Faith Responses to Methane Pollution
In June 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its first-ever set of regulations on methane emissions from new sources. The regulations attempt to cap the amount of methane, a greenhouse gas dozens of times more potent than carbon dioxide, that is released into the atmosphere in the process of drilling for gas and oil. Regulations on existing sources are still to come.
In January 2015, numerous faith groups issued statements on the Obama Administration's plans to address methane emissions:
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In September 2016, OH religious leaders sent a letter to the Administration urging action on methane pollution.
In August 2016, religious leaders from the interfaith community, black church leaders and evangelical leaders sent letters to the EPA on the methane pollution data collection process.
In June 2016, more than 50 religious leaders in Pennsylvania issued a letter urging national methane standards.
In May 2016, statements were issued by the Evangelical Environmental Network, Creation Justice Ministries, Interfaith Power & Light, New Mexico Power & Light, Franciscan Action Network, and the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility on the Administration's final methane new source rule.
In January 2016, faith groups made statements on the Administration's proposed methane rule on federal lands.