PEC Opposes Senate Bill 624

Senate Bill 624 would allow the exemption of predicted, mining-induced impacts to surface water uses from existing protection requirements under state law. This legislation would further weaken state mining laws that have already been amended to the detriment of surface water quality.

Read PEC's letter to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee here.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #40: Riding for a Reason

May 26, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #40: Riding for a Reason

We visit the 2017 International Trails Symposium in Dayton, and get to know some of the Philadelphia-area cyclists who are raising money for PEC in the upcoming Environment Ride.   ...

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Environmental Leaders Honored at 2017 WPEA Dinner

May 25, 2017
Environmental Leaders Honored at 2017 WPEA Dinner

Contact: Josh Raulerson Date: May 25, 2017 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: jraulerson@pecpa.org . Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion welcomed friends, colleagues, partners, and supporters to the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards last night at the West...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

May 19, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

PEC opposes a state Senate bill that would expose surface water to further impacts from underground mining, and we pay tribute to two western PA environmental leaders up for Lifetime Achievement honors at our spring awards dinner.   ...

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It’s Official: Montgomery County Is All In on Circuit Trails

May 18, 2017
It’s Official: Montgomery County Is All In on Circuit Trails

This morning the Board of Commissioners of Montgomery County officially proclaimed their support for completing 500 miles of Circuit Trails by 2025.  Montgomery County is a trail leader with the most miles of Circuit Trails completed and is home to the renowned Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), the Per...

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2017 International Trails Symposium

May 12, 2017
2017 International Trails Symposium

PEC staff were among more than 600 trail professionals from 17 countries and 41 states gathered in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10 for the 2017 International Trails Symposium. ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #38: Bending Toward Justice

May 12, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #38: Bending Toward Justice

Growing Greener Coalition members rally for funding, and DEP's Environmental Justice office hits the road in search of intersectionality across Pennsylvania's diverse communities. ...

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Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

May 8, 2017
Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

Students in the University of Scranton's "Extreme Physiology" program learn about the physiological effects of different training environments by experiencing them firsthand. A new four-week summer course offering has participants hiking, biking, and paddling through the often rugged terrain of...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

May 6, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

The Montour Woods Conservation Area outside Pittsburgh is a time capsule, studded with remnants of the area's agricultural and industrial past. It's also part of the pathway to a future when public parks and greenspaces across the region will be linked by miles of multi-use trails. We take a hike th...

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Shades of Green: Telling the Story of Pittsburgh’s Transformation

May 4, 2017
Shades of Green: Telling the Story of Pittsburgh’s Transformation

Guest blog by Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou Pittsburgh is perhaps best known as a steel town, but the collapse of steel in the 1970s and 80s challenged the city to grow its economy in new ways. That innovation didn't always happen in ways that allowed everyone a seat at the table—especially whe...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #36: Down to Earth

April 28, 2017

More than 300 northeastern Pennsylvanians turned out last weekend to help PEC and DCNR plant thousands of seedlings on former mining sites. This week's show featur...

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Communities & Landscapes

Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

April 28, 2017
Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

We at PEC recently had the honor of hosting a conference on Deep Decarbonization of the electricity grid in March of this year. Our main, selfish, goal was to learn more about the science, technology, and policy at play in achieving the now more often stated goal of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas e...

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Photos: Earth Day 2017 Tree-Planting In Pinchot State Forest

April 26, 2017
Photos: Earth Day 2017 Tree-Planting In Pinchot State Forest

On April 22, 2017, hundreds of volunteers planted trees on barren former mine land sites to enhance water quality in the Susquehanna River in support of the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. Local action in support of regional environmental outcomes....

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Photos: Earth Day 2017 Tree-Planting In Weiser State Forest

April 25, 2017
Photos: Earth Day 2017 Tree-Planting In Weiser State Forest

On April 22, 2017, hundreds of volunteers planted trees on barren former mine land sites to enhance water quality in the Susquehanna River in support of the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. Local action in support of regional environmental outcomes....

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A Fresh Start

April 24, 2017
A Fresh Start

Pennsylvania state Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) talks about growing up near the site of PEC's Earth Day 2017 tree-planting in Pinchot State Forest, and watching its transformation from abandoned mine site to restored native forest. ...

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Mine Land to Forest Land

April 24, 2017
Mine Land to Forest Land

Volunteers celebrate Earth Day 2017 by planting 8000 trees in Pinchot State Forest, Luzerne County. ...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #35: Dinner With Friends

April 21, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #35: Dinner With Friends

Sixteen projects are being recognized for their contributions to environmental stewardship with the 2017 Governor's Award For Environmental Excellence. PEC is proud to co-host the awards dinner on April 25th along with...

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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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