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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 [...]

Lawmaker: DEP Chief Michael Krancer Denies Climate Change

Democratic State Rep. Greg Vitali, chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, says Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer refused to acknowledge climate change during a House budget hearing on Wednesday. In a release, the Delaware County legislator says Krancer avoided his questions on climate change, and was later grilled by other lawmakers. [...]

SRBC Releases “State of the Susquehanna”

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission released its “State of the Susquehanna” report Wednesday, using data collected from among more than 49,000 miles of river and streams that begin in upstate New York and eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. At a time when natural gas drilling has put the SRBC in the spotlight, its executive [...]

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Clashes with DEP Over Susquehanna River

Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission executive director John Arway says the Department of Environmental Protection needs to do more to protect aquatic life and water quality along 98 miles of the Susquehanna River. Arway takes aim at DEP Secretary Michael Krancer’s decision not to seek an “impaired” status for the river may not be driven [...]

Pa. DEP Secretary Rejects Calls for Greater Federal Protections for Susquehanna River

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has decided not to seek an “impaired” status for the Susquehanna River under the Clean Water Act, rejecting a plea from the state’s Fish and Boat Commissioner John Arway.  Last April, Arway wrote a letter to DEP Secretary Michael Krancer, describing in detail increased incidents of “black-spotted” fish turning [...]

DEP Secretary Krancer Continues to Battle Clean Air Council

Last month we reported on a battle between the Clean Air Council and the Department of Environmental Protection over air permits. Clean Air Council filed a lawsuit against the DEP challenging the agency’s decision to aggregate two Philadelphia area refineries for the purpose of determining air emission requirements. The CAA says the DEP employs a [...]

Clean Air Council and DEP Spar Over Emissions Aggregation

Should two refineries be considered one? That’s the question raised by a lawsuit filed last week by the Clean Air Council against the state Department of Environmental Protection. The case has to do with a couple of refineries in southeast Pennsylvania, one in Philadelphia and the other near the Delaware border in Marcus Hook. The [...]

DEP Issues Draft Permit Review Changes

The Department of Environmental Protection says their proposed permit review process will encourage applicants to meet with DEP officials before applying, and is meant to stop wasting employee’s time. DEP Secretary Michael Krancer says that about 40 percent of the permit applications it receives currently,  are incomplete. “Setting the clear expectation that every permit application should [...]

Krancer Says No Worries Over Deep Injection Wells

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer says deep injection wells are not “an issue that the Commonwealth needs to grapple with at this time.” Deep injection wells take fracking waste water and send it deep within crevices of the earth. Only five of these wells are currently operating in the state. Krancer wrote a letter [...]

A Cracker Means Jobs, But Environmentalists Worry About Air Pollution

Pennsylvania’s shale boom has drill rigs popping up all over rural parts of the state. Pipeline projects, truck traffic, and hotel construction has followed. Now, industry plans to build large-scale natural gas processing plants. State officials hope to create jobs. Industry wants a larger industrial infrastructure to develop the state’s shale gas reserves. Environmentalists wonder [...]

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