Pa. DEP Unveils Draft Methane Regs Amid GOP Opposition

By Dan Packel (February 6, 2017, 6:10 PM EST) -- Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday unveiled draft regulations for a state plan to reduce methane from natural gas production against the backdrop of a proposed law that would bar the plan from going into effect.

The DEP on Monday announced the opening of a 45-day public comment period for input on the two permits for unconventional natural gas wells and natural gas compressor stations.

But the plans, first announced by Gov. Tom Wolf in January 2016, face pushback from Republicans in the state Legislature who have introduced legislation that would prevent the state from exceeding federal regulations for the...

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