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October 26, 2011

An Opportunity for EPA to Improve Air Quality Protections for Natural Gas Drilling

GasYesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a month-long extension to the comment period for their oil and natural gas air quality standards, giving everyone more time to share their stories of why we need clean air now.   If you haven't yet, click here to tell the EPA to clean up our air!

Together, we've already submitted more t han 25,000 comments to the EPA, letting them know we’re sick of the natural gas industry polluting our air.  You also helped us pack EPA hearing rooms as we explained the serious health problems associated with this out of control pollution.

Yesterday's announcement allows us the opportunity to continue to tell the EPA we need strong clean air protections  immediately.  This is our last chance to tell the EPA our clean air is more important than dirty fossil fuel industry profits.

As we move into the final month of this comment period, we trust that EPA's deadline for these important air quality measures will not slip further.  We expect that they will use this extra time to consider all of our comments. 

We also expect the EPA to use this time to strengthen the rules by including many existing, uncontrolled sources of air pollutants including methane, which is a potent cause of climate disruption, and toxic pollutants, which pose significant public health threats.  EPA now has a chance to plug these gaps, so please voice your concern in support for these safeguards. 

We understand the EPA is taking the time to get this rule right.  The Sierra Club will continue to show our support and push for the strongest safeguards possible. 

-- Deb Nardone, Sierra Club's Natural Gas Reform Campaign Director

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