C.O.G.E.N.T., the Connection for Oil, Gas and Environment In The Northern Tier, summarized its actions on major regulatory and other issues in 2015 in a recent blog post. Among other actions, C.O.G.E.N.T.--
-- Commented to DEP on implementation of the EPA Clean Power Climate Plan, DEP’s Chapter 78 regulations and the draft report of the DEP Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force;
-- Emily Krafjack, President of C.O.G.E.N.T., was named to the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force Pipeline Safety Work Group and became a non-voting member of the DEP Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board;
-- Submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on proposed methane emission regulations covering the oil and gas industry;
-- Promoted the introduction of Senate Bill 1044 (Baker-R-Luzerne) to bring Class 1 unconventional natural gas gathering pipelines under state regulation; and
-- C.O.G.E.N.T. provided first responders in the region with pipelines emergencies training.
Click Here for the C.O.G.E.N.T. 2015 report and copies of comments they submitted.For more information on programs, initiatives and information on oil and gas activities and how they affect communities in the Northern Tier, visit the C.O.G.E.N.T. website and the C.O.G.E.N.T. Blog and Google+ webpages.