Shale Gas

Shale Gas

Shale gas has considerable economic significance, along with equal potential for irreparable damage to the natural resources of our Commonwealth.

PEC is arguably the strongest and most consistent voice in the state on the regulation of the shale gas industry. While the industry poses significant economic benefits, it can sldo serve as a detriment to our environment.

The development of natural gas from shale formations is one of the most complicated and critical environmental issues that Pennsylvania has ever faced. While shale gas has considerable economic significance, there is equal potential for irreparable damage to the natural resources of our Commonwealth.

PEC is arguably the strongest and most consistent voice in Pennsylvania for robust and actionable regulation of the shale gas industry. Our body of work—reports, testimony, and advocacy on regulation and legislation—reflects our resolute position on proactive oversight. We have pushed for mandatory setbacks, greater planning, public disclosure, groundwater protections, controls on waste and wastewater, public health research, stronger bonding and fines, and greater enforcement

It is imperative to ensure that shale gas development does not proceed as so many extractive industries in Pennsylvania have over the last 200 years; the Commonwealth continues to deal with the costs and impacts of this legacy every day.

While it holds the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our state, shale gas will not be the final turning point in our energy future. We still must look today toward energy conservation, efficiency, and, most importantly for PEC, changing the generation mix to low-impact sources to get us to the energy future we must all achieve.


Policy Posts

Opposition to Senate Bill 175

January 30, 2017

PEC sent the following letter on Senate Bill 175 to members of the Pennsylvania Senate today: Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), I am writing to convey our opposition to Senate Bill 175. This legislation prevents...

PEC Position on Senate Bill 32 (P.N. 13)

January 13, 2017

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council opposes Senate Bill 32 (P.N. 13) as currently written because it continues a long trend of cutting resources and funding available to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to perform its obligations to the Commonwealth. SB...

PEC Opposes Attempt to Reverse Rulemaking Protections

PEC Opposes Attempt to Reverse Rulemaking Protections

September 22, 2016

UPDATE: Upon further review of the proposed amendment, the amendment language would also prohibit the Department of Environmental Protection’s ability to require additional permitting requirements for well sites located in close proximity to schools or playgrounds. September 22, 2016 To:...

PEC Opposes Environmental Riders to State Budget Legislation

PEC Opposes Environmental Riders to State Budget Legislation

July 11, 2016

Today the Senate quickly amended and passed legislation — Senate Bill 1229, a catch-all Administrative Code bill that accompanies the state budget – to include provisions that weaken proposed final regulations for unconventional oil and gas operations. Specifically, the amendments...

PEC Applauds IRRC Approval of Environmental Protections at Oil and Gas Well Sites

PEC Applauds IRRC Approval of Environmental Protections at Oil and Gas Well Sites

April 21, 2016

Contacts: John Walliser, Davitt Woodwell Date: April 21, 2016 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: jwalliser@pecpa.org; dwoodwell@pecpa.org Pittsburgh – Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) hailed the Independent Regulatory Review Commission’s (IRRC) approval of proposed regulations to enact long-overdue environmental protection and...

PEC Supports Certain Amendments to House Bill 1327 (P.N. 2650)

PEC Supports Certain Amendments to House Bill 1327 (P.N. 2650)

December 15, 2015

To: Members of the House Rules Committee From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re: Support for Certain Amendments to House Bill 1327 (P.N. 2650) Dear Representative: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I urge you to support two amendments to...

PEC Calls on House to Reject Fiscal Code Amendments

PEC Calls on House to Reject Fiscal Code Amendments

December 11, 2015

To: Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re: Opposition to Fiscal Code Amendments (House Bill 1327, P.N. 2650) Dear Representative: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), I am writing to convey...

What’s New

Pennsylvania Legacies #44: The Colorado Way
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Pennsylvania Legacies #44: The Colorado Way

June 23, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. As Pennsylvania takes similar steps, what can we learn from Colorado’s experience convening diverse stakeholders to create effective and feasible rules? Learn more...

A Change for the Better
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A Change for the Better

June 5, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Introducing CH4nge.com   Today, June 5, 2017, concludes the public comment period for GP-5 and GP-5A, updating the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s air quality permitting rules for unconventional natural gas operations. It’s another milestone on Pennsylvania’s path to cleaner air, less waste, and...

PEC in the News

StateImpact PA: Lawmakers mull support for nuclear industry

April 27, 2017StateImpact Pennsylvania

State lawmakers have begun discussing ways to shore up Pennsylvania’s struggling nuclear power industry, while maintaining a reliable electric grid and low prices for consumers. That was the focus of a meeting Wednesday of the new, bipartisn Nuclear Energy Caucus....