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The Dangers of Senate Bill 790, Part II

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
In the coming days, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to vote on Senate Bill 790, a substantial rollback of environmental protections governing the conventional oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania.

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

Legislators say Gov. Wolf lacks the authority to have Pennsylvania join RGGI. This is why they’re wrong.

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Earlier this week, a group of state legislators held a press conference in Harrisburg to unveil new legislation that challenges Gov. Tom Wolf’s authority to enter into a partnership like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 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

Making Sense of Pennsylvania’s Growing Debate Around Petrochemicals

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
Pennsylvania’s proposed petrochemical buildout is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and bad for our communities. Read more

Fallacy, Fiction and Falsehoods: Part 1

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
This is the first in a series of blogs taking a deeper look at the misinformation and hyperbole from the natural gas and petrochemical industry. 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

So Pennsylvania Might Join RGGI. What Comes Next?

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Rob Altenburg describes the process that will unfold over the next 18 to 24 months as Pennsylvania works to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 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

A Sunnier Vision for Pennsylvania: An Alternative to Giving Tax Breaks to Fossil Fuels

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
On Sept. 19th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to give yet another gift to the already heavily subsidized natural gas and petrochemical industry: a 20 percent tax break. This archaic vision of economic development in Pennsylvania is a threat to our communities, ecology, and climate. Read more

Fracking Across Property Lines: Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Company

by Kody Hines, Legal Intern
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court could soon decide a case that will have far-reaching implications for oil and gas development. Read more

Philadelphia Energy Solutions' Failures

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Dumping money into the petrochemical industry is a dead end for Pennsylvania and we need a better and more sustainable pathway for our future. 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

Pennsylvania still not doing its part to restore the Chesapeake Bay

by Taylor Nezat, Campaign Manager for Watershed Advocacy, PennFuture
Pennsylvania comprises 35 percent of the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed, but our efforts at reducing pollution in the watershed continue to fall short. Read more

Running for a Reason

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
How far are you willing to go to prove a point? For Sam Bencheghib, it’s about 3,100 miles, or roughly the distance between New York and Los Angeles. 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

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