Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Agenda Added: House Environmental Committee To Hold March 28 Infomercial On Oil & Gas Byproducts - Could We Live Without Them?

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold an infomercial on March 28 entitled - “Oil & Gas Byproducts - Could We Live Without Them?”

The agenda includes all oil and gas industry representatives--

-- Stephanie Catarino Wissman, American Petroleum lnstitute - Pennsylvania

-- David Callahan, Marcellus Shale Coalition

-- Dan Weaver, PA lndependent Oil and Gas Association

-- Mike Kozminski, PA Grade Crude Oil Coalition - American Refining Group

-- David Taylor, PA Manufacturers' Association

-- Abby Foster, PA Chemical lndustry Council

Other Viewpoints

As the Journal Science reported-- “Black, gooey, greasy oil is the starting material for more than just transportation fuel. It's also the source of dozens of petrochemicals that companies transform into versatile and valued materials for modern life: gleaming paints, tough and moldable plastics, pesticides, and detergents. Industrial processes produce something like beauty out of the ooze. 

“By breaking the hydrocarbons in oil and natural gas into simpler compounds and then assembling those building blocks, scientists long ago learned to construct molecules of exquisite complexity.

“Fossil fuels aren't just the feedstock for those reactions; they also provide the heat and pressure that drive them. As a result, industrial chemistry's use of petroleum accounts for 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions.” Read more here.

But Science also reported-- “​​Now, growing numbers of scientists and, more important, companies think the same final compounds could be made by harnessing renewable energy instead of digging up and rearranging hydrocarbons and spewing waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air. 

“First, renewable electricity would split abundant molecules such as CO2, water, oxygen (O2), and nitrogen into reactive fragments. Then, more renewable electricity would help stitch those chemical pieces together to create the products that modern society relies on and is unlikely to give up.”  Read more here.

The hearing will be held in Room G-50 of the Irvis Building starting at 9:30 a.m.  Click Here to watch live.

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) serves as Majority Chair of the House Environmental Committee and can be contacted by calling 717-783-1707 or sending email to: Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by calling 717-787-7647 or sending email to:

Related Article This Week:

-- House Environmental Committee Sets March 28 Meeting To Vote On Bills Killing RGGI Regulations, Promote Natural Gas Pipelines Into NY, NJ 

Related Articles:

-- Millions Of Gallons Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Spread Illegally On Dirt Roads, Companies Fail To Comply With DEP Waste Regulations 

-- Preliminary Results From New Penn State Study Find Increased Cancer, Health Risks From Road Dumping Conventional Drilling Wastewater, Especially For Children

-- The Science Says: Spreading Conventional Drilling Wastewater On Dirt & Gravel Roads Can Harm Aquatic Life, Poses Health Risks To Humans - And It Damages The Roads 

-- Senate Budget Hearings: PA’s Experience With New Pipeline Construction Shows State Laws Not Strong Enough To Prevent Environmental Damage, Protect Public Safety 

-- 12 Unconventional Shale Gas Drillers Issued DEP Notices Of Violation For Abandoning Wells Without Plugging Them At 35 Well Pads In 17 Counties

-- New Abandoned Wells: DEP Records Show Abandoning Oil & Gas Wells Without Plugging Them Is Pervasive In Conventional Drilling Industry; Who Is Protecting Taxpayers? 

[Posted: March 23, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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