Tag: methane emissions

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”

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”

PA DEP Collects $147,250 Penalty from Rice Drilling B LLC

Erosion & Sedimentation Violations in Greene County plus DEP Found Rice had Hundreds of Other Violations, Including Abandoning Wells Without Plugging Them By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | October 6, 2022 On October 6, the Department of Environmental Protection announced… Continue Reading “PA DEP Collects $147,250 Penalty from Rice Drilling B LLC”

Only 15 out of 256 Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Who Abandoned Wells Were Fined by PA DEP

Small Penalties no Deterrent to Future Abandonments by David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 30, 2022 Only 15 of the 256 conventional oil and gas operators who received notices of violation for abandoning wells without plugging them over the last… Continue Reading “Only 15 out of 256 Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Who Abandoned Wells Were Fined by PA DEP”

Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 12, 2022 On August 12, the U.S. House passed compromise legislation that would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates… Continue Reading “Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden”

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”

PA Republicans Risk Losing $500 Million in Federal Highway Funds

GUEST POST: Republicans on House Committee Disapprove Final Reg. To Reduce VOC/Methane Emissions from Unconventional Oil & Gas Facilities Risking $500 Million In Federal Highway Funds By David E. Hess / PA Environment Digest / August 2, 2022 On August 2, Republicans on the… Continue Reading “PA Republicans Risk Losing $500 Million in Federal Highway Funds”

WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts

PBS FRONTLINE Series Links to all 3 videos: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/the-power-of-big-oil/ DESCRIPTION In an epic three-part documentary series, FRONTLINE investigates the decades-long failure to confront the threat of climate change and the role of the fossil fuel industry. Part One charts the fossil fuel industry’s early… Continue Reading “WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts”

Fracking Public Health and Policy in Pennsylvania

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Senators Katie Muth and Jim Brewster hosted a public hearing in Monroeville, PA: “Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Boom: How Policy Decisions Failed to Protect Public Health and What We Can Do to Correct It.” Watch the 2 hour and 44 minute hearing video… Continue Reading “Fracking Public Health and Policy in Pennsylvania”

“DIVERSIFIED ENERGY: Business Model Built to Fail Appalachia”

Yesterday’s Zoom presentation by that same title was quite alarming, especially for those of us living in Pennsylvania, where Diversified Energy now owns over 22,000 oil and gas wells. Diversified actually owns more wells in the United States than Exxon, or any other oil… Continue Reading ““DIVERSIFIED ENERGY: Business Model Built to Fail Appalachia””

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”