Don't let the PA Senate handcuff our ability to reduce methane

Methane flare, black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

Pennsylvania’s rules to address methane emissions from new oil and gas operations were barely out for public comment when the State Senate introduced legislation to prevent their adoption. Senate Bill 175 sponsored by Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny Co) would handcuff our ability to reduce methane by barring Pennsylvania from passing rules that are stronger than the federal government’s minimum standards.

States like Colorado and Ohio have embraced their role and responsibility to do all they can to protect the health and quality of life of their residents by developing methane standards that go further than federal standards. As the second largest producer of natural gas in the nation Pennsylvania should do the same.

Contact your state senator today and tell them oppose measures that restrict their abilities to follow through on the obligations and responsibilities they have to protect our health and environment from dangerous methane emissions.