Category Archives: Energy & environment

PA Environmental Community Applauds Governor Wolf for Permits to Control Methane Pollution from New Sources of Natural Gas

Clean Air Council, 6/7/18

Harrisburg, PA (June 7, 2018) – This week, in a major milestone, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are moving forward with the finalization of permits to control air pollution from new natural gas operations. These landmark permits, GP-5 and GP-5A, will reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and volatile organic compounds, which pose significant public health risks to Pennsylvania communities.

Governor Wolf first announced his intent to reduce methane pollution from new and existing natural gas sources in 2014 and formally announced his methane reduction strategy in January 2016. Residents affected by natural gas operations, along with environmental and public health advocacy groups, have been outspoken in their support for his plan. Just two weeks ago, residents of impacted communities delivered 30,000 comments to the governor’s office in support of comprehensive methane pollution standards….

keep reading at Clean Air Council

PUC Judge Sides with Dinniman, Shuts Down Mariner East Pipeline 1, 2 & 2X in W. Whiteland

Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), May 24, 2018

HARRISBURG (May 24, 2018) – A Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission judge today approved state Senator Andy Dinniman’s petition to halt operation of the Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline and prohibit construction of the Mariner East 2 (ME2) and Mariner East 2X (ME2X) pipelines in West Whiteland Township.

“From the beginning, we knew this was a ‘David vs. Goliath’ battle,” Dinniman said. “Well, in this round, David won and the people of West Whiteland and Chester County won. The order is a resounding affirmation of everything we’ve been saying – the Mariner East pipeline project has potentially endangered our neighborhoods, schools, environment, property rights, water resources, infrastructure, not to mention the health, safety, well-being and very way of life in our communities.”

In siding with Dinniman, Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth H. Barnes agreed that the ongoing construction of the problem-riddled pipeline project in a densely populated, high-consequence area constitutes an “emergency situation which presents a clear and present danger to life or property.”…

Keep reading and download the judge’s full order at Senator Andy Dinniman

How the Houlahans celebrate Earth Day

from Chrissy Houlahan, the CCDC-endorsed candidate for US House PA-06 and the only Dem on the ballot for US House in Chester County. See her site here.

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is always a special time in the Houlahan house. For years we celebrated my oldest daughter’s birthday this week with an Earth Day birthday party with kids planting trees and flowers.

As my daughters got older, they started a honey company called Hives for Lives and ran it for more than a decade. They and their friends raised bees, and all of the proceeds from the sale of the honey went toward basic research for curing cancer. Around Earth Day, we would also celebrate our environment by inviting people to “Bee Day” parties where we would add the bees to their newly constructed and decorated hives. In total, Hives for Lives raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research while helping endangered pollinators.

As you can see, this time of year holds special memories for me, but now I’m worried, as many of us are, that our climate is threatened. President Trump has sold out our global leadership to big polluters.

We have hope, though, because there is an election coming soon and elections matter. We can stop this administration’s anti-environment agenda by sending scientists and climate advocates like myself to Congress this November.

In Congress, I will be a champion for our environment and will work to combat the threat of climate change and the assault on truth and data, but first I need your help to get there.

In my own career, I’ve worked to follow the lead of my kids and dispel the myth that businesses can’t protect their bottom line while doing good for the world. I hope to continue making this argument in Congress, because we need the public and private sectors to work together, innovate, and find bold solutions to the threat of climate change. Our health, national security, and economy are all at stake.

This is one of the biggest issues of our time, our actions will be judged by the generations to come, and we don’t have any time to waste. We can’t sit idly by and watch climate deniers roll back the progress we’ve made.