PA Senate Bill 790—an “Act relating to conventional wells and the development of oil, gas and coal” and “imposing powers and duties on the Department of Environmental Protection”—has been vetoed by Governor Wolf.
Whether this marks Pennsylvania’s turn away from a carbon economy toward a greener future is yet to be determined, but it does shine a rare ray of hope on an otherwise looming dark winter.
“We believe that our government often ignored the cost to the environment and to the health and safety of the citizens of the commonwealth in a rush to reap the benefit of this industry,” the report says.
“I can assure you, there will be more to come,” — PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Shapiro also urged legislators to increase oversight of the industry, which he said for too long has been given a “free pass” to do as it pleases.
“They acted as though they are unaccountable,” Shapiro said. “That is what the powerful do when left unchecked.”