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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...

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...

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Letters to the Editor: Regulating Methane Emissions Necessary

January 30, 2015Pittsburgh Business Times

In response to the article “Gas producers: EPA methane rules too costly,” in the Jan. 23-29, 2015, edition of the Pittsburgh Business Times, it would be helpful to consider the actual costs and benefits of addressing methane emissions from the...

PEC Applauds Governor Wolf on Signing of State Lands Leasing Moratorium
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PEC Applauds Governor Wolf on Signing of State Lands Leasing Moratorium

January 29, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: John Walliser Phone: 412-481-9400 Jan. 29, 2015 The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) today applauded Governor Wolf on re-establishing a moratorium on leasing of State Forest and Park lands for natural gas development. “PEC commends Governor Wolf...

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Long-Term Solution for Wastewater Disposal Eludes Shale Gas Industry

January 24, 2015Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Defining wastewater disposal in the Marcellus shale fields has been a moving target. Drillers initially sent millions of gallons to public water treatment plants, until regulators said the plants were not equipped to properly clean the salt- and metal-laden water...

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Inauguration Day

January 16, 2015By: Davitt Woodwell

Media outlets in Pennsylvania have picked-up on proposed “disruptions” of Tom Wolf’s inauguration next week in order to promote a ban on “fracking.” Clearly, protesters have every right to do so within the bounds of the law. But it begs...


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