Shale Gas

Shale Gas

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


Policy Posts

PEC and CSSD

September 9, 2014

Davitt Woodwell, President and CEO Pennsylvania Environmental Council Sept. 9, 2014 For the last forty-four years, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (“PEC “) has participated as a central figure in the environmental and conservation discussion in Pennsylvania. And we will continue...

PEC Letter on Natural Gas Well Legislation

June 20, 2014

PEC sent the following letters to sponsors of legislation that would require the Department of Environmental Protection to set different regulations for conventional well operations.  

Statement on Severance Tax Discussions

June 2, 2014

Davitt Woodwell, Executive Vice President for PEC, issued the following statement today on state budget negotiations and the potential for a severance tax on natural gas development. Many legislators in the General Assembly are introducing new legislation that would enact...

PEC Comments on Proposed Shale Gas Rulemaking

March 14, 2014

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy submitted the attached comments on proposed rulemaking to improve environmental protection standards in regulations with respect to shale gas operations.

PEC Comments on Proposed Shale Gas Rulemaking

PEC Comments on Proposed Shale Gas Rulemaking

March 14, 2014

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy submitted the attached comments on proposed rulemaking to improve environmental protection standards in regulations with respect to shale gas operations to the Environmental...

PEC Comments at Public Hearing on Shale Gas Regulation

January 22, 2014

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be participating in a public hearing sponsored by the Environmental Quality Board and Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Department’s proposed rulemaking for shale gas operations. A copy of our prepared remarks are included...

PEC Comments at Public Hearing on Shale Gas Regulation

PEC Comments at Public Hearing on Shale Gas Regulation

January 22, 2014

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be participating in a public hearing sponsored by the Environmental Quality Board and Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Department’s proposed rulemaking for shale gas operations. A copy of our prepared remarks are included...

PEC Statement on Act 13 Supreme Court Ruling

January 10, 2014

Last month the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion in the case of Robinson Township, et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al. Central to the Court’s ruling in striking down multiple provisions of Act 13 of 2012 was...

PEC Statement on Marcellus Shale Regulation

September 26, 2013

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council takes issue with comments attributed to Katherine Klaber, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. In those comments, Ms. Klaber is quoted as saying that “The pendulum has swung to regulation for the sake of...

PEC Testifies on Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania

September 16, 2013

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council testified before the House Democratic Policy Committee on unconventional shale gas development in the Commonwealth. A copy of PEC’s prepared remarks is included below.

What’s New

Pennsylvania Legacies #124
PEC Blog

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
PEC Blog

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
PEC Blog

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,...

PEC in the News

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...