It's interesting that David Jenkins feels the need to make the conservative case for controlling methane emissions to our Democratic governor. He makes many excellent points and gets his jabs in at Republican legislators offering up ludicrous bills to make managing methane impossible. He even goes after the Marcellus Shale Coalition for going on the record with the preposterous statement that "there is no environmental benefit to cutting methane emissions."
By targeting Gov. Wolf throughout his op-ed, however, Jenkins hits on the problem that has plagued our state since another Democrat, Ed Rendell, irresponsibly opened the state to fracking. There is virtually no daylight between Republican and Democratic positions on fracking in this state, save the severance tax.
In Pennsylvania, the only difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans are willing to give away our health, safety, and natural resources; Democrats want to sell those things.
Believe me, I'm all for cutting methane emissions, but I'm not for giving pro-fossil fuel politicians from either party the excuse of saying, "Look, we fixed fracking!," just because they put some new regulations in place that will fall far short of addressing the problem in any real way, in part because our seriously underfunded DEP has demonstrated itself to be incapable of regulating anything particularly well.
Here's the real conservative case to be made. Eliminating methane leaks by leaving natural gas in the ground will, in turn, eliminate the need for mountains of regulations and all the cost of regulators to enforce them.
KAREN FERIDUN, founder Berks Gas Truth, Kutztown, PA