The Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, released a new informational video this week called “Methane: An Element of Nature.”
The video touches on the science and geology associated with methane, as well as regulations and practices taken by natural gas operators in relation to methane.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, methane is the second most common greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. as a result of human activities. Methane, the agency says, can be emitted by natural sources, such as wetlands, but also human activity, such as leakage from natural gas systems. Methane is the primary component of natural gas, the EPA says, and it’s emitted to the atmosphere during the production, processing, storage, transmission and distribution of natural gas.
“Methane migration has been a longstanding public health issue in Pennsylvania, long before Marcellus Shale development began several years ago in the (state,)” said MSC chief executive officer Kathryn Klaber. “This important issue is the source of frequent questions we’re asked at community and public events, as well as at meetings with various stakeholders.
“And that’s absolutely understandable, given that Pennsylvania is one of only several states that does not have private water well construction standards.”