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Whistleblower: EPA Official Covered Up Methane Leakage Problems Across US Natural Gas Industry

Flaring during workover of a gas well.

Flaring during workover of a gas well.

Inspector General has been called by Durham, North Carolina, based group NC Warn to investigate scientific fraud that wasted crucial years in slowing climate crisis while risking safety of workers and communities.
NC WARN filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the EPA on June 8, 2016, charging that a high-ranking EPA official connected to the fossil fuel industry committed scientific fraud in a case with sweeping ramifications for global climate change and the safety of workers and neighbors of natural gas sites across much of the United States. We are calling for an expedited investigation due to the urgent climate and safety implications of the EPA’s failure to curb widespread methane emissions.
Leading researchers now consider the natural gas industry to be the foremost greenhouse gas problem in the US, largely due to methane emissions. The alleged fraud wasted crucial years in slowing the climate crisis while putting at risk gas workers and those living near gas facilities.

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Jim Warren and John Runkle
COMPLAINT and request for investigation of fraud, waste and abuse by a high-ranking EPA official leading to severe underreporting and lack of correction of methane venting and leakage throughout the US natural gas industry
Filed on June 8, 2016With the Office of Inspector General of the US Environmental Protection Agencyby NC WARN

NC Warn, June 8, 2016

See also:
Nika Knight, Whistleblower Says EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Methane Emissions for Years. EcoWatch, June 10, 2016

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