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Methane emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the first-ever rule to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. A toxic pollutant, methane is believed to be one of the leading causes of climate change.

This announcement sets methane standards that encourage the oil and gas industry to employ the safest technologies available. Pennsylvania’s gas industry wastes enough methane to heat over half of the households in Pittsburgh for a year and emits the equivalent of 700,000 cars.

The Sierra Club applauds the Obama administration for beginning to address the methane problem. We now look to Gov. Tom Wolf to address fugitive emissions from existing sources and put the health of Pennsylvania families first.

Joanne Kilgour


The author is the director of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter.

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