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Archive: legislation/policy

Add Your Voice to Make Sure Senator Manchin’s Gifts to the Fossil Fuel Industry Don’t Get Delivered This Holiday Season!

By Nina Victoria / November 17, 2022
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  Late this summer, we asked our members to join us in Washington, D.C, to rally against a dirty side deal made between Democratic leadership and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. The deal for Senator Manchin’s vote on the Inflation Reduction Act was to attach dangerous changes to our permitting system to a must-pass bill that funds […]

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Brief Update on Funding to Plug Orphaned and Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

By Nina Victoria / November 4, 2022
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Pennsylvania has at least 200,000 orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells, which each leak up to 419 pounds of methane annually. Their operators left these wells unplugged after extraction, and, usually, it becomes up to the State to plug them using taxpayer money. To help cover the enormous cost, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs […]

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Letter from the Department of the Interior Threatens Funding to Plug Orphaned and Abandoned Gas Wells

By Nina Victoria / October 12, 2022
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In July, Pennsylvania House Bill 2644 (“HB 2644”) passed in the legislature. The bill allocates the money Pennsylvania is set to receive from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“IIJA”) to plug abandoned and orphaned gas wells in the state. To learn more about HB 2644, check out this blog.  Last month, a few weeks […]

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Community Power Stopped the Dirty Deal!

By Nina Victoria / September 28, 2022
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For the past month, the Center for Coalfield Justice (“CCJ”) and other environmental justice organizations have been fighting against a deal made between Senator Joe Manchin and the Democratic Leadership. The deal was made to sway Manchin’s deciding vote in passing the Inflation Reduction Act and required his bill, The Energy Independence and Security Act, […]

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Brief update on the status of RGGI in Pennsylvania

By Nina Victoria / September 20, 2022
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As of July 1, 2022, Pennsylvania became the 12th state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program that requires coal-fired power plants to buy an allowance for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit. The allowances are sold at quarterly auctions, and the revenue generated is distributed to the states in […]

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Legislative Consideration in PA: What Happens in Each Phase?

By Nina Victoria / September 7, 2022
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Pennsylvania’s Constitution requires that every bill be considered three different times in the House of Representatives and the Senate. PA. CONST. art. III, § 4. Every time that a bill is considered, it is given a different status. When introduced, the bill is under “first consideration,” next it is under “second consideration,” and finally it […]

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