Comments on Proposed Rulemaking in Pennsylvania – Control of VOC Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Sources (Regulation #7-544)

July 28, 2020

Governor Wolf increases threat to health & climate with $670M tax giveaway for fossil fuel companies

July 23, 2020
Background: Governor Tom Wolf signed HB732 into law providing for $26.7M in tax credits for oil and gas petrochemical expansion in Pennsylvania every year over 25 years beginning in 2024. Statement of Earthworks Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate Leann Leiter: “With… More »

Loud and Clear: What public regulatory complaints reveal about Pennsylvania’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves

July 22, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor, Leann Leiter, Raphael Breit

State allows bankrupt Chesapeake to drill new wells

June 29, 2020
June 29 — Data retrieved today from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website indicates DEP is allowing Chesapeake Energy to drill new wells, including two today in Susquehanna County. This new activity comes despite the company’s bankruptcy filing… More »

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Wolf must stop issuing new oil and gas permits in wake of AG’s revelation that DEP and DOH fail to protect Pennsylvanians

June 26, 2020
Background: The Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, released a scathing report on the criminal harms done by the oil and gas industry to Pennsylvania residents, communities, and the environment and the systemic failure of state agencies to protect them. Many of… More »

Secretary McDonnell commits PA DEP to enforce laws while EPA refuses, other states must do the same

April 16, 2020
Background: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has sent a letter to stakeholders regarding the agency’s enforcement policy during COVID and Governor Wolf’s indefinite Stay-at-Home order.  The response by Secretary McDonnell follows a request made by numerous environmental groups that sought the clarification,… More »

DEP needs to be more responsive to residents–not less–during a public health crisis.

April 11, 2020 • Melissa Troutman
This is a follow-up to a press release issued last week by Earthworks regarding a resident complaint and the PA DEP’s policy on investigations during COVID. During a public health emergency, the government response to one crisis should not fuel… More »

PA DEP declines to police possible radioactive oil & gas spill during COVID outbreak

April 1, 2020
April 1 — Citing the COVID crisis, PA DEP North-central office responded via email to a documented resident complaint about a potential spill of toxic, radioactive fracking waste near their home, stating that it would “look into the leak […] after the shutdown… More »