NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric
T. Schneiderman has released a statement supporting the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the
oil and gas industry.
Schneiderman is part of a coalition that involves nine states filing
a motion to intervene in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia. The coalition of states includes California, Connecticut, Illinois,
Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, plus the city of Chicago.
“The oil and gas industry is the country’s largest source of
emissions of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas. Controlling these emissions is essential to
combating climate change,” Schneiderman said. “The regulations adopted by EPA
in May reflect the ready-availability of proven, effective and affordable
measures for reducing methane emissions from new and modified sources in the
oil and gas industry. They also fulfill EPA’s legal responsibility under the
Clean Air Act to limit the industry’s methane emissions from these sources.”
Schneiderman alleges the states cannot afford to dismiss
overwhelming evidence that climate change exists. He believes it is a real
threat to families, communities and the economy.
“My office is proud
to stand with our fellow coalition members in aggressively defending these
important controls on climate change pollution,” Schneiderman said.