PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center http://wesa.fm en Report Says Wind Energy Reduces Pollution, Saves Water http://wesa.fm/post/report-says-wind-energy-reduces-pollution-saves-water <p>While Pennsylvania is ranked 17<sup>th</sup> in national wind energy production, a state environmental advocacy group thinks the commonwealth can do better.</p><p>According to a report released today by the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, wind energy is already providing more than 2.2 million megawatt-hours of electricity in Pennsylvania, and the group expects that number to rise 97 percent in the next five years.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 20134 at http://wesa.fm Report Shows PA Fracking Requirements Inadequate http://wesa.fm/post/report-shows-pa-fracking-requirements-inadequate <p>The fracking debate continues.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.pennenvironment.org/sites/environment/files/reports/The%20Costs%20of%20Fracking%20vPA_0.pdf">study</a> released Tuesday by an environmental activist group shows Pennsylvania’s bonding practices are inadequate to cover the cost and range of damage from drilling and fracking activities.</p><p>The report from the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center examined Pennsylvania’s financial assurance requirements for oil and gas drilling operations and found that the state’s requirements are lacking.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:47:10 +0000 Michael Lynch 13212 at http://wesa.fm Group Pushes for Sustainable Agriculture in Southwest Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/group-pushes-sustainable-agriculture-southwest-pennsylvania <p>The PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center recently released a report on the economical and environmental benefits of sustainably produced, local agriculture. The organization also offered a blueprint of policies they hope state legislators will adopt and introduce in Pennsylvania.</p><p>The report, "Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment: State and Local Policies to Improve Pennsylvania’s Food System and Protect our Land and Water," highlighted programs, such as Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative, which pushed for developing sustainable agriculture methods.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:32:21 +0000 Erika Beras 5035 at http://wesa.fm