Wednesday, May 17, 2017

EANY: NY Steps up Against Trump EPA Attacks with Methane Plan

Albany – Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo released the state’s Methane Reduction Plan (MRP), which covers 25 points of action the state will take in order “to reduce methane emissions from the landfill, oil and gas, and agricultural sectors across the state.”

Conor Bambrick, air & energy director at Environmental Advocates of New York, issued the following statement:

“What Governor Cuomo has announced is one of the surest signs yet that, with the EPA backing off on climate action, New York is stepping up. We are particularly glad to see the state is getting serious about regulating methane ‘leakage’ – a major contributor of air pollution and climate change. Leakage has been referred to as an ‘invisible catastrophe’ as methane is exponentially more potent than carbon dioxide. The most significant part of the Governor’s plan, however, may be the addition of a mandatory climate ‘test’ to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). This means that proposals like the Tar Sands heating facility at the Port of Albany, and gas and oil pipelines will be considered based on how climate change impacts the project and how the project exacerbates climate change. This is huge. It has been a priority for Environmental Advocates and we applaud Governor Cuomo for raising the bar nationwide.” 

Source: Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY)

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