In 2019, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection published the Framework to outline its future methane actions, in accordance with certain new guidelines released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new actions include:
- Issue a General Permit to replace the August 2013 Category No. 38 conditional permit exemption criteria issued for oil and gas exploration, development, and production facilities including well pads.
- Revise the current general permit for new and modified Natural Gas Compression and/or Processing Facilities (GP-5) such that it becomes the model for other states.
- Develop a regulation for consideration by the Environmental Quality Board that establishes stringent requirements for existing sources in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry.
- Establish best management practices, including LDAR programs, to reduce fugitive CH4 emissions from production, gathering, processing, and transmission facilities.