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PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) jointly sent the following letter to Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on July 28, 2022: Dear Representatives, On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund, we are writing to express our opposition to the proposed concurrent resolution to disapprove Regulation #7-544 (Control of VOC Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Sources). The Committee is scheduled to consider this resolution on August 2nd. This concurrent resolution is ill-advised, threatens noncompliance and sanctions with respect to long- standing federal requirements (that Pennsylvania has yet to meet), and…
PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) jointly sent the following letter to Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 22, 2022: Dear Representatives: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund, we urge you to oppose House Bill 2649, which may receive Third and Final consideration as soon as today. Simply put, this legislation would grant a politically appointed body the authority to block agency rulemakings. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) already plays an established role in the rulemaking process – it has the opportunity, based on input from agencies, the General Assembly, and public…
PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) jointly sent the following letter to Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on June 7, 2022: Dear Senators: We write to share our concerns with Senate Bill 692 (P.N. 771), which substantially revises erosion & sedimentation permitting for the oil and gas industry. Our concerns include the following: The legislation sets deadlines for permitting decisions, but includes language that may put the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or County Conservation Districts at a disadvantage toward meeting those deadlines. For example, the definition of “administratively complete” [page 1, starting at line…
In November 2021 Congress passed, and President Biden signed into law, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The $1.2 trillion package includes funding for a range of energy, transportation, water quality, climate resiliency, conservation, and legacy pollution cleanup projects. Naturally, many of these grant programs are germane to work currently being planned or carried out in Pennsylvania by nonprofit organizations like PEC, as well as by state and local governments, researchers, landowners, and other stakeholders. But with such a vast and wide-ranging piece of legislation, prospective grantees may not be able to readily identify exactly what funding prospects exist, which ones hold…
PEC and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) jointly sent the following letter to Members of the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on June 6, 2022: Dear Representatives: On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), we urge you to oppose House Bill 2644 (P.N. 3187). This legislation unjustifiably limits financial assurance requirements for the conventional oil and gas industry, shifting considerable cost to the citizens of Pennsylvania. Estimates from both the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the conventional industry itself place the average cost of well plugging at approximately $33,000 per well –…
On April 23rd the Department of Environmental Protection’s rulemaking to limit carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as final. The rulemaking, more formally known as the CO2 Budget Trading Program, would link Pennsylvania to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (better known as “RGGI”) market platform to help achieve the reduction of those emissions. As we have noted in previous posts, RGGI is an established and successful program that has lowered emissions and provided significant investment returns and cost savings to multiple states in the northeast – precisely what is needed in a…
PEC, in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, submitted the attached letter to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee in opposition to House Bill 1847. The Committee was scheduled to consider the bill on January 25, 2022. Similar to companion legislation in the Senate, this bill substantially affects rules governing unintended releases of contaminants from permitted sites and facilities. The language of this bill creates uncertainty over if or when releases would need to be reported to the state, and could potentially invalidate existing protection criteria and emergency response plans.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Environmental Defense Fund commend Governor Wolf for vetoing Senate Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution 1 and continuing the commitment toward reduction of harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the electric generation sector. This is an important market-based step that will prepare and position Pennsylvania for a successful energy future. We urge the General Assembly to shift their time and attention toward advancing constructive policies that cut pollution, diversify our energy supply, benefit consumers, and provide new investment and employment opportunities in clean energy business and deployment.
  This week legislation (Senate Bill 979) was introduced by Senator Sharif Street that would reform our state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to advance low and net-zero carbon electricity generation. This includes expanding requirements for generation from renewable sources, providing a mechanism to sustain nuclear generation where justified, and establishing a pathway for emerging technologies like advanced nuclear and carbon capture. PEC has advocated for Clean Energy Standard legislation for several years, and we applaud Senator Street for developing this bill. Pennsylvania’s sizeable electric generation sector provides both challenges and opportunities for meaningful emission reductions, and requires a full complement…
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If you follow PEC, you know that we have been focused on decarbonizing Pennsylvania’s energy production in general and laser focused on getting the state to join RGGI – the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative. Pennsylvania needs a multi-faceted, all-of-the-above approach to decarbonization. And we need to ensure that firm, dispatchable power remains a part of our energy supply. RGGI, as a market-based solution, works within these parameters and with current and anticipated federal policy, as well. In fact, RGGI can help Pennsylvania jump ahead of other states in leveraging federal dollars and luring clean energy business growth. The Governor and…
PEC submitted a letter to the House Tourism & Recreational Development Committee in support of House Bill 1694, which would expand liability protections to volunteers and organizations that help maintain and develop public recreational assets. A copy of our letter is included below.
Today the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission concurred with the Environmental Quality Board, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Citizens Advisory Council, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee, to advance a proposed rulemaking that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from Pennsylvania’s electric power sector. Once finalized, this rulemaking will be the first of many necessary steps to address greenhouse gas emissions. It is particularly noteworthy because, despite adoption of the bipartisan Climate Change Act of 2008 and recurring reports about the urgency of action, the Commonwealth to date…