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New rule attempts to tackle pollution from oil and gas wells

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
While an important step, the proposed rulemaking still has some hurdles in the regulatory process before becoming law, but the rule also has some significant shortfalls. Read more

The Dangers of Senate Bill 790

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Policy, PennFuture
This bill aims to revive the conventional gas drilling industry, but at the expense of undoing years of regulations. Read more

Fallacy, Fiction and Falsehoods: Part 2

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
This is the second in an ongoing series of blogs taking a deeper look at the comments, misinformation, hyperbole, and criticisms from the natural gas and petrochemical industry as well as their allies in their attempt to sell Pennsylvanians on the virtues of its climate-killing sector. Read more

A Trip to the Supreme Court

by Alice R. Baker, Senior Staff Attorney
PennFuture senior attorney Alice Baker recently went to Washington, D.C. to watch a case involving the federal Clean Water Act. Read more

PennFuture organizes tour of Philadelphia green stormwater infrastructure sites

by Lena Smith
Often times, showing is better than telling. That’s why PennFuture last month organized a bus tour in an effort to highlight the social, economic and environmental benefits of green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia. Read more

PennFuture delivers Toxic Neighbor petition to U.S. Steel

by Kelsey Krepps, Western PA Outreach Coordinator
PennFuture delivered more than 5,300 petition signatures to the office of U.S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David Burritt, demanding the company modernize its facilities and stop polluting in the Monongahela Valley. Read more

Exploring Erie, and an Emerging Presence

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture aspires to play more of a role defending Lake Erie and the region’s water, and to build capacity for the Erie community to have a stronger voice in the halls of the Capitol and be a more integrated part of our statewide water campaigns. Read more

In the Headlights - 2020

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo says that 2020 will be an extremely important year for the environment, but work still remains to close out 2019. Read more

Tohickon Creek Is Saved...For Now

by Abigail M. Jones, Staff Attorney
The Department of Environmental Protection has pulled back from plans to downgrade the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County. Read more

Before You Leap, Learn About Your Water Quality

by Alice R. Baker, Senior Staff Attorney
As you head out for a swim to cool off this summer, take minute to learn about what you are jumping into. Read more

The Problem with Pipelines

Picture courtesy of Sam Rubright/FracTracker Alliance
by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
The burgeoning petrochemical movement is in its infancy in western Pennsylvania, but we’ve already experienced significant detriments to both the environment and private property because of fracking and pipeline accidents. Read more

PennFuture strongly opposes Tohickon Creek downgrade

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
On July 11, PennFuture’s legal team submitted comments to the state Department of Environmental Protection, strongly urging the agency not to downgrade the status of the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County. Read more

Artists Interpreting Climate Change, Part 3

Courtesy of Stacy Levy
by M. Travis DiNicola, Director of Development
PennFuture's Director of Development talks about the intersection of art and climate change. Read more

A Look at the 2018 Draft Integrated Water Quality Report

by Emily Rinaldi, Campaign Manager, Northeast Region, PennFuture
Pennsylvania is a water rich state with approximately 86,000 stream miles connecting more than 700,000 acres of lakes, bays, and wetlands. Protecting and monitoring such a high volume of the Commonwealth's waterways is a challenging but necessary task. Read more

Engaging on Environmental Concerns and Listening across the State: Meet the CEO Happy Hours

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo reflects on recent events held across the state. Read more

PennFuture Joins Forces with Franklin County Coalition for Progress for Presentation

by Taylor Nezat, Campaign Manager for Watershed Advocacy, PennFuture
The community gathered to learn more about Climate, Stewardship and Environmental Justice. Read more

PennFuture's New CEO: Jacquelyn Bonomo

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
Meet Jacqui, PennFuture's new CEO who had been serving previously as the organization's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Read more

Meet the Donor: Ann Foster

by Susanne Whitehead, Director of Donor Relations
A monthly donors describes her support for PennFuture. Read more

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