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Jan 21, 2016, 14:43 ET PennFuture: coordinated state effort essential for Chesapeake Bay watershed cleanup

 PennFuture praised action taken by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Conservation and Natural...


Dec 10, 2015, 13:19 ET PennFuture: Environmental and Conservation Groups Urge Rejection of Latest Backroom Pennsylvania Fiscal Code, Demand Transparency

 A Fiscal Code bill passed by lawmakers last night would gut environmental regulations, subvert the public input process for clean air...


Nov 20, 2015, 08:42 ET PennFuture: Save Loyalsock Coalition Hails Advisory Council Recommendation

The Save the Loyalsock Coalition commends the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC) for its work and its recent...


Feb 11, 2015, 11:55 ET PennFuture lauds proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf to enact a severance tax in Pennsylvania

 PennFuture today offered strong support for Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to enact a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas drilling activity in...


Feb 03, 2015, 15:32 ET PennFuture applauds withdrawal of applications to put shale gas well pads near schools

 Range Resources today withdrew three conditional use permit applications for unconventional well pads in Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington...


Jan 29, 2015, 08:03 ET PennFuture applauds action by Gov. Tom Wolf to reinstate moratorium on gas drilling of public lands

 PennFuture today applauded the expected reinstatement of a moratorium on new gas drilling leases attached to Pennsylvania's state parks and...


Jan 14, 2015, 14:13 ET PennFuture CEO Cindy Adams Dunn selected to lead state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

 PennFuture today applauded the selection by Gov.-elect Tom Wolf of Cindy Adams Dunn to lead the state Department of Conservation and Natural...


Jan 14, 2015, 11:05 ET Proposed federal rule on methane emissions good first step but falls short for Pennsylvanians

PennFuture Vice President and COO John Norbeck today issued the following statement in the wake of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)...


Jan 07, 2015, 10:09 ET PA environmental groups: Time is ripe for action on methane pollution

Leading Pennsylvania and national environmental organizations today encouraged Governor-elect Tom Wolf to improve the protection of environmental...


Nov 20, 2014, 09:01 ET Settlement of PennFuture appeal signals improvements to Pennsylvania stormwater management

 PennFuture and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Wednesday filed a Stipulation of Settlement outlining...


Nov 14, 2014, 09:12 ET Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission threatens to cut through the Allegheny Front, say conservation groups

Conservation groups are raising alarms about the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's (PTC) plans to abandon the Allegheny Tunnel in Somerset County...


Oct 22, 2014, 09:57 ET Pitt study: Air pollution linked to autism in southwestern Pennsylvania

 Preliminary results from a groundbreaking study from the University of Pittsburgh show a significant correlation between exposure to...


Oct 21, 2014, 10:16 ET 65 Pennsylvania Sporting Groups Back EPA Carbon Pollution Limits

 Groups representing millions of hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts are speaking out in support of climate action, releasing a letter in...


Oct 15, 2014, 17:56 ET Legislative #FAIL: PA House and Senate side with special interests as both chambers fail to protect their constituents and the environment, says PennFuture

 This week, the Pennsylvania legislature passed two bills that will harm the water and air of Pennsylvanians. Both HB1565, the Subdivision...


Sep 03, 2014, 09:29 ET Court ruling: Local government has a constitutional charge to protect the environment and quality of life for its citizens

 The following is being released by PennFuture: On Friday, August 29, Judge Marc F. Lovecchio of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County...


Jul 31, 2014, 16:09 ET PennFuture: Many voices in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan on day one of two-day public hearing in Pittsburgh

 During a public hearing today in Pittsburgh and at a press conference and rally, elected officials, health experts, labor leaders, industry...


Jul 22, 2014, 12:24 ET PennFuture: Pennsylvania Auditor General issues stern critique of Department of Environmental Protection's handling of natural gas industry

Today, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released his report on the Special Performance Audit, conducted by the Department of the Auditor...


Jul 17, 2014, 15:06 ET Pennsylvania appeals court issues mixed ruling on Act 13, state's oil and gas law

Today, the Commonwealth Court reinstated local zoning regulation of the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania. The decision effectively means that...


Jul 15, 2014, 14:44 ET Environmental organizations call for investigation into Pennsylvania Department of Health actions around fracking complaints

Environmental organizations in Pennsylvania today called for a full investigation into actions by the state Department of Health around natural gas...


Jul 10, 2014, 16:48 ET PennFuture praises new law to address storm water

 PennFuture today praised the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governor Tom Corbett for the passage of Senator Ted Erickson's Senate Bill 1255...


Jun 30, 2014, 20:39 ET PennFuture urges legislature to reject irresponsible budget that will damage public lands

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly considers passage of a $29.1 billion budget that is again balanced on the back of our public lands, PennFuture...


Jun 02, 2014, 12:36 ET EPA carbon pollution standard a win for public health and the economy, says PennFuture

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed a rule to cut carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants by 30 percent from 2005...


May 23, 2014, 16:02 ET Environmental organizations respond to Gov. Corbett's lifting of executive order prohibiting leasing of public lands for natural gas drilling

 Governor Tom Corbett's decision to lift a three-year-old moratorium to expand leasing of public lands for gas development underscores the...


Apr 30, 2014, 09:15 ET PennFuture: American Lung Association "State of the Air" report speaks to ongoing clean air battle in Pennsylvania

The American Lung Association (ALA) released today its annual "State of the Air" report and while the U.S. continues to see improvements in air...


Mar 26, 2014, 10:59 ET Clean Energy Wins Policy Roadmap puts renewables, efficiency front and center in Pennsylvania's energy conversation

The PennFuture Energy Center announced today the release of the Clean Energy Wins Policy Roadmap. The report will provide nonpartisan education to...