Category: methane

Massive Leak at Gas Storage Area in Western PA

The Rager Mountain Gas Storage Area leak in Cambria County is proving difficult to stop, while bringing worrisome comparisons to the Aliso Canyon and Powhatan Point incidents, where huge volumes of methane reached the atmosphere. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas that contributes… Continue Reading “Massive Leak at Gas Storage Area in Western PA”

Old Well / New Well Communication Possible in South Strabane Twp PA?

Story by Karen Mansfield of the Observer-Reporter on November 8, 2022 reports: Two South Strabane Township homes test positive for methane November 8, 2022 – South Strabane Township Department of Fire and Emergency Management and the Washington County Department of Public Safety on Sunday… Continue Reading “Old Well / New Well Communication Possible in South Strabane Twp PA?”

PA Moves Gas Well Emissions Rule to Beat Costly Federal Deadline

The regulation meets 2016 standards set by the federal government, and if the rule isn’t finalized by December 16th, Pennsylvania faces around $500 million in highway funding sanctions in the next year. (See YouTube video below) DEP estimates the regulation could reduce VOC emissions… Continue Reading “PA Moves Gas Well Emissions Rule to Beat Costly Federal Deadline”

RESEARCHERS: Flaring Doesn’t Always Work as Intended

Methane Might Be a Bigger Climate Problem Than Thought, Study Finds September 29, 2022 story in The New York Times by Henry Fountain: The oil industry practice of burning unwanted methane is less effective than previously assumed, scientists said Thursday, resulting in new estimates… Continue Reading “RESEARCHERS: Flaring Doesn’t Always Work as Intended”

PA: Conventional O&G Companies Accelerating Pace of Abandoning Wells Without Plugging Them

Threatens to Put PA’s Taxpayer-Funded Well Plugging Program Even Further Behind By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 6, 2022 The pace of companies abandoning conventional oil and natural gas wells without plugging them continues to accelerate in 2022 threatening… Continue Reading “PA: Conventional O&G Companies Accelerating Pace of Abandoning Wells Without Plugging Them”

New British PM Liz Truss lifts 2019 fracking ban

Fracking could resume in England within six months Photo: Hydraulic fracturing (aka ‘fracking’) American-style c. 2010 in Pennsylvania Calls to resume fracking have met with ongoing resistance from campaigners who say the risk of earthquakes (see below) and water contamination, as well as extensive… Continue Reading “New British PM Liz Truss lifts 2019 fracking ban”

TODAY’S FOCUS: Range Resources Methane Reporting

An August 10, 2022 story by Zachary Mider on Bloomberg, Methane ‘Loophole’ Shows Risk of Gaming New US Climate Bill points out how “several energy companies have adopted an unorthodox interpretation of EPA rules to slash their reported methane emissions.” “An unorthodox reading of a single word… Continue Reading “TODAY’S FOCUS: Range Resources Methane Reporting”

Pennsylvania has a Methane Problem

(UPDATED: FULL REPORT AND APPENDICES LINKED BELOW) In the big push by GOP candidates in the US Senate and Pennsylvania gubernatorial races for an accelerated amount of drilling and fracking in our Keystone state, these candidates are ignoring an existing problem with fugitive methane… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania has a Methane Problem”