Tweets of the Week - November 11, 2019

Tweets of the Week - November 11, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, November 15, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

In the absence of new state laws that would strengthen oversight of pipeline development in southeastern Pennsylvania, Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) hopes that a constitutional amendment granting more power to municipalities could be the answer to combatting pipeline development in her community.

Faced with the construction of the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline in her own community, Otten wants to add a “local self-government” amendment to the state constitution that would provide local government bodies with the power to enact laws that withstand state attempts to supersede them.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation

Concerns about the disclosure of confidential information could be a hiccup to the progression of a key piece of pipeline safety legislation, although the bill’s co-sponsors remain optimistic a deal can be reached.

Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester) and Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) are proposing the creation of a pipeline safety board, which would be charged with collecting and disseminating information related to planning, siting and construction of pipelines so as better to inform the public of potential safety risks and better coordinate state agency response.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - May 13, 2019

Tweets of the Week - May 13, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies

Beleaguered by lawmakers and activists who vehemently oppose the Mariner East II pipeline in southeastern Pennsylvania, state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell received a positive recommendation from the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday, paving the way for reconfirmation in the Senate. 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers had called for McDonnell’s confirmation hearing to be delayed at the end of April as they questioned the role DEP played in Mariner East’s 350-mile pipeline. The pipeline has been plagued by spills, sinkholes and the destruction of water wells, resulting in multiple criminal investigations, including those by the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Chester County District Attorney. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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