Environmental Advocates Call For Methane Pollution Controls

  • 6/8/2015 12:05:37 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

Environmental advocates are calling on the federal government and U-S E-P-A to stop industrial methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells and pipelines.

A news conference was held Monday morning in Mansfield with several concerned citizens saying the leaks should be controlled for the benefit of public health and the environment. 

The speakers included Mansfield City Councilman At-Large Don Bryant, Laura Burns of Moms Clear Air Force, and Lee Geisse with the BlueGreen Alliance. 

They say some companies have adopted methane pollution reduction measures, but no national standards are in place, and if federal action isn't taken, methane pollution could increase by 25% in ten years.

Bryant says "Ohio's oil and natural gas industry is an important contributor to the local and state economy, but industrial methane pollution is an invisible threat to public health and the environment.  Strong federal efforts are necessary to cut methane so this dangerous pollutant does not remain undetected and unreported."
Burns says "Industrial methane pollution has significant public health consequences and must be taken seriously by regulators. Toxic pollutants line benzene are linked to cancer, respiratory diseases, and neurological damage.  These toxics contribute to smog that causes childhood asthma attacks and even premature death."
And Geisse says "proven low-cost technologies can eliminate as much as half of all climate-warming methane emossions from the energy sector in the next five years.  American companies in over 40 states are at the forefront of developing, manufacturing, and implementing these technologies, providing high-quality jobs and stimulating local economies."
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