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PEC Opposes HB 2154

PEC Opposes HB 2154

April 30, 2018

PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have sent the following joint statement to House members in opposition to House Bill 2154, weakening environmental protections in relation to oil and gas production.     April 30, 2018 To: Members of the...

PEC Letter to Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

January 29, 2018

PEC submitted the following comments to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which will have a voting meeting tomorrow (January 30, 2018) for several bills. January 29, 2018 To:  Members of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Re:  Senate...

PEC Urges Senators to Reject House Revenue Bills

September 18, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania Senate strongly opposing a House-approved revenue package that would have devastating impact on state-funded environmental, conservation, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and community-based programs. Click here to identify your legislator and let them know you oppose...

Beyond Troubling

September 15, 2017

Late Wednesday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation (House Bill 453) that, if enacted as part of the state budget, would constitute the largest cut to environmental and energy program funds in the state’s history. What does this legislation...

PEC Opposes Legislative Raid on Special Funds

September 11, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives strongly opposing tax code and administrative code bills that would have devastating impact on state-funded environmental, conservation, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and community-based programs. Click here to identify your legislator...

PEC Opposes Riders to State Budget Legislation

July 27, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Governor and General Assembly in opposition to tax code legislation that was amended to include two provisions which fundamentally alter environmental permitting and protections. Click here to identify your legislator and let...

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PEC in the News

A constitutional weapon: environmental rights reimagined in Pennsylvania

April 26, 2018Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There is no room for big ideas — existential ideas — at a water obstruction permit hearing. But they come anyway, discussions in search of a forum. “I’m here as a resident of Planet Earth,” Susan Hoppe, a Pittsburgh-based internist,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors
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Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

September 15, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Lawmakers took another step this week toward what would be the biggest reduction in state funding for local environment and energy projects in Pennsylvania history. We’ll get an update from the state capitol. Then, fall foliage season is getting off...

PEC in the News

Op-ed: A disaster in the making

August 12, 2017Centre Daily Times

BY DAVID HESS AND DAVITT WOODWELL AUGUST 11, 2017 10:28 PM   The chaotic state budget process is again moving in fits and starts in Harrisburg. And, again, the public is left to wonder how our environment will bear the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented
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Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

August 4, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

  A deal struck as part of the state budget process could hamstring the Department of Environmental Protection and put permitting decisions in the hands of unqualified private actors. One former DEP chief warns these amendments would set a disastrous...