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Harrisburg law firm withdraws from high-profile pipeline case

A day after StateImpact Pennsylvania published a story about a Harrisburg law firm’s close connections to both the gas industry and the state Public Utility Commission (PUC), the firm stepped down as legal counsel for Sunoco Logistics in a high-profile pipeline case currently before the PUC. The law firm of McNees, Wallace and Nurick is a member of [...]

Corbett Taps Acting Secretaries For DEP, DCNR

Governor Tom Corbett is nominating his acting secretaries to fill vacancies at the state’s top environmental regulation agencies. Christopher Abruzzo has been serving the Department of Environmental Protection since April when then-secretary Michael Krancer left the department to take a job at an influential law firm, Blank Rome. Abruzzo previously served as Corbett’s deputy chief of [...]

Corbett, Krancer Fail To Disclose Vacation Homes

Governor Corbett has failed to list an out-of-state vacation home he bought last year on his annual financial disclosure form. The governor and his wife, First Lady Susan Corbett spent $265,000 last year on a condo at a beachfront resort community in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Public records show the deed and mortgage documents [...]

Scientists Fear Losing Ground on Climate Change As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise

The New York Times reports scientific monitors reveal the average daily level of carbon dioxide in the air has surpassed the long-feared milestone of 400 parts per million: The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and [...]

Revolving Door Keeps Spinning for Former DEP Chief Michael Krancer

Under former Secretary Michael Krancer, the Department of Environmental Protection was not always the easiest place to get information about Marcellus Shale gas drilling. But it looks like Krancer is eager to talk about natural gas drilling now that he’s switched to the private sector. Under Krancer, right-to-know requests for inspectors’ notes about drilling-related water [...]

Protesters Criticize DEP’s Oversight of Gas Industry

A small group of protesters gathered outside the Harrisburg headquarters of the state Department of Environmental Protection today. They say the agency is failing to protect the public from the risks associated with natural gas development. About 50 people turned out for the protest, which was organized by several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club [...]

Corbett Praises Krancer, Says He Will Be A Talent To Private Sector

In the wake of his Department of Environmental Protection Secretary’s resignation, Governor Tom Corbett says he’s not concerned about Michael Krancer’s decision to go work for the energy industry he has been charged with regulating. The governor doesn’t believe Krancer’s resignation is an example of the “revolving door” between government and industry. “If you look at [...]

Controversial Head of DEP Leaving Agency to Work on Behalf of Energy Industry

The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, Michael Krancer, announced today he will be leaving the agency on April 15 to return to Blank Rome, an influential Philadelphia law firm where he worked during the 1990′s. Krancer will become chair of Blank Rome’s Energy, Petrochemical and Natural Resources Practice, where he will be, “enhancing [...]

DEP Secretary Krancer is Stepping Down

The Corbett Administration announced this morning that DEP Secretary Michael Krancer is leaving the agency on April 15. He plans to return home to Montgomery County to practice law at his former firm, Blank Rome. As StateImpact recently reported, Blank Rome has given Governor Corbett and his wife Susan over $15,000 in gifts since 2007.The [...]

DEP Secretary Michael Krancer Clarifies Views on Climate Change

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer went before the House and Senate appropriations committees this week to discuss his agency’s budget, but he soon found himself pressed on the issue of climate change. At a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Greg Vitali (D- Delaware County) pointedly asked Krancer  whether or not he [...]

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