Clean air is not negotiable

Lancaster Online

Alan Peterson, M.D. 

April 5, 2017

Now that spring has sprung — and no sooner than usual, thanks to Punxsutawney Phil — I’m mindful of lighter breezes and the air we all breathe. Here in Pennsylvania, that air is much fouler than it should be.

Sadly, the Trump administration appears to have no interest in improving our air quality here or anywhere else. Coal-fired power plants, oil and gas drilling and the specter of runaway pipelines will only be making things worse.

Read enough? Click here to take action to #CutMethane.

A proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf to curb methane (air) pollution from oil and gas operations has been met with stiff resistance by our state Legislature in the form of Senate Bill 175. It would handcuff Pennsylvania from acting to protect citizens from a source of pollution with serious public health implications.

Playing politics with our health and welfare is rampant in Washington. We have to do better than that here at home. I urge state Sens. Ryan Aument and Scott Martin to prioritize the health and well-being of their constituents in voting no on SB 175.

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