Pennsylvania receives federal funding to reduce methane emissions

Pennsylvania received another $44.4 million in federal funding to be used for projects to reduce methane emissions, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced this week.The money provided through the Inflation Reduction Act will go toward the state Department of Environment Protection’s work to plug low-producing oil and gas wells.The Shapiro administration said capping and plugging marginal active wells, as well as abandoned wells, improves public health, reduces planet-warming methane emissions and creates well-paying jobs.So far, 137 wells have been capped since Shapiro took office.Using this additional funding, DEP is creating a voluntary grant program for small operators to properly plug wells leaking methane into the air. DEP estimates that more than 87,000 conventional oil and gas wells may be initially eligible for this program.According to the Department of Energy, 30% of methane emissions in the U.S. come from the oil and gas sector, which is responsible for approximately one-third of the warming from greenhouse gases occurring today. Making sharp cuts in this greenhouse gas can slow the rate of warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Pennsylvania received another $44.4 million in federal funding to be used for projects to reduce methane emissions, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced this week.

The money provided through the Inflation Reduction Act will go toward the state Department of Environment Protection’s work to plug low-producing oil and gas wells.

The Shapiro administration said capping and plugging marginal active wells, as well as abandoned wells, improves public health, reduces planet-warming methane emissions and creates well-paying jobs.

So far, 137 wells have been capped since Shapiro took office.

Using this additional funding, DEP is creating a voluntary grant program for small operators to properly plug wells leaking methane into the air. DEP estimates that more than 87,000 conventional oil and gas wells may be initially eligible for this program.

According to the Department of Energy, 30% of methane emissions in the U.S. come from the oil and gas sector, which is responsible for approximately one-third of the warming from greenhouse gases occurring today. Making sharp cuts in this greenhouse gas can slow the rate of warming of the Earth’s atmosphere.



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