Moms Clean Air Force would like to make this statement in light of EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler’s keynote speech at the Shale Insights 2018 oil and gas conference in Pittsburgh on October 24, 2018. Moms Clean Air Force Oil & Gas Specialist, Patrice Tomcik will be attending the conference on October 24, 2018.
“My two sons are among the millions of children who go to school near oil and gas operations that threatens their health and safety,” said Patrice Tomcik from Southwest Pennsylvania. “Children are especially vulnerable to these threats, including cancer, respiratory illness, fetal defects, blood disorders, and neurological problems. With so many children living, playing, and learning in close proximity to oil and gas production, it is offensive that the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler would bring to my back yard his ill-advised agenda to weaken or revoke methane safeguards that protect our children from this industrial pollution. Gov. Tom Wolf is the real leader in Pennsylvania as he moves to enact common-sense protections for the thousands of existing sources of methane pollution in our state.”
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, is working to dismantle oil and gas pollution safeguards Americans rely on known as the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that curb methane emissions and toxic pollution from 36,000 recently built or updated oil and gas wells across the country. The derailment of these essential protections would enable the oil and gas industry to continue releasing millions of tons of methane and other volatile organic compounds into the air our families breathe, posing a serious threat to public health.
With Trump’s EPA working to roll back federal methane standards for oil and gas air pollution, we are at risk of losing a critical line of defense in the fight against global warming. Now more than ever, Pennsylvania must enact common sense, cost-effective methane standards that will safeguard families and communities from the public health and climate impacts of this pollution.