News Release | PennEnvironment

Protests Target State Senators for Voting for Drilling Law

Environmental organizations held protests outside the offices of three State Senators who recently voted for Marcellus Shale gas drilling legislation (HB 1950).  State lawmakers approved HB 1950 last week which contains provisions that overturn local zoning ordinances and forces townships to allow gas operations in residential and all other parts of the municipality.

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PennEnvironment blasts legislature for historic vote on Marcellus Shale

In a move supported by the gas and oil industry, the Pennsylvania state Senate and House today voted, by a relatively slim margin, in favor of Marcellus Shale legislation that environmental groups, local officials, public health experts and tens of thousands of residents have opposed for months.

Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Risky Business: An Analysis of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Violations in Pennsylvania 2008-2011

Marcellus Shale gas drilling is expanding rapidly across Pennsylvania. And with it, drilling companies regularly continue to violate Pennsylvania’s cornerstone environmental laws – laws that aim to protect the Commonwealth’s natural heritage and the public’s health.

 

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On Verge of Historic Marcellus Shale Vote, PennEnvironment Study Finds 3,355 Marcellus Violations between 2008 and 2011

As the Pennsylvania state House takes up contentious Marcellus Shale legislation today, the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center released a new study uncovering environmental violations by gas drillers in Pennsylvania over the last four years. The study shows that Marcellus Shale gas operators continue to violate Pennsylvania’s cornerstone environmental laws on a regular basis – laws meant to protect the Commonwealth’s natural heritage and the public’s health.

With so many aspects of Marcellus Shale gas drilling for Pennsylvanians to focus on - impact fees and severance taxes, reports of air and water quality hazards, health hazards of Marcellus Shale gas extraction, the passage of HB1950 and how it affects local government control over drilling activities, it’s sometimes difficult to turn our attention to yet another concern.

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Letter: Doing the Right Thing on Impact Fee

The editorial "Legislature dropping ball on drilling fee or tax" (Dec. 18) is absolutely correct. The fact that even the gas industry has publicly supported an impact fee pushes this discussion into the realm of the absurd. The legislature is incapable of passing legislation to generate desperately needed revenue from an industry that is literally asking to be taxed. It would be laughable if the consequences weren't so serious.

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Editorial: Legislature dropping ball on impact fee or tax

The failure last week by Harrisburg lawmakers and Gov. Corbett to reach agreement on even a modest impact fee for the burgeoning natural-gas industry tapping the rich Marcellus Shale fields will have far-reaching, negative consequences for Pennsylvania.

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U.S. EPA Proposes Protections against Air Pollution from Oil and Gas Industry

As U.S. EPA held a public hearing today in Pittsburgh, PennEnvironment praised the agency’s proposed rules to curb air pollution from oil and gas operations as part of an urgently needed response to the public health threats posed by hydraulic fracturing.

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Severance tax could be used to fund Growing Greener program

Incredibly, Pennsylvania remains the only major drilling state in the nation that has failed to implement a severance tax on gas drilling. Due to the destructive and dangerous nature of Marcellus Shale drilling, it only makes sense to direct a portion of the funds to the state's environmental and conservation programs, like Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program.

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PennEnvironment Applauds EPA for Step Forward on Regulating Air Pollution from Gas Drilling

Today, the statewide environmental organization PennEnvironment applauded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the air pollution regulations that the agency proposed today, calling them a step forward in the fight to clean up air pollution in Pennsylvania and nationwide.

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