Interior Secretary Zinke proposes gutting BLM’s methane safeguards

Statement of Earthworks’ Policy Director Lauren Pagel

“Once again, Trump, Zinke and their oil industry cronies have put corporate profits ahead of the American taxpayer. Under Zinke’s gutted methane waste rule, communities would lose hundreds of millions of dollars and be exposed to more cancer-causing pollutants like benzene.

Just last month, Earthworks’ certified thermographers used optical gas imaging cameras to find otherwise invisible air pollution from oil and gas facilities on our public lands in New Mexico. Zinke’s weakened rule ensures that we will continue to see pollution at these sites and the thousands more on our public lands across the country.

Seeing is believing. We will continue to inspect, expose and report this pollution until we have new rules that protect our health and climate.”

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