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PRESS RELEASE: 12 March 2019

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Alan Septoff, (202) 271-2355, aseptoff@earthworks.org 

Shell urges Trump Administration to strengthen federal methane rules

Shell becomes first major oil company to directly tell EPA not to roll back existing rules; and to strengthen them

Background:
Today Shell publicly urged the U.S. federal government to strengthen rules requiring the oil and gas industry to cut methane pollution. It made this announcement during CERAWeek, one of the world’s largest energy conferences, as the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency considers not strengthening but eliminating Obama-era methane rules. Although a landmark, the IPCC tells us we have only 11 years to reach net zero carbon emissions and stave off catastrophic climate change. Research tells us that cannot happen without eliminating our reliance on fossil fuels.

Statement of Earthworks acting executive director Lauren Pagel:
“For the first time, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies urged the Trump Administration to strengthen, not weaken, EPA climate rules requiring the oil and gas industry to cut methane pollution.

Will the Trump Administration listen?”

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