HB 4297 and Senator Nesbitt’s energy plan are steps in the wrong direction and will move us backward, instead of making us a leader in clean energy policy. This proposed legislation would classify the burning of hazardous waste, including tires, as renewable energy and is nothing more than a cynical attempt to hijack Michigan’s renewable energy definition for the benefit of corporate polluters.
Right now, the State House is trying to gut our progress on energy in Minnesota. Over the past decade, we have made great strides in implementing energy technologies and programs that protect our water and creates jobs in the state. Now, energy companies and our opponents in the State House are trying to repeal and weaken the very laws that have made Minnesota a national energy leader.
Last year, Pennsylvania rolled back protections for our best rivers and streams, which you helped put in place. Now, developers can destroy trees for new development next to rivers.
Furthermore, the new policy states that replacing a forested buffer miles away from their project is an acceptable alternative. Maintaining existing buffers should be mandatory. Buffers are proven to be the best way to protect water quality. Trees, shrubs, and other plants that line the banks of waterways filter pollution, reduce flooding, and create healthy habitat.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released its proposed updates to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act. DEP has made the right decision to ban open frack pits at well sites, but failed to take strong action on centralized frack pits which serve multiple well sites.