Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollution
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Energy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell today announced the issuance of new general permits for unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that will reduce air pollution and establish a control threshold on methane emissions.“These permits represent the first step of my Methane Reduction Strategy and my administration’s continuing commitment to cleaner, healthier air across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Cleaner air means healthier communities – for our citizens, and especially for our children. These new permits are one example of a way that we can have positive economic development without compromising public health. These permits are a win-win, helping industry control methane emissions that cost them money, while also helping defend our children and keep our communities healthier through cleaner air. We’ve arrived at these permits through a comprehensive process that included feedback and input from both industry and the environmental community, and I am proud of the finished product that we are unveiling today.”Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.“Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the nation behind Texas,” said Governor Wolf. “We are uniquely positioned to be a national leader in addressing climate change while supporting and ensuring responsible energy development, while protecting public health and our environment.“These permits incorporate the most current state and federal regulations for controlling air pollution,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The permits for new unconventional natural gas wells and new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines are some of the first in the nation to comprehensively address methane emissions from all equipment and processes, and they also address other types of air pollution that contribute to poor air quality.”The newly revised general permits, GP-5 and GP-5A, will be required for new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines, and new natural gas wells, respectively.In addition to the methane controls, the permits also set thresholds on other types of air pollution, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Operators will be required to meet federal new source standards and state Best Available Technology (BAT) included in the permit conditions for equipment and processes to control pollution emissions.“Reducing air pollution from gas wells and compression, processing and transmission facilities is key to responsibly developing Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources,” said McDonnell. “Everything we can do to reduce air pollution will improve public health.”DEP held multiple comment periods on the permits, which attracted more than 9,000 comments in total. The permits will go into effect on August 8, 2018.More information about the new permits can be found at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/Pages/Methane-Reduction-Strategy.aspx June 07, 2018 Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollution
An aerial shot showing the location of Edgewater Apartments at Redland BayA new waterfront apartment complex will be built overlooking Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island, with five of the 28 residences already sold off-the-plan. Construction of the five-storey Edgewater Apartments at Redland Bay is expected to start in January, with the two and three bedroom apartments tipped to “set a new benchmark” in luxury waterfront living in the Redlands. A render showing Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Perth-based developer Sunfire Assets chose the site due to the area’s population growth, demographics and lack of smaller dwellings such as units and townhouses. Sunfire director Ralph Nunis said he was drawn to the area due to its proximity to the water’s edge.“Coming from the west, you just can’t get land that close to the water,” he said. “I remember standing on the balcony of one of the nearby houses and thinking, it’s like being on a holiday.”Five apartments – ranging in price from $550,000 to $750,000 – have already sold, with remaining apartments priced between $490,000 and $790,000.Each apartment has been designed by Brisbane-based firm, ThinkTank Architects, and will be built by local building firm, Contrast Constructions. Ray White Redland Bay agent Shaun Lennon, who is marketing the apartments on behalf of the developer, said he was currently in negotiations with three other potential buyers. “The vast majority of interest has come from locals living within a 5km radius of the development,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“They are looking for a lower maintenance property with a lifestyle by the water.”One purchaser bought an apartment for her mother. A render showing the ensuite in one of the Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Edgewater Apartments will be located just 40 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, and is a short stroll to the local shopping centre, cafes, restaurants and the Redland Bay Golf Course.Construction is expected to be completed by January 2019.Mr Nunis said his company was now looking at further development opportunities in the Redlands area.CoreLogic property data shows 82 units sold in Redland Bay in the 12 months to August, with townhouses, villas, units and apartments making up just 1.9 per cent of all dwellings in the area.The population of Redland Bay grew almost 10 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 Census, with the median unit price rising just 0.9 per cent over the same period. Mr Lennon expects that to change, predicting the area is coming of age. A render showing the main bedroom in one of the Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Of the 28 apartments, 26 have water views. Each one boasts an open plan living space extending out on to a large balcony. A render showing the kitchen and dining area inside one of the Edgewater Apartments, which will be built at Redland Bay.Quality finishes and designer appliances have been included, with each apartment coming with a single or double car park.
