Environment

 

Senator Andy Dinniman is a strong advocate for defending Pennsylvania’s waterways, open spaces and natural places. He continues to work for the passage of an adequate severance tax or impact fee on natural gas drilling to fund environmental protection and reclamation programs, as well as local communities affected by the drilling and transportation of natural gas.

Dinniman fishes in the Ridley Creek with Jon Johnson of the West Chester Fish, Game and Wildlife Association.

Pennsylvania sits atop one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the world – the Marcellus Shale formation. Yet we are the only major natural gas-producing state that does not require energy companies to contribute a portion of their profits to environmental restoration programs

The natural gas industry has an impact on our landscapes, on our waterways and on our wildlife.  It takes a toll on residents whose neighborhoods are zigzagged by ever-expanding pipeline projects with little regard for individual property rights. It is high time that these multi-national energy corporations – corporations that make hefty profits off the extraction of a valuable and finite natural resource – are asked to pay their fair share to the communities impacted by their operations.

Dinniman discusses efforts to upgrade the Pickering Creek with Great Valley High School Students.

Dinniman has introduced a legislative package of three bills designed to protect residents’ properties and the public’s natural resources against harm from the growing number of natural gas pipeline projects coming through the region. The package, comprised of Senate Bills 504, 506 and 507,  calls for:

  • Requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to ensure that residents are notified of upcoming projects in their communities.
  • Requiring the DEP to post public documents on its website so residents can better learn about proposed projects; will protect taxpayer-funded agriculture and conservation easements by requiring pipeline operators to replace any they build on.
  • Requiring pipeline operators to get the approval of Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Lands Condemnation Approval Board before condemning any Act 43 agriculture easements.

 

There is no doubt that increased drilling operations will continue to pose potential threats to the environment and put increased pressure on Chester and Montgomery counties in terms of the number of natural gas pipelines. It is high time that natural gas drillers are asked to pay their fair share in Pennsylvania. After all, we have a constitutional right to “clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.”

 

Dinniman looks over a map of the West Branch of Valley Creek with volunteers from the West Chester Fish, Game and Wildlife Association.

 

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Category: GeneralVisit to Hope Veterinary Specialists

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November 1, 2014

Presenting a 10th Anniversary Citation to Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern.

Visit to Hope Veterinary Specialists

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Category: GeneralChester County Community Foundation Legacy Awards Celebration

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November 3, 2014

Attending the awards celebration at West Chester University's Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre.

Chester County Community Foundation Legacy Awards Celebration

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Category: GeneralElection Day (State Offices Closes)

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November 4, 2014N/A

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Category: General90+ Club Visit to Brandywine Hospital Senior Circle

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November 6, 2014

Presenting birthday certificates to seniors who are 90 years and older as part of the 90+ Club.

90+ Club Visit to Brandywine Hospital Senior Circle

Category: GeneralHome of the Sparrow Fashion Show Event

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November 6, 2014

Attending Home of the Sparrow event at the Desmond in Malvern.

Home of the Sparrow Fashion Show Event

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Category: GeneralOxford Main Street First Friday (Gone to the Dogs) Event

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November 7, 2014

Staff will have table.

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Category: GeneralMount Zion AME Church's 200th Anniversary Banquet

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Category: GeneralWest Chester Veterans Day Parade

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November 9, 2014

West Chester Veterans Day Parade

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Category: GeneralVeterans Day (State Offices Closed)

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November 11, 2014N/A

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Category: GeneralState Board of Education Meeting

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November 12, 2014

State Board of Education Meeting

Category: GeneralLegislative Session in Harrisburg

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November 12, 2014

Category: GeneralTuition Account Program (TAP) Advisory Board Meeting

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November 12, 2014

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Category: GeneralState Board of Education Meeting

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November 13, 2014

State Board of Education Meeting

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Category: GeneralVisit to Growing Examples in West Chester

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November 14, 2014

Attend Growing Examples Restorative Justice Program in West Chester.

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Category: GeneralUniversity of Valley Forge

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November 17, 2014

Visit University of Valley Forge.

University of Valley Forge

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Category: GeneralBasic Education Funding Commission Meeting

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Category: GeneralThanksgiving Day (State Offices Closed)

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Category: GeneralState Offices Closed

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Category: GeneralOxford Main Street Country Christmas

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December 5, 2014

Staff will have table.

Oxford Main Street Country Christmas

Category: GeneralWest Chester Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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December 5, 2014

District Office at One North Church Street will host a Holiday Open House.

West Chester Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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