Policy

Category: Energy & Climate

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...

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...