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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Calls for Environmentally Safe Natural Gas Extraction

Recently confirmed U. S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at a forum at the University of Colorado School of Law on August 14 and addressed President Obama’s Climate Action Plan before participating in a panel discussion.   In her remarks, McCarthy emphasized that climate change is not an “ancillary environmental concern” and stated that the EPA will work with states and representatives of the oil and gas industry to ensure that natural gas extraction will not harm public health and the environment.  “The President has asked us to bring leaders in oil and gas to the table … natural gas is part of the energy future for this country, but natural gas extraction has to be done in an environmentally safe way.”