State Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearings are generally dry affairs about policy proposals, but not Tuesday morning.

At the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville, two Washington County residents provided tearful testimony about devastating health and property problems they blamed on unregulated and uncontrolled emissions of methane gas from dozens of wells near their homes and a campus in the Fort Cherry School District.

Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, said new regulation to reduce methane leaks is needed, as is stepped up enforcement and adequate funding for DEP regulators. He said the committee could hold a third hearing to listen to health care professionals about climate change impacts.

“We are in favor of jobs, but the environment has to be safe,” Mr. Fontana said. “Even though Democrats are in the minority in the Legislature, they can put a focus on this issue, and bring awareness to the whole Senate.”

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