Pennsylvania

5 Simple Things that Governor Tom Wolf can do for Pennsylvania’s Environment

In the last four years, Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania House and Senate have made repeated attacks on environmental protection and sought to maximize the profits of the gas, oil and coal industries at the expense of Pennsylvania’s health and safety.

2013 - 2014 Pennslyvania Environmental Scorecard

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter released the joint Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard in October 2014.

This report scores all state legislators on key environmental votes cast during the 2013 - 2014 Legislative Session and whether those votes supported protection of the public and the environment.

Click here to view or download the scorecard.

PA Groups Release Scorecard on State Legislators’ Environmental Votes

State Legislators Receive Scores on Votes Affecting Climate Change, Enforcement of Environmental Protection Laws and Giveaways to Gas Drillers


(Harrisburg) – Three leading citizen-based environmental organizations released today the joint Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard, which scores state legislators on key environmental votes cast during the 2013 - 2014 Legislative Session.

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Sierra Club graded lawmakers in the state House of Representatives and state Senate on whether their votes on important legislation supported protection of the public and the environment.
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10/16/2014 - 07:01

Pennsylvania House Guts Stream Protections

House members cave to well-funded industry lobbyists, as appeals from Pennsylvanians and conservationists are ignored

Harrisburg, PA— A bill that threatens clean water by eliminating protections for certain streams with streamside buffers – the trees and vegetation that grow along stream banks – has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The bill will be considered by the Senate, where it awaits a very uncertain future owing to a much stronger buffers bill, S.B. 1465 by Senator Rafferty.

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09/22/2014 - 15:30

Settlement Reached on Lawsuit over Alleged Illegal Discharge of Gas Drilling Wastewater in Pennsylvania

Settlement prohibits unconventional wastewater, reduces discharge and protects Allegheny River

(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action and Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) of Warren, PA agreed upon a settlement today of a federal lawsuit filed by Clean Water Action in October 2013. Clean Water Action alleged in its lawsuit that WTC violated the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the state Clean Streams Law through their continued discharge of up to 200,000 gallons per day of gas drilling wastewater into the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania.

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09/11/2014 - 08:35

Failing to Enforce Fracking Rules

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Clean Water Action issues report on Pennsylvania’s lack of enforcement of gas drilling rules

Clean Water Action looked at how the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection did in 2011 for enforcing environmental rules on Marcellus Shale gas drilling companies.  Despite over one thousand violations, 9 out of 10 gas companies got off without paying a fine.

Download the report and learn more.

Fracking Wastewater Settlement!

clean water action reaches a settlement with pennsylvania sewage plant that was dumping fracking wastewater

Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Scorecard

Between November, 2011 and February, 2012, the Pennsylvania state legislature held a series of votes on HB 1950 (Act 13), a bill that proposed to overturn hundreds of local ordinances on gas drilling, while establishing the nation’s lowest impact fee and making minimal improvements to oil and gas regulations. Passage of Act 13 is the first significant legislation enacted in Pennsylvania since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began over four years ago, and represents a giant step backward in environmental protection, especially through eliminating any local control over gas drilling. The Scorecard covers final passage votes as well as votes on floor amendments to the bill.

See how your state legislators scored by downloading the entire Marcellus Scorecard. Take action and hold your legislators accountable for their votes!

Protecting Our Communities from Dangerous Oil Trains

An oil train near the Schuylkill TrailDid you know that every day, trains carrying 160,000 barrels of crude oil travel through Philadelphia for refining in South Philadelphia? This oil is especially unstable and flammable. Derailments of this same type of cargo have happened throughout North America, impacting lives, property, and the environment. In fact, you may remember the oil train derailment that occurred earlier this year in Philadelphia when a crude oil train derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge. Philadelphia was spared from this harrowing ordeal after authorities righted the car after many days in the dangerous position.  Will Philadelphia be so lucky the next time?

Sign the petition to the Philadelphia City Council now!

Groups representing over 611,000 Pennsylvanians voice wide spread support for federal rule to protect clean water

Diverse group of environmental, conservation, faith based groups, unions, businesses and elected officials recognize the value of protecting headwaters for downstream water bodies, including lakes, bays, and wetlands

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Clean Water Action released public comment letters sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ for its Definition of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act  Rule.  Over 100 Pennsylvania organizations, public officials, and businesses voiced their support for this rule. The comment deadline is set for this Friday, November 14th.

EPA’s proposed rule is supported by more than 1,000 scientific peer-reviewed studies that recognize the importance of protecting headwaters to the biological, chemical, and physical integrity of rivers downstream.  At stake is drinking water for 117 million Americans, 2 million stream miles, and 20 million acres of wetlands.  In Pennsylvania, the rule would protect drinking water for 8 million Pennsylvanians who rely on rivers and streams for their water from public water systems.  Pennsylvania sportsmen will be the beneficiaries of improved fish habitat, cleaner rivers and streams, and wetlands protection.   

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11/13/2014 - 12:06
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