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PEC Letter on Senate Bill 119

April 27, 2021

PEC and the Environmental Defense Fund submitted the following letter to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today in opposition to Senate Bill 119. As with legislation last session, this bill would hamper the state’s ability to link with...

PEC’s Position on Permitting and Regulatory ‘Reform’ Legislation

April 19, 2021

Each legislative session a number of bills are introduced under the banner of regulatory and permitting reform. Increasing performance, transparency, and accountability is indeed an important goal, but the devil is always in the details of what truly results from...

PEC Supports Senate Bill 251

March 22, 2021

PEC sent the letter included below to the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in support of SB251, which would update the 1965 Pennsylvania Fertilizer Act to establish best practices for use of fertilizer, create a certification program for commercial...

PEC Supports House Bill 140

January 29, 2021

PEC sent the following letter to the House Transportation Committee in support of House Bill 140 – bipartisan legislation that will update the PA Vehicle Code to allow communities the design flexibility to better protect bicyclists.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #144
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Pennsylvania Legacies #144

May 14, 2021By: Lily Jones

Nobody knows exactly how many orphaned oil and gas wells dot the Pennsylvania landscape – even conservative estimates put the number well into the hundreds of thousands. Every day these defunct facilities remain unplugged, they’re emitting greenhouse gases, contaminating groundwater,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #141
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Pennsylvania Legacies #141

April 7, 2021By: Lily Jones

As Pennsylvania weighs a new DEP rule that would expand leak detection and repair requirements for oil and gas producers, there’s new research on the integrity of relatively low-producing “stripper” wells. Such facilities would remain exempt under Pennsylvania’s current rulemaking,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #138
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Pennsylvania Legacies #138

February 12, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

Pittsburgh’s rivers made the city an industrial titan at a time when environmental damage was accepted as the price of progress. Now they’re being put back to work generating low cost, carbon-free electricity — without creating new environmental or land...

Public Comment Overwhelmingly Supports RGGI Proposal
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Public Comment Overwhelmingly Supports RGGI Proposal

December 23, 2020By: Lily Jones

In September, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) voted to advance to public comment a proposed rulemaking for Pennsylvania to link to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaboration between Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states committed to reducing greenhouse gas...

Protect Our Investment
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Protect Our Investment

November 17, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly rushes to complete a state budget for the remainder of the 2020-2021 fiscal year, lawmakers are once again considering ideas that are fundamentally counterproductive — like diverting revenues from special funds like the Keystone Fund...


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