This five-bedroom house at 481 Priestdale Rd, Rochedale South, is scheduled for auction.All three suburbs have median house prices of less than $635,000.Morningside, Chermside West and Tingalpa have also been selected by SRP as having serious growth potential.Mr Sheppard said he was surprised Red Hill topped the list given its proximity to the city and higher price bracket.“It’s the odd one out,” he said.But the other suburbs were more affordable and all in Brisbane’s middle ring. This house at 113 Musgrave Rd, Red Hill, is on the market for offers over $899,000.SRP research director Jeremy Sheppard said the research found median houseprices in the top Brisbane suburbs could grow between 23 per cent and 25 per centover the next three years.It supports research by BIS Oxford Economics, which forecast 20 per cent growth in Brisbane property values in the next three years — almost double that of the nearest growth capitals Adelaide (11 per cent) and Canberra (10 per cent). This cute cottage at 83 Windsor Rd, Red Hill, is coming up for auction.In contrast, prices in Sydney and Melbourne are set to remain in single digits in terms of percentage growth over the same period.Mr Sheppard said SRP’s research was based on demand versus supply metrics using data collected from realestate.com.au, Corelogic and the bureau of statistics.“Red Hill and Keperra were the winners for forecast growth over the period withmedian house prices potentially increasing by about $215,000 and $130,000respectively,” Mr Sheppard said. MORE: Bidders stunned by dance duo’s auction windfall Houses in the inner Brisbane suburb of Red Hill, where house prices are tipped to grow 25 per cent.THE boom suburbs tipped to achieve phenomenal capital growth have been revealed as Brisbane prepares for a massive jump in house prices, with buyers in these markets set to earn up to $215,000 in the next three years.Househunters would be wise to start looking in Red Hill and Keperra, where one property expert predicts house prices will grow by a whopping 25 per cent by 2022.Select Residential Property Research Group has identified the top 10 suburbs for house price growth in the nation’s three major capital cities — with Brisbane coming out on top. RELATED: Where buyers should be looking before the boom House prices in Red Hill are tipped to grow by 25 per cent in the next three years.More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoThe inner-city suburb of Red Hill has a median house price of $851,016, while Keperra, only 9km from the CBD, has a more affordable median house price of $535,195.Mount Gravatt and Rochedale South are also expected to record strong house price growth of 24 per cent by 2022, along with Arana Hills in Brisbane’s northwest. This house at 51 Moore St, Morningside, is for sale for offers over $995,000.Mr Sheppard said it was a good time to invest in Brisbane, although he did not expect the city to experience a boom in prices similar to what Sydney and Melbourne had seen.“I don’t see enough impetus for a massive boom the likes of what we saw in Sydney — I think it will be a lot more steady,” he said.“I would advise people to steer clear of new property, preferably buy houses, and avoid areas with a lot of vacant neighbouring land which could be filled in by developers. “Supply is always the enemy of capital growth.”Your Property Your Wealth director and buyer’s agent Daniel Walsh said he expected the Brisbane housing market to outshine Sydney and Melbourne over the next decade.Mr Walsh has been investing in the Greater Brisbane market for his clients, targeting houses priced between $300,000 and $500,000 with solid yields. Experts are tipping house price growth of up to 25 per cent for some Brisbane suburbs.“Clients have seen their Brisbane holdings increase in value by as much as 21 per centover the past three years while most other major locations were flatlining or falling inprice,” Mr Walsh said.“The thing is, there is still so much more room for the Brisbane market to grow, so thatis why we will keep buying there strategically because we believe that over the long-term, it will be leader of the pack.” This three-bedroom house at 28 Toondah Plc, Tingalpa, has had its price reduced to $419,000.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington City Council met in a non-voting work session Wednesday. Sumner Newscow did not cover the meeting due to other obligations. We will provide information from the minutes of the meeting when they become officially approved by the council.The council will meet in regular session this next Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. One of the proposals the council will be taking up is appointments to advisory boards.The list was released Wednesday. The proposed new appointments are as follows:Â Airport Advisory Board â€” George Hilt – to serve Aug. 2, 2013 to April 30, 2018.Board of Zoning Appeals â€” Richard Granger – May 20, 2013 to April 30, 2018. Another member is being asked to serve the term May 20, 2013 to April 30, 2018.Combined Trade Board â€” Building contract â€” Chris Craig: April 16, 2013 to April 30, 2017. Electrical contract â€” Jeff Hunt, April 16, 2013 to April 30, 2017. Plumbing contract â€” April 16, 2013 to April 30, 2017, staff to review plumbing contract; Mechanical Contract â€” Roger Brownlee â€”Â April 16, 2013 – April 30, 2017.Health Care Authority â€” Michael Deschaine â€” Aug. 2, 2013 – April 30, 2018.Housing Authority â€” Darlene Ferguson â€” May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2017. Decision on second appointee will be delayed until election is held for residents.Library Board â€” Maria Cornejo â€” May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2017. Stacy Fair, May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2017.Memorial Board â€” No applications.Park Board â€” Kent Johnston, May 1, 2013 â€” April 30, 2017. The other Park Board position has yet to be filled. Planning Commission â€” Jack Reimer – June 14, 2013 to April 30, 2018; Tami Klinedinst, June 14, 2013 to April 30, 2018; Tracy McCue, June 14, 2013 to April 30, 2018.