Methane Emissions

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While Pennsylvania officials weigh how to regulate emissions from natural gas well sites, a panel of state senators on Tuesday heard how leak detection technology is advancing and creating more jobs.

Sabrina Bodon / WESA

Peoples Gas has outfitted a vehicle that will drive over 950 miles of the utility’s pipelines in Pittsburgh this year using a high-tech system to find places where methane leaks into the air.

Methane is the main component of natural gas used for home heating, and it contributes to climate change when it enters the atmosphere.

Investigators Suspect Methane Migration Caused Greene County Home To Explode

Nov 1, 2018
Shirl Barnhart / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A home explosion Wednesday in Greene County leveled the house and burned three people who were inside. Investigators are trying to determine whether methane migration from nearby gas or coal operations played a role.

Wolf's Fracking-Health Record Hammered By New Industry Opposition Group

May 25, 2018
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A coalition of anti-fracking groups says Gov. Tom Wolf should pay more attention to the health impacts of fracking, and that he’s “turned his back” on people who say they’ve suffered from the state’s natural gas industry.

Katie Colaneri / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Climate-damaging methane emissions, as well as volatile organic compounds from Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry are on the rise, while other harmful air pollutants have decreased, according to new data released Thursday by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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An interfaith group of religious organizations held a rally at the state Capitol Monday, calling on Governor Tom Wolf to halt natural gas development. About 50 people attended the event and asked the governor for what they called a “moral-torium” on unconventional gas development and related infrastructure, such as pipelines.

“We are calling on our legislators to listen to science and protect public health,” says Rev. Dr. Leah Schade of the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg. “This is one area where science and religion are actually in agreement.”

How The Nation's First Methane Rules Impact Pennsylvania

Nov 3, 2015
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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.

How New Methane Emission Regulations Could Impact Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2015
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Environmentalists have spent years looking for ways to reduce emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Now new rules from the Obama Administration aimed at limiting emissions from the oil and gas industry could have a big impact on Pennsylvania. But are they necessary? We'll talk with Howard Feldman, Senior Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for the American Petroleum Institute and Matt Watson, Associate Vice President of the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate and Energy Program.