States sue EPA on meth­ane drilling

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

Seven North­east­ern and mid-At­lantic states an­nounced plans Tues­day to sue the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, say­ing it is vi­o­lat­ing the Clean Air Act by fail­ing to ad­dress meth­ane emis­sions from oil and gas drilling, which has boomed in nearby states such as Penn­syl­va­nia and West Vir­ginia. New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric T. Sch­nei­der­man said in a news re­lease Tues­day that the EPA is vi­o­lat­ing the Clean Air Act by fail­ing to ad­dress the emis­sions. Meth­ane is a po­tent green­house gas, and the oil and gas in­dus­try is the largest source of emis­sions in this coun­try.

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