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Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

August 18, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

August 4, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

  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 amendments would set a disastrous...

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

August 3, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

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,...

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

July 31, 2017By: Davitt Woodwell

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...

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

July 31, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

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,...

Paddling Through History

Paddling Through History

July 25, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

Along its 47-mile journey to the Allegheny River, Oil Creek winds through the heart of Pennsylvania’s historic Oil Region, birthplace of the commercial oil industry. Here, the world’s first large-scale petroleum production operations began shortly after the discovery of vast crude oil reserves along the Oil...

Much Ado About Not Much

July 12, 2017By: John Walliser

The General Assembly has left Harrisburg, two days after Governor Wolf allowed a General Fund budget bill to become law without his signature. While there is apparent agreement on how much money will be allocated for state programs over the...

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