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PennEnvironment Applauds Executive Order to Protect State Forests

PennEnvironment applauds Governor Ed Rendell for signing an Executive Order today to ban any further leases for Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania’s state forests. While the drilling industry appears to be using its access and influence to run rampant in Harrisburg—most recently convincing the state Senate to hold up a natural gas severance tax—it is reassuring to see Gov. Rendell take such strong steps to protect this valuable resource.
 
Because all Pennsylvanians are the owners and stewards of our state forests, we have an obligation to protect them from encroaching gas drilling and all of the negative environmental impacts that come with it.

Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Preserving Forests, Protecting Waterways

When it comes to natural gas drilling, modern Pennsylvania has begun to mirror the coal rush of the 19th century. Pennsylvania sits upon the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserve, which is believed to be one of the largest natural gas reserves in the United States. Nearly 60 percent of this natural gas is found within Pennsylvania’s state borders, deep under ground.

News Release | PennEnvironment

While House Majority Fights the Good Fight, Budget Deal Ravages Environmental Programs

As the dust settles in Harrisburg after a contentious 101-day budget fight, one of the state’s largest citizen-based environmental advocacy groups assessed the damage done to Pennsylvania’s conservation programs and the Commonwealth’s environment.

“While steps were taken to make this horrible proposal a bit better, this budget deal does a disservice to Pennsylvania’s environment,” stated PennEnvironment Director David Masur. “That being said, the outcome would have been much worse--downright disastrous--if it wasn’t for the leadership and commitment of the House Democrats to protect the Commonwealth’s environment.”

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New Report Presents Policy Blueprint to Tackle Environmental and Health Threats of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

In the face of ongoing environmental damage and public health threats posed by Marcellus Shale drilling, a statewide environmental advocacy group released a new policy blueprint today that will tackle these challenges as drilling continues across the Commonwealth.

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We're slowing down fracking in Pennsylvania.

PennEnvironment and PennEnvironment Reasearch and Policy Center has called for a ban on fracking, to protect our health, environment and communities. In 2016, you helped us continue to shine a spotlight on the threats posed by fracking and the worst actors in the fracking industry and made headway to protect our environment when positive action seemed so hard to come by.

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We're standing up for our rivers and streams.

Whether you’re kayaking in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, fishing in the Susquehanna, or walking along the Schuylkill, our rivers and streams are a big part of what makes Pennsylvania so special. For decades, we’ve held the line for our waterways and fought tooth and nail to protect them from polluters. But in 2013, we came closer than ever to our biggest clean water victory in decades when President Obama took a much-needed step to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that give polluters free rein to exploit the waters we love.

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We're defending Loyalsock State Forest from drilling.

Loyalsock State Forest is one of the crown jewels of Pennsylvania’s state forest system, providing thousands of visitors with world-class hiking, canoeing and camping experiences each year. So when Gov. Tom Corbett proposed opening some of the most pristine parts of Loyalsock to fracking, PennEnvironment swung into action. Because of the public support we helped build in 2013, wild places like the crystal blue Rock Run and historic Old Loggers Path remain off-limits to drilling.

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