Native Sun News: Tribal activist welcomes pledge to curb fracking

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mrs. Grégoire-Trudeau to the White House on March 10. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Frack-fatigued communities welcome joint Presidential promise to cut toxic methane flaring
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News
Health & Environment Editor
www.nsweekly.com

MANDAREE, N.D. –– Lisa DeVille, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, lauded U.S-Canadian joint vows to curb toxic methane flaring from fracking operations, such as those that plague the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara Tribes on her Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation.

Speaking as a board director of the non-profit umbrella coalition of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) on March 11, DeVille said the organization “applauds President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau on their joint leadership in agreeing to cut harmful methane pollution from existing and new oil-and-gas development and combat climate change.”

U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met at the White House on March 10 and announced an agreement addressing methane pollution and a number of other climate-change measures.

“Building on a history of working together to reduce air emissions, Canada and the U.S. commit to take action to reduce methane emissions from the oil-and gas sector, the world’s largest industrial methane source, in support of achieving our respective international climate change commitments,” they said in a joint news release.

“To set us on an ambitious and achievable path, the leaders commit to reduce methane emissions by 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 from the oil-and-gas sector, and explore new opportunities for additional methane reductions. The leaders also invite other countries to join the target or develop their own methane reduction goal,” they said.

DeVille said their agreement “will go a long way toward ensuring people in oil and gas impacted communities in the United States and Canada will get some much needed relief from harmful methane emissions, while also protecting the United States and Canada from the harmful effects of climate change.”


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(Contact Talli Nauman, NSN Health and Environment Editor at talli.nauman@gmail.com)

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