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Brian O’Neill: Put methane in its place, not the atmosphere

It’s not often we see legislation that eases the way for the emission of methane and other volatile organic compounds we’d be better off not breathing, but America’s Largest Full-Time State Legislature is considering just that.

. . .One can be pro-drilling, as I am, and still be baffled by how many current lawmakers seem never to have played a hand of poker. There is no need to fold to the gas industry when Pennsylvania is the heart of the largest natural gas field outside of Iran. That gives us the cards to make reasonable demands, one of which is surely this: Don’t leak so much damned methane.

The “d” word is used advisedly. Methane, which has leaked almost every step of the way from extraction through transmission, has a global warming potential more than 25 times greater than carbon dioxide.

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