The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed a petition with the EPA, asking that it reassess its estimates of the greenhouse gas methane and other pollution from oil-and-gas drilling sites. The Chamber says the estimates are way too high.
The Chamber says that the EPA’s inflated estimates have “crept into multiple rulemakings and across agencies over the course of the past two years.”
The Chamber is especially troubled by the EPA’s hydraulic fracking estimates, which:“erroneously overestimates methane emissions, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from gas wells by orders of magnitude.”
The Chamber petition also notes:
Researchers, financial analysts and other governmental bodies have relied on EPA’s flawed estimates of natural gas emissions from unconventional shale gas well completions in a number of research reports and policy consideration. Those concerned about overall global climate change policy see the revised EPA methane emission numbers as calling into question the emissions benefits to using natural gas.
More on this latest EPA assault on our economic well-being is available on The Hill site …