Our environment is a finite resource and the Pennsylvania Constitution mandates that “people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

The General Assembly must take this directive seriously and the Senate Democrats are leading on many fronts.

This includes:

Fighting Climate Change

Climate Change is real. Denial only delays the inevitable and increases the price tag and technical difficulty of the eventual solution, if it’s not too late already. Greenhouse gases from human activity are the primary driver of climate change. Worldwide, net emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities increased by 35 percent from 1990 to 2010. Emissions of carbon dioxide, which account for about three-fourths of total emissions, increased by 42 percent over this period. The Senate Democrats have a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission now, and it must be implemented. It’s time to move toward renewable sources of energy, which ultimately enhances our energy independence.

Severance for Growing Greener

A tax on an environmental resource should be used to benefit the environment. We should impose a severance tax to fund a new round of Growing Greener programs. This should include renewable energy investments, cleaning up legacy pollution, protecting and improving watersheds and open spaces, and helping our agricultural industry.

Pipeline Safety

The Marcellus Shale drilling boom and hydraulic fracking have set off a massive pipeline construction surge that is intruding and threatening many communities. Pipelines are encroaching on residential communities, schools, and water sources creating potential hazards that must be addressed. Environmental laws and regulators must keep up with this new phase of construction to protect communities, families, and our children.

Addressing Lead Contamination and Protecting Drinking Water

Flint, Michigan has turned out to not be an isolated incident. Many communities in Pennsylvania have lead contamination issues that have to be addressed to protect our drinking water. Often taken for granted, an we’ve made enormous investments to deliver water. More needs to be done to remove lead from drinking water systems and to protect children from its developmental impacts.

Maintaining the State Forest Drilling Moratorium

Pennsylvania has an amazing treasure in our state forests and parks. Much space has already been leased away in our forests for gas drilling development. What is left must be protected for the enjoyment and use of our many recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and off-roading.

Our Members at Work

Senator Fontana Receives Dewey Award for Environmental Work

PITTSBURGH, September 27, 2018 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Pittsburgh) this evening received the Clean Water Action organization’s “Dewey Award.” The award is granted to individuals who are proven champions of the environment within their community. “Throughout my...

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Lawmakers Call for a Vote on Growing Greener III Legislation

Harrisburg - Protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources and ensuring a sustainable environment for future generations is a priority for the Pennsylvania Senate Democrats. Lawmakers have called on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee to bring Growing...

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Dinniman Vows to Fight Appeal of Mariner East Shutdown

WEST CHESTER (May 29, 2018) –  State Senator Andy Dinniman said he would fight Sunoco’s attempts to appeal a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) judge’s order to halt operation of the Mariner East 1 pipeline and prohibit construction of the Mariner East 2 and...

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Dinniman: Opposition to Mariner East Pipeline Spreads to Europe

WEST CHESTER (March 23, 2018) – Opposition to Sunoco’s Mariner East Pipeline project doesn’t stop at the Pennsylvania or even U.S. border, according to state Senator Andy Dinniman, who said that his office has been contacted by individuals concerned about the pipeline...

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Senator Tartaglione Secures $92,000 State Grant for Solar Power Array in Northeast Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, PA − March 20, 2018 – State Sen. Christine Tartaglione has secured a $92,000 Pennsylvania grant that will enable a self-storage facility in Northeast Philadelphia’s Crescentville section to install a quarter-million-dollar solar array on its roof. The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded the Solar Energy Program on March 16. It will support matching funds supplied by the recipient, CubeSmart TRS, Inc., of Malvern, Pa.

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Dinniman Announces More than $1 Million in Solar Grants

HARRISBURG (March 16, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that four solar energy projects in Chester County will receive more than $1 million in total state funding. “These investments can go a long way in encouraging businesses to transition to solar...

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Sabatina Announces Solar Energy Funding for Roosevelt Mall

HARRISBURG, March 16, 2018 – Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) announced a solar energy grant has been approved for the engineering and installation of roof-top solar energy panels at Roosevelt Mall. “I am thrilled that Roosevelt Mall was selected as the recipient...

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Dinniman Visits West Whiteland Pipeline Site to View Sinkholes

WEST WHITELAND (March 8, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today visited the site of multiple sinkholes apparently related to Mariner East II pipeline drilling on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland. “It seems like Sunoco doesn’t want the public to see or to know what is...

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Dinniman: PUC Suspends Operations on Mariner East I Pipeline

WEST CHESTER (March 7, 2018) – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission today suspended operations on Sunoco’s Mariner East I pipeline due to ongoing safety and geologic stability concerns related to problems stemming from the drilling of Mariner East II, according...

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