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
Press Association Greg Dyke put the issue of a winter break back on the agenda on Wednesday as he laid out a wide-ranging plan to bring English football out of intensive care. He spelled out his grim diagnosis by telling a captivated audience in central London: “The situation is very serious. “English football is a tanker which needs turning. “And we all have a responsibility to do our best to reverse this frightening trend because if we fail we will be letting English football down and we will be letting the nation down.” Dyke, who assumed his position in June, will chair a commission that he hopes will also include representation from the Premier League. The commission will hear evidence from players and managers from past and present, academics and journalists in the hope that they can come up with a plan to remedy the dwindling number of home-grown stars in the Premier League. A quota system will be discussed and the commission will also debate reform of the loan system. Intriguingly, Dyke then added: “I would also expect the commission to evaluate the pros and cons of a mid-season break.” A mid-season break is commonplace on the continent, but it has never been introduced into English football despite lobbying from key figures. Former England manager Fabio Capello said the lack of a winter break has been one of the main reasons behind the Three Lions’ failure to win a major tournament since 1966. And other influential people within the game like Michael Owen and Roberto Mancini have recently claimed the absence of a mid-season hiatus is damaging the English national side. England could move into line with its European rivals if all parties involved can agree to bring in a respite. Despite the paucity of English players in the top flight at the moment, Dyke set two ambitious goals on Wednesday. “I want to set the whole of English football two targets,” he said. “The first is for the England team to at least reach the semi finals of the European Championships in 2020. The second is for us to win the World Cup in 2022. “To show we are making progress I’d like to see us do well in the Under-20s World Cup in 2017 with the objective of that squad then moving on to the Under-21 European Championships. “Are these realistic targets? Without targets what are we working towards? Some will say that targets are only burdening our players with more pressure but top players have to be able to handle pressure if they want to be winners – and we want to be winners.” As Dyke pointed out, the 2020 mission could be aided by England having home advantage for some of their fixtures under UEFA’s multi-host idea. What he did not mention was that the following World Cup is due to be played in searing temperatures in Qatar, which, as it presently stands, is still gearing up to host a summer tournament. In a hard-hitting maiden speech as Football Association chairman, Dyke made it clear that he believes the English game is not in a healthy state. He reeled off a number of statistics, all of which underlined just how few English players are starting regularly in the top flight.