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Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollution

first_img 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, 2018center_img Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollutionlast_img read more

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Great Basin dates next for EQ Wild West Tour

first_imgELY, Nev. (July 23) – Great Basin Raceway is the next destination for the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour.Traveling IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $1,000 to win in their Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 features at Ely.Both events are qualifiers for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded each night.Pit gates will be open all day; the grandstand opens and hot laps start at 5 p.m. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for kids 12 and under and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25. Four tour events have been held at Ely and Aaron Spangler owns a win from each of the previous doubleheaders. Point leader Justen Yeager was also a winner there in 2012; Ricky Alvarado’s victory at Great Basin helped in his quest for the 2013 series crown. EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo., 237; 2. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo., 217; 3. Michael Hale, West Jordan, Utah, 216; 4. Jake Donnelly, Rigby, Idaho, 215; 5. Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah, 206; 6. Bert M. Beech, Rock Springs, Wyo., 194; 7. Brian Ungaro, Green River, Wyo., 181; 8. Bryan Wordelman, Salt Lake City, Utah, 161; 9. Kelly Smith, Roosevelt, Utah, 153; 10. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo., 152; 11. Jeff Hunter, Commerce City, Colo., 142; 12. Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah, 136; 13. Heath Denney, West Jordan, Utah, 130; 14. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo., 125; 15. Ron Moser, West Valley City, Utah, 110; 16. Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 107; 17. Kevin Wright, Rock Springs, Wyo., 104; 18. Rick Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo., 92; 19. Michael Yost, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 84; 20. Don K. Baisch, Rigby, Idaho, 82.last_img read more

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