Policy

Category: Energy & Climate

PEC Statement on Alternative Energy Rollback Legislation

December 17, 2013

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council believes that recently proposed legislation (House Bill 1912) aimed at repealing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act is misguided and would set back Pennsylvania’s energy future, result in job losses, and undermine gains in controlling...

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.

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...

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...