Fight methane emissions with a letter to the editor

A letter to the editor is a simple and effective way to raise important issues in the media. The editorial pages are among the most-read sections of a newspaper, so a published letter can make a real impact.

In a recently released study, we discovered that emissions from the liquefied natural gas/fracked gas industry are at least 2.5 times higher than government estimates. The LNG/fracking industry is much dirtier than we’ve been told. Now under industry pressure, the federal government just released regulations that will not reduce methane emissions fast enough.

Make a difference by sharing your views about LNG/fracking in your local paper. Help us reach our goal of 50 published letters to the editor!

Suggested Talking Points

  • Researchers recently discovered that methane emissions from the LNG/fracking sector are at least 2.5 times higher than the government estimates, meaning the LNG/fracking industry is much dirtier than we’ve been told.
  • LNG/fracking is the largest source of climate pollution in B.C.
  • The natural gas/fracked gas industry is intentionally releasing methane into the air 24 hours a day. Most of these emissions are not being measured, monitored or reported.
  • The federal government released its strategy to reduce potent methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. However, these regulations do not address the full extent of the problem and need to be strengthened for them to help Canada deliver on our emissions-reduction commitment and help us transition swiftly into a clean-energy economy.
  • The proposed methant strategy includes a delay we can’t afford. Since we now know the real climate impact from the industry is much bigger than reported, these regulations need to be stronger and implemented sooner.
  • Methane is 84 times more potent as a climate pollutant than carbon dioxide and has a relatively short lifespan, so reducing methane emissions will have a quick and major impact on protecting our climate.
  • It’s time to invest in the clean energy economy. LNG/fracked gas is not a reasonable transition fuel.

 

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