DEP says air emissions from gas drilling flat

April 4, 2014

HARRISBURG - Air pollutants emitted by Pennsylvania's natural gas industry stayed relatively level in 2012 - and remained a small fraction of the state's total emissions - despite more pipeline and processing companies being required to report information to the state, environmental regulators told an air quality advisory board on Thursday.

The Department of Environmental Protection released the first tally of air emissions information from shale and other unconventional natural gas drilling and pipeline companies last year.

The new inventory added for the first time data from processing plants and compressor stations that handle gas from conventional wells.

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