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 Statement on Air Policy Changes for Shale Gas Development

September 6, 2013

PEC joined the Environmental Defense Fund, Group Against Smog and Pollution, and PennFuture in issuing the following Media Statement today. Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently proposed changes to an air quality exemption (Exemption 38) pertaining to...

PEC Statement on the Decision of the Commonwealth Court Regarding Act 13

July 27, 2012

Yesterday the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a significant decision that reaffirmed the constitutional rights and responsibilities of local governments to enact rational and necessary controls on natural gas activities. The decision also invalidated provisions of Act 13 that inappropriately...

Statement of PEC on Chemical Disclosure in Act 13

March 29, 2012

The chemical disclosure provisions of Pennsylvania’s new law relating to shale gas drilling are not perfect, but they are far ahead of what was required before. Since the passage of Act 13, there has been a lot of discussion on...

Act 13: What’s Next

March 26, 2012

The continuing work of adapting Pennsylvania laws and regulations took a significant step forward in February 2012 with the signing of Act 13. But, for as difficult as it was to reach this milestone and though the legislation falls short...

PEC Statement on Proposed 2012-13 Budget

March 9, 2012

It’s budget time again in Harrisburg. But before we look at the details of the Governor’s current proposal, let’s remember one key contextual number: over the past nine years, approximately $1.8 billion has been diverted or cut from environmental programs...

PEC Statement on Marcellus Legislation

February 6, 2012

PEC today released the following statement on the pending HB1950 Conference Committee Report: The enemy of the good is the perfect, and while this legislation is not perfect, the people of Pennsylvania are better served by passage of this bill...

Joint Conservation Statement on Governor’s Marcellus Shale Proposal

October 6, 2011

On Monday, Governor Corbett announced his plans to implement recommendations from the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. While much depends on details that have yet to be released, the environmental organizations represented on the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission are encouraged that...

PEC Responds to remarks by DCED Secretary Alan Walker

August 16, 2011

The Honorable Tom Corbett Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Dear Governor Corbett: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is dismayed at the remarks of DCED Secretary Alan Walker as reported in Capitolwire this morning, in which he apparently expressed support for unrestrained drilling...

Joint Statement on Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report

July 22, 2011

Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Members: Matthew J. Ehrhart, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Anthony S. Bartolomeo, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Ronald L. Ramsey, The Nature Conservancy Cynthia Carrow, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Statement: Last week, members of Governor Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission...

PEC Statement on Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report

July 22, 2011

Today Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission has released its recommendations for managing the state’s burgeoning natural gas industry.  The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is encouraged by the fact that there was consensus among Commission members on a majority of...

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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,...

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...