Every Pa. community deserves protection from the harms of fracking | Opinion
Together, we will combat environmental injustice at every turn to build a world where people—our health, welfare, safety, and environment—are respected and protected more than corporate profits.
Report: Pa.’s fossil fuel industry got $3.7B in tax breaks in 2019
PennFuture is calling for policies that would shift the playing field of tax breaks in Pennsylvania, including a severance tax on natural gas companies.
Saylor to DEP: What assurance do you have Pa. citizens ‘aren’t going to die like they did in Texas?’
A top Pennsylvania Republican repeated a narrative without expert backing about Texas’ power failures during a budget hearing with state environmental regulators on Monday. While asking questions of Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York, pressed on Pennsylvania’s preparedness for extreme winter weather, such as the record lows […]
Democrat Kenyatta brings his ‘working poor’ Philly upbringing to 2022 Senate race
A tall, brash Democratic politician familiar to Twitter users and cable news viewers alike with a pitch about fighting for working people has just stepped into Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. You may feel like you have already read this story, but it’s not about Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. It’s about Philadelphia state Rep. Malcolm […]
Weed, ethics and a natural gas tax: Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2021 plan for Pennsylvania, explained
The pitch, delivered during a video press conference, featured few new ideas. Instead, Wolf focused on repackaging proposals he has pitched time and time and time again to the Legislature
Pa.’s natural gas industry is powering the economy and leading on climate change | Opinion
Natural gas use for electricity generation has increased over 270 percent between 2007 and 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, helping Pennsylvania cut power sector carbon emissions by nearly 40 percent over the same time period.
In Pittsburgh, Trump’s EPA announces methane rule rollback for gas wells, pipelines
Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, degrades quicker than carbon dioxide, but can be between 25 to 70 times stronger than its more common counterpart.
After closed door dealings, General Assembly sends Wolf revised nat. gas tax credit bill; signature expected
The proposal, a limited version of a bill Wolf vetoed this spring, would provide upwards of $600 million in tax breaks to, at most, four manufacturing facilities that use Pennsylvania-drilled methane gas to produce fertilizer or other products.
Legislative plastic bag study utilized industry research, finds fee effective
A state-funded analysis on single-use plastic bag bans requested by a powerful state Senator quoted an industry-sponsored expert and cited research funded by a bag manufacturer in the lawmaker’s own backyard. But the report still concluded that a fee on single-use bags would save consumers $82 million a year while taking nearly 2 million bags […]
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 […]
Mike Turzai just went to work for the gas industry. The revolving door keeps spinning | Wednesday Morning Coffee
If people are cynical about politics, this might have something to do with it. The revolving door between government and industry keeps spinning.
Wolf vetoes multi-million methane tax credit, gas allies push for override
This story was updated at 1:48 pm with additional information. Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a multi-million dollar tax credit for petrochemical manufacturing. Wolf had promised the veto in early February as the bill passed the General Assembly, and followed up the promise even in the midst of his COVID-19 response. “Rather than enacting this […]