FreedomWorks Foundation’s Regulatory Action Center submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week supporting the agency’s stay and review of unnecessary and burdensome methane emission regulations on the domestic oil and gas industry. FreedomWorks Foundation further calls upon EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to investigate the process by which such laughably bad regulations were finalized and fire those responsible.
Over the last decade, the United States has undergone nothing short of an energy renaissance. According to the latest available data from the Energy Information Agency, domestic crude oil and natural gas production in the 10 years prior to the implementation of EPA’s methane rules increased by 79 percent and 51 percent, respectively. Yet, according to EPA, over the same period methane emissions from the energy sector actually declined, dropping by roughly 3 percent! In fact, this drop continues a long-term downward trend in energy sector methane emissions, down 24 percent since 1990.
This begs a few questions: What’s the point of methane regulations estimated to cost the oil and gas industry, and thus American consumers, hundreds of millions of dollars per year? Also, who is responsible and why do they still have a job?
Read the full comments from the Regulatory Action Center here or in the attached document below.