Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announces new rules on methane emissions

Pittsburgh City Paper

By Ashley Murray

January 21, 2016

In an effort to fight climate change, Gov. Tom Wolf announced new rules on methane emissions in the state. The reason: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, methane, the main component of natural gas, is the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities, and Pennsylvania is the nation's second-largest natural-gas producer. The plan: Wolf laid out multiple measures to curb methane leaks during natural-gas production, processing and transmission. The appeal: Wolf's administration says that companies will benefit by capturing a "salable product," even as the initiative works to reduce climate change.

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Gas industry guidelines a breath of fresh air - Editorial

Harrisburg Patriot-News

By The Editorial Board

January 20, 2016

There are any number of quality-of-life items Pennsylvania – midstate in particular – could brag about. Air quality ain't one of them. So Gov. Tom Wolf and his environmental team are on the right path with last week's much-needed if overdue proposals aimed at reducing methane emissions from hydrofracking practices in the Commonwealth.

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Gov. Wolf introduces new regulations to fight methane pollution

Al Dia News

By Martin Martinez

January 21, 2016

In what Governor Tom Wolf is calling a “new way forward” to protect the environment and reduce waste, Harrisburg announced new rules Tuesday for reducing methane leaks in the mining of natural gas.  

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Sound action on methane

Scranton Times-Tribune - Editorial

By the Editorial Board

January 21, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf’s call to reduce the natural gas industry’s methane leakage is sound on its own merits. But the measures he endorsed have the added virtue of being well within the industry’s grasp.

The governor made his proposal Tuesday, a day before NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 2015, globally, was the hottest year ever recorded.

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Wolf administration to tighten methane rules for drillers

Lancaster Online

By Michael Rubinkam

January 20 2016

The Wolf administration says its proposal to require natural-gas drillers to reduce methane emissions will help make Pennsylvania a "national leader" in efforts to combat global warming.

Environmental Secretary John Quigley said Wednesday that requiring the industry to reduce methane leaks at well pads, compressor stations and processing facilities in the Marcellus Shale could result in a 40 percent reduction in emissions.

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Wolf wants to reduce drilling methane emissions by 40 percent

Scranton Times-Tribune

By Robert Swift

January 20, 2016

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf wants to reduce emissions of methane from the natural gas industry by 40 percent during the next five years.

Concerns about climate change and health risks are behind the new state plan announced Tuesday. It calls for new permit rules and regulations to reduce methane emissions, the second most prevalent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere from Marcellus Shale wells, compressor stations, processing facilities and pipelines. It would rely on using the best technology, requiring leak detection and repair programs, better record keeping and more inspections.

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Gov. Wolf Rolls Out New Methane Standards

WESA 90.5 FM

By Mark Nootbaar

January 20, 2016

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday he hopes newly released standards will help lower ethane emissions in the state.

The greenhouse gas can leak or be released into the atmosphere during natural gas production, transportation and processing. 

Wolf said methane has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities. Methane is the primary component of natural gas. 

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Wolf announces new rules to reduce methane emissions

Philadelphia Business Journal

By Nick Field

January 20, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf introduced a new effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions yesterday, specifically methane.

“Governor Tom Wolf today announced a nation-leading strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and has been implicated in health risks,” the Governor’s Press Secretary Jeffrey Sheridan wrote. “The plan is designed to protect the environment and public health, reduce climate change, and help businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product by reducing methane leaks and emissions from natural gas well sites, processing facilities, compressor stations and along pipelines”

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Wolf announces plan to reduce methane emissions at gas wells

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Laura Legere

January 20, 2016

Pennsylvania will take new steps to cut methane emissions from natural gas wells and pipelines and fill gaps in state policies that have allowed many sources to release the potent greenhouse gas without controls.

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Wolf to target methane emissions from oil and gas industry

StateImpact Pennsylvania

By Marie Cusick

January 18, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf will make a major announcement Tuesday about his administration’s efforts to combat climate change. He is expected to target methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

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