By: Joe Minott, Clean Air Council Executive Director
There is more methane in the air than usual today, thanks to opinion pieces by clean air advocates published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Scranton Times-Tribune!
Rebecca Roter of Breathe Easy Susquehanna County writes in the Scranton Times-Tribune that “oversight of natural gas drilling has been seriously lacking,” pointing to reports of wastewater disposal problems and non-existent investigations of citizen complaints. She points out that we also have a problem with air – a complete lack of strong rules to fight air pollution. She argues that we need to “require drillers to monitor their operations for leaks and repair the problems they find.”
At the other end of the state, Gretchen Alfonso of Moms Clean Air Force writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the drilling industry is not losing any sleep over “the many [methane] emissions and leaks that occur as a by-product of the [natural gas] extraction, production and delivery process.” She argues that the fact that methane emissions are way up shows that “voluntary standards don’t work.” She also makes the really good point that “regulations get results.”
It’s encouraging to this growing public dialogue about the dangers of methane pollution. We hope you’ll share these pieces with anyone who cares about clean air.