The main component of natural gas—methane—is a potent climate pollutant, over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in the first 20 years after its release into the atmosphere. From well heads in the field to the local utility pipes under your street, the oil and gas supply chain in the U.S. emits at least 9.8 million metric tons of methane every year.
Pennsylvania will soon take important steps to address the oil and gas supply chain methane problem, putting it ahead of many other states. Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf proposed a multi-pronged strategy to reduce methane emissions from new and existing sources across the state's oil and gas sector, including best management practices to address pipeline leaks. But there's more that can be done.
As part of best management practices to reduce distribution system methane emissions, Pennsylvania should require utilities to use state-of-the-art technology for leak detection and quantification, enhance transparency in leak abatement efforts, and conduct more frequent leak surveys.
Take action: Thank Governor Wolf and his administration for the critical steps Pennsylvania is putting in place to reduce methane pollution, and ask them to take another important step by requiring gas utilities to adopt the latest technologies that can help tackle the problem effectively.
Thank you for your commitment to addressing the methane problem in Pennsylvania
Dear Governor Wolf,
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