Pennsylvania’s attorney general opens investigation into gas liquids pipeline

Andrew Maykuth | Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Delaware County district attorney’s office announced they are conducting a joint investigation into Sunoco Pipeline LP and its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, over allegations of criminal misconduct related to its Mariner East pipeline project.

The announcement Monday night by DA Katayoun M. Copeland follows a similar announcement in December by Thomas P. Hogan, the district attorney in neighboring Chester County.

Read More

‘Roadmap’ puts DEP squarely behind greater use of electric vehicles

Stephen Huba | Thursday, February 14, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

It may not be the Green New Deal, but a new report by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection tries to nudge the state toward greater use of electric vehicles.

The Pennsylvania Electric Vehicle Roadmap, developed over two years by the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition, attempts to lay out strategies for overcoming barriers to electric vehicle use by motorists and municipalities.

Read More

Pa. House advances bill to ease rules for conventional oil and gas drillers

Laura Legere | Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — A bill to revert to old environmental standards for Pennsylvania’s conventional drilling industry advanced in the state House on Monday, despite concerns by the state Department of Environmental Protection that it will “cause great harm to the environment and to the public.”

The chamber’s environmental resources and energy committee voted 14-12 to advance House Bill 2154.

Read More

New app helps state conduct 2,000 more oil and gas inspections in 2017

Mary Ann Thomas | Tuesday, December 19, 2017, The Tribune Review

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced this week that it will complete 2,000 more inspections for its oil and gas program in 2017 because of a new iPad app.

The innovation is timely as DEP oil and gas compliance inspections have jumped by more than 300 percent in the past decade, from 10,566 in 2007 to almost 35,000 in 2016, according to a DEP press release.

Read More

September 2014 – From the Governor’s Office

The state legislature passed legislation (HB 1177) that authorizes the City of Philadelphia to levy a cigarette tax to generate additional revenue for the Philadelphia School District. This legislation also authorizes the Allegheny County Airport Authority to invest in commercial paper. Governor Corbett signed this legislation into law as Act 131 on September 24th.

The Governor also signed into law (Act 137 of 2014) legislation creating the Aggregate Advisory Board to assist the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to expend funds for the purposes provided in the Noncoal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and to advise the secretary of the DEP on all matters pertaining to surface mining.

He also signed into law (Act 132 of 2014) legislation that changes the name of the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services.

*     *     *     *     *

If you have questions about the budget or any introduced legislation, please contact Michelle Vezzani at or the public affairs professional with whom you work.

Cohen & Grigsby Public Affairs is a specialized practice group made up of public affairs professionals and attorneys who know how to navigate where government and business intersect. Members have served at all levels of local and state government and are from all sides of the political spectrum.