Rivers: A Gateway to Community Development

PEC Executive Vice President for Programs Statewide Patrick Starr discusses PEC’s initiatives in creating community connections to riverfronts along some of Pennsylvania’s rivers through its statewide River Town Program.

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Environmental Protection is Everyone’s Business

March 24, 2015

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil & Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB) met to review revisions to a regulatory proposal for managing surface and aquatic impacts from natural gas development. PEC has been named to the TAB...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Frank Maguire Recaps His Visit to REI’s Distribution Facility

March 23, 2015
Frank Maguire Recaps His Visit to REI’s Distribution Facility

“Businesses don’t move into buildings, they move into communities.”   On March 13, I had the opportunity to tour the REI distribution facility in Bedford, Pa., with Rep. Bill Shuster and a handful of economic development leaders and trail advocates,...

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Land TrailsPolicy

Act 54 4th Five Year Report

March 17, 2015
Act 54 4th Five Year Report

On March 17, PEC President and CEO Davitt Woodwell delivered the following comments to the PA Department of Environmental Protection Citizens Advisory Council on the most recent five year report on the effects of underground coal mining: http://pecpa.org/wp-content/uploads/Act-54-CAC-Testimony.pdf

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Energy & ClimateWatershedsPolicy

Patrick Starr Discusses PEC’s work on 900 AM WURD’s “The Green Hour”

March 11, 2015
Patrick Starr Discusses PEC’s work on 900 AM WURD’s “The Green Hour”

Earlier this month, PEC Executive Vice President for Programs Statewide Patrick Starr was a guest on 900 AM WURD’s “The Green Hour” segment. Along with host Jerome Shabazz, Starr outlined PEC’s initiatives in energy and climate, trail work, improving Pennsylvania’s...

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Energy & ClimateWatershedsPolicy

A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls

March 9, 2015
A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls

Today PEC issued the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Protection’s released of revised rulemaking for natural gas activity. March 9, 2015 A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls: Pennsylvania Releases Revised Natural Gas Regulatory Proposal Pittsburgh,...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Protecting Pennsylvania’s Watersheds

March 6, 2015
Protecting Pennsylvania’s Watersheds

PEC Senior Program Director-Water Resources Sue Myerov outlines our role in watershed protection throughout the Commonwealth. With Pennsylvania watersheds impaired from the coal mining and extraction uses of previous generations, PEC works with its statewide partners to improve the Commonwealth’s rivers...

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WatershedsPolicy

PEC Helps Secure Property in Northwest PA for Trail

March 5, 2015
PEC Helps Secure Property in Northwest PA for Trail

In the summer of 2014, French Creek Valley Conservancy (FCVC), contacted us regarding an opportunity to purchase the “Black Bridge,” as it is known to locals. This historic steel bridge in Erie County was identified in a 2013 study as a...

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Land TrailsPolicy

Impressions From Governor Tom Wolf’s First Budget Address

March 4, 2015
Impressions From Governor Tom Wolf’s First Budget Address

PEC President and CEO Davitt Woodwell shares his thoughts on Tom Wolf’s first budget address as Governor of Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Wolf has presented his first budget address. By all accounts, it has given just about everyone something to talk...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Initial Reactions to Energy Policy at a Crossroads

March 4, 2015
Initial Reactions to Energy Policy at a Crossroads

Yesterday, PEC had the opportunity to join its partners to present “Energy Policy at a Crossroads: Why 2015 is Pivotal…” This program brought experts from Boston, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for an engaging conversation around the...

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Energy & Climate

Avoiding Future Pollution Legacies

February 27, 2015
Avoiding Future Pollution Legacies

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week underscored the reality that any boom in natural resource development – including natural gas – ultimately recedes. Too frequently, the end of the boom results in tremendous environmental and financial burdens...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

The Next Wave in Paddling: Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Docks

March 3, 2015
The Next Wave in Paddling: Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Docks

The overarching goal of PEC’s Water Trails program is to allow more Pennsylvanians to enjoy the natural water resources that abound in the Commonwealth. To do that, we work with our stewardship partners to lower the barrier to entry. Barriers...

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Water Trails

Rail Trail Council of Northeast PA Highlights D&H, O&W Trails

February 25, 2015
Rail Trail Council of Northeast PA Highlights D&H, O&W Trails

Feb. 6 marked the third quarterly meeting of the Northeast Pennsylvania Trail Forum. Held at Frank’s Place Restaurant & Bar in Simpson, Pa., the meeting was an opportunity for the Rail Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania (RTC) to highlight its D&H Rail...

Program Update

Illegal Dumpsite Cleanups: The Dream Job!

February 20, 2015
Illegal Dumpsite Cleanups: The Dream Job!

It’s an exciting time at PEC’s northeast office. Since 2007, one of our greatest impacts has been conducting clean-ups of illegal dumpsites in the region. That continuing work got a boost as we recently received one of our biggest dumpsite...

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Policy

Hydropower Permitting

Hydropower Permitting

Current efforts include developing a guidebook for prospective developers, with the hope that this would save time and money for project owners, and more.

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Energy & Climate
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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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