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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

Funding for Grassroots Organizing in PA Shalefields

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!

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.

Key House Committee Guts Pennsylvania Stream Protections

Harrisburg, PA— A bill that threatens clean water by eliminating streamside buffer protections for certain streams has been passed through Pennsylvania’s House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee. The bill now moves to the floor of the House of Representatives for full consideration.

House Bill 1565, even as amended, removes safeguards requiring buffers with a width of 150 feet alongside streams that are designated as “high quality”, or “exceptional value”. Streams with this designation are able to support sensitive ecosystems and wildlife. They are also classified as safe enough for swimming & fishing, and are critical to Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation economy.
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09/16/2014 - 09:49

Don't Let the Legislature End Protections for Streams

Only a few years ago, Clean Water Action and our allies scored a big win when Pennsylvania established rules for streamside buffers in our most precious streams. Now, lawmakers are caving to well-funded industry lobbyists to take it all away. Don't let them!

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