News Release | PennEnvironment

Attorney General Josh Shapiro briefs hundreds of concerned Pennsylvanians about fracking report’s findings

[Philadelphia, PA] -- More than 375 concerned Pennsylvanians joined PennEnvironment and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for a webinar to get an inside view of how the Attorney General’s office developed its recent Grand Jury report on fracking and released its recommendations. The report, released June 25th by Attorney General Shapiro’s office, shows how the fracking industry has run roughshod over Pennsylvania’s health and environment, and highlighted examples of  regulators and other state leaders turning a blind eye to complaints and concerns raised by affected residents. 

News Release | PennEnvironment

STATEMENT: As Pennsylvania’s residents and state programs face financial uncertainty during pandemic, General Assembly approve $670 million tax break to fracking and petrochemical industry

PITTSBURGH -- The Pennsylvania General Assembly today passed an eye-popping $670 million, 25-year tax break for the fracking and petrochemical industry. The proposal was quietly  amended into House Bill 732 without public input or hearing on the legislation. HB732 was originally intended to help essential volunteer emergency medical services and fire departments. The deal was negotiated behind closed doors between Gov. Wolf and Republican leaders in the General Assembly. Gov. Wolf had already vetoed similar legislation earlier this spring.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: House advances greenest budget in recent memory

The House Appropriations Committee approved funding for a number of important environmental programs Friday as part of the FY21 funding bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Interior (DOI). Most notably, the budget dedicates emergency funding for many of the infrastructure proposals in the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), including $10.2 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. Additionally, the bill blocks the administration’s attempts to: open the Tongass National Forest to logging; drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge; expand offshore drilling; weaken protections on toxic mercury and arsenic emissions; and open the Boundary Waters to toxic pollution from sulfide mining.

News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement: House approves $22.5 billion to replace lead pipes

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $22.5 billion over five years to replace lead service lines, which are the single worst source of lead contamination in drinking water. The funding measure, one of the few amendments to the House infrastructure package (H.R. 2) that received a standalone vote, passed 240-181 with bipartisan support.

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Statement: PennEnvironment disappointed with Pennsylvania General Assembly’s reports on single-use plastic

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania General Assembly released two reports Friday on single-use plastic. The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO)'s report on the economic impacts of single-use plastics and the Legislative Budget & Finance Committee (LBFC)’s report on the non-economic impacts on bans/fees were both required by a law that set a one-year ban on local regulations on single-use plastics.