Energy & Environment

Elizabeth resident cross-examines Dr. Christopher Long, a witness for Olympus Energy (Pittsburgh City Paper photo)

Gas firm and residents clash over plans to drill near a public school in Allegheny Co.

BY: - September 12, 2022

The suburban Pittsburgh community already houses 38 gas wells.


Pa.’s other fossil fuel | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - September 10, 2022

Environmental groups ranked Pa. lawmakers for their votes ahead of the 2022 mid-terms.

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‘Living Lightly on the Earth’ as we adapt to a warming planet | Opinion

BY: - September 9, 2022

While some politicians continue to rail against 'woke' culture and evade the real issues facing us, don’t you think it’s about time to wake up and start doing more to turn this ship around?

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

A ‘Jekyll & Hyde’: Scorecard grades Legislature on environmental votes | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 7, 2022

The report card, which ranks all 253 lawmakers in the House and Senate, measured votes in the 2021-22 legislative session.

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DEP issues drought watch for 36 Pennsylvania counties

BY: - August 31, 2022

The drought watch for three-dozen Pennsylvania counties comes as 39.3 percent of the U.S. is currently under drought conditions, according to federal data. Other states, such as Mississippi and Kentucky have experienced extreme flooding conditions over the last month. 

Environmental groups launch anti-pollution campaign targeting Mastriano, gov race

BY: - August 31, 2022

The $500,000 campaign will air in southeastern Pennsylvania and some of the Lehigh Valley area, Molly Parzen of Conservation Voters of PA Victory Fund said.

DEP to host public hearing on strengthening Pa.’s power grids | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 29, 2022

“To develop a grid-strengthening support program that’s customized to meet Pennsylvania’s specific challenges and opportunities, we need to hear from a diverse range of Pennsylvanians, including residents, community leaders and advocates, local government leaders, small business owners, health care and emergency personnel, and educators,” DEP Acting Secretary Ramez Ziadeh said.

In suburban Philly campaign stops, Mastriano drags Shapiro, Wolf for pandemic policies

BY: - August 24, 2022

'If you want our kids to grow up with the same freedoms you have here, we got to beat him bad,' Doug Mastriano said.

How long do we really need chemicals to last? Sura Nualpradid/EyeEm via Getty Images.

Scientists are finding ways to eliminate PFAS, but they’re not going away soon | Opinion

BY: - August 24, 2022

The 'forever chemicals,' which have appeared in Pennsylvania, are a growing global health threat.

State officials ask for public input on draft water resources plan

BY: - August 23, 2022

The plan, an outline for how the commonwealth manages the demand on its water resources, contains more than 100 water-management recommendations focusing on areas of concern, such as flood control, stormwater management, water withdrawal, legacy coal mining impacts, legacy oil and gas wells, drinking water and wastewater treatment, contaminants of emerging concern, and agricultural nonpoint source pollution, according to the department.

Advocates say constitutional change targets pollution regs, greenhouse gas reduction plan

BY: - August 23, 2022

Environmental advocacy groups say that while news reports largely have focused on the anti-abortion language in the bill, the provision giving the Legislature the ability to disapprove regulations is equally troubling.

Pa. snags $7.85M from feds to help farmers fight climate change | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 23, 2022

'Climate change is presenting serious challenges to the farmers who feed us and feed our economy,' Ag. Secretary Russell Redding said.