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RMFU Applauds Section 111 Methane Rule

For Immediate Release: 12/5/23

Contact: Bob Kjelland 970-397-0039


On December 2, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final Section 111 Methane Rule.

This rule will sharply reduce emissions of methane and other harmful air pollution from oil and natural gas operations and was met with approval from the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

“Agricultural producers and rural communities are on the frontline of the effects of climate change, such as increasing temperatures, erratic weather patterns, and drought. The measures finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s new methane rule have the potential to drastically cut methane emissions resulting from energy production”, said Chad Franke, President of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. “We applaud the Biden Administration and the EPA for addressing the issue of methane needlessly being emitted into the environment due to leak-prone equipment, improperly plugged wells, and gas-powered pneumatics. We are pleased to see that the EPA is taking the important step to begin addressing pollution from routine venting and flaring. Addressing these issues will result in a lasting positive impact on rural communities that have been polluted through current practices and agricultural producers who are seeing the firsthand effects of climate change.”

More information and resources on the Section 111 Methane Rule can be found at this link.

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