PA DEP Report on Emissions Exposes Wolf’s Methane Plan as a Dud

In January 2016 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his now-fired Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley, introduced an awful four-point plan to supposedly reduce methane emissions by 40% over the next five years (see PA Gov. Wolf’s Plan to Kill Drilling via Methane Emissions Regs). Even though the plan has not (so far) been implemented, due to the negative effects it would have on the drilling industry, the happy news is that air emissions have improved, dramatically, as a recent PA DEP annual report chronicled (see PA DEP Reports: Air Emissions from Shale Industry Improved in 2015). Although methane emissions went up a tiny bit because there’s more drilling and more pipelines than ever, the big news is that methane emissions per unit of production actually went DOWN. But you won’t read that in mainstream news where they trumpet a so-called increase in methane as an excuse to implement Wolf’s dud plan…

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