Where We Stand

PEC has long held that the state budget process should: (1) ensure that both DEP and DCNR, as well as the Fish and Game Commissions, have sufficient support to conduct their responsibilities; and (2) not include that seek to substantively rewrite environmental protection or conservation laws. Unfortunately, decision makers in Harrisburg have consistently failed both of these principles over the past several years.

Click here to view an ongoing list of actions and informational pieces on state budget issues PEC is engaged in.

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Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

August 18, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

At least one major federal government entity is still paying attention to the threat of climate change: the military. A retired naval officer explains why, in a talk given at PEC's 2017 deep decarbonization conference. (Learn more at pec-climate.org) In the news: another court decision portends b...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #49: The Cost of Doing Business

August 11, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #49: The Cost of Doing Business

Curbing methane emissions from natural gas production isn't just about combating climate change. For many conservatives in Western states, it's just good business. We visit a Wyoming startup that's helping oil & gas companies save money and keep their workers safe by finding gas leaks. Also, ...

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Policy

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

August 4, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

  A deal struck as part of the state budget process could hamstring the Department of Environmental Protection and put permitting decisions in the hands of unqualified private actors. One former DEP chief warns these am...

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Policy

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

August 3, 2017
Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

When the Pennsylvania Water Trails Partnership released its Strategic Plan for the Water Trails Program in 2016, it recommended the development of new funding opportunities for water trail managers across the State. To that end, PEC worked closely with DCNR, another member of the Water Trail Partner...

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Water Trails

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

July 31, 2017
A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

The Pennsylvania Senate and, by all appearances, Governor Wolf, have struck a deal that aims to mitigate the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues at the sole expense of environmental protections. What have they done? Essentially, they have proposed to nullify the Department of Environmental Protection...

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Policy

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

July 31, 2017
Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

Led by local volunteers and guided by a new toolkit PEC helped to create, the four-year-old Schuylkill River Town Program is about to enter an exciting new phase. Launched in 2013, the program initially focused on Conshohocken, Norristown, and Phoenixville, with the goal of engaging and empowerin...

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Land TrailsWater Trails

Bonus podcast episode: Environmental Rights Revisited

July 27, 2017
Bonus podcast episode: Environmental Rights Revisited

Pennsylvania Legacies is taking a brief summer break and will return to our regular schedule next week. In the interim, we're reposting our June segment on one of the biggest environmental news stories of the summer: a major state Supreme Court decision on the state constitution's Environmental Righ...

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Policy

Paddling Through History

July 25, 2017
Paddling Through History

Along its 47-mile journey to the Allegheny River, Oil Creek winds through the heart of Pennsylvania’s historic Oil Region, birthplace of the commercial oil industry. Here, the world's first large-scale petroleum production operations began shortly after the discovery of vast crude oil reserv...

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Water Trails

Pennsylvania Legacies #47: Tough Times for National Parks

July 14, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #47: Tough Times for National Parks

The National Parks system is among the most beloved institutions in the U.S., more popular than every federal agency but the Postal Service. But "America's best idea" is also one of our most neglected assets... and it's about to take another budget hit. Learn how Pennsylvania sites managed by the NP...

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Policy

Pennsylvania Legacies #46: Moving Toward Deep Decarbonization

July 6, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #46: Moving Toward Deep Decarbonization

A look inside PEC's new white paper, Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania's Energy Future, based on our March 2017 conference of the same name. PEC President Davitt Woodwell chats with Energy & Climate Program Manager Lindsay Baxter. ...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

June 30, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #45: Water Fight

Drinking water from the Delaware River is shared by Pennsylvania and three other states according to an elaborate, decades-old formula. For years, an agreement among the parties has allowed for some variability in that formula for the sake of maintaining healthy water levels and temperatures. But th...

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WatershedsPolicy

New Report Shows Deep Decarbonization Pathways for Pennsylvania

June 29, 2017
New Report Shows Deep Decarbonization Pathways for Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2017 Contact: Lindsay Baxter, Energy and Climate Program Manager Phone: 412-481-9400 Email: lbaxter@pecpa.org   New Report Shows Deep Decarbonization Pathways for Pennsylvania  Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Scientists Argue Over 100% Renewable Energy Feasibility—and It’s Fascinating

June 26, 2017
Scientists Argue Over 100% Renewable Energy Feasibility—and It’s Fascinating

Let’s face it—science isn’t always exciting. Scientific journal articles aren’t beach reading, at least for most of us. But right now there is a heated public debate among scientists over the feasibility of achieving 100% of U.S. energy by 2055--and it’s fascinating! Flashback to 2015:...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #44: The Colorado Way

June 23, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #44: The Colorado Way

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. As Pennsylvania takes similar steps, what can we learn from Colorado's experience convening diverse stakeholders to create effective and feasible rules? ...

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Policy

Spring Cleaning in Northeastern PA

June 23, 2017
Spring Cleaning in Northeastern PA

PEC's Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program returned to action this spring, as nearly 200 local volunteers hauled away upwards of 46 tons of waste and debris from sites across northeastern Pennsylvania.   Susquehanna County PEC’s ongoing partnership with the Friends of Starrucc...

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Communities & Landscapes

Pennsylvania Legacies #43: For the Prosecution

June 16, 2017
Pennsylvania Legacies #43: For the Prosecution

From the 2017 Philadelphia Environmental Partnership dinner: conversation with Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery), and keynote remarks from Steve Santarsiero, Chief Deputy for Environmental Protection in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. ...

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Policy
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Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Conservation Through Cooperation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

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