Governor Wolf's Greatest Environmental Hits, 2015-2018
Fuel Economy (8/2/18)
Issued public statement condemning EPA’s action to weaken fuel economy standards, saying it hurts Pennsylvania’s consumers, workers, and everyone who wants to breathe cleaner air.
Supported and signed into law SB 234, establishing Pennsylvania’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to commercial or industrial properties.
Natural Gas Methane Permits GP5 & GP5A (6/7/18)
Issued update general permits for new unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that will reduce air pollution and establish a control threshold on methane emissions.
Abandoned Mine Clean Up (4/6/18)
Announced the approval of $25 million in funding for environmental cleanup and revitalization projects at 12 abandoned mine land (AML) locations in fourteen municipalities across Pennsylvania.
Expanded Solar Energy Program to offer both loans and grants rather than only loans. He also strengthened Pennsylvania’s solar sector by supporting and signing new legislation known as Act 40. This legislation requires that for a renewable facility to generate credits, the electricity the facility generates must be delivered to an electricity distributor operating within the commonwealth.
Delaware River Basin (9/13/17)
Voted as member of DRBC in favor of a resolution to issue draft regulations to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in the Delaware River Basin.
Reducing Litter (6/30/17)
Vetoed HB 1071 which forbid municipalities from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge, or tax on recyclable plastic bags provided to consumers.
Paris Climate Accord (6/1/17)
Issued a state urging President Trump not to abdicate the United States’ global leadership and seat at the table on climate change, which he identified as a pressing issue for Pennsylvania’s economy, especially energy, agriculture and tourism, and resident’s health.
Clean Power Plan (3/29/17)
Issued statement on the President’s executive order rolling back environmental protections, saying the science of climate change is settled and the President’s actions turn the federal government’s back on Pennsylvania’s environment and our economy. He also said the President’s action will do nothing to help coal communities but will exacerbate the negative impact climate change is having on our economy and reaffirmed Pennsylvania’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Chapter 78a Regulations for Unconventional Oil and Gas Drilling (6/23/16)
Supported and signed into law new Chapter 78a regulations which set forth new standards to protect public resources, including water, land and places like parks and schools. The new regulations also improve landowners’ ability to express their concerns and modernize the regulatory program to recognize advances in technology.
Budget Fiscal Code (3/23/16)
Pledged to veto the fiscal code because it contained unconstitutional provisions, guts important environmental regulations, and tries to establish legislative authority over issues that fall under executive jurisdiction.
Methane Reduction Strategy (1/19/16)
Announced a nation-leading 4 point strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and has been implicated in health risks. The plan is designed to protect the environment and public health, reduce climate change, and help businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product by reducing methane leaks and emissions from new and existing natural gas well sites, processing facilities, compressor stations and along pipelines.
Moratorium on Park and Forest Leasing (1/29/15)
Signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for drilling in state parks and forests.