LETTER: Thank you, Gov. Wolf

Brunner Island Power Plant, shown in an aerial shot, was the third-largest source of nitrogen oxide in the state in 2011. The coal-burning plant doesn't have reduction controls in place for the pollution and soon may become the state's largest smog contributor.

As the second largest producer of natural gas in the country, we need to take care that our drilling and fracking do not poison our air or threaten our health with methane emissions that are a more serious climate pollutant than carbon dioxide.

That's why I'm glad Gov. Tom  Wolf took steps in January to regulate methane emissions from new and already-operating natural gas facilities. All Pennsylvanians, but especially those living near fracking, compression, and transporting infrastructures, will be better protected. Thank you, Governor Wolf.

Now we need to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to extend similar protections nationally for all gas infrastructures -- old and new -- because methane air pollution does not respect state borders.

Let's hope our Commonwealth's leadership that helps to protect us inspires the EPA to do the same for all Americans.