Policy

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...

Key Environmental Issues At Stake NOW in Harrisburg!

June 4, 2012

Click Here to Find Your Legislator Starting today, the General Assembly will begin final work on passage of the state budget. Included in this negotiation process is the positioning of multiple bills to receive consideration before the legislature adjourns for...

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...

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....