: Environmental Protection Agency
From: [Your Name]

Dear EPA Administrator Regan,

Methane pollution from the oil and gas sector is accelerating the pace of climate change and harming the health of our families and communities across the country. That is why we are counting on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly finalize the strongest possible safeguards to cut methane and other harmful pollution from the oil and gas industry.

The updated draft rule improves upon or maintained many of the standards in the original draft rule released by EPA in 2021 identified by climate, public health, and environmental justice advocates like me, including by ensuring all wells are regularly and frequently inspected for leaks and that outdated pneumatic equipment is replaced with zero-emitting options. In addition to ensuring that each of these key provisions remain in the final rule, there is more work to be done to ensure that communities like mine are protected.

EPA must do more to ensure that:

-Operators at wells capture associated gas and limit flaring of that gas in instances in which it is necessary for safety or maintenance reasons;

-Strengthen the standards to address emissions from storage tanks by making the standards applicable to more tanks; and

-Provide a clear pathway for participation in the Super Emitter Response Program by ensuring communities and citizens can access data and technologies to help reduce methane and other pollutants in the areas where we live and work.

My community is counting on your agency to quickly address these concerns, and to finalize strong, comprehensive new and existing source rules to cut methane pollution from the oil and gas sector before it’s too late.

Thank you for your consideration,
[your name]