PEC in the News

Safer Streets Require Funding

October 6, 2015Philly.com

LAST MONTH, Councilwoman Cindy Bass put out a statement highlighting the traffic violence faced by the people in her district. Three of the 10 most dangerous intersections for crashes in the city – Broad and Olney, Chelten and Wayne Avenues,...

Steps taken to move forward on 29-mile Allegheny River trail

September 22, 2015Trib Live

The nonprofit Friends of the Riverfront has begun working with a consultant and Norfolk Southern Railroad to thread a 29-mile bike and pedestrian trail along the Allegheny River from Millvale to Schenley. About half of the 29-mile path through 17...

Shale Gas Violations Down as DEP Steps up Inspections

August 31, 2015Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted 1,700 more inspections during the first seven months of the...

Davitt Woodwell Guest Column: Clean Power Plan’s trade-offs

August 25, 2015Scranton Times-Tribune

An Aug. 4 article in The Times-Tribune, “Pennsylvania officials respond to plan to lower emissions from power plants,” highlighted a number of the opportunities and challenges facing the state as the Department of Environmental Protection works to implement the requirements...

EPA Unveils Tougher Emissions Rules for Shale Sites

August 21, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On one thing, the federal government, industry and environmental activists agree: Technologies already in use are driving down methane emissions from oil and gas operations. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency wants new regulations to broaden their use. It’s also...

Newsmaker: Lindsay Baxter

August 10, 2015Trib Total Media

Noteworthy: One of two Americans to receive this year’s McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy through the American Council on Germany, which will allow her to spend three weeks in four German cities studying energy policies and integration. Age: 32 Residence:...

Pa. Gas Pipeline Group Gets to Work

July 22, 2015Trib Total Media

A group of government, industry and environmental leaders has four months to write the first draft of recommendations on how to streamline natural gas pipeline development in Pennsylvania so that it boosts business without ruining land and water. “Our challenge...

Pa. Will Stop Using Industry-Favored FracFocus Database

July 16, 2015E&E Publishing

Pennsylvania oil and gas officials are breaking with fellow state regulators and planning to drop the FracFocus website for reporting the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Next year, the state Department of Environmental Protection will shift to using data reported...

Environmentalists Differ in Mindset, Willingness to Work With Frackers

July 11, 2015Trib Total Media

On the battleground against fracking, critics who say they fight for the environment often are branded broadly. Cast against an industry that says it can bring energy independence to the country and an economic boost to Pennsylvania, environmental groups in...

Pennsylvania Environmental Council Receives $1.5 Million for Trails

July 7, 2015Philanthropy News Digest

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has announced a $1.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation in support of development of a trail network in Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties. The two-year grant will enable PEC to focus its efforts on...

Drillers to Submit Electronic Records on Fracking Chemicals to Pa. DEP

June 28, 2015Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus,...