Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pennsylvania DEP Announces New Actions to Reduce Methane Emissions From the Oil and Gas Industry

On January 19, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it would create a new framework of actions for methane reductions from the oil and gas sector. In a statement, DEP declared that working on methane emission reductions is “an integral component of the next update of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan that will be presented to Governor Wolf in 2016.”

As part of its strategy, DEP recommended the implementation of changes in the permitting system issued for oil and gas exploration and production while also developing Best Management Practices to reduce methane emissions from production, gathering, processing, and transmission facilities. DEP also suggested the development of new standards for existing sources in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry with regard to fugitive methane.

On January 20, 2016, DEP hosted a webinar on New Plans to Reduce Methane Waste to “outline the four main points of the strategy to reduce methane emissions, which contribute to climate change.”

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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