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We sued polluters breaking the law and won.

When it comes to polluters breaking our cornerstone environmental laws or regulators who aren’t taking the proper steps to make sure polluters comply with these laws, PennEnvironment has long worked to use the power of citizen enforcement actions under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act to address these issues. In 2013, PennEnvironment announced two legal actions to address the lax behavior of polluters and state agencies that caused more air and water pollution in Pennsylvania.

Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Preserving Forests, Protecting Waterways

When it comes to natural gas drilling, modern Pennsylvania has begun to mirror the coal rush of the 19th century. Pennsylvania sits upon the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserve, which is believed to be one of the largest natural gas reserves in the United States. Nearly 60 percent of this natural gas is found within Pennsylvania’s state borders, deep under ground.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New Report Presents Policy Blueprint to Tackle Environmental and Health Threats of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

In the face of ongoing environmental damage and public health threats posed by Marcellus Shale drilling, a statewide environmental advocacy group released a new policy blueprint today that will tackle these challenges as drilling continues across the Commonwealth.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

While House Majority Fights the Good Fight, Budget Deal Ravages Environmental Programs

As the dust settles in Harrisburg after a contentious 101-day budget fight, one of the state’s largest citizen-based environmental advocacy groups assessed the damage done to Pennsylvania’s conservation programs and the Commonwealth’s environment.

“While steps were taken to make this horrible proposal a bit better, this budget deal does a disservice to Pennsylvania’s environment,” stated PennEnvironment Director David Masur. “That being said, the outcome would have been much worse--downright disastrous--if it wasn’t for the leadership and commitment of the House Democrats to protect the Commonwealth’s environment.”

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Governor Signs Bill to Protect Appalachian Trail

While most eyes are currently focused on the impending budget battle in Harrisburg, the state legislature and Governor Ed Rendell took the last step to protect PA’s portion of the Appalachian Trail when the governor signed HB1281 into law (PA Act 24, 2008) yesterday afternoon. This legislation will take much-needed action to preserve the state’s section of this important national treasure that from encroaching development and other threats. Since its introduction, PennEnvironment has tirelessly advocated for the legislation’s passage.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Protect Appalachian Trail

“PennEnvironment applauds the state Senate for passing House Bill 1281 (HB1281) today, which will take greater steps to protect Pennsylvania’s portion of the Appalachian Trail.

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