The rule is part of the Biden Administration’s pledge to reduce methane emissions 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the review, but it will be up to new Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration to take any action.
Pennsylvania finished regulations to join a carbon-trading program and to limit oil and gas site emissions in 2022.
The Environmental Quality Board voted 16-2 to adopt the rule limiting emissions of volatile organic compounds and methane at existing conventional gas sites.
Pennsylvania environmental regulators are meeting Wednesday to vote on an emergency measure to limit emissions from some oil and gas sites.
The Environmental Quality Board on Wednesday approved the rule on emissions of volatile organic compounds at shallower, conventional well sites.
Pa. needs to finish emissions regulations for oil and gas sites by December or face sanctions, EPA says
The Environmental Protection Agency has warned of impending sanctions if Pa. does not submit plans to reduce emissions of VOCs at oil and gas sites by Dec. 16.
DEP said it is considering how to tackle emissions from conventional wells and hopes to have a rule before the end of the year.
Old wells leak the potent greenhouse gas methane and toxins that can cause health issues for people who live nearby.
Environmental advocates say the rule doesn’t go far enough, especially now that the federal government is considering much tougher standards.