Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

Acting DEP Secretary to get confirmation hearing

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee announced Friday it has scheduled a long-awaited confirmation hearing for currently Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patrick McDonnell.

Friday, May 5, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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DEP Secretary resigns

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday his Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, John Quigley, has resigned.

Patrick McDonnell, currently the director of policy for the department, will take over as acting secretary.

Friday, May 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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House starts process to scuttle new oil and gas regulations

House starts process to scuttle new oil and gas regulations

In an exceedingly rare move Tuesday, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee began the legislative process of killing revised oil and gas regulations recently approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.

The regulations developed by the Department of Environmental Protection have been controversial in relation to their impact on the conventional and unconventional drilling industries as well as in the process used to develop them.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

PA implementation of federal Clean Power Plan put on “low boil” due to Supreme Court stay

During a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Infrastructure, Environment, and Government Operations, Department of Environmental Protection Sec. John Quigley told members that the department’s efforts to develop a state implementation plan for the federal Clean Power Plan has been put on “low boil” after the US Supreme Court put a stay on the plan’s implementation until the federal judiciary decides the ultimate fate of the federal mandates.

Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate using subcommittee process to dig deeper into budget requests

Senate using subcommittee process to dig deeper into budget requests

The Senate started an unusual process Monday, forming Appropriations subcommittees to continue to hold hearings that investigate agency budget requests.

After three weeks of budget hearings, the process will be used to dig deeper into what agencies are asking for, follow up on questions members didn’t have time to ask during the regular budget hearings, and use member expertise to try to come up with new solutions to budgetary problems in individual departments.

Monday, March 14, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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