Governor Wolf’s climate plan falls short

September 22, 2021
Background: Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made public Governor Tom Wolf’s 2021 Climate Action Plan. This announcement comes amid increasing criticism of the Governor for inadequate climate policies to date that fall short of what is necessary to protect health… More »

Fuzzy Math: Why Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Pollution Numbers Don’t Add Up

August 5, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
Authors: Nadia Steinzor & Raphael Breit As discussed in a previous blog post, in 2019, Pennsylvania adopted emission reduction goals as part of its Climate Action Plan, committing the state to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals of 26% by 2025,… More »

Pennsylvania’s climate contradiction

August 5, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
Authors: Nadia Steinzor & Raphael Breit What do climate change goals and New Year’s resolutions have in common? The fact that it’s easy to make commitments–while fulfilling them requires planning, an assessment of what’s working and isn’t, and a willingness… More »

Close the Loophole in PA’s Proposed Rule for Oil & Gas Methane and VOCs

July 21, 2021 • Melissa Ostroff
Close the Loophole in PA DEP’s Proposed Rulemaking for Control of Methane and VOC Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Operations Pennsylvania is in the final stages of a new rule to reduce air pollution from existing oil and gas… More »

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Earthworks hires Pennsylvania Field Advocate

June 13, 2021
Certified Thermographer back on the beat to monitor oil and gas pollution in PA Philadelphia, PA — Today, Earthworks announces the hire of a new Pennsylvania Field Advocate, Melissa Ostroff. Melissa is working with communities across the Commonwealth to help protect… More »

Gov Wolf will miss mark on climate commitments unless PA halts fossil fuel expansion

May 5, 2021
Background: Today, Pennsylvania agencies released the 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment. It projects a nearly 6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase in the coming decades, and with it rising temperatures and more flooding and heat waves. The state’s 2019 Pennsylvania Climate Action… More »

Just like Delaware River Basin residents, Gov. Wolf should protect all Pennsylvanians from fracking

February 25, 2021
Background: Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) voted to make permanent a 2010 moratorium on fracking within jurisdictional water boundaries. Commissioners representing all of the member states–Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York–voted in affirmation. Statement of Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks… More »

Earthworks applauds Gov. Wolf veto of legislative attempt to recklessly weaken rules for PA’s conventional oil and gas industry

December 3, 2020
Background: On Wednesday, November 24th, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 790, legislation that would have further weakened safeguards for water and health and made it even easier for the conventional oil and gas industry to pollute. In his veto message,… More »