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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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Bulldogs Hoeing No-Hits Spartans!

first_imgBulldogs top the Connersville Spartans 12-0 in 6 innings.Bryan Hoeing throws a no hitter with 76 total pitches.The team as a whole had 10 hits and no errors in the field.Batesville vs. Connersville Baseball (4-10)Next game: vs. Rushville – Monday 4/14Season Record: 1-0Submitted by Batesville Coach Alex Davis.last_img

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Kane set for England call

first_img “Is he worth a place in the squad now? Of course he is,” said the England manager, who has watched his team win all six of their games since the World Cup. ”I think he’s got the qualities that you’re looking for in a centre forward. ”If you can be a star at a top team like Tottenham at the age of 21 then you’re doing pretty well.” Unless Hodgson has had a dramatic change of mind in the five weeks since he made those comments – and there is no reason to suggest he has – then Kane should be included in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley on March 27 and the friendly in Turin four days later. Kane still had his doubters during the early stages of the season, but after scoring against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool since the turn of the year, there is genuine excitement at the Football Association about the forward, who only made a handful of league starts for Tottenham last year. Kane is not the only striker to have caught Hodgson’s eye since the last international get-together in November. Although he has not been as prolific in recent weeks, QPR’s Charlie Austin is the second-highest English scorer in the top-flight and could earn his first call-up on Thursday when the squad is announced at 12:30pm. Burnley forward Danny Ings has been tipped to make the step up from the Under-21s after a run of impressive performances and Saido Berahino has done his chances of a recall no harm by scoring four goals in his last seven games for West Brom. Press Association Harry Kane looks set to earn his first England call-up on Thursday when Roy Hodgson names his squad for the upcoming internationals against Lithuania and Italy. Daniel Sturridge is all but certain to return to the squad after missing the last five games because of a thigh injury he suffered at St George’s Park, which dented Hodgson’s relationship with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. With so many options available to him, it is understood that Hodgson is considering selecting a larger squad than usual. Up to 28 or even 30 names could be selected. Manchester United winger Ashley Young is hoping to be one of them. Young was expected to leave Old Trafford last summer, but he has been one of the best players in Louis van Gaal’s squad this season. The last of his 30 caps came in September 2013, but the 29-year-old hopes he can resurrect his international career. “I will never shut the door on England until I am too old,” he said. “The squad is coming up. I am just concentrating on things (at United) but if selected then of course I will be delighted. “It is always an honour to pull on an England shirt and getting back in the squad would obviously be nice.” Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph could earn a recall after overcoming a shoulder injury and Hodgson is also considering whether to hand a debut to Ryan Mason following his successful season at Spurs. Mason’s team-mate Danny Rose, described as “the best English left-back this season” by his manager Mauricio Pochettino, could potentially replace Luke Shaw, who has struggled for fitness and form of late. Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker is also in contention for his first England appearance since March 2014. Ben Foster has been ruled out with a knee injury, so QPR’s Robert Green may earn his first England call-up since Euro 2012. The only other English goalkeeper playing regular top-flight football, aside from England pair Joe Hart and Fraser Forster, is the uncapped Burnley stopper Tom Heaton. Kane has been in fine form for Tottenham this season, scoring 26 goals in 42 matches. The 21-year-old is the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League and Hodgson all but confirmed the striker would be in his squad for the double-header at a briefing in London last month. last_img read more

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