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Update on Senate Bill 790 – PEC Remains Opposed

January 17, 2020

Senate Bill 790, which PEC has opposed in the current legislative session, was amended in the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this week to remove one problematic provision relating to road spreading of produced brine water. However, the remainder...

Taking Concrete Action on Methane Emissions

Taking Concrete Action on Methane Emissions

December 17, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today presented a draft rule to cut emissions of methane to the state’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB), kickstarting a rulemaking process that seeks to address climate impacts from the natural gas industry. The...

PEC Testimony on RGGI

PEC Testimony on RGGI

October 28, 2019

John Walliser, PEC Senior VP for Legal & Government Affairs, gave the following testimony at a state House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on October 28, 2019. To download the testimony as a PDF, click here. Introduction Good morning...

PEC and EDF Oppose SB 398

October 22, 2019

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund sent the following communication to the state Senate in opposition to Senate Bill 398: — Dear Senator: We are writing you today to respectfully request that you vote NO on SB Bill...

Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

October 3, 2019

Governor Wolf’s proposal to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Initiative (RGGI), announced today, is the first concrete and meaningful step that the Commonwealth has taken to directly address its role in exacerbating climate change. For that, the Governor is...

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Out of Step
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Out of Step

December 16, 2019By: Davitt Woodwell

As 2019 comes to an end, and more than a year since the release of the 4th National Climate Assessment, it remains clear that the federal government has abdicated responsibility for even trying to slow the accelerating march of climate...

Pennsylvania Legacies #112
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Pennsylvania Legacies #112

December 6, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Back in January, PEC published a list of legislative and regulatory recommendations for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Pennsylvania’s electricity sector. Since then, the governor and legislative leaders have embraced one of the report’s key ideas: putting a price on...

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PA Legislators Call for Strong Methane Rules

September 18, 2019Public News Service

HARRISBURG, Pa. – State senators and representatives from both major parties joined environmental groups in Harrisburg on Tuesday in urging Gov. Tom Wolf to move immediately on new rules to cut methane emissions in the Commonwealth. Methane is a powerful...

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New Jersey to Price Carbon Emissions from Electricity Generation

June 26, 2019Planetizen

First-term Gov. Phil Murphy (D) “announced Monday that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has formally adopted two rules that will allow the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)”, reports HJ Mai for Utility Dive on June 18. The membership takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, when New...


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