Pennsylvania Blog Posts

Methane flare, black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

Strong methane protections for new oil and gas operations, but weak ones for existing operations?

February 1, 2018

Pennsylvania is on the cusp of celebrating a significant victory for air quality and health by finalizing strong controls for methane emissions from new oil and gas operations through updated permits. At the same time however, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are introducing weak concepts, draft ideas that could end up as policy proposals, to control emissions from the nearly 10,000 fracked wells and numerous oil and gas operations already in existence.

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action

A win for clean water in Pennsylvania

November 10, 2017

We didn’t have the Governor on our side. We definitely didn’t have the support of the Republican legislative leaders. And we were up against some of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world. And guess what? We WON!

Fight back against the Trump agenda

Resisting the ‘Trump Normal’

August 10, 2017

The first step on the road to ruin in a democracy is seduction, a good sales rap, and a charismatic pitchman who convinces us that a secure, prosperous  future is possible, but only he can get us there. That's what we're faced with now - a President seemingly ravaged by narcissism and paranoia, whose ego flames with popular passions who seems more concerned with satisfying his "base" than leading the country.

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action

Raw Deal

August 10, 2017

There’s only one way to describe the recent revenue package (HB 118 & 542) that passed the Pennsylvania State Senate and is supported by Governor Wolf, which trades off enacting one the nation’

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch

Protecting Lake Erie and Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard

August 9, 2017

Forty-five years ago, Lake Erie was so polluted that TIME Magazine stated it was, “in danger of dying by suffocation.” Although there was a massive clean-up effort on the local, state, and federal

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action

203 oil and gas lobbyists (in Pennsylvania alone!)

June 9, 2017

It’s clear that President Trump won’t be acting on climate or clean water – in fact everything he’s done has taken us backward. But here in Pennsylvania, we can make a difference.