Vitali urges Governor Wolf to veto bad environmental bills

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, today urged Gov. Tom Wolf to veto two bills that would damage the state’s environment and adversely impact public health.


The first bill, S.B. 279, would cancel a portion of Chapter 78 regulations related to conventional oil and gas drilling. The regulations are designed to make both conventional and unconventional drilling safer in Pennsylvania


Vitali said these commonsense regulations were recently approved by the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, and should apply to conventional drillers because they are a significant part of the problem.


“Cancelling any portion of these regulations would be very bad for Pennsylvania,” Vitali said.


The second bill, S.B. 1195, would allow the legislature to delay implementation of the state’s Clean Power Plan as long as possible without a federal plan being imposed on it.


The federal Clean Power Plan, which was recently stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court, requires Pennsylvania to develop a state climate change implementation plan to reduce greenhouse gases.


Under Environmental Protection Agency regulations, Pennsylvania is required to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent by 2030.


“This is an enormous challenge and every day we delay makes this task harder,” Vitali said. “Climate change is too serious a problem to delay.”


The bills were approved by both the House and Senate on Wednesday, and are on their way to the governor’s desk.


“These bills are incredibly damaging to Pennsylvania’s environment and to public health,” Vitali said. “The governor is a chief steward of the environment, so I urge him to veto these bills.”