Thursday, January 26, 2017

Senate Bill Would Make State Methane Limits No More Stringent Than Feds

Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) this week introduced Senate Bill 175 which would prohibit DEP from adopting methane emission regulations for the oil and gas industry or any source that are more stringent than federal standards.
“Over the past year, the EPA has announced several significant new regulatory requirements to control methane emissions,” said Sen. Reschenthaler.  “However, efforts in Pennsylvania to expand standards and requirements beyond those mandated by the federal government continue to place our state at a competitive economic disadvantage.
“These actions harm job creation and discourage capital investment across the Commonwealth, all while providing little if any tangible environmental benefit for our communities,” added Sen. Reschenthaler.  “Pennsylvania job creators and those in our communities that depend on them would benefit significantly from avoiding a duplicative, confusing, and costly patchwork of standards.”
Of course, what happens if there is no federal standard for methane emissions from oil and gas operations?
A sponsor summary of the bill is available.

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