Shale Gas

Shale Gas

Shale gas has considerable economic significance, along with equal potential for irreparable damage to the natural resources of our Commonwealth.


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PEC Calls on House to Reject Fiscal Code Amendments

PEC Calls on House to Reject Fiscal Code Amendments

December 11, 2015

To: Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re: Opposition to Fiscal Code Amendments (House Bill 1327, P.N. 2650) Dear Representative: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), I am writing to convey...

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

John Walliser Updates PEC’s Policy Initiatives

December 1, 2015

John Walliser, Senior Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, outlines PEC’s recent initiatives in the policy sector, ranging from longwall mining and implementation of the Clean Power Plan to methane emissions. Walliser not only summarizes PEC’s work from the...

PEC Presents Opposition to Senate Bill 805

PEC Presents Opposition to Senate Bill 805

October 26, 2015

To: Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re: Opposition to Senate Bill 805 (P.N. 922) Dear Members of the Committee: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) I...

PEC Presents Opposition to House Bill 965

PEC Presents Opposition to House Bill 965

October 26, 2015

To:  Members of the Pennsylvania Senate From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885) Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I am writing to express our opposition to House Bill 965...

PEC Expresses Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885)

PEC Expresses Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885)

October 14, 2015

To:  Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives From:  John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Re:  Opposition to House Bill 965 (P.N. 1885) Dear Representative: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I am writing to express our opposition to House...

PEC Thanks Governor Wolf for Vetoing Senate Bill 655

PEC Thanks Governor Wolf for Vetoing Senate Bill 655

July 2, 2015

Today PEC sent the following communication to Governor Wolf thanking him for vetoing Senate Bill 655, which passed the General Assembly on June 30th. PEC objects to the inclusion of a rider in the legislation that would have inhibited rulemaking...

PEC Presents Objections to Senate Bill 655 (P.N. 1137)

PEC Presents Objections to Senate Bill 655 (P.N. 1137)

June 30, 2015

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, we are asking members of the Pennsylvania Senate to remove rulemaking prohibition language in Senate Bill 655 (P.N. 1137) relating to conventional oil and gas operations. This prohibition does not belong in the...

John Walliser’s Comments from April 29 DEP Public Hearing

John Walliser’s Comments from April 29 DEP Public Hearing

April 29, 2015

On April 29, John Walliser, PEC Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs, delivered the following comments at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s public hearing on advance notice of final rulemaking: environmental protection performance standards at oil and gas...

A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls

A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls

March 9, 2015

Today PEC issued the following statement in response to the Department of Environmental Protection’s release of revised rulemaking for natural gas activity. March 9, 2015 A Positive Step Forward for Much Needed Controls: Pennsylvania Releases Revised Natural Gas Regulatory Proposal Pittsburgh,...

Pennsylvania Environmental Council: Policy Priorities for 2015

January 23, 2015

Tom Wolf has been sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor and the focus in Harrisburg can now move past campaigns and ceremony to the difficult task at hand: governing a state with a projected $2.3 billion deficit. Tough questions and...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #124
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Pennsylvania Legacies #124

June 12, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

As the Department of Environmental Protection gathers public comment on a proposed rulemaking to cut emissions of climate-changing methane from Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, new data from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) paints a stark picture of what’s at stake:...

Pennsylvania Legacies #118
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Pennsylvania Legacies #118

March 24, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

As investors grow wary of fossil fuels and big companies prioritize sustainability, where will Pennsylvania fit in the post-carbon economy? Analysis from Steven Clarke and Alli Gold-Roberts of Ceres, a nonprofit that advocates for clean energy in the business community....

Within Reach
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Within Reach

February 10, 2020By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

First, the bad news: oil and gas facilities are emitting huge volumes of methane – the primary component of natural gas – into the atmosphere. The climate impact of those emissions is many times greater than that of carbon dioxide,...

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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...