January 16th, 2023

AG Nessel joined a multistate coalition to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to increase regulation of emissions from facilities in the oil and natural gas industry. This would allow regulation of new and existing facilities, which has the potential to dramatically reduce emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds, and hazardous air pollutants.

The regulation of methane would be a crucial step in preventing additional warming, as it is a greenhouse gas that is more powerful than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere. Over 20 years, methane can trap nearly 80 times as much heat compared to the same amount of carbon dioxide.