Beyond Troubling

Late Wednesday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation (House Bill 453) that, if enacted as part of the state budget, would constitute the largest cut to environmental and energy program funds in the state’s history.

Read PEC's Sept. 18 letter to Senate members urging them to reject the measure.

Find an overview of our comments on the 2017-2018 state budget process here.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #55: Solar Panel

September 22, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #55: Solar Panel

The latest on Pennsylvania's ongoing state budget battle, and a roundtable discussion with members of DEP's Solar Future Stakeholders Group.   Links: ...

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Energy & Climate

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

September 15, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

Lawmakers took another step this week toward what would be the biggest reduction in state funding for local environment and energy projects in Pennsylvania history. We’ll get an update from the state capitol. Then, fall foliage season is getting off to an early start in Pennsylvania’s norther...

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Policy

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: An Opportunity for Pennsylvania?

September 15, 2017
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: An Opportunity for Pennsylvania?

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies capture gaseous CO2 from point source emissions – power plants and industrial facilities – and either inject them underground for long-term storage within deep rock formations, or repurpose them for other productive uses, called carbon capture, utili...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

September 5, 2017
What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

The annual summertime budget drama isn't over yet, but the agenda for this fall's legislative session is already taking shape. Looking ahead to the session that begins September 11, PA Environment Daily has compiled a running list of the key environment bills that lawmakers will consider in the w...

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Policy

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

September 1, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

A legislative raid on special environment & conservation funds may leave communities on the hook for money already spent on local grant-funded projects; Shell agrees to fenceline monitoring at its new ethane cracker; and Hurricane Harvey delivers a stark warning to flood-prone Pennsylvania. A...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

August 28, 2017
IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

It was a mix of business suits and biking shorts at the Marilla Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Industrial Heart Land Coalition (IHTC) held its quarterly meeting on Thursday, August, 24th. Trail representatives from Parkersburg to the PA Wilds came together to continue their efforts ...

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Communities & LandscapesLand Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

August 25, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

Mounting opposition to budget riders, DEP's modest progress toward better clean drinking water enforcement, and good news from the Chesapeake Bay. Also: why do birds suddenly appear every time you reclaim and reforest abandoned mine lands? ...

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Communities & LandscapesWatershedsPolicy

Boating with Bowie

August 24, 2017
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What's the connection between kayaking, the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, and David Bowie? The Mon River Towns initiative and Venture Outdoors co-hosted the Rebel Rebel Float Trip on August 6th, 2017. The outing received funding through the Pennsylvania River Sojourn Program administered by the Pennsyl...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

August 18, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

At least one major federal government entity is still paying attention to the threat of climate change: the military. A retired naval officer explains why, in a talk given at PEC's 2017 deep decarbonization conference. (Learn more at pec-climate.org) In the news: another court decision portends b...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #49: The Cost of Doing Business

August 11, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #49: The Cost of Doing Business

Curbing methane emissions from natural gas production isn't just about combating climate change. For many conservatives in Western states, it's just good business. We visit a Wyoming startup that's helping oil & gas companies save money and keep their workers safe by finding gas leaks. Also, ...

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Policy

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

August 4, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

  A deal struck as part of the state budget process could hamstring the Department of Environmental Protection and put permitting decisions in the hands of unqualified private actors. One former DEP chief warns these am...

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Policy

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

August 3, 2017
Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

When the Pennsylvania Water Trails Partnership released its Strategic Plan for the Water Trails Program in 2016, it recommended the development of new funding opportunities for water trail managers across the State. To that end, PEC worked closely with DCNR, another member of the Water Trail Partner...

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Water Trails

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

July 31, 2017
A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

The Pennsylvania Senate and, by all appearances, Governor Wolf, have struck a deal that aims to mitigate the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues at the sole expense of environmental protections. What have they done? Essentially, they have proposed to nullify the Department of Environmental Protection...

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Policy

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

July 31, 2017
Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

Led by local volunteers and guided by a new toolkit PEC helped to create, the four-year-old Schuylkill River Town Program is about to enter an exciting new phase. Launched in 2013, the program initially focused on Conshohocken, Norristown, and Phoenixville, with the goal of engaging and empowerin...

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Land TrailsWater Trails

Bonus podcast episode: Environmental Rights Revisited

July 27, 2017
Bonus podcast episode: Environmental Rights Revisited

Pennsylvania Legacies is taking a brief summer break and will return to our regular schedule next week. In the interim, we're reposting our June segment on one of the biggest environmental news stories of the summer: a major state Supreme Court decision on the state constitution's Environmental Righ...

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Policy
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Conservation Through Cooperation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

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