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Methane Pollution


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.

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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.

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