Pennsylvania

Thank Governor Wolf for Reducing Methane Leaks from Fracking Operations

pa_methaneWe did it! Last week, Governor Tom Wolf fulfilled a promise he made in 2014 to protect Pennsylvania's air quality from natural gas drilling.

Governor Wolf has announced a series of actions to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas over 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Please thank Governor Wolf for taking steps to protect the environment and public health and reduce climate change!

Sign the Petition! Protect Our Air From Harmful Pollution in Lawrenceville

A report this week found that the McConway & Torley steel foundry in Lawrenceville is among air pollution - smaller.jpgAllegheny County's top ten industrial polluters and responsible for toxic emissions - including pollutants linked to asthma, cancer, and heart disease.

Sign our petition and tell the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to protect our air quality!

Over 147,000 people live within three miles of the foundry, which is the third largest stationary source in Allegheny County for benzene and manganese, chemicals linked to cancer and neurological disorders.

Earlier this year ACHD proposed an operating permit for McConway & Torley that would reduce their harmful emissions, a much needed step to ensure our communities are healthy and vibrant.

Pennsylvania Currents - Fall 2015

Pennsylvania Currents
fall 2015 edition

Environmental Rights at Stake in Pennsylvania Supreme Court Election November 3

The outcome of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court election may be the most important of the election season. The Supreme Court has made decisions in many cases critical to health, communities and the environment in the past decade. It will likely play a role in redistricting after the 2020 census and may hear cases related to local governments’ attempts to restrict fracking. The judges on the court matter.

In 2013 Pennsylvania passed Act 13, which stripped local municipalities of the ability to use zoning to protect communities from the dangers associated with natural gas drilling. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down this provision. The Court ruled Act 13 was unconstitutional because it violated the Pennsylvania Constitution’s Environmental Rights Amendment which states “the people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come.” The three vacancies on the court are judges who ruled with the majority in this landmark case.

Clean Water Action has endorsed the following candidates for Pennsylvania Supreme Court because they have demonstrated a commitment in their personal and judicial philosophy to protecting public health and our environmental rights: David Wecht, Kevin Dougherty, and Christine Donahue.

Sign the Petition! Get FEMA to conduct an oil train derailment drill in Philadelphia

oil train paRight now, cities across the country do not have the proper resources or training to deal with emergencies related to an oil train derailment. In response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has stepped in to conduct worst- case scenario drills in places like Jersey City, NJ and La Crosse, WI. The Jersey City drill revealed 87 people would be killed instantly and over 500 injured.

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!

Stop Extreme Energy Film Fest!

pa flyer-clean energy (2).jpgShow your love for clean energy this Valentine's weekend! Join us for the Stop Extreme Energy Film Fest on Saturday, February 13th at Dickinson College. RSVP here to attend!

Attend the film fest to watch groundbreaking films such as Tom Jefferson's "The Way We Live" about the fight against dirty energy in Pennsylvania and Josh Fox’s latest "Gaswork" which focuses on what life is like for the men and women who work in oil and gas operations.

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