Federal government must reject weak provincial methane pollution regulations
It’s time for the Government of Canada to make sure provinces enact one of the cheapest, fastest, most effective climate solutions.
The federal government announced regulations in 2018 aimed at cutting methane pollution from the oil and gas industry by 40 to 45 per cent by 2025. Provincial governments can draft their own regulations to achieve the same or better results. But they need the federal government to sign off.
B.C.’s proposed regulations fall short. Unlike the federal rules, B.C.’s methane regulations exempt 93 per cent of oil and gas sites from regular instrument-based inspections, which is the only way to detect and repair leaking methane, an invisible and odorless gas.
The federal government is taking feedback on B.C.’s proposed regulations. We have 60 days to convince the federal government to strengthen these regulations.
Send your message now to the minister of the environment and climate change.
Methane is 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame. Leading scientists estimate this gas alone is responsible for one-quarter of the observed changes to Earth’s climate. Research suggests that methane emissions from the oil and gas sector (mainly fracked gas) is a much greater problem than reported. This challenges the claim that natural gas, including liquefied natural gas, is a “clean” transition fuel.
If we take action, reducing methane emissions can be a big part of the solution.