On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a sweeping new regulatory strategy for reducing methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations in the Commonwealth. Methane, the primary constituent of natural gas, is considered by federal and state agencies to be a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. Governor Wolf stated that Pennsylvania, as the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas, is “uniquely positioned to be a national leader in addressing climate change.”
The Pennsylvania methane reduction strategy is expected to result in significant changes to the air permitting and regulatory regime that currently applies to oil and natural gas industry sources. For more information, read our Administrative Watch.