Pennsylvania Democrats seek balance between environmental policy and loyalty to labor

BY: and - November 19, 2023

Democratic leaders, however, caught between the competing interests of the environmental movement and building trade unions — both traditionally strong allies of the party — didn’t share the goal of putting sweeping climate and environment legislation up for votes.

Pa. House panel considers how hydrogen hubs can help meet climate goals

BY: - November 13, 2023

Robust regulation is key to ensuring Pennsylvania's hydrogen hubs contribute to the commonwealth's climate goals, a state House committee heard Monday.

PJM, which coordinates the flow of electricity from power generators to utility companies in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is facing complaints about how it ensures it will have enough capacity to keep the electricity flowing during a winter storm or summer heat wave. (Photo by fhm/Getty Images)

Pa. House environmental leader guts his own bill to manage crypto mining growth

BY: - October 16, 2023

The Democratic chairperson of the state House committee that vets environmental policy gutted his own bill on Monday, legislation that was designed to help the state get a regulatory grip on the energy-hungry cryptocurrency mining industry. Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) had previously called off a June 27 vote on his crypto mining bill and an […]

How Pa. lawmakers are clawing back the state’s power to plug abandoned wells

BY: - May 31, 2023

‘Essentially, what we’re trying to do is to take the law back to where it was,’ state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, said.

New York legislator’s Twitter hacked after appearance before Pa. House committee

BY: - May 3, 2023

Anna Kelles’ account was taken over after her testimony to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Pa. environmental board approves plan to limit carbon from power plants; Wolf admin sets 2022 target date

BY: - September 15, 2020

The Environmental Quality Board voted 13-6 Tuesday to let Pennsylvania enter the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


We shouldn’t have to choose between a clean environment and more jobs. We can have both | Opinion

BY: - September 1, 2020

We need real dialogue that understands energy jobs and environmental concerns are not mutually exclusive. It's not an either/or proposition.


Pa.’s building trade unions need to be allies, not opponents, of a cleaner climate | Opinion

BY: - August 18, 2020

Union leaders understandably want to protect jobs, But Democratic legislators must resist this union pressure and vote with a broader societal focus.

‘Bubblegum and band-aids’: Pa. environmental programs in question

BY: - June 30, 2020

Now with COVID-19, DEP field inspectors have been limited in what they can do — though a department spokesman said air quality testing and inspections on Public Water Systems have continued.

After committing a ‘jerk move,’ veteran Vitali faces first primary in two decades

BY: - March 2, 2020

State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, who’s spent 14 terms representing the 166th House District, is facing a challenge from Jennifer Leith, a nonprofit executive from Vitali’s home turf in Haverford, Pa. 

Wolf proposes staffing increases, fee hikes in DEP’s budget request

BY: - February 24, 2020

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. 

Pa. environmental board will vet proposed rules restricting potent greenhouse gas emissions

BY: - September 17, 2019

Three years after they were first announced, new regulations restricting methane emissions from existing natural gas wells will get a hearing before a statewide rulemaking body this year, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said Tuesday. The move comes as Republican President Donald Trump rolls back restrictions on the potent greenhouse gas. Lawmakers from both parties and […]