Methane and climate change public hearing is Jan. 24 in Havertown

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14 – State  Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/ Montgomery, will host a hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee on Jan. 24 to discuss the impact of methane leakage from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry on climate change. Vitali is the newly appointed Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resource and Energy Committee.

The hearing will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Haverford Township Administration Building, 1014 Darby Road, Havertown, 19083, in the Commissioners Meeting Room.

Vitali will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.   

Speakers include Dr. Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State University; Professor Don Brown, Scholar in Residence, Widener Law;  Dr. Tony Ingraffea, Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University; Professor Peter DeCarlo, Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University; Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center; Andrew Williams, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, U.S. Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund; Dr. Arvind Ravikumar, Assistant Professor of Energy Engineering, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology; Leann Leiter, Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate, EarthWorks; and Krish Ramamurthy, Director of Bureau of Air Quality, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

This hearing is open to the public. Questions will be limited to members of the policy committee.

Those interested in more information can contact Sarah Iversen in Vitali’s district office at 610-789-3900.

Visit www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials.