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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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Pennsylvania politics roundup: Politics as usual

The proposal by House Appropriations Chairman William Adolph, R-Delaware, is included in an amended version of the 2012-13 state budget under negotiation between Gov. Tom Corbett and Republican legislative leaders.

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Proposed tax break for Shell gas 'cracker' plant draws debate

HARRISBURG - A new proposal by Gov. Tom Corbett to give a long-term $1.7 billion state tax break for a planned Marcellus Shale gas petrochemical refinery in southwestern Pennsylvania is a late-emerging issue in the state budget debate.

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PA Environmental Groups Release Marcellus Scorecard for State Legislators

Four of Pennsylvania’s largest citizen-based environmental organizations released their joint “Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Scorecard” today, giving each state senator and representative an environmental grade based on their votes related to Act 13, the omnibus Marcellus Shale legislation signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett on February 14.

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Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Scorecard 2011-2012

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, PennEnvironment, and Sierra Club present the 2011-2012 Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Scorecard, a permanent record that scores every Pennsylvania state legislator on votes cast during the debate and passage of House Bill 1950, now known as Act 13 of 2012.

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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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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.

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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.

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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