Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Tell the EPA: Support Tough Oil and Gas Air Pollution Standards

The natural gas and oil extraction industry is the largest industrial source of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a group of chemicals that contribute to the formation of smog or ground-level ozone.

This harmful pollution is linked to a wide rang of health effects, and can even cause premature deaths.

The EPA's new "Oil & Gas Air Pollution Standards" rule tells polluters that the days of dumping hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic pollution into the air we breathe are over.

Take action today and tell the EPA you strongly support the new regulations. Together, we can overwhelm polluter opposition and prevent thousands of premature deaths.

Letter to
Environmental Protection Agency
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0505

I strongly support the new Oil and Natural Gas Emissions Standards rule that would toughen standards to dramatically reduce the smog-forming and other toxic air pollution.

America's search for domestic energy has led to a rapid increase in development and production of natural gas. The industry, however, operates under outdated, lax air pollution standards that contribute to a variety of air pollution problems, including: ground-level ozone or smog, toxic air pollution, particulate pollution, climate-disrupting pollution, and the haze that obscures scenic vistas in national parks and wilderness areas.

These pollutants pose very significant health threats to every American -- especially when it comes to respiratory ailments such as

Put simply, the new standard will save lives and protect millions of Americans from preventable disease, while also providing economic benefits and ensuring that this source of domestic energy is developed responsibly.

Thank you for setting a strong Oil and Natural Gas Emissions Standards rule, which I fully support.

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