PEC in the News

Shallow Drillers Might Get a Break in PA

July 2, 2014Trib Total Media

State lawmakers are considering legislation that would direct regulators to establish separate rules for drillers tapping oil and gas in shallower wells above the more popular Marcellus shale. Language in bills, which would differentiate conventional wells from those drilled in...

PA Drilling Change Advances as Part of New Budget

July 1, 2014Law360

The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday approved plans to separate regulations for conventional and unconventional gas and oil wells after the measure was folded into the fiscal code, a key companion to the state’s budget. While House and Senate committees have...

Bill to Split Conventional, Shale Well Rules Added to State Budget

July 1, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A proposal to split apart regulations for the traditional and shale gas drilling industries has been inserted into amendments to the fiscal code, a crucial companion bill to the state budget that lawmakers are rushing to finish. Legislation to create...

PEC Opposed End Run to Legislative Process

June 30, 2014PA Environmental Digest

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is very concerned that the General Assembly is pulling an end run of its own rules by including language fundamentally changing the regulation of oil and gas operations via the Fiscal Code, which accompanies the state...

Pennsylvania Draws a Line in the Sandstone

June 7, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When it comes to defining an unconventional gas well, Pennsylvania draws a line in the sand. Specifically, state Department of Environmental Protection regulations say any shale well drilled and fracked below the Elk sandstones is unconventional. The Elk group refers...

Environmental group says bill would loosen some fracking regulations

May 30, 2014Central Penn Business Journal

An environmental group said it opposes a state Senate bill that seeks to separate regulations of oil wells from natural-gas wells. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council sent a letter to the state Senate railing against Senate Bill 1378, which was referred May 22 to...

PA Group Opposes Separate Rules for Conventional, Unconventional Wells

May 29, 2014NGI Shale Daily

An environmental group in Pennsylvania has sent a letter to lawmakers in the state Senate to voice its opposition to a bill that would require the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to create separate regulations for conventional and unconventional wells. In...

Op-Ed: Mitigate the methane

May 18, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First, the bad news. There is broad agreement that methane emissions from natural gas development in Pennsylvania and other states are a serious problem. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas and, absent adequate controls, methane leaks across the natural...

Debate over climate change must end

May 13, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Incoming PEC President & CEO, Davitt Woodwell, talks to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about energy and climate   Q: In terms of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, where do you see Pittsburgh headed in the next 20 years? A: The Pittsburgh region...

Pittsburgh Climate Initiative Updates Progress In Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 16, 2014Mayor's Office Press Release: Summary report shows more than half of plan recommendations in progress

Pittsburgh, Pa. — Two years after adoption of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0, Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI) is pleased to announce that 23 of the 35 Community chapter recommendations have been completed or are in progress. More than...