New Pennsylvania gas permits include methane recovery requirement

June 8, 2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and Department of Environmental Protection Sec. Patrick McDonnell jointly announced new general permits for unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that they said will reduce air pollution and establish a methane emissions control threshold.

"These permits represent the first step of my methane-reduction strategy and my administration's continuing commitment to cleaner, healthier air across the commonwealth," Wolf said June 7.

The permits, which go into effect on Aug. 8, represent a win-win outcome because they will help Pennsylvania's gas industry control methane emissions that cost producers, pipelines, and utilities money, while helping make communities healthier with cleaner air, Wolf said.

As the nation's second-biggest gas producer behind Texas, Pennsylvania is in a unique position to lead the US addressing climate change while supporting and ensuring responsible energy development, and protecting public health and the environment, Wolf said.

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