Category: Watersheds

PEC Statement on Act 162 of 2014

October 23, 2014

Pittsburgh – Yesterday Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1565 into law as Act 162 of 2014. Act 162 amends Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law to weaken forested riparian buffer requirements in Pennsylvania’s most pristine watersheds. “House Bill 1565 weakens our state’s...

PEC Urges Governor to Veto Bad Environmental Legislation

October 16, 2014

Today PEC sent the following letters to Governor Corbett, urging him to veto both HB1565 and HB2354 as passed by the General Assembly. HB1565 would remove important riaprian buffer protections in high quality and exceptional value watersheds. HB2354 would inhibit...

PEC Letter to PA Senate in Opposition to HB1565

September 30, 2014

PEC today sent the following communication to the PA Senate. September 30, 2014 To: Members of the PA Senate From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council RE: Opposition to House Bill 1565 (P.N. 4116) Dear Senators: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC),...

PEC Supports HB343

September 26, 2014

PEC sent the following letter to the General Assembly in Support of HB343 September 26, 2014 To: Members of the PA Senate From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council RE: Support for House Bill 343 (P.N. 2004) Dear Senators: On behalf...

PEC Letter on HB 1565

September 16, 2014

PEC joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Western PA Conservancy, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in expressing serious concerns with House Bil 1565 (P.N. 2114), which would eliminate riparian buffer requirements for larger scale new development in high...


September 9, 2014

Davitt Woodwell, President and CEO Pennsylvania Environmental Council Sept. 9, 2014 For the last forty-four years, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (“PEC “) has participated as a central figure in the environmental and conservation discussion in Pennsylvania. And we will continue...

PEC Comments on Proposed Shale Gas Rulemaking

March 14, 2014

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy submitted the attached comments on proposed rulemaking to improve environmental protection standards in regulations with respect to shale gas operations.

PEC Letter to DCNR on Governor’s Proposed Budget

February 6, 2014

PEC submitted the following letter to Ellen Ferretti, Secretary of the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, concerning Governor Corbett’s budget plan to lease additional subsurface rights in state lands.

PEC Supports Restoration of Oil & Gas Lease Fund

January 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council supports House Bill 1500 (introduced by Representative Greg Vitali, Delaware County), which would restore use of Oil & Gas Lease Fund revenues for conservation, recreation, and flood control projects. The Fund was originally created in 1955, with...

PEC Comments at Public Hearing on Shale Gas Regulation

January 22, 2014

Today the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be participating in a public hearing sponsored by the Environmental Quality Board and Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Department’s proposed rulemaking for shale gas operations. A copy of our prepared remarks are included...

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.