Comments made at EPA hearing on Methane Rules. September 23, 2015
As I was preparing for this I thought what should I tell the EPA?
I could tell you that methane is 86 times more potent than CO2 as a green house gas. But you already know that.
I could tell you that everyone touts the Colorado methane regulations, but the methane and other toxins in our air here have increased. But you already know that.
I could tell you that Methane and the other VOC’s from fracking are contributing to very high ozone here, so high that the American Lung Association gave us an F and you, the EPA have labeled us as a non attainment area. But you already know that.
I could tell you that methane is leaking not only from fracking extraction sites, but at every point along the way. But you already know that.
I could tell you that along with the methane spewing out of these wells it brings with it VOC’s that are dangerous to our health. But you already know that.
I could tell you that the amount of methane leaking is known to be vastly under estimated. But you already know that.
I could tell you that methane is going to drastically increase global warming which will adversely affect all parts of the world with sea level rise, droughts, wild fires, habitat destruction, and more frequent severe weather. But you already know that.
But Have you thought of the consequences of that?
I decided I would read you a poem by Drew Dellinger
‘It’s 3.23 in the morning and I’m awake
Because my great-great-grandchildren won’t let me sleep.
My great-great-grandchildren ask me in dreams
“What did you do while the Planet was plundered?
What did you do when the Earth was unravelling?
Surely you did *something* when the Seasons started failing?
As the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
Did you fill the streets with protest when Democracy was stolen?
What did you *do* once you knew?” ‘
When you turn a blind eye to fracking, you are participating in the war against the future of our children, which is being waged by the fossil fuel industry.
So here is what I will tell you. There is no need for new regulations. The President has the power and needs to have the courage to eliminate all new wells and should do so immediately. The EPA needs reclaim their power to enforce all the regulations that were ended with the Halliburton loophole. All current wells that are non compliant need to be closed if compliance isn’t met within a month. Enforcement of the Clean air, Clean water, RCRA and other regulations with severe immediate consequences must happen. This would have an immediate effect on our environmental degradation and on the US contribution to climate change. Don’t say it can’t be done. It can. Put people to work building an infrastructure for the future instead of export terminals for fossil fuels.
Tell President Obama and the head of the EPA: You KNOW. Now what will you do?