“We win!- Gas and oil to clean up-western skies, land and water”

Big oil for once has taken a supposed back seat to the environment concerns!!

– Thanks to WildEarth Guardians and the San Juan Citizens Alliance law suit against the EPA.

Our expansive open skies in the western US will finally begin to become blue again as big oil has been told to clean up their polluting ways. The oil giants are responsible for the pollution so they must clean up the toxins that have darkened our skies, made our waterways and wild lands unfit for man or beast.

Now the EPA has “agreed” after an eight year court battle to conduct the most far-reaching and intensive overhaul of federal oil and gas drilling operations nationwide regulations in US history.

The results of this settlement could be far reaching:

*More climate and public health safeguards so that cancer-causing pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde will be strictly limited.

* Strict new controls on methane and carbon dioxide, two greenhouses gasses that are the main cause of the climate crisis.

*The EPA also agreed to hold two major public hearings in 2010

Oil and gas industry can no longer operate without concern for the health and safety of people and the environment. Today’s settlement resolves a lawsuit between WildEarth Guardians and the San Juan Citizens Alliance and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s failure to review and, if appropriate, update federal air quality regulations relating to oil and gas production operations in the U.S. The agreement commits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review and, if appropriate, propose to update three sets of regulations by January 31, 2011 and to finalize updates by November 30, 2011.

For more information and to donate click here.

Way to go WildEarth Guardians and San Juan Citizens Alliance!” –Thanks from Mother Earth and Nature’s Crusaders

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://wildearthguardians.org/library/paper.asp?nMode=2&nLibraryID=817

Image courtesy of http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.gulberg.eu/Clean%2520airpalm.jpg

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