Trump methane rollback challenges Wolf Administration

Statement of Earthworks' Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate, Leann Leiter in advance of rollback to be announced in Pittsburgh later today by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler:

“As with its COVID response, the Trump administration is ignoring reality about the climate crisis by weakening protections that cut oil and gas methane pollution.

“That EPA Secretary Wheeler chose Pittsburgh to make his announcement highlights the parallel problems with how the Wolf Administration has proposed to address oil and gas air pollution. Wolf continues to support expansion of the oil and gas industry and downplay the growth in methane pollution–similar to what the EPA has asserted in its quest to practically eliminate Obama-era federal methane safeguards.

“To protect Pennsylvanians and the climate, Governor Wolf must adopt science-based methane policy, as he has with his COVID policy, and strengthen his oil and gas pollution proposal to include all wells, not just those the industry agrees to. Without strong safeguards as part of a managed transition away from fossil fuels we will not avoid climate catastrophe. State leadership has never been more critical.”

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