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PEC Offers Support For Pair of House Bills

February 2, 2015

Support for House Bill 48 (P.N. 42) On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), I am writing to express our support for Representative Godshall’s House Bill 48 (P.N. 42) which would establish construction and decommissioning standards for private water...

Pennsylvania Environmental Council: Policy Priorities for 2015

January 23, 2015

Tom Wolf has been sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor and the focus in Harrisburg can now move past campaigns and ceremony to the difficult task at hand: governing a state with a projected $2.3 billion deficit. Tough questions and...

PEC Statement on Act 175 of 2014

October 23, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Yesterday Governor Corbett signed House Bill 2354 – the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act – into law as Act 175 of 2014. Act 175 grants either chamber of the General Assembly unparalleled authority to veto any...

PEC Statement on Act 162 of 2014

October 23, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Yesterday Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1565 into law as Act 162 of 2014. Act 162 amends Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law to weaken forested riparian buffer requirements in Pennsylvania’s most pristine watersheds. “House Bill 1565 weakens our...

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Avoiding Future Pollution Legacies
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Avoiding Future Pollution Legacies

February 27, 2015By: John Walliser

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week underscored the reality that any boom in natural resource development – including natural gas – ultimately recedes. Too frequently, the end of the boom results in tremendous environmental and financial burdens...

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Pa. Environmental Rules Rewrite on Shaky Track to 2016 Deadline

February 22, 2015Trib Total Media

New faces in the governor’s office, changes in the makeup of two advisory boards and a series of delayed meetings will not derail Pennsylvania’s largest rewrite of environmental rules for gas and oil drilling since the shale era began, the...

Illegal Dumpsite Cleanups: The Dream Job!
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Illegal Dumpsite Cleanups: The Dream Job!

February 20, 2015By: Janet Sweeney

It’s an exciting time at PEC’s northeast office. Since 2007, one of our greatest impacts has been conducting clean-ups of illegal dumpsites in the region. That continuing work got a boost as we recently received one of our biggest dumpsite...

Pa. DEP Starts Second Advisory Board For Conventional Gas, Oil Drilling
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Pa. DEP Starts Second Advisory Board For Conventional Gas, Oil Drilling

February 17, 2015Trib Total Media

A new advisory board focusing on the conventional oil and gas producers often overlooked in the surge of shale gas drilling will examine how best to regulate the legacy wells in Pennsylvania. The state Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday...


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