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 Opposes Diversion from Oil & Gas Fund

March 24, 2009

Included below is the text of a joint letter submitted to members of the Pennsylvania Senate. Our coalition of conservation, environmental, hunting and fishing organizations urges you to oppose Senate Bill 490.  This bill diverts $174 million from the Oil...

Coalition Calls for Reinvestment in Pennsylvania’s Natural Resources

February 4, 2009

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), as part of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Restoration and Conservation (PARC Coalition), today called on Governor Rendell and the General Assembly to invest a portion of the proposed severance fee on drilling for natural gas...

PEC Urges Caution on Drilling Legislation

January 7, 2008

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has sent a letter to the Senate and House Environmental Resources & Energy Committees, urging them to oppose legislation — Senate Bill 1127 and Special Session House Bill 32, respectively — that would expedite gas and oil drilling...

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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...