Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after the Biden Administration announced a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supplemental proposal to curb methane emissions from oil and gas sources, as well as an update to the U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan:
“Methane is one of the most dangerous and potent greenhouse gases, responsible for one-third of the warming we contend with today. I applaud the Biden Administration for tackling that challenge head on and proposing stronger and more comprehensive standards to slash methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. By capturing more sources of methane, expanding new monitoring techniques and technologies, and addressing longstanding challenges like abandoned and unplugged wells, the Biden EPA is both safeguarding Americans’ right to clean air and reclaiming our mantle as a global climate leader.
“I’m also thrilled that the Updated U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan now includes key resources and strategies made possible by the historic climate investments Congress made in the Inflation Reduction Act. From the Methane Emissions Reduction Program to the Advanced Industrial Facilities Deployment Program, I am proud that this legislation added so many critical new tools to our collective toolbox. I’m even prouder that, taken together with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these unprecedented climate achievements have put us on track to meet our aggressive climate goals.
“Meeting this moment demands a comprehensive, government-wide approach to slashing methane pollution and I’m happy to stand with the President as we achieve exactly that. I look forward to working with the Biden Administration, my colleagues, and stakeholders to ensure EPA finalizes a strong rule and that the United States leads the way to a clean, sustainable future.”
The announcement comes as Pallone joins world leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27 to discuss the global response to climate change. According to the EPA, the new proposed rule would reduce methane emissions from covered sources by 87 percent from 2023 to 2035.
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