Energy & Environment

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Pa. keeps missing the mark on its Chesapeake Bay clean-up plans | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - November 26, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a third plan from Pennsylvania environmental officials aimed at reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay..

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. environmental groups see hope, progress on the horizon in Harrisburg

BY: - November 25, 2022

In addition to carbon capture, Szybist said pieces of environmental justice legislation, which have previously stalled in the General Assembly, could be reintroduced in a Democratic-controlled House with support from Democratic Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro.

A heron is perched on a piling at sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach.

EPA: Pa. plan to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution ‘doesn’t meet the partnership targets’

BY: - November 22, 2022

In a statement issued on Monday, the EPA said that Pennsylvania was still falling short of its target goals despite increased funding for pollution-reduction projects in the most recent state budget. 

Utility companies are spending billions building out transmission and distribution lines around the country, leading some to call for an independent monitor to protect customers. Photo by Robert Zullo.

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring  

BY: - November 20, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country.  In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, […]

Pa. core samples to get new, $6M home

BY: - November 18, 2022

The core samples, experts said, are important tools to understanding how Pennsylvania’s geology could support carbon capture and sequestration efforts.

COMMENTARY

Pennsylvania needs to address its abandoned well problem. Here’s how | Opinion  

BY: - November 17, 2022

We need substantial steps forward from the incoming Shapiro administration for bonding reform.

Pa. appeals court hears oral arguments in fight over RGGI

BY: - November 16, 2022

Petitioners in the cases, which included lawmakers and representatives from energy and labor groups, made their arguments to five of the court’s seven judges, in the hope that the court will find the state’s entrance into RGGI “unconstitutional,” and that the Wolf administration’s Department of Environmental Protection is “unauthorized” to oversee such an effort. 

The New Jersey Fish and Game Council unanimously approved reinstating the controversial bear hunt after human-bear interactions spiked. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Despite warnings from activists, New Jersey’s bear hunt likely is returning

BY: - November 16, 2022

'They have a right to live, and we do not have a right to take that life,' bear defender Brian Craine said.

A heron is perched on a piling at sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach.

Maryland lawmakers propose creating Chesapeake National Recreation Area

BY: - November 15, 2022

The proposal would unite a series of park areas and visitor centers owned and operated by the National Park Service.

Outdoor recreation industry added $13.6B to Pa. economy in 2021 | Five for the Weekend

BY: - November 12, 2022

A report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, including 152,000 jobs, and 1.6 percent of the commonwealth’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 8, 2022

By Robert Zullo For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched […]

Coal plant operators shirking responsibilities on ash cleanup, report contends

BY: - November 7, 2022

'To save money and avoid liability, coal plant owners ignore critical requirements and employ common tricks to avoid mandatory cleanup requirements,' the report's authors wrote