Tell the Canadian government to regulate oil and gas companies so they stop leaking methane
New research shows that methane emissions from Canadian oil and gas operations are much higher than previously thought. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a strong effect on climate change, and these leaks have significant health effects on nearby communities. The Canadian government must act now to regulate oil and gas companies so they plug all methane leaks and stop intentionally venting methane into the surrounding environment.
Last year the federal government committed to implement methane regulations in 2018. But after intense lobbying from oil and gas companies, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is now suggesting they may wait until 2023 to have regulations in place. This is unacceptable. Plugging methane leaks and ending intentionally venting methane are some of the lowest cost reductions for greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. These regulations are also the only measure in the Canadian climate framework that is focused on reducing greenhouse gases from Canada’s largest climate polluter—the oil and gas sector.
We can’t wait six more years for methane regulations. Tell Canada now’s the time to regulate harmful methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
Your message will be sent to:
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
- Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna
- Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr