Wolf announces intention to join regional cap-and-trade program

Wolf announces intention to join regional cap-and-trade program

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday that the state will forge ahead with joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, despite pushback from Republicans who question whether Wolf can enter the multi-state emission-capping program without legislative approval.

 

Speaking at a Capitol press conference Thursday, Wolf outlined his directive to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to join the cap-and-trade program, also known as RGGI, which requires participating states to cap CO2 emissions at energy production plants.

Thursday, October 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

As international climate rallies take place across the globe, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing to learn more about the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat climate change. 

The hearing offered a glimpse into the future of climate-related policy in the General Assembly, which would have to appease both Democrats and Republicans before making it to the Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. 
Friday, September 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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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
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UPDATE: Bipartisan protests delay DEP re-confirmation hearing

UPDATE: Bipartisan protests delay DEP re-confirmation hearing

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee will not go forward with a scheduled hearing Tuesday morning to confirm Patrick McDonnell for another term as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, due to the protests of some members. 

Senators from southeastern PA sent a memo to committee chairs and a letter to McDonnell Friday with questions, aboutthe Sunoco Mariner East pipeline, over which concerns have increased with more sinkholes appearing in Chester and Delaware counties. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Anonym
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Stakeholders look to navigate potholes and boost electric vehicles in PA

Stakeholders look to navigate potholes and boost electric vehicles in PA

Once the stuff of science fiction fantasy, more Pennsylvanians than ever are opting for electric vehicles. But the commonwealth still trails its regional neighbors in adoption of the technology and state officials are working to ensure that infrastructure is growing to support the burgeoning industry.

As part as of this push, the Department of Environmental Protection rolled out the Electric Vehicle Roadmap earlier this year, which attempts to survey the current electric vehicle landscape and chart out future barriers to its proliferation.
Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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