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With kids in tow, parents call on Wolf to regulate methane

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 13, 2016 8:53 PM

Children sat on the steps of the Capitol rotunda as their parents talked about the effects of methane on their communities. (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF)

(Harrisburg) -- A group of parents from around Pennsylvania are urging Governor Tom Wolf to regulate methane emissions.

They held a conference in the Capitol Thursday, flanked by their children, whom they say are affected most harshly by pollution caused by the state's oil and gas industry.

The governor promised in January that oil and gas regulations would be introduced this year. His methane-reduction plan would require companies to use the best technology available to prevent leaks of the powerful greenhouse gas at their work sites.

The state Department of Environmental protection also said it would develop comprehensive rules to cut down on leaks in existing machinery.

However, none of those regulations have been implemented yet.

Lois Bower-Bjornson said at her home in Washington County, the lack of regulation is taking a toll.

"Everything from smells, to killing of the trees, to certain things in the goes on and on," she said.

A meeting where some of the regulations were supposed to be introduced was recently cancelled--the third such delay.

In a statement, the Wolf administration said implementation of any major initiative takes time. It added that the DEP plans to release the updated regulations "in the coming months."

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