Moms Clean Air Force is a community of moms and dads united against air pollution, including the broader climate crisis, for the purpose of protecting children’s health. Since fracking poses potential health risks for pregnant moms and babies, it's no surprise that Moms Clean Air Force is also taking on concerns related to fracking. Their latest petition (see below) calls for families to support the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to limit fracking pollution from oil and gas operations. It also behooves health professionals to take such matters to heart, promoting such petitions and working to eliminate dirty sources of energy. Climate for Health hopes you will take a moment to sign the petition.
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to protect Americans from fracking pollution. This rule is an important first step in limiting fracking pollution from oil and gas operations and protecting our families’ health.
Methane is the primary component of natural gas. It is an extremely powerful greenhouse gas that is much more dangerous, in the short run, than carbon pollution. Methane escapes into the air through many stages of natural gas development.
And methane isn't the only problem with natural gas development. Families around the country are suffering from the noxious poisons that are part of the gas development process: we are being hit with dangerously high concentrations of volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, and other chemicals. The methods that will cut methane emissions will also help reduce emissions of many of these poisons.
This is an important first step that must be acknowledged. Please submit your comment of support to the EPA and let them know: this is just the beginning. More needs to be done to ensure we are protected from not only new sources of fracking pollution, but existing sources as well.
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