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 […]

What Pa.’s green lawmakers and environmentalists think of this year’s budget

BY: - July 4, 2019

A trend of environmental issues seemingly playing second fiddle to other state priorities continued in the latest budget, according to environmental advocates. 

Southeast Republicans, unified Dems in the House find common ground: opposing mandatory regulation slashing

BY: - May 3, 2019

Environmental allies celebrated a rare Harrisburg victory this week when the newly emboldened Democratic caucus in the state House, with the help of a few Republican holdouts, voted down a GOP bill to slash state regulations. Eight Republicans, joined by every Democratic member, voted against a bill that would have formed an office of the […]

Self-described climate contrarian tells Pa. House committee global warming alarm is overblown

BY: - March 27, 2019

Gregory Wrightstone’s testimony on what he called climate myths Wednesday ended up drawing a chuckle from a vampire, fairy, and other mythical creatures who gathered to protest a self-described climate contrarian’s take on the global warming. Wrightstone, a geologist and self-published author with ties to the natural gas industry, was invited to speak to the […]

Natural gas industry consultant to ‘debunk’ climate change consensus in House testimony

BY: - March 24, 2019

A Pittsburgh geologist who consults for the natural gas industry, published a book casting aspersions on the scientific consensus around climate change, and who serves on a board for a climate denialist think tank will speak to members of a House committee Wednesday. Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Chair Daryl Metcalfe invited Gregory Wrightstone to “present […]