Pennsylvania Environmental Council


On Transition in Harrisburg

Perspective on the election and the new political landscape in Pennsylvania.
November 10, 2014


On Transition in HarrisburgOn Transition in HarrisburDavitt B. Woodwell

Davitt Woodwell
President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Standards for Guidelines on Inspection and Enforcement of Shale Gas

PEC calls on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to strengthen its inspection and enforcement policy to require greater consistency and frequency of inspections and to ensure adequate staffing.
November 7, 2014

PEC Statement on Act 175 of 2014

Enacted legislation allows one chamber veto of state greenhouse gas emission reduction plan.
October 23, 2014

(Pittsburgh, PA)  Yesterday Governor Corbett signed House Bill 2354 – the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act – into law as Act 175 of 2014. Act 175 grants either chamber of the General Assembly unparalleled authority to veto any plan developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Department), pursuant to Federal Clean Air Act requirements, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

PEC Urges Governor to Veto Bad Environmental Legislation

Legislation passed by General Assembly would remove important riparian buffer protections and inhibit action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania.
October 16, 2014

Today PEC sent the following letters to Governor Corbett, urging him to veto both HB1565 and HB2354 as passed by the General Assembly.

HB1565 would remove important riaprian buffer protections in high quality and exceptional value watersheds.

HB2354 would inhibit efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania.

PEC Partnerships

Letter from Davitt Woodwell to a member of PEC last month.
September 29, 2014

What follows is the body of a letter that Davitt Woodwell, President & CEO of PEC, sent to one of our members last month in response to a letter that questioned some of our partnerships and our honoring of some who are not always seen as the strongest of environmental advocates.

PEC Opposes House Bill 2354

Legislation would allow General Assembly to Quickly Veto State Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
September 29, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania Senate today.

September 29, 2014

To: Members of the Pennsylvania Senate
From: John Walliser, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Re: Opposition to House Bill 2354 (P.N. 3898)

Dear Senators:

DEP Hopes New Drilling Rules Will Help Find, Cap Abandoned Wells

Article from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (Sept 25, 2014)
September 26, 2014 

PEC and Partners Announce Energy for Power of 32 Conference

Registration now open! Early bird rate expires 11/7.

Thursday, December 11th, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

Learn more and register at

Fate of Energy Bills Uncertain as Clock Ticks on Legislative Session

Pittsburgh Post Gazette
September 18, 2014 

PEC Environmental Policy Conference Broadcast on PCN

Friday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. EST
September 17, 2014

PEC's Environmental Policy Conference, held today in Harrisburg, will be broadcast on PCN (cable and internet broadcast) this Friday, September 19th at 10:00 a.m. EST. PEC will be making this an annual event.