PEC in the News

Letters to the Editor: Regulating Methane Emissions Necessary

January 30, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

In response to the article “Gas producers: EPA methane rules too costly,” in the Jan. 23-29, 2015, edition of the Pittsburgh Business Times, it would be helpful to consider the actual costs and benefits of addressing methane emissions from the...

Long-Term Solution for Wastewater Disposal Eludes Shale Gas Industry

January 24, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target. Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water...

Gov.-Elect Wolf Makes Slew of Selections for Cabinet-Level Positions

January 14, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf continued to reward experience today by selecting veterans of Pennsylvania state government to head up state agencies that oversee environmental protection, parks and forests, agriculture, budget and administration. Mr. Wolf today announced the nomination of John Quigley...

A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells

A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells

January 13, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The words “Robinson Township” appeared 16 times in a Commonwealth Court opinion issued last week that upheld the state legislature’s right to use oil and gas revenue from drilling in state forests for general spending. In some quarters, that alone...

Center for Sustainable Shale Development Aims to Raise Standards

January 11, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Two years after a group of environmentalists joined forces with four natural gas producers to set standards for the shale drilling industry, organizers of the collaboration stopped to consider a few important questions. “It needed someone to take a look...

Harvey’s Creek Trail proposal poised to enter planning stage

December 26, 2014The Citizens' Voice

A trail group is expected to organize during 2015 to begin planning and fundraising for the Harvey’s Creek Trail/Greenway project. If the trail is built, it will provide “sensational, gorgeous” vistas and will link existing public forests and parks, said...

Shoe collection will help other nations

December 1, 2014The Times Leader

With four children, ages 10 to 16, Kellie Conti Havey had a ton of shoes and sneakers in worn-down condition that were cluttering the household closets. About 40 pairs to be exact. An avid recycler, the Alden woman hated to...

DEP Hopes New Drilling Rules Will Help Find, Cap Abandoned Wells

September 25, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

State environmental regulators hope new oil and gas drilling rules aimed at modern shale drilling will help them find and cap more of the 200,000 old and abandoned wells that dot the countryside. The proposed regulations for drilling, which Act...

PEC’s John Walliser reappointed to DEP Citizens Advisory Council

August 12,

On Monday, Gov. Corbett reappointed John Walliser, Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs with the PA Environmental Council and Donald Welsh, former EPA Region III Administrator to the DEP Citizens Advisory Council. John Walliser guides legal and policy efforts...