ShareThis Page
Letter to the editor: Committed to methane reduction |
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Committed to methane reduction

Letter To The Editor
| Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:03 a.m

Regarding the letter “EPA rollbacks dangerous” (Nov. 16, TribLIVE): There’s a lot of misinformation about regulations governing reduction of methane emissions.

Most Pennsylvanians probably don’t know that U.S. methane emissions from natural gas systems decreased 16 percent from 1990 to 2016, even as natural gas output increased more than 50 percent. Methane is a valuable product, and preventing leaks is not just a responsibility, it’s smart business.

Also, the U.S. leads the world in cutting carbon dioxide emissions — now at 25-year lows — thanks to clean natural gas, which helps reduce emissions of CO2 and numerous other pollutants.

The Trump administration’s technical corrections to methane regulations are just that — technical corrections, not a regulatory rollback. The revised regulations cover all the same emission sources addressed in the Obama administration’s regulations. Aside from these federal rules, Pennsylvania has among the most rigorous regulations and methane reduction controls in the nation.

Industry is focused on continuing safe operations and further reducing emissions, and our commitment is not based on government regulations. The U.S. natural gas and oil industry invested an estimated $339 billion from 1990-2016 toward improving the environmental performance of its products, facilities and operations.

Industry is leading efforts like the Environmental Partnership, where over 50 operators have agreed to voluntarily implement emission reductions and environmental performance measures, outside of any governmental requirements, because we believe in responsible development.

Methane reduction is an important priority, and the natural gas and oil industry is committed to continuing our progress — in Pennsylvania and nationwide.

Stephanie Catarino Wissman


The writer is executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.