Observer-Reporter Op-ed: Why is EPA trying to roll back methane standards?

The oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania produces the second most natural gas in the nation, behind only Texas. Yet, an estimate earlier this year by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found that we’re wasting more than 520,000 tons of methane a year – about $68 million worth of wasted energy resources – mostly due to old, outdated equipment. More concerning is that the group found that figure is far higher than what the industry reports to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

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