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Statement: Gov. Wolf’s veto of tax break for fracking, single-use plastics is vital

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today vetoed a bill (HB 1100) that would give the fracking and petrochemical industries a massive tax break. The legislation would not only lead to more than $660 million in lost revenue for the commonwealth, but would also make it harder to fund important statewide priorities such as environmental protection, public health and education. 

The proposal has been met with broad opposition from environmental organizations. Nevertheless, members of the General Assembly have publicly stated their intent to try to override Gov. Wolf’s veto.

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PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE APPROVES POTENTIALLY BILLIONS IN TAX BREAKS FOR FRACKERS, SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

[Philadelphia, PA] – On the day of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s annual budget address, members of the state legislature voted to give the fracking and petrochemical industry a massive tax break that could equal up to $660 million per project in lost revenue for the Commonwealth, making it harder to fund environmental protection, education, and other important priorities for the state. 

House Bill 1100 would subsidize fracking, petrochemical, and single-use plastic production. The proposal was met with broad opposition from environmental organizations. 

Gov. Wolf has stated publicly that he will veto the proposal. 

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Statement: PennEnvironment criticizes President Trump’s visit to pro-fracking Shale Insight conference

PITTSBURGH -- President Donald Trump spoke today in support of fracking and petrochemicals at the Shale Insight conference, a two-day event featuring regional fracking industry associations. This comes after a visit on Aug. 13, 2019 to the massive Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant being built in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs, which will convert fracked gas into plastic.

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PA given “F” Grade for spending Volkswagen settlement money

[Harrisburg, PA] -- With “National Drive Electric Week” kicking off across the country, two non-profit organizations released new information grading Pennsylvania officials for the state’s track record allocating its portion of the Volkswagen settlement funds.

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Statement: Methane rule rollback will lead to more greenhouse gas pollution

[Philadelphia]-- The Trump administration proposed today to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency’s methane rules, which will eliminate critical federal oversight of hundreds of thousands of oil and gas facilities. 

Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a powerful global warming pollutant. It is 86 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in our atmosphere over a 20-year period. The EPA's own scientists say that approximately one-third of the nation’s methane pollution is generated by oil and gas operations. It is released in all aspects of the development and application of natural gas and crude oil, including production, processing, transportation, and storage.

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STATEMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AMERICA AND ITS STATE AFFILIATES IN PA, NJ, AND NY: SUPPORTING HISTORIC PROPOSAL TO PROTECT DELAWARE RIVER

[Philadelphia, PA] – Today the regional multi-state agency (the Delaware River Basin Commission, DRBC) charged with preserving and restoring the Delaware River, its tributaries and watershed made a historic announcement for protecting this important local waterway by proposing to ban the oil and gas drilling practice known as “fracking” within the Delaware River Basin.

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Fracking Failures

In Pennsylvania, fracking companies violate rules and regulations meant to protect the environment and human health on virtually a daily basis. Between January 1, 2008, and September 30, 2016, fracking companies together committed a combined total of 4,351 violations, or an average of 1.4 violations per day.  Between 2008 and 2016, just 17 percent of violations of rules meant to protect the environment and public health at unconventional wells were accompanied with a fine. When they were, the median fine was only $5,263.

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New report: For frackers it pays to pollute

[Harrisburg]—A new analysis by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center finds that while fracking companies continue to violate cornerstone environmental laws and public health protections, they rarely pay significant penalties for their violations.The new study showed that a median fine for fracking violations in Pennsylvania of just $5,263 with only 17% of violations receiving a fine.  

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On National Doctor’s Day, 1000+ PA Health Professionals Call for Increased Protections from Fracking

Health experts from across the Commonwealth came together to issue a “Call to Action” to the Wolf administration from the largest group of PA health professionals to voice concern about the health risks posed by fracking.

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Ten Priorities for a Green National Budget

Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 9), the Obama administration will present its last budget to Congress. The first iteration of the must-pass federal budget will be one of the final opportunities the president has to shape his legacy for our air, water, our lands, and our climate.  Together with our national federation at Environment America, we’re calling on the president to include the following ten priorities his budget to help ensure a greener, cleaner, healthier future for Pennsylvania, the country, and the planet.

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