DEP steamrolling power plant approval is out of step with agency rhetoric | Opinion
The agency must reopen the public comment period for a proposed pipeline in Clinton County
State regulatory board gives Pa. greenlight to join regional cap-and-trade program
This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. on 7/13/21 with additional details on the rule’s next steps. A state regulatory board has moved the commonwealth one step closer to joining a regional cap-and-trade program that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants across Pennsylvania. The state Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to approve […]
Report: Pa. sees record natural gas production, more compliance violations in 2020
Producing more than 7.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Pennsylvania ranked second among states for natural gas production in 2020, a state record for gas production in a single year.
DEP announces new funding to expand Pa.’s electric vehicle infrastructure
As of November 2020, there were more than 29,000 electric vehicles registered in Pennsylvania, according to the DEP’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap.
DEP: Nearly half of Pa. counties in drought watch
The list of counties in a drought watch now includes: Armstrong, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Warren, and Wyoming counties.
Bay states file suit against EPA for failing to hold Pa., N.Y. accountable for Chesapeake Bay restoration targets
The lawsuit has been in the works since May, when the three-jurisdiction coalition notified the EPA it intended to sue the agency. Federal law requires any party attempting to take legal action against a federal agency to first notify the government and then wait at least 60 days before filing a suit to provide an opportunity to resolve the dispute outside of court.
A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for prisons and COVID-19 relief | The Numbers Racket
For the most part, the funding in the $25.8 billion stopgap budget will remain at the same level as the 2019-2020, but there are a few areas where the budgets differ.
In grand jury report, Shapiro calls out gas drillers; faults Pa. for not adequately watchdogging the industry
After two years of investigation, Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a grand jury report Thursday taking aim at the state’s natural gas industry. The report calls out what he says is the corporate negligence that contaminated Pennsylvanians’ water and air, as well as a state regulatory bureaucracy that is, at best, unprepared to watchdog the […]
Bracing for the impact of climate change, local governments look to state for help
Working with the state Department of Environmental Protection, local municipalities such as 13,500-person Indiana Borough , are putting plans in place to protect their communities from climate-related changes and disasters.
Wolf proposes staffing increases, fee hikes in DEP’s budget request
Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee suggested that the fee hikes for for dumping in landfills and drilling for natural gas, are just a stealth tax hike.
Mariner East 2 owner fined $30.6 million for western Pa. pipeline explosion
The fine is one of the largest ever brought by the state, but also lifts an 11-month moratorium on state approval for Energy Transfer Partner pipeline construction permits.
Opponents of cap-and-trade contemplate legislative, legal options to stop RGGI
Tax carbon? You’re gonna need a bill for that. It’s a message that Republicans — and some Democrats — have hammered home ever since Gov. Tom Wolf announced in early October he was forging ahead with a plan to enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, as it’s known in official shorthand, is a nine […]