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  • January
  • 2016

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Pennsylvania Governor Announces Plan for Regulating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry

On January 19, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations within the state, based on their contribution to climate change.

Unlike EPA’s recent proposed methane New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), the Pennsylvania plan would impose requirements on both new and existing sources in the oil and gas sector. The Pennsylvania plan also proposes to regulate oil and gas operations, such as liquids unloading, which were not included in EPA’s proposal. The Governor’s four point plan aims to reduce:


  1. leaks at new unconventional natural gas well pads, through new permit requirements that include Best Available Technology (BAT) for equipment and processes, better record-keeping, and quarterly monitoring inspections;
  2. leaks at new compressor stations and processing facilities, by applying more stringent leak detection and repair (LDAR) requirements;
  3. leaks at existing oil and natural gas facilities through new regulations; and
  4. emissions along production, gathering, transmission and distribution lines by establishing non-binding best management practices, including LDAR programs.

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