Methane

Methane

Methane emissions from natural gas development in Pennsylvania is a major problem. A greenhouse gas, methane is emitted from leakage through natural gas production.

Methane emissions are a considerable threat to climate change, posing over 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame.

So when you think “quick action” on climate change, reducing methane emissions needs to be an important step in the process.


Policy Posts

Revised GP-5 and GP5-A Permits Finalized

Revised GP-5 and GP5-A Permits Finalized

June 7, 2018

Pennsylvania has taken an important and long-awaited step toward substantially reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations. With new monitoring and emissions requirements now in place for new and modified facilities and operations, we turn our full attention toward...

PEC Opposes HB 2154

PEC Opposes HB 2154

April 30, 2018

PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have sent the following joint statement to House members in opposition to House Bill 2154, weakening environmental protections in relation to oil and gas production.     April 30, 2018 To: Members of the...

PEC-EDF Letter Opposing Rollback of Act 13 Standards

PEC-EDF Letter Opposing Rollback of Act 13 Standards

April 11, 2018

PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have sent the following joint statement to Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee members in opposition to Senate Bill 1088, concerning environmental protection and performance standards for the conventional oil and gas industry.  ...

PEC Opposes Riders to State Budget Legislation

July 27, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Governor and General Assembly in opposition to tax code legislation that was amended to include two provisions which fundamentally alter environmental permitting and protections. Click here to identify your legislator and let...

Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

April 28, 2017

We at PEC recently had the honor of hosting a conference on Deep Decarbonization of the electricity grid in March of this year. Our main, selfish, goal was to learn more about the science, technology, and policy at play in...

Opposition to Senate Bill 175

January 30, 2017

PEC sent the following letter on Senate Bill 175 to members of the Pennsylvania Senate today: Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), I am writing to convey our opposition to Senate Bill 175. This legislation prevents...

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

December 1, 2015

John Walliser, Senior Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, outlines PEC’s recent initiatives in the policy sector, ranging from longwall mining and implementation of the Clean Power Plan to methane emissions. Walliser not only summarizes PEC’s work from the...

PEC Statement on White House Methane Strategy

March 28, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is pleased with today’s announcement from the White House concerning methane emissions from oil and gas operations. The announcement bridges several areas of concern we have regarding the growth of shale gas operations in Pennsylvania...

What’s New

Step Onto the Virtual Well Pad
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Step Onto the Virtual Well Pad

September 28, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania has an opportunity to substantially lower emissions of methane from our natural gas industry, the nation’s second-largest, simply by requiring better monitoring and quicker response to leaks on well pads. Finding and fixing these leaks will mean significantly reducing...

Worse Than We Knew
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Worse Than We Knew

June 22, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Here’s what we already knew about methane: It’s the primary component of natural gas. It’s much more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. And a non-zero amount of it is escaping into the atmosphere as a result of...

Pennsylvania Legacies #71: Clear for Takeoff
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Pennsylvania Legacies #71: Clear for Takeoff

April 20, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania looks for an on-ramp to the EV revolution, and Environmental Defense Fund launches a first-of-its kind initiative to track methane emissions from space. Links: PEC Letter on EV Infrastructure Legislation EDF Announces Satellite Mission to Locate and Measure Methane...

Eye in the Sky
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Eye in the Sky

April 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, packing many times the climate-altering power of carbon dioxide. It’s also the primary component in natural gas, which means the production, processing, and distribution of natural gas is a major source of pollution that...

Pennsylvania Legacies #68: Measuring Methane
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Pennsylvania Legacies #68: Measuring Methane

March 9, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Nobody knows exactly how much methane is released each year by Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. But a new Environmental Defense Fund analysis suggests actual emissions could be as high as five times the state’s official estimate. Links: Let’s Pick...