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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...

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 Letter on Regulatory Review Bills

April 29, 2019

PEC joined with the Environmental Defense Fund in opposition to a suite of bills that would hamper permitting and regulatory protections. Our letter to the state House is included below.

PEC Opposes HB 2154

PEC Opposes HB 2154

April 30, 2018

PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have sent the following joint statement to House members in opposition to House Bill 2154, weakening environmental protections in relation to oil and gas production.     April 30, 2018 To: Members of the...

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...

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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Putting the Pieces Together on Climate
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Putting the Pieces Together on Climate

January 16, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania will slash 80% of net greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050 under targets announced January 8 by Governor Tom Wolf. State agencies will lead the way, working strategically through the governor’s new GreenGov Council to improve energy efficiency across...

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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...

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House passes conventional oil and gas industry bill

June 6, 2018The Bradford Era

Mark Cline almost has a reason to cheer … but not quite yet. On Tuesday, the oilman of Cline Oil of Bradford welcomed news that the House passed,111-84, bill 2154 that would re-enact the Oil and Gas Act of 1984...

Busy Week Ahead for Environmental Policy
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Busy Week Ahead for Environmental Policy

April 13, 2018By: John Walliser

Next week the Pennsylvania Senate and House will be in session, and a number of bills that affect the environment will be under consideration. They include: The Good House Bill 1446 – PEC Supports The House is expected to take...