News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New Report: Extreme Downpours and Snowstorms Up 52% Percent in Pennsylvania

Ten months after Tropical Storm Lee led to record flooding that devastated the Susquehanna Valley, a new PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center report confirms that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms are happening 52 percent more frequently in Pennsylvania since 1948. Based on an analysis of state data from the National Climatic Data Center, the new report found that heavy downpours or snowstorms that used to happen once every 12 months on average in the state now happen every 7.9 months on average.  Moreover, the biggest storms are getting bigger.  The largest annual storms in Pennsylvania now produce 23 percent more precipitation, on average, than they did 65 years ago.

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Statement on Commonwealth Court’s Act 13 Decision Erika Staaf, PennEnvironment Clean Water Advocate

PennEnvironment applauds today’s decision by a Commonwealth Court panel that overturned some of the most egregious sections of Act 13, Pennsylvania’s recent—and controversial—gas drilling law.

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New Report Shows Electric Vehicles Ready to Roll in Pennsylvania

With the right policies in place, plug-in vehicles can reduce oil dependence in Pennsylvania by 3,729,012 gallons per year, according to a new report released today by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

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Fairness becomes the new battleground over gas drilling

As the dust settles on the budget debate in Harrisburg, concern continued to rise across the Commonwealth over a language inserted into the state budget that intends to give of Bucks and Montgomery county residents some sort of moratorium from gas drilling—while continuing to leave the rest of state’s county officials hamstrung when it comes to regulating gas drilling in their communities.

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Pennsylvania Budget a Mixed Bag on the Environment

As the dust settled on a sprint-like finish to state budget passage, citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment judged the outcome as a mixed bag for the Commonwealth’s environment.

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