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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...

PEC Urges Governor to Veto Bad Environmental Legislation

October 16, 2014

Today PEC sent the following letters to Governor Corbett, urging him to veto both HB1565 and HB2354 as passed by the General Assembly. HB1565 would remove important riaprian buffer protections in high quality and exceptional value watersheds. HB2354 would inhibit...

PEC Letter to PA Senate in Opposition to HB1565

September 30, 2014

PEC today sent the following communication to the PA Senate. September 30, 2014 To: Members of the PA Senate From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council RE: Opposition to House Bill 1565 (P.N. 4116) Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC),...

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On Transition in Harrisburg

November 10, 2014

Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Last Tuesday brought to an end the 2014 election cycle. In Pennsylvania, the biggest winner is Governor-Elect Tom Wolf. With his win, Wolf now enters the vague time of “transition,” that period of a...

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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...

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PEC Environmental Policy Conference Broadcast on PCN

September 17, 2014

PEC’s Environmental Policy Conference, held today in Harrisburg, will be broadcast on PCN (cable and internet broadcast) this Friday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. EST. PEC will be making this an annual event.

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Shallow Drillers Might Get a Break in PA

July 2, 2014Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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...


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