Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a strong effect on climate change, and these leaks have significant health effects on nearby communities. The Canadian government must act now to regulate oil and gas companies so they plug all methane leaks and stop intentionally venting methane into the surrounding environment.
Last year the federal government committed to implement methane regulations in 2018. But after intense lobbying from oil and gas companies, the proposed methane regulations from Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna would delay important elements of the regulations until 2023. This is unacceptable. Plugging methane leaks and ending intentionally venting methane are some of the lowest cost reductions for greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. These regulations are also the only measure in the Canadian climate framework that is focused on reducing greenhouse gases from Canada’s largest climate polluter—the oil and gas sector. We can’t wait five more years for methane regulations fully kick in. Tell Canada now’s the time to regulate harmful methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
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- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna - Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr
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