Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 59% of Pennsylvania’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.
Philadelphia, PA – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center has revealed a summary of global warming’s impacts on Winter Olympic sports, highlighting the need for action to reduce the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change. Pennsylvania has experienced substantial snowfall this winter, but PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s summary shows an overarching pattern of winters shortening, snow melting faster, and climate change undermining the sports we all celebrate during the Winter Olympics.
A newly released booklet, compiled by the citizen’s group Friends of the Harmed, is being released nationwide to make the case why fracking should not be expanded into other states. The booklet, which PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is helping to present, recounts stories of families living with illness, water contamination and damage to their livelihood—even as the current administration advocates to carry-on, full steam ahead, with fracking.
While legal spectators expected the criminal charges brought against XTO Energy to be met with disdain, the company’s ability to play the victim caught many by surprise. It’s not every day that a subsidiary of the largest company on the planet, ExxonMobil, gets to argue that they’re the David in a legal David vs. Goaliath battle.
As Pennsylvania weighs the introduction of new legislation to press “pause” on new fracking in the state, a new report charges that gas development around the U.S. has already created 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater – enough to cover the city of Philadelphia with over 9 feet of toxic waste water. The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center report "Fracking by the Numbers" reassesses the footprint of fracking in Pennsylvania and around the country to date.