Rep. Green Responds to White House Plan to Cut Methane Emissions
(Washington, D.C.)—Congressman Gene Green released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent release of their strategy to reduce methane emissions, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
“While the strategy identifies four sectors as sources of methane emissions, it seems that the EPA is prioritizing the oil and gas sector. I am pleased that the EPA, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Interior are making working with industry a top priority, but I hope these agencies continue to recognize the significant progress that has already been made under voluntary programs and initiatives, and remain flexible and responsive to those efforts.
Already, companies in the oil and gas sector are working to capture methane wherever possible. Methane is a product that can be marketed and sold, and industry understands that it makes economic and environmental sense to market this product. The best solutions will come from joint ventures and partnerships between industry, state and local officials, and federal agencies that incentivize the capturing and monitoring of emissions and promote the creation of and movement to markets.”