WEST CHESTER (September 26) – For the third time, state Senator Andy Dinniman has attained a perfect environmental voting record, according to the 2015-16 Environmental Scorecard recently released by the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action, PennEnvironment, and the Sierra Club of Pennsylvania.

envionmentalscorecardAmong 253 total state lawmakers, Dinniman was one of only 36 to achieve a 100 percent rating for his record on votes in favor of clean air, energy and water, safer natural gas drilling standards, cutting pollution and carbon emissions, and responsible DEP leadership during the 2015-16 legislative session. Of 50 state senators, he was one of only seven to get a perfect rating.

The average score for state senators was 38 percent. For House members, it was 35 percent.

This marks the third consecutive environmental scorecard that has given Senator Dinniman a 100 percent rating. He got perfect scores for both the 2013-14 legislative session and on Marcellus Shale legislation in 2012. The organizations did not assemble a scorecard for 2014-15.

“Under Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, we ‘have a right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of natural scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment’ and our ‘natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations to come,’” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said. “As state Senator, I will continue to stand for the preservation of our natural resources as the property of all the citizens, not just a few special interests.”

“I am honored to again be recognized. These votes were not only the right choices for my constituents, they were a reflection of our values as both Chester Countians and Pennsylvanians in protecting our environment and safeguarding our land, air, and water for our children and grandchildren,” he added.

In calculating this session’s scorecard, these independent and nonpartisan environmental organizations, looked at a number of number pf critical votes, including:

  • The March 16, 2016, vote on House Bill 1327 to amend Chapter 78 regulations, conventional oil and gas safeguards that protect the environment and public health. Dinniman voted against the bill.
  • The June 15, 2016, vote on Senate Bill 279, blocking new regulations protecting the environment and public health from both unconventional (fracking) and conventional (shallow) oil and gas operations. Dinniman voted against the bill.
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