Ethan Story

Ethan comes to CCJ with a J.D. and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. While attending Vermont Law School, Ethan worked as a Research Associate with the Water and Justice Program. In this role, he worked with diverse stakeholders to help protect their access to reliable, clean water. Ethan also interned with the PA Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Environmental Council, where he worked on issues ranging from coal and oil and gas development to water treatment facilities. He has been published on the subjects of public trust, water rights, and other environmental issues. When he is not at work, he spends time with his family, running, and fly fishing one of PA’s many beautiful rivers.

Contact Ethan at ethan@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

Blog Posts by Ethan Story

The DEP Reports That Conventional Oil and Gas Has a Culture of Noncompliance…Likely Not Going to Change Soon

By Ethan Story | January 18, 2023

At the direction of Gov. Tom Wolf, the Department of Environmental Protection (“Department”) conducted and released a report that reviewed the Department’s oversight of the Commonwealth’s conventional oil and gas industry. Pennsylvania distinguishes conventional and unconventional wells based on depth. A conventional gas well is one that produces oil or gas from a conventional formation. […]

Governor Wolf Vetoed Senate Bill 275

By Ethan Story | August 4, 2022

On July 7, 2022, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill that has been touted as a way to give consumers more access to affordable electricity, but in reality represented an effort to restrict local governments’ ability to set policies that address the climate crisis. Senate Bill (“SB”) 275, introduced by Gene Yaw, would make […]

Your Representatives Are Wrong. Your Voice Does Matter.

By Ethan Story | July 19, 2022

This blog is an update to one posted June 13: Local Elected Officials Object to Hearing Your Voice. Recently the PA Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) held a public comment period on their new draft Environmental Justice Policy (“Policy”). This Policy was created to provide those who reside in an environmental justice community the opportunity […]

Breakdown of the WV v. EPA Holding

By Ethan Story | July 19, 2022

By a vote of 6-3, the Supreme Court agreed with Republican-led states and coal companies that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to use generation-shifting as a “system of emission reduction” under the Clean Air Act. Background In the WV. v. EPA case, one primary regulation was at issue (which is currently […]

We Could Owe Flag Day to a SWPA Native

By Ethan Story | June 14, 2022

On June 14, 1777, the United States officially adopted Old Glory as our national flag. Interestingly enough, Pennsylvania remains the only state in the nation to honor Flag Day as a legal holiday. 

A Transition is Needed: Yet, We Might Want to Question What We Are Transitioning Into

By Ethan Story | March 28, 2022

Natural gas, once presented as an energy source to help the transition from coal, has transformed into a relatively inexpensive and reliable energy source worldwide. However, our reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in irreparable and immense destruction of land and lives. That is why there are many making the argument for a just transition. Part of this transition plan, very simply, is that we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and slowly start to transition that reliance to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. 

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