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 Submits Marcellus Shale Legislative Proposal

May 10, 2011

Harrisburg – Two major environmental organizations in Pennsylvania have joined forces in submitting a legislative proposal to the Corbett administration and state lawmakers that is designed to help ensure safe and responsible Marcellus Shale drilling and gas extraction in Pennsylvania....

Pennsylvania Needs A Comprehensive Marcellus Shale Strategy

March 3, 2011

Marcellus Shale continues to dominate the news due to a series of unfortunate events at well sites in western Pennsylvania, national questions regarding the safety of the hydraulic fracking process, and recent policy withdrawals made by the Department of Environmental...

PEC Testifies Before Senate Policy Committee

January 26, 2011

Comments on Local Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development Ellen Ferretti, a Vice President with PEC, will testify before the Senate Majority Policy Committee today on local impacts of Marcellus Shale development.  The focus of the testimony will be on the...

PEC Releases Report on Marcellus Shale Development

July 13, 2010

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) today released a report calling for swift action on new regulations and greater oversight of drilling and extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, a major gas field that lies deep beneath much...

Proposed Budget Framework Puts Pennsylvania’s Environment at Further Risk

September 11, 2009

Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) President and CEO Don Welsh today issued the following statement on the proposed budget framework agreement set forth by leadership from the General Assembly this morning. “This budget proposal does nothing to address the critical funding...

PEC and TNC Statement on House Budget Negotiations

July 16, 2009

Text of Letter from Don Welsh, President & CEO of PEC, and William Kunze, Pennsylvania State Director of The Nature Conservancy: As the House of Representatives considers House Bill 1416 and related budget amendments, the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature...

PEC Urges House Committee to Dedicate Funding for Environmental Programs

June 19, 2009

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council today urged members of the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, who will meet next week to consider House 1489 (establishing a severance tax on natural gas extraction), to dedicate a meaningful percentage of any severance...

Don’t be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish on Environmental Budget

May 26, 2009

Starting June 1, against the backdrop of stark economic conditions, the state budget negotiations begin in earnest in Harrisburg.  Many thorny choices need to be made; not just about where budget cuts should occur, but also about where new, reasonable...

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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...

Pennsylvania Legacies #98
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Pennsylvania Legacies #98

May 17, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

As Ben Franklin wrote, “when the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” But how do you calculate the value of water resources in dollars and cents? Researcher Spencer Phillips, Ph.D., unpacks the far-reaching economic impacts of water quality...