The BlueGreen Alliance says it approves of a proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce methane emissions in energy production.

“The unionized workers who operate, monitor, repair and modernize our nation’s natural gas infrastructure will see immediate benefits from these bold investments,” United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard said. “These standards are vital to reduce methane leaks and releases that endanger the health and safety of workers, so President Obama and his administration deserve our gratitude.”

The Obama administration has suggested reducing methane gas production 45 percent by 2025 through new rules and standards for natural gas and oil drilling.  The administration says the new rules would improve health and help tackle climate change issues.

“Taking steps to reduce this invisible problem seizes on an important opportunity to create high-quality jobs and stimulate local economies by updating and repairing our aging system of pipelines that crisscross our nation.” said United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters General President Bill Hite. “Now more people have access to the tools to leverage innovation and investment while reducing a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions and protecting against the dangers of leaks and explosions.” 

The BlueGreen Alliance is made up of labor unions and environmental groups. Its members include the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers.