DEP study of leaky abandoned wells tries to quantify a hidden climate threat

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Laura Legere

May 24, 2016

RUSH TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY — The rusty gas well in the forest clearing was easy to spot, its vent pipe as tall as a man and the grass around it only shin high.

For the novice well hunters who traveled to the tract of state game lands last week, the 33-year-old well was a suitable substitute for less conspicuous relics of older oil and gas extraction eras they were learning how to identify.

The idea is to take stock of an unwieldy class of hundreds of thousands of abandoned wells in Pennsylvania about which little is known, including where exactly they all are.

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Local TV News Station Highlights the Methane Cause.

We're happy to see local news entities informing the public on the methane issue. Check out a solid, to-the-point 2-part series on methane pollution in PA by investigative reporter Mike Straub at WGAL-TV in Harrisburg. There are good interviews with both John Quigley (part 1) and Andrew Williams (part 2).

 


Pennsylvania environmental groups applaud U.S. EPA’s finalized methane pollution standards, look forward to further federal and state action

Press Release

Clean Air Council

May 12, 2016

Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its finalized air pollution standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities, marking an important step towards achieving President Obama’s goal of reducing methane pollution 40-45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. These new regulations will reduce leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is over 80 times more efficient at warming our climate as carbon dioxide over a 20 year time period.

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Activists want Wolf’s plan to reduce methane emissions to become reality

Citizens Voice

By Elizabeth Skrapits

February 4, 2016

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to reduce methane emissions is good — but local activists want to take it further.

To get the point across, members of groups including the Clean Air Council, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition and Breathe Easy Susquehanna County opted to box the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Wielding 10 boxes that spelled out “cut methane,” they gathered in the lobby of 2 Public Square, which houses DEP’s northeast regional office, on Wednesday.

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PA's resolution for 2016: cut methane emissions

PennFuture Blog

By Rob Altenberg

January 21, 2016

On January 20, 2016, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2015 was not only the warmest year in the 136 years of record keeping, but it set the record by the widest margin of any previous year. With global temperatures last year 2.36 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, the need to take climate action is clear. As Pennsylvania is the third-largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the nation (behind the much larger states of Texas and California), we have a key role to play.

 

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Proposed methane rule could protect Pennsylvanians’ health and climate - See more at: https://www.earthworksaction.org/earthblog/detail/welcome_news_on_pennsylvanias_pollution/04264#.VrN86rIrLIU

Earthworks Blog

By Nadia Steinzor 

January 21, 2016

Pennsylvania officials often boast about having the second highest natural gas producing state in the nation, usually while playing up purported economic benefits and downplaying documented environmental impacts. But today the ranking was invoked as a reason to stem pollution caused by oil and gas operations.

Governor Wolf's Administration announced a new plan to reduce methane pollution from fracking and fracking-related development, including gas wells and processing and transmission facilities. 

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Pennsylvania Announces Plan for Strongest Methane Rules in the Nation

Environmental Defense Fund Blog

By Andrew Williams

January 20, 2016

Pennsylvania leaders have a duty to protect Keystone residents from oil and gas pollution.  Fortunately, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection  took an important step in that direction this week when they released a blueprint for cutting methane pollution from the natural gas industry.

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Pennsylvania Signals Strong Steps On Methane

PA Environmental Digest 

By John Walliser - Op-ed

January 20, 2016

Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be advancing a series of measures to control methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
Methane is very much at the forefront of national awareness given the Aliso Canyon disaster that continues to unfold in California, where an estimated 100,000 pounds of methane are being sent into the air each hour at a San Fernando Valley natural gas storage facility.

 

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Pennsylvania's Smart Move on Methane

Switchboard: Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog

By Mark Szybist

January 19, 2016

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf announced a four-part plan to address emissions of methane from Pennsylvania's expanding oil and gas sector. The goal, DEP Secretary John Quigley said, is for Pennsylvania to have the best state-level methane standards in the nation. That's a noble goal, and we look forward to working with the administration to make sure it becomes a reality. If the state can achieve it, it will be a big deal for two main reasons:

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Wolf is taking steps to regulate methane

York Daily Record

By Mollie Simon - Letter to the Editor

January 29, 2015

As Mitch Hescox outlines in his column, “Christians support Pa. methane reduction plan,” reducing pollution from natural gas operations is a health and moral issue. As a Catholic and an environmentalist, I am excited that Gov. Wolf is taking steps to regulate methane from both new and existing sources across Pennsylvania.

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