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This is not what #ActOnClimate means.Stop pretending that fracking under any regulatory framework is consistent with IPCC findings. It’s not. This is the wrong ask.
Let’s be clear:

• From drilling to flaring to venting to condensing to compressing to pipeline, fracking is inherently leaky. Methane leaks are built into the engineering.

• Even if ALL the leaks were fixed, the CO2 emissions alone + ever-increasing # of wells =climate fail
• Fracking wells leak methane long after they are decommissioned. Plugging doesn’t stop the emissions bc methane seeps into the atmosphere from around the outside of the well casing as cement shrinks and crumbles with age. There is no #CutMethane fix for this problem.
• Fracked wells deplete quickly so require endless additional drilling. Data show that even if you cut leaks from any one well by 40%, total regional methane emissions keep rising bc new wells always need to be drilled and old wells still leak. Cumulative impacts are a bitch.
• Horizontal drilling, which precedes fracking, is a weeks-long, open-air process. While a well is being drilled, methane is free to flow out of the borehole and into the atmosphere.

• Venting methane into the air is used to control pressures/prevent explosions at many stages.
• If you believe that rules to cut methane from fracking operations can lower overall emissions at a rate commensurate w IPPC timelines, show us your data. Otherwise

• you are just undermining efforts to decarbonize ASAP.

• Incrementalism = killing us softly.
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