For years, EEN has been helping pro-life Christians oppose pollution from our natural gas infrastructure, especially methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Why? It’s simple — because they harm human health, especially the unborn. Leaks, venting, and flaring from the natural gas industry spew out smog precursors, as well as other toxic pollutants and cancer-causing agents like benzene. Studies have shown that smog, VOCs, and air toxics have a disproportionate impact upon life in the womb; for those near production sites the emissions have been linked to birth defects, pre-term births, and low-birth-weight babies, who are at greater risk of infant mortality, ADHD, and asthma, among other things. In addition, methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, 86 times stronger than CO2 at trapping heat over a 20-year timeframe. This is crucial, because it is the next 10-20 years that will determine whether we keep the world safe from catastrophic climate impacts.
Learn More & Take Action:
- Oil and Gas Threat Map: See where the methane emissions are most harmful
- Take action by sending a message to the Biden Administration to enact strong solutions for pollution
- March 9, 2023: EEN opposes H.R. 1141 which would repeal the Methane Emissions Reduction Program
- November 11, 2022: EEN celebrates EPA updated methane rule, but improvements needed
- Read EEN's testimony from the June 24, 2022 House Select Committee Hearing on cutting methane pollution
- Read more about pro-life Christians supporting stronger methane regulations
Watch: Pastor Dean Van Farowe of Calvary Reformed Church reflects on the dangers of methane pollution when a leaking well was discovered outside a retirement community in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Watch: Kim Anderson, an Ebensburg, PA resident and EEN Associate Director of PA & OH Outreach, testifies about the impacts of methane pollution when a storage well began spewing dangerous, climate-warming methane near her home.