Natural gas pollutes air with nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (both ozone precursors) and greenhouse gases in drilling, well operation, compression, and pipeline transportation.
Contact: Oliver Bernstein, Sierra Club, 512.289.8618
Sierra Club, Community Groups & Local Residents to Ask EPA To Regulate Air Pollution from Oil & Gas Industries
The nation faces an energy crossroads. We are moving away from fossil fuels to cleaner energy and more sustainable transportation solutions. But natural gas is a significant contributor to air quality emissions—like nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (both ozone precursors) and greenhouse gases—at the drilling, well operation, compression, and pipeline transportation phases.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the responsibility to regulate emissions from natural gas and oil production
to protect our health, the water we drink, and the air
we breathe. With only two public meetings scheduled nationwide,
the Sierra Club, community groups and local residents will
be speaking out for stronger safeguards and a clean energy
WHAT: Media teleconference call in advance of EPA public meetings in Arlington, TX & Denver, CO on the regulation of air pollution from the oil and gas industries
WHO: Jen Powis, Sierra Club Senior Regional Representative for Texas
Deborah Rogers, Texas landowner who commissioned independent air study
Cherelle Blazer, Air Quality/Clean Energy Specialist with Environmental Defense Fund
Gopa Ross, Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter Oil and Gas Chair
Mike Eisenfeld, Staff Organizer, Energy Issues, San Juan Citizens Alliance
Additional speakers joining for the question and answer portion of the call:
Esther McElfish, North Central Texas Communities Alliance
Sharon Wilson, Texas Oil and Gas Project
Jim Schermbeck, Downwinders at Risk
WHEN: Wednesday, July 28, 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM CST / 10:00 AM MT / 9:00 AM PT PHONE: 1-888-554-9236, Enter Code: 90664499# Background:
The EPA has committed to completing a comprehensive update of federal air quality regulations for oil and gas drilling operations. Under a settlement agreement with WildEarth Guardians and San Juan Citizens Alliance, EPA has to propose updated rules by January 31, 2011 and finalize those rules by November 30, 2011. Strong regulations are critical to ensuring that the latest technologies are used to reduce harmful air pollution to protect public health and welfare nationwide. As part of this effort, the EPA has scheduled two public hearings—one in Arlington, Texas (August 2) and one in Denver, Colorado (August 3) to take public comment on air quality regulation of the oil and gas industries.