Tag: Harrisburg

LTE: DEP Needs More Resources

Rep. Greg Vitali is chairman of the Environmental Resource and Energy Committee January 15, 2023 – Letter to the Editor The article “Pa. gas drilling report criticizes industry for failing to report abandoned gas wells” (Jan. 5, TribLIVE) outlines a recent Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)… Continue Reading “LTE: DEP Needs More Resources”

Expectations from PA Gov Shapiro, Lt Gov Davis on Environmental, Energy Issues?

There were stark differences between the positions taken by Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and his opponent during the gubernatorial campaign just concluded. Photo: Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and Lt. Governor-elect Austin Davis By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog During the campaign Shapiro outlined… Continue Reading “Expectations from PA Gov Shapiro, Lt Gov Davis on Environmental, Energy Issues?”

Governor Tom Wolf’s Fracking Legacy

Photo by Governor Tom Wolf from Harrisburg, PA Governor Wolf Portrait, CC BY 2.0, Source In one of his final acts as Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf signed a huge, multi-billion dollar taxpayer giveaway, in large part to the oil and gas industry. Stephen Caruso… Continue Reading “Governor Tom Wolf’s Fracking Legacy”

7 Questions to Ask Candidates about Gas Development & Public Health

Environmental Health Project Blog (Note: Images and Bob’s comments have been inserted into the original blog found here) If you’re like most people, you want to be healthy. You want pure drinking water and clean air. You want rivers, streams, and oceans that are… Continue Reading “7 Questions to Ask Candidates about Gas Development & Public Health”

PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals

Passed in Hours with No Public Accountability or Environmental Safeguards By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog | October 27, 2022 On October 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out House Bill 1059 (Hickernell-R-Lancaster) after amending it to provide $106.6 million in annual… Continue Reading “PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals”

Franklin Kury: 2 Jars of Water and a Lasting Environmental Legacy for Pennsylvania

As a Keystone State legislator, Franklin L. Kury drafted the Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA) and was a principal co-author of the Clean Streams Law. By B.J. Small, Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA When the federal Clean Water Act was established 50 years ago to regulate pollution… Continue Reading “Franklin Kury: 2 Jars of Water and a Lasting Environmental Legacy for Pennsylvania”

EHP Addresses “Mischaracterizations” by Senator Bartolotta with PA Dept of Health Secretary

Media Advisory from the EHP Communications Manager Scott Smith: Please be aware of a 10/14/22 letter EHP sent to Acting Secretary Johnson of the PA Department of Health (DOH) regarding mischaracterizations PA Sen. Camera Bartolotta made in a 9/21/22 letter urging the DOH to… Continue Reading “EHP Addresses “Mischaracterizations” by Senator Bartolotta with PA Dept of Health Secretary”

PA Moves Gas Well Emissions Rule to Beat Costly Federal Deadline

The regulation meets 2016 standards set by the federal government, and if the rule isn’t finalized by December 16th, Pennsylvania faces around $500 million in highway funding sanctions in the next year. (See YouTube video below) DEP estimates the regulation could reduce VOC emissions… Continue Reading “PA Moves Gas Well Emissions Rule to Beat Costly Federal Deadline”

PA Bills Establish Incentives for Fossil-Fuel Vehicles While Eliminating Hybrids and EVs

Senator Gene Yaw of northeastern PA is at it again! Promoting climate changing fossil fuels, while kneecapping renewables. He’s joined by another political shill for the Oil & Gas industry from western PA, Senator Camera Bartolotta. Here’s the latest: Bills Establishing Incentives for Using… Continue Reading “PA Bills Establish Incentives for Fossil-Fuel Vehicles While Eliminating Hybrids and EVs”

D’OH! …as Homer Simpson would say

Seriously though. The utter shame of it all. The Pennsylvania DOH (Department of Health) has shunned those suffering with health issues in the shale gas patch in the past, so their latest withdrawal comes as no surprise. But the PITT withdrawal was a big… Continue Reading “D’OH! …as Homer Simpson would say”