CMES Statement on PA Governor Wolf’s New Permit Policy for Natural Gas Development — A Significant Step Forward

Statement from Center for Methane Emissions Solutions Executive Director Isaac Brown

June 7, 2018

Today, the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions (CMES), a business coalition representing companies in the methane mitigation industry in the United States, released the following statement regarding new general permits issued by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

“The general permits now finalized by the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf will go a long way toward cutting methane pollution from new oil and gas industry infrastructure, and for this the governor and his team should be applauded,” said Isaac Brown, executive director of the Center for Methane Emissions Solutions (CMES). “The governor’s leadership is certainly fitting for the second largest natural gas producing state in the nation. The U.S. economy loses nearly $2 billion-worth of natural gas that would otherwise be brought to market and tens of millions in lost tax and royalty revenue each year. Cost-effective technologies and solutions exist today that allow industry to capture and sell its own valuable product. We urge the governor to move promptly on a rulemaking for the many thousands of existing sources of oil and gas methane pollution in the commonwealth as in so doing, Pennsylvania will truly be at the vanguard of responsible energy development.”

CONTACT: Isaac Brown, 202-540-9162/