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“EPA, Are You Listening?”

March 12, 2019 Work Area: Methane

In response to Shell and ExxonMobil’s methane announcements at CERA Week, Sarah Smith, CATF Program Director, Super Pollutants, said: “It’s not every day that two major oil and gas producers call for tighter climate protections, but that’s what Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil did today. The companies called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to preserve rules regulating methane emissions and extend them to cover greenhouse gas pollution from existing oil and gas equipment, a stark contrast to the Agency’s ongoing rollback attempts.”

And later in the day, two more companies – BP and Equinor — joined the chorus of major oil and gas producers calling for continued methane regulation.

“Clean Air Task Force commends Shell, ExxonMobil, BP and Equinor for recognizing this urgent climate issue. EPA should take note that four of the largest oil and gas companies in the world have said that they support continued regulation of methane emissions. It is our hope that other companies will step up and demand that EPA halt rollbacks and instead work to strengthen and expand the standards.

“So, EPA, are you listening?” Smith concluded.

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