Speak Up Now for Clean Air
By Roger Singer
Senior Organizing Manager
Sierra Club Western Region

On Wednesday, September 28, the EPA is holding a public hearing in Denver to receive public testimony on proposed improvements to federal standards that would drastically reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry. We expect that corporate natural gas drillers will be showing up in force to oppose these pollution standards. We need you there too, to speak up for clean air!

Specifically, the proposed EPA standards would reduce methane, a potent greenhouse gas, by 26 percent in Colorado and nationwide. Methane is ten times worse for carbon pollution than CO2, so the proposed EPA rule would significantly help in curbing climate change. The standards would also reduce air toxics, like cancer-causing benzene, by 30 percent, and smog-forming volatile organic compounds by 25 percent. These standards will improve Colorado’s public health and air quality and help reduce haze across the state.

Sierra Club will be providing an information and media room just across the hall from the hearing room, where you can come in to get more prepared for hearing testimony or just to be with like-minded friends. We will be gathering people up at 6:00 p.m. in our break room in advance of the evening session, so join us then if you can.

Regardless of what time of day works best for you, please attend this important hearing and tell the EPA that you want the strongest air pollution standards possible for oil and natural gas drilling. To register in advance to assure a spot to testify, contact Joan Rogers with EPA at or 919-541-4487. Even if you don’t testify, you can still show up at the hearing in support wearing our stickers, and to sign our postcards to send written comments to EPA. I hope to see you on September 28. Onward for Cleaner Air!

Hearing Details

What: EPA Hearing on Proposed Air Pollution Rules for Oil and Natural Gas Drilling
When: Wednesday, September 28th from 9 am -12:30 pm, 2 pm - 5 pm, 6:30 pm - 8 pm

Where: Colorado Convention Center, Room 207, 700 14th St., Denver, CO (map)
               (Look for the Sierra Club information room across the hall!)

Questions or to get more information: Email Roger Singer.

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