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Pennsylvania Shows EPA the Way on Pending Methane Policy

Pennsylvania Shows EPA the Way on Pending Methane Policy

March 15, 2016The Hill

*Article by PEC President Davitt Woodwell and Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp. Speaking to a petroleum industry audience in Houston recently, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “we can and we must do more to reduce methane emissions...

Illegal Dumping in Newport Township Causes Concern

March 8, 2016Times Leader

NEWPORT TWP. — Mattresses. Children’s toys. Books. Those are just some of the items strewn around the wooded areas of Newport Township. The 17.2-square mile township includes the communities of Alden Station, Glen Lyon, Lee, Newport Center, Sheatown and Wanamie,...

Circuit Spotlight: Patrick Starr

Circuit Spotlight: Patrick Starr

March 3, 2016Connect the Circuit Blog

We are very excited to shine the Circuit Spotlight on our very own Patrick Starr! When Patrick is not leading statewide programming at Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and helping to make future connections to the Circuit Trails, you can find...

Pipeline Strategy Splits Environmentalists

February 29, 2016New Castle News

HARRISBURG – New limits proposed for gas pipelines are whipping up a controversy that reveals rifts among environmentalists critical of the state’s approach to regulating the drilling industry. A 48-member task force created by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf released a...

Advocates: Local Trail Networks Have Much to Offer

February 16, 2016Citizens Voice

A slowly expanding system of hiking and biking trails is doing more than connecting Pennsylvanians with each other, trail advocates argue. The trails system offers the potential for that connection plus revitalization, preservation and celebration within communities and regions, according...

Pennsylvania Addresses Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

January 21, 2016Energy Global

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have recommended steps for regulatory action to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania, the second largest producer of natural gas...

Developers of Hydro Plants See Role in Pittsburgh Region

December 26, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calls it an “aquatic staircase.” Every dozen miles or so, the water in the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers trips over a dam and falls several feet into a lower channel. The man-made cascades...

‘Green’ Efforts Could Hit Snag in Pa. Budget

December 17, 2015York Dispatch

A Philadelphia-area state lawmaker is warning a measure included in the proposed budget deal from the Senate could delay implementing Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan and would divert money from renewable energy initiatives. The measure, House Bill 1327, would redirect $12 million from...

Germany’s Push for Renewable Energy Studied by Pa.

December 14, 2015Trib Total Media

Lindsay Baxter expected her three-week study of energy issues in Germany to reveal a green and progressive system that far outpaced the fossil fuel-fired grid that the United States is seeking to update. “Germany is so much further ahead of...

PA Legislature Using Budget to Derail Traditional Oil and Gas Regulations

December 11, 2015Keystone Politics

PA GOP Using Budget to Derail Traditional Oil and Gas Regulations – Keystone Politics Did some big environmental setbacks just get horse-traded for Republican budget votes? A Fiscal Code amendment that randomly showed up over the summer, which would effectively...

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