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PEC Supports House Bill 1694

September 20, 2021

PEC submitted a letter to the House Tourism & Recreational Development Committee in support of House Bill 1694, which would expand liability protections to volunteers and organizations that help maintain and develop public recreational assets. A copy of our letter...

Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

September 1, 2021

Today the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission concurred with the Environmental Quality Board, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Citizens Advisory Council, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee,...

Policy Update: Missed Opportunities

Policy Update: Missed Opportunities

July 6, 2021

At the end of June, the General Assembly hurriedly presented a budget package, passed it, and adjourned for the summer. Due to federal assistance provided through the American Recovery Act, this year’s state budget didn’t generate the usual drama. But...

Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

June 28, 2021

On June 25th the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution (H.J.Res.34) pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (‘CRA’) to restore EPA rules limiting oil and gas methane pollution from new wells, processing plants, and other facilities across the...

Why PEC Opposes Senate Bill 545

June 14, 2021

Senate Bill 545 (P.N. 563) pertains to reporting requirements of unintended releases (for example, spills or discharges) of substances (chemicals, wastes, or other products) at permitted sites or operations. This bill is a reintroduction of legislation from last session (then...

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Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells
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Mapping Pennsylvania’s Orphan Wells

November 18, 2021By: Lily Jones

The first commercial oil well in the U.S. was drilled in western Pennsylvania in 1859. Since then, thousands of oil and gas wells have been drilled across the state. About 96,000 wells were active and producing as of last year,...

When Action Means Inaction
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When Action Means Inaction

November 5, 2021By: John Walliser

If you follow PEC, you know that we have been focused on decarbonizing Pennsylvania’s energy production in general and laser focused on getting the state to join RGGI – the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative. Pennsylvania needs a multi-faceted, all-of-the-above approach...

Pennsylvania Legacies #153
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Pennsylvania Legacies #153

October 4, 2021By: Lily Jones

Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Policy Check-In One month ago, the state Regulatory Review Commission signed off on a rulemaking that would make Pennsylvania the newest member of RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – the state’s best opportunity to substantially...

Pennsylvania Legacies #147
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Pennsylvania Legacies #147

July 12, 2021By: Lily Jones

Billions of dollars’ worth of solar panels and other components are flowing into the U.S. from China, feeding a market increasingly hungry for renewable energy. Most are made with materials linked to alleged forced-labor practices in the Xinjiang region. As...


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