Methane leaks like 'invisible oil spill'
Over the course of several years, a broad coalition of stakeholders across the country mobilized to put a stop to methane waste on our public lands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) answered their demands by creating a rule that ensures that our public resources are not being recklessly wasted, this rule was a win for both our wallets and our lungs.
But now, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump are putting the needs of special interests ahead of American families, by attempting to delay the common-sense rule.
Without the BLM methane waste rule, the oil and gas industry would be free to recklessly leak millions of tons of methane pollution into the air without limits, harming our health and accelerating climate change. Dangerous methane and other pollution is associated with both higher risks for cancer and increased asthma attacks for children.
Industrial leaks of methane are like an invisible oil spill happening 24/7. Over 74,000 people live within a half-mile of an oil or gas facility on public lands. We need leaders in Washington that will fight for our health and work to ensure that we will have clean air to breathe.
-- Jamie Robertson, Missoula