Gov. Shapiro’s deal with fracking company splits environmentalists
By Audrey Carleton for Capital & Main Environmentalists are split over a new deal struck by Pennsylvania’s governor with a natural gas producer: while some have applauded the effort to move forward amid a legislative deadlock on climate action, those on the front lines fear the agreement amounts to little more than PR, offering a model […]
Pennsylvania’s fracking boom is hurting its oldest residents
Of the nearly 18 million Americans living near oil and gas wells, close to 3 million are 65 and older, many concentrated in Pennsylvania.
Commentary: We are the majority
Contributor Jill Sunday Bartoli asks: How can we the people begin to take back control of the policies and practices that have put our democracy into a downward spiral?
Commentary: RGGI is about climate change. It’s also about environmental justice
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) offers a chance to add funding and emphasis to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s stated focus on environmental justice, writes Joseph Otis Minott, president of the Clean Air Action Fund.
‘So many ways hydrogen can go wrong’: Hub announcements viewed with caution
The Friday announcement that seven projects had been selected to receive $7 billion in seed money to kickstart the production of clean hydrogen across the country was billed by President Joe Biden’s administration as a major step toward slashing carbon emissions, creating thousands of domestic jobs and positioning the U.S. as a clean energy leader. […]
New federal water pollution rule draws mixed reaction
A federal rule limiting agencies’ power to regulate water pollution will severely restrict protections for waters and wetlands throughout the country, but could also be subject to challenges from conservative groups that maintain the new rule exerts more federal jurisdiction than the U.S. Supreme Court intended in a May decision. With the rule published last […]
Wabtec, Erie unions reach tentative contract agreement
The unions representing striking rail workers at the Wabtec Corp. plant in Erie have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, both sides confirmed Wednesday. According to a statement from the unions, members will vote on the agreement Thursday, and if ratified, will bring the strike to an end. The 1,400 members of the […]
Federal, state regulators prod utilities to consider technology for grid upgrade
Of the many challenges confronting the nation’s aging, straining electric grid, the need for a lot of new transmission capacity is among the most pressing, experts and policymakers say. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy said the nation will need thousands of miles of new lines to better link regions to handle extreme […]
By stalling on RGGI, here’s what Pa. residents are missing | Opinion
In March, Pennsylvania passed up millions of dollars that could have gone toward tackling climate change and reducing energy costs for millions of Pennsylvania residents. It’s not the first time Pennsylvanians have missed out on this money, and it’s going to keep happening unless Pennsylvania is finally allowed to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative […]
Workers lack protections when wildfire smoke makes the air dangerous
A report by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that 'too many workers are left unprotected' from wildfire smoke.
Feds, states reach settlement in lawsuit over Chesapeake Bay pollution from Pa.
The settlement would end two separate lawsuits filed against EPA during the Trump administration.
Manchin earned $476K in 2022 from family coal company, congressional disclosures show
The West Virginia Democrat's coal industry ties are 'a classic case study for a conflict of interest in Congress,' an expert said.