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
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House committee hears contrarian climate change viewpoint

House committee hears contrarian climate change viewpoint

Wednesday’s House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meeting was marked by a unique guest — geologist and climate skeptic Gregory Wrightstone, who urged House lawmakers to look past a 97-percent scientific consensus and come to their own science-based conclusions on the climate change debate.
 
Wrightstone was invited by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), chairman of the committee, to offer a contrarian viewpoint to the greater climate change discussion. An author and a former consultant for the natural gas industry, Wrightstone said the 97-percent consensus reached by actively publishing climate scientists has been “completely discredited” and made up of “lies and inaccuracies.”
Wednesday, March 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Southeast PA lawmakers aren't backing down on pipelines, despite action on Mariner East project

Many lawmakers and conservationists breathed a sigh of relief when the Department of Environmental Protection announced last week it would halt permit review on the controversial Mariner East pipeline.

But not Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester).

“On the heels of that announcement, I’m watching bulldozers roll into my neighborhood right now,” Friel Otten said. “As I drive through my community, they are ramping up to get started on construction throughout Chester County again.”
Friday, February 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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