PennFuture Statement: Methane Rules Must Be Strengthened to Stop Pollution

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 12, 2018) – PennFuture thanks Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection for their work preparing new and better standards around methane pollution that will be presented to the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee this week on Thursday, Dec. 13.
“With the federal government stepping back, it is critical that Gov. Wolf strengthen his methane rule proposal to specifically address methane pollution from the thousands of existing sources of natural gas wells, pipelines and infrastructure in Pennsylvania and in so doing, safeguard Pennsylvania families and communities from the public health and climate impacts of this pollution,” said PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. “Methane pollution poses a serious risk to our climate, and without clear rules in place to address methane emissions from existing oil and gas operations, it calls into questions the role of natural gas in our energy future.”
The Pa. DEP has included methane in the definition of what constitutes a leak under the leak detection and repair (LDAR) provisions in its draft proposed rule for existing sources of oil and gas air pollution, to be presented at the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) meeting this Thursday.
“Methane pollution controls are critical in the fight against climate change, which is why the PA  DEP should strengthen the proposed methane pollution controls by building and improving upon the draft rule,” Bonomo said. “Provisions for methane leak detection and repair (LDAR) in its proposed draft existing source rule are a critical step in what should be a comprehensive approach to addressing emissions from thousands of existing sources of natural gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania.”
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information. 
Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications
rex@pennfuture.org, 412.463.2942