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Find an overview of PEC's analysis, comments, and communications on the 2017-2018 state budget process here.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #59: Good Samaritans, Better Samaritans

October 20, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #59: Good Samaritans, Better Samaritans

Pennsylvania is riddled with abandoned oil wells, and the state doesn’t have the resources to locate and plug even a fraction of them. That’s why DEP wants to make it easier -- and less risky -- for private actors to help out. Could overhauling the state's Good Samaritan law encourage voluntary ...

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Communities & LandscapesEnergy & ClimateWatershedsPolicy

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

October 19, 2017
A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

I’ve been trekking in various vessels on the Delaware River since 2000, and never before have I learned so much as I did late last month when I joined the Upstream Alliance (aka Don Baugh and family) on a 3-day paddling odyssey. The trip was organized for leaders interested in stewardship of t...

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Watersheds

Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

October 17, 2017
Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

In early October, a group of 18 appointed citizen members of the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC) spent three days touring the region known for outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Drawing from diverse experiences and perspectives, council members advise the Depar...

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Communities & Landscapes

Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

October 13, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

With more than a million visitors a year, the Great Allegheny Passage is one of Pennsylvania's biggest trail development success stories. A group of state and local government officials rode the GAP this fall, along with community and business leaders from the area, to get a closer look at some of t...

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Communities & LandscapesLand TrailsPolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #57: Budgeting by Default

October 6, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #57: Budgeting by Default

Three months into the fiscal year, Pennsylvania's state government has a "budget by default" after legislative talks broke down and the governor announced plans to securitize liquor revenues. How does the seemingly permanent stalemate impact environmental, conservation, energy, and recreat...

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More Low-Hanging Fruit for the Circuit Trails?

October 6, 2017
More Low-Hanging Fruit for the Circuit Trails?

To build 500 miles of the Circuit by 2025, we need to accelerate the build “rate” of trails. Illustrating how this is a collaboration amongst Circuit Trails partners, this week Julie Slavet, Robin Irizarry, and Frankie Lazauskas of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

September 29, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is providing muscle for scores of recreation and conservation projects statewide. But the program is also doing something else that's arguably even more important: cultivating a diverse new generation of citizen-stewards and future conservation professionals. DCNR Secr...

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Communities & Landscapes

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
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Pennsylvania Environmental Council

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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