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.

Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas producer in the nation behind Texas, yet it lacks any comprehensive regulations to address methane leaks from natural gas infrastructure, which have been shown to occur at every stage in the supply chain. When methane leaks, it is accompanied by air pollutants that are incredibly harmful to human health, which is why we're seeing massive evacuations from Porter Ranch in California. Do we want the same fate for Pennsylvania?

Also, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, pound for pound, the comparative impact of methane on climate change is more than 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. Fortunately, the Wolf administration has the power to quickly propose and finalize restrictions on this pollution. Let's learn from California's mistakes. Gov. Wolf must act rapidly to stop air pollution leaks in Pennsylvania.

Barbara Litt

Squirrel Hill

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