Environmentalists, shale coalition respond to Gov. Wolf's new rules for methane emissions

Harrisburg Patriot-News

By Candy Woodall

January 19, 2016

Hours after she and other concerned mothers protested at the State Capitol, Gretchen Dahlkemper got some welcome news.

Gov. Tom Wolf made good on a campaign promise and took steps Tuesday to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

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Pa. Gov. Wolf targets methane emissions from oil and gas

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By David Conti

January 19, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to toughen regulations on methane emissions from Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry by directing his administration to write rules for existing wells and equipment and to revamp permits for new sources of pollution.

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Gas regulations necessary

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Barbara Litt - Letter to the Editor

January 18, 2016

Thank you for covering the massive gas leak in California ( “Monthslong methane leak drives people from Los Angeles suburb ”). This should be a wake-up call for Pennsylvania regulators that it's time to do something about our leaky gas infrastructure.

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Pa. isn't a charity for natural gas producers, they need to pay their fair share: PennLive letters

Harrisburg Patriot News

By Andrea McCormick - Letter to the Editor

December 14, 2015

Once again, natural gas drillers and their lobbyists have prevailed on their many friends in the Republican-led legislature to kill a severance tax.

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On climate: One step forward, two steps back?

The York Dispatch - Opinion

By Larry Schweiger and Josh McNeil

December 10, 2015

Last month, President Barack Obama ended seven years of protests and political posturing by rejecting TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have sent dirty, corrosive tar sands oil across the U.S. over critical aquifers through the “bread basket” states to bunker fuel refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Obama rightly noted that rejecting the pipeline application was synchronous with U.S. efforts to combat climate change, and sent the right signal ahead of critical climate talks at COP 21, the U.N. climate conference currently underway in Paris.

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Pa.'s fracking industry needs rules

The Philadelphia Inquirer - Letter to the Editor

by Joseph Otis Minott 

December 10, 2015

The fracking industry has effectively controlled recent Pennsylvania budget negotiations, buying its way out of a severance tax by throwing massive amounts of money at state lawmakers - $17.9 million spent on lobbying and $2.8 million on campaign contributions in the most recent cycle. You can follow the money at marcellusmoney.org as you envision handshake deals in smoke-filled rooms.


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Pennsylvania focuses on renewables in latest energy plan

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Laura Legere

December 8, 2015

Pennsylvania’s path to a lower carbon future will include a significant expansion of renewable energy; fewer methane leaks from natural gas pipelines and coal mines; more efficient use of energy to power homes and businesses; new forest preserves; and more waste made useful as energy.


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How The Nation's First Methane Rules Impact Pennsylvania

90.5 WESA's Essential Pittsburgh

By Sean Ray & Essential Pittsburgh

November 3, 2015

For the first time in its history, the Environmental Protection Agency has established a set of methane standards. These regulations come as part of the White House’s Climate Action plan, which aims to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40-45% by 2025, and are open to public comment through Nov. 17. To analyze the impact of the standards, Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer spoke with Dr. Evelyn Talbott, professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Pa. regulators fail to protect environment during Marcellus Shale boom


By Candy Woodall

October 19, 2015

They struck gold.

It was a river of energy under our feet so large it promised to end America's dependence on foreign oil.

The Marcellus Shale would provide a seemingly endless supply of natural gas that would boost Pennsylvania's economy and, in a recession, create jobs in great numbers.

Lawmakers were hungry for the gas trapped in rock as deep as 9,000 feet below ground and quickly set energy policies aimed at balancing economic growth with environmental protection.

But the scales tipped too far in favor of industry.

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Stronger rules needed on gas operations

Oberver-Reporter - Letter to the Editor

By Anna Hansen, Beaver

October 10, 2015

Although the Sept. 30 article, “EPA hears pros, cons of its proposed methane reduction rule,” quoted heavily from industry testimonies, the actual hearing featured 92 testifiers in favor of stronger environmental protections and a meager two testimonies from oil and gas industry supporters.

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