For Immediate Release
350 Responds to Obama Administration’s Methane Pollution Regulation
WASHINGTON - In response to the Obama Administration announcing plans to reduce methane pollution from existing fracking wells, 350.org’s U.S. Policy Director Jason Kowalski issued the following statement:
“A couple months ago, insiders said limiting methane pollution from existing fracking wells was politically unrealistic. But with the dangers of fracking front and center in the presidential campaign, and outrage around the Porter Ranch disaster shining a spotlight on fracking’s worst effects, Obama couldn’t claim the mantle of climate leadership without tackling the industry’s massive methane problem.
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We applaud the White House for considering the communities directly impacted by fracking and for expanding the planned regulations, but one thing is certain: no amount of regulation can make fracking safe. Environmental groups and communities directly impacted by extreme extraction know the only way to protect people and our climate is to ban fracking and keep fracked gas in the ground.”
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