Governor Wolf Joins EDF, Google and People’s to Launch Methane Mapping in Pittsburgh

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Joins EDF, Google and People’s to Launch Methane Mapping in Pittsburgh November 15, 2016center_img Environment,  Press Release Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Google, People’s Natural Gas and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to unveil their partnership to map methane leaks in Pittsburgh and highlight his administration’s strategy to reduce emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and has been implicated in health risks.“This partnership that will use Google’s existing assets – their Street View cars –  to identify hidden underground methane leaks from local natural gas systems is truly groundbreaking and so important,” Governor Wolf said. “The results of this effort will help the utility and its regulators to efficiently target the largest repair needs to prevent further leaks and help us reach our goal of establishing a robust energy and protecting our public health in Pennsylvania.”EDF and Google have been working together to explore the potential of new technologies to measure key environmental data and make that data more widely available. The Methane Mapping project uses sensors attached to Google Street View cars to create detailed maps of places where natural gas is leaking from utility pipes under city streets. To learn more about this important partnership, visit here.Pittsburgh will be the first location for this project in Pennsylvania and People’s Natural Gas was the first natural gas utility to initiate contact on their own with EDF.Earlier this year, Governor Wolf launched a groundbreaking strategy to reduce emissions of methane. The plan is designed to reduce emissions from natural gas well sites, compressor stations and along pipelines, and will protect the environment, reduce climate change, and help businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product.“Curbing methane leaks keeps more natural gas in the pipelines where it go to homes and businesses – not just wasting it by letting it drift into the atmosphere,” said Patrick McDonnell, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “At DEP we’re working to write new rules to keep methane in the pipes with cutting edge leak-detection technology and cutting down on emissions from wells and compressor stations.”Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.  It has more than 28 to 36 times more warming power than carbon dioxide, according to data from the federal government.Included in Pennsylvania’s methane reduction plan are these four strategies:To reduce leaks at new unconventional natural gas well pads, DEP will develop a new general permit for oil and gas exploration, development, and production facilities, requiring Best Available Technology (BAT) for equipment and processes, better record-keeping, and quarterly monitoring inspections.To reduce leaks at new compressor stations and processing facilities, DEP will revise its current general permit, updating best-available technology requirements and applying more stringent LDAR, other requirements to minimize leaks. A new condition will require the use of Tier 4 diesel engines that reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrous oxide by about 90%.To reduce leaks at existing oil and natural gas facilities, DEP will develop requirements for existing sources for consideration by the Environmental Quality Board.To reduce emissions along production, gathering, transmission and distribution lines, DEP will establish best management practices, including leak detection and repair programs.With federal estimates that the natural gas and oil industries account for a quarter of U.S. methane emissions, reducing methane leaks from the oil and gas sector is one of the essential steps needed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Would you buy a display home as an investment?

first_imgOpulence is evident in the kitchen.It’s one of 31 homes from 10 builders that are on show in the $500 million Helensvale community.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom Black Label design ‘The Desert’ is described as being able to ‘comfortably fit among palatial Palm Springs properties or high in the Hollywood Hills’.Inside, an atrium invites the outside in while the decor is a combination of Californian charm and the latest in integrated technologies. Modern decor features throughout. The bedroom in the master wing. An atrium fills the interior with light.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The designer make-up station at the residence.The property also features a rear terrace and courtyard, grassed roof and separate wings, including the master wing that includes a spacious bedroom, make-up station, dressing room and ensuite with steam room. 16 Clover Way, Helensvale is on the market for $1.69 million.ONE of the first houses in the Gold Coast’s biggest display home village has hit the market.The Aston Milan display home in The Surrounds — Villawood Properties is listed for $1.69 million. A render of The Surrounds estate in Helensvale. The first phase is due for completion in 2019.According to the property listing, as part of the sale Aston Milan will lease the property off the buyer from settlement until November 2019 with a guarantee return of five per cent of the sale price.More than 195 of 620 lots in the village have been sold, with the first phase of the development due for completion in 2019.last_img read more

Marriage Makes for Happier People, Study Says

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal 5 January 2015Marriage may help people navigate a midlife crisis.A new paper by Shawn Grover, a policy analyst at Canada’s Department of Finance, and John Helliwell, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, finds that married people are generally happier than unmarried people.It’s a well-researched area and typically opens up debate over whether the effect is one of correlation or causation–are generally happier people simply more likely to get married in the first place?Messrs. Grover and Helliwell delve into data from three separate surveys and conclude married individuals are “more satisfied, suggesting a causal effect, even after full allowance is made for selection effects.”The benefits may be greatest immediately after marriage but aren’t fleeting and appear to have the most important impact in middle age. And the effect is especially strong for close couples.“The well-being benefits of marriage are on average about twice as large for those…whose spouse is also their best friend,” the study adds.The study’s findings could be depressing for Americans who appear to be giving up on marriage.The authors use the United Kingdom’s Annual Population Survey, the British Household Panel Survey and the Gallup World Poll in their research. The data allows them to gauge life satisfaction of individuals before and after marriage and, indeed, those more satisfied with life are also more likely to get married. read more