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PA Enviro Groups Join Forces To Increase Advocacy

Jan 10, 2017
KATIE COLANERI/STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

Two of Pennsylvania’s leading environmental groups are forming a new strategic alliance in response to what they call an “unprecedented anti-environmental political climate at the federal and state levels.” PennFuture and the Conservation Voters of PA will combine policy, advocacy, and legal resources to mobilize voters around environmental issues and hold lawmakers accountable. 

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

A Republican state senator wants the legislature, rather than state environmental regulators, to control the money generated by oil and gas violations in Pennsylvania.Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R- Venango) recently sent out a co-sponsorship memo seeking support for new legislation. He sees it a separation of powers issue. 

Keith Srakocic / AP Photo

Within the next decade, the U.S. could be exporting more energy than it imports, something that has not occurred since the early 1950′s.

Federal regulators say a large natural gas transmission line planned to run through parts of central Pennsylvania will create limited environmental impacts. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline Friday.

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Nine months after heavily armed federal marshals patrolled a tree-cutting operation for the proposed Constitution Pipeline on a northeast Pennsylvania maple tree farm, the pipeline’s builders and its critics are awaiting a court ruling that may determine whether the project can proceed. 

Study: Tons Of Plastic Afloat In The Great Lakes

Jan 2, 2017
ALLIANCE FOR THE GREAT LAKES

(WXXI) A new study from Rochester Institute of Technology tracks how much plastic is getting into the Great Lakes, and where it's going. Spoiler alert: It's a lot -- and it's in all five lakes. 

Great Lakes Pollutant Lurks In Laundry

Jan 2, 2017

(WRVO) The United States and Canada are moving to ban microbeads -- the tiny plastic bits in toothpaste and facewash that are big water polluters. Now scientists are focusing on a similar problem -- and it’s lurking in your laundry hamper. 

MARIE CUSICK/ STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection intends to launch a statewide listening tour early next year, focusing on environmental justice issues related to oil and gas development. Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell says department staff plan to visit every corner of the state. 

Susan Phillips, StateImpact Pennsylvania

Landowners battling pipeline companies over eminent domain takings got an early Christmas gift from the Commonwealth Court in the form of a new legal maneuver this week. An attorney representing a family fighting Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline in Huntingdon County will be able to use a recent Supreme Court ruling to try to strengthen their case. 

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continues to haggle with natural gas companies over royalty money it believes it’s owed from drilling on state land. There are 386,000 acres of publicly-owned forest land leased to gas companies, and like private landowners, the state has had problems getting paid properly. 

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