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Do Right Now

This is our #CallToAction page for local climate action, and includes current legislation at the City & State levels. If you don’t already have your reps on your phone, lookup here, then call, tweet or write them about these.

Philadelphia City Council

  • We still oppose the SEPTA gas plant in Nicetown. We need the site rezoned so SEPTA can’t proceed with the construction.
    • Call Council member Bass at 215.686.3424. Ask that she rezone SEPTA’s Nicetown property now.
    • Tweet .@cindybassphilly about the SEPTA gas plant…. please rezone SEPTA’s Nicetown property now. @PHLCouncil @350philly
  • We also oppose the moratorium on new EV charging stations. Write, call or tweet Mayor Kenney to veto bill 170093

Pennsylvania House

  • Oppose HB107, authorizing cost recovery for expanding natural gas distribution systems to underserved areas. What’s wrong with this? Gas service being expanded, at cost to current customers, whilst distributed energy generation customers, AKA rooftop solar, are being told others shouldn’t pay for transmission line upgrades required to interconnect solar project to the grid. We’re being led in the wrong direction.

    Read Inquirer article on the issue: PA considers bill surcharge to pay for gas main expansions. Massachusetts went through something similar, it went through the courts and it was found to be illegal. See

  • Support Curt Sonney’s HB 187 to allow wind farm infrastructure on farmland. Referred to Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Feb 1, 2017.
  • Support Curtis Sonney’s HB 589, authorizing the lease of submerged lands in Lake Erie for offshore wind, solar or kinetic energy generation facilities. Referred to House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on Feb 24, 2017.
  • Oppose David Zimmerman’s HB 776 to exclude churches & schools from requiring safe drinking water. Referred to House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on March 9, 2017.
  • Oppose Dan Moul’s HB 934, adding Natural Gas to PA Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards. Referred to House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on March 23, 2017.
  • Support John Galloway’s HB 996 providing for property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs; and authorizing municipalities and municipal authorities to provide clean energy financing to residential and commercial property owners. Referred to House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on March 28, 2017.

Pennsylvania Senate

  • Oppose Guy Reschenthaler’s SB 175, which would limit DEP’s ability to regulate methane emissions. Referred to Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on Jan 25, 2017.
  • Support Daylin Leach’s SB 219, that establishes a lending program for electricity meters (eg Kill-a-Watt), at public libraries. Referred to Senate Education Committee on Jan 26, 2017.
  • Support John Blake & Guy Reshenthaler’s SB 234, which would establish PA’s PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. Referred to Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee on Jan 31 2017. PACE is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations for residential, commercial and industrial property owners; see more here.
    • Currently crafted to only allow participation from large commercial accounts. Please ask to include small commercial and residential accounts as well.
    • Please also ask that they remove credits for natural gas use
  • Support Daylin Leach’s SB 291, that expands Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards. Referred to Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on Feb 6, 2017.
  • Support Daylin Leach’s SB 294, that establishes a plastic bag fee. Referred to Senate Finance Committee on Feb 6, 2017.
  • Support Mario Scavello’s SB 404, which would “close the borders” on PA’s solar renewable energy credit purchases, i.e. our utilities would need to purchase required solar-generated electricity from in-state projects, instead of the current procurement from VA & NC. Referred to Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee on Feb 27, 2017.
  • Support Lisa Baker’s SB 488, that extends PUC safety jurisdiction to Class 1 unconventional gathering lines. i.e. safer pipelines. Referred to Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on March 6, 2017.
  • Support John Rafferty’s SB 495, that provides a sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or use of a solar energy system. Referred to Senate Finance Committee on March 10, 2017.

Pennsylvania Executives

  • Call Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate the DEP / 717-787-3391New information from a team of investigative journalists at Public Herald shows that the PA Department of Environmental Protection has systematically handled fracking-related complaints with misconduct.Investigators spent over three years to obtain information on fracking-related complaints. What they uncovered is that the DEP has received over 9,400 complaints related to gas and oil impact. Within this data, the Public Herald alleges to have identified at least 177 water contamination investigations wherein DEP committed one or more of three types of official misconduct: Malfeasance, Misfeasance & Negligence.Pursuing this potential criminal activity is the responsibility of the Office of the Attorney General.The referenced Public Herald article is: “To Hell With Us” – Records of Misconduct Found Inside PA drinking water investigations.Please also sign the related petition, to be delivered to the AG.See Facebook event here to participate in discussions.Contact info for the PA Attorney General

Sources: PA Environment Digest’s weekly newsletter & Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s bill tracker page.

Last updated: May 3 2017 / send edits here.

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