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Wolf backs Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he’s committed to reducing carbon emissions from the state’s power plants, and says the President’s climate goals are challenging but achievable. President Obama gave a strong call to action in announcing the new climate change rules. “We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and we’re the [...]

Coal will remain vital source of PA energy despite new federal plan, trade group says

Pennsylvania coal suppliers said Monday that the fuel will remain an important component of the state’s energy mix despite the federal government’s fresh attempt to drive down carbon emissions with its Clean Power Plan. “Both the Wolf administration and the Pennsylvania legislature have repeatedly stated that coal use will remain a critical component of any [...]

Pa.’s new pipeline task force to meet this week

Pennsylvania’s newly formed pipeline task force will hold its first meeting in Harrisburg Wednesday. Governor Tom Wolf formed the group in order to bring planning and best practices to the pipeline building boom that includes an estimated 4,600 new miles of interstate pipes over the next three years. The meeting will be chaired by state Department [...]

Quigley discusses Pennsylvania’s new approach to federal carbon rules

The election of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has brought many changes to Pennsylvania– notably, the state has shifted in its approach to President Obama’s climate change plan, which seeks to dramatically limit carbon emissions. Former Republican Governor Tom Corbett  questioned climate science and criticized the White House plan as an attack on the coal industry that threatens [...]

EPA’s waste water treatment rule splits environmentalists, industry

The U.S. EPA’s plan to prevent municipal water treatment plants from accepting fracking waste is being hailed by supporters as a necessary safeguard against the contamination of public water supplies, and attacked by the petroleum industry as a short-sighted measure that ignores its long-term needs and violates the Clean Water Act. As the public-comment period [...]

Environmental groups urge Wolf to block drilling in Loyalsock State Forest

Representatives from more than a dozen environmental groups sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf Tuesday, urging him to block efforts to expand gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest. The Save the Loyalsock Coalition includes the state’s the Sierra Club chapter, PennFuture, and the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters. “This area is the last unfragmented [...]

Senate Republican leader isn’t ruling out gas tax

Governor Tom Wolf and state lawmakers are still at an impasse over the budget. Now, three weeks into the new fiscal year, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman is signaling he may be open to one of Wolf’s top priorities– a new tax on gas drillers. Corman (R- Centre) tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he won’t rule [...]

Philadelphia’s top emergency planner won’t disclose oil-train plans

The City of Philadelphia’s top emergency-management official said on Monday she will not disclose the city’s tactical plans for dealing with any oil-train derailment or explosion despite fresh calls from environmentalists for the city to be more open about how it would handle such an emergency. Office of Emergency Management director Samantha Phillips said the [...]

Wolf Administration announces members of new pipeline task force

Governor Wolf has announced members of the state’s new Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, which will be led by DEP Secretary John Quigley. The 48-member body was chosen from an applicant pool of about 200 people. An additional 101 people will serve on working groups that will help inform the task force, according to a press [...]

Budget bill would block new rules for conventional drillers

Environmentalists are raising alarms over language slipped into a budget bill that would prevent the state Department of Environmental Protection from establishing its new draft rules on conventional oil and gas drillers. “It’s very sneaky. It’s a dangerous pathway to go down,” says Matt Stepp, policy director for the environmental group PennFuture. “This would actually stop [...]

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