On Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, Governor Wolf announced his commitment to cutting air pollution leaks from oil and gas infrastructure. We've waited a full year for this announcement, and we can't wait any longer for the new standards to take effect. We need Governor Wolf to act swiftly to finalize these standards, and to make sure that they are as strong as possible to protect public health and the environment.
Since the shale boom began in Pennsylvania, we have relied on gas companies to voluntarily look for and fix air pollution leaks. As one of the world’s largest natural gas fields and now the second largest shale gas producer in the country, we need to do better than trust the industry to do the right thing.
Every stage of the shale gas supply chain leaks harmful pollutants, including methane, a potent greenhouse gas, volatile organic compounds that contribute to smog, and air toxics that have known health risks. Industry has proven that it cannot be trusted to voluntarily fix leaks, as methane emissions have increased wherever industry is left to police itself.
By adopting strong standards to fight methane pollution, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) can save lives, improve health, and help curb climate change. DEP must live up to its mission to ensure the health and safety of Pennsylvania’s citizens by enacting best-in-the-nation regulations to stop air pollution leaks from shale gas operations.
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