Written on: January 20, 2016
You asked, and he listened. On January 19th, Governor Tom Wolf announced new policies that will dramatically reduce climate-harming methane pollution from the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania.
This is a big deal, because the Keystone State is the second-largest shale gas producer in the whole country.
Right now, the oil and gas industry is running amok, and public health, our air, and our communities are paying the price. Every stage of the shale gas supply chain leaks harmful pollutants, volatile organic compounds that contribute to smog, air toxics that have known health risks, and climate-harming methane pollution.
That’s why today, Governor Wolf announced a plan to require stronger safeguards against natural gas leaks when permitting new oil and gas infrastructure, and to develop new standards to reduce leaks from existing oil and gas infrastructure.
Pennsylvanians are fed up with the fossil fuel industry and its near-total disregard for our environment and public health. That’s why we appreciate Governor Wolf’s actions today, which represent a step in the right direction towards reducing the impact this industry has on our health, our climate, and our environment.
Fossil fuel extraction can never be made safe, but as long as communities are still forced to live near polluting fossil fuel infrastructure, we must do everything possible to minimize the harm it does to them.
Thank you for standing up for our communities and climate,
Campaign Representative, Sierra Club
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