Pittsburgh City Council votes in support of proposed state methane emission rules

Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution supporting proposed measures by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to curb methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations across the state.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) introduced the resolution at Wednesday morning’s city council meeting and it was passed by a 7-0 vote. Council President Bruce Kraus (District 3) and Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) were not present at Wednesday’s meeting.

“We know we have a major air quality issue in Western Pennsylvania, and I think basic protections to make sure that we’re controlling ethane leaks and more regularly monitoring for such leaks is in everyone’s best interest,” Gilman said.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

On the heels of legislation introduced in the state House last week to put the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the watch of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Senate Minority Chairman Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) filed a co-sponsorship memorandum Wednesday to do the same in the Senate.

“The PWSA’s mismanagement has touched nearly every aspect of its operations,” wrote Costa in the memo. “Management and consultant debacles; endless board turnover; lead contamination that is amongst the worst in the country; drinking water concerns necessitating boil alerts; illegal chemical treatments and infrastructure failures.” 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
PA tax amnesty program nears deadline

PA tax amnesty program nears deadline

Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty program is nearing its end, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue said this week.

The amnesty program, articulated in Act 84 of 2016, allows delinquent taxpayers an amnesty period of April 21, 2017, to June 19, 2017, to pay past owed state taxes with half of the interest and waived penalties. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Hoping to lead by example, Auditor General posts office’s expenses online

Hoping to lead by example, Auditor General posts office’s expenses online

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Wednesday announced he has taken the step of putting all of his office’s expenses online, hoping to lead by example for other governmental entities.

 

Back in 2015, DePasquale began posting his travel expenses online. He said in a statement Wednesday that the further posting of all expenses from his office is a further step in his commitment to transparency.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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