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Why PEC Opposes House Bill 2025

Why PEC Opposes House Bill 2025

July 6, 2020

This week the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to vote on House Bill 2025 (P.N. 2926), which mandates that any proposed rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to address carbon dioxide emissions be affirmatively approved by the...

PEC Opposes House Bill 2416

April 27, 2020

PEC and the Environmental Defense Fund sent the following letter to members of the state House of Representatives today in opposition to House Bill 2416, which could indefinitely delay agency rulemakings necessary for the protection of the environment and public...

Policy Update: Environmental Funding, Regulation Targeted

Policy Update: Environmental Funding, Regulation Targeted

April 24, 2020

With only a brief pause for a reshuffle of operating rules due to COVID-19, the General Assembly has been active. Unfortunately, not all for the good. While a number of Committee meetings and legislative votes have taken place as the...

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...

PEC-EDF Letter Opposing Rollback of Act 13 Standards

PEC-EDF Letter Opposing Rollback of Act 13 Standards

April 11, 2018

PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have sent the following joint statement to Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee members in opposition to Senate Bill 1088, concerning environmental protection and performance standards for the conventional oil and gas industry.  ...

PEC Letter on “Regulatory Reform” Legislation

February 5, 2018

PEC has sent the following letter to the House State Government Committee concerning a suite of legislation aimed at changing how regulations are reviewed and approved in Pennsylvania. February 5, 2018 To:       Members of the House State Government Committee Re:       February...

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 Applauds DEP Permitting Modernization Effort

PEC Applauds DEP Permitting Modernization Effort

January 26, 2018

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council commends Governor Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection for their efforts to improve Department performance with respect to environmental protection and responsiveness to the regulated community. Today’s announcement that the Governor will seek to add...

PEC Opposes Senate Bill 977

January 22, 2018

PEC sent the following letter to the Senate Rules Committee today on Senate Bill 977.  January 22, 2018 To:       Members of the Senate Rules Committee Re:       Opposition to Senate Bill 977 (P.N. 1363) Dear Senator: Today you may be asked...

Letter: Don’t Trade Environmental Protections for Severance Tax

Letter: Don’t Trade Environmental Protections for Severance Tax

November 21, 2017

This letter was sent to all members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 21st. Dear Representatives: Last night the House amended House Bill 1401 to include a number of provisions that unreasonably roll back environmental protections in...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #123
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Pennsylvania Legacies #123

May 22, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

These days, environmental issues are politically charged in a way that can make sound, commonsense policy seem unattainable. But it wasn’t always like that — and it doesn’t have to be. Tom Ridge, the Republican former governor of Pennsylvania, says...

Pennsylvania Legacies #97
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Pennsylvania Legacies #97

May 3, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania has one of the nation’s most extensive state park-and-forest systems, and for decades it’s been growing in size as well as popularity. But funding for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) hasn’t kept pace with that growth....

Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level
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Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level

December 3, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

With new urgency around the unfolding climate crisis, policy discussions at the state level are intensifying. PEC’s policy team has an update and analysis on recent and forthcoming proposals to tackle Pennsylvania’s carbon emissions. Links: IPCC Special Report on Global...

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Caucus members urge DEP to reconsider steep fee increase

August 18, 2018Indiana Gazette

A letter signed by several local lawmakers and others in the state House Oil and Gas Caucus asks state Department of Environment Protection Secretary and Environmental Quality Board Chairman Patrick McDonnell to reconsider a proposed increase from $5,000 to $12,500...

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Letter: See what Pa. oil and gas bill does

August 11, 2018Elmira Star-Gazette

Clinton Owlett is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 68th Legislative District (Tioga, and part of Bradford and Potter counties). On June 5, he voted for Pennsylvania House Bill 2154, which amended oil and gas drilling regulations. The analyses of HB-2154 by...