Protect clean air, clean water, and public health and conserve working farms, forests, and natural lands

"In Pennsylvania, we are also blessed with an abundance of natural resources: gas, timber, coal, sun, wind, fresh water, open spaces, agricultural land, beautiful scenery, and an opportune location that made us the Keystone State... To fulfill our potential, we must take full and responsible advantage of these resources."
-Governor Tom Wolf

Why is this goal important?

The constitution of Pennsylvania declares that the commonwealth's natural resources "are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come." State government is entrusted with the responsibility to conserve these resources and to protect Pennsylvania's air, land, and water from pollution. State government must also ensure that the commonwealth's energy resources are developed safely and sustainably. As the country's second-largest producer of natural gas, Pennsylvania is uniquely positioned to be a national leader in balancing environmental protection and responsible energy development.

What are we working on to reach this goal?

Governor Wolf has worked to protect Pennsylvania’s air, water, and land through smarter energy policy and conservation. In 2022, the governor protected 2,264 acres on 32 farms in 18 counties from future development, cementing his promise to preserve working farms. Included in Governor Wolf’s 2022-23 budget is funding to create three additional state parks, the first additions to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) system since 2005. In 2019, the governor signed executive orders establishing the first statewide goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania, and instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In keeping with the goal of expanding the use of renewable energy, the Wolf Administration has revived the Solar Energy Program that promotes solar energy projects and clean-energy job creation in the commonwealth. In addition, Governor Wolf launched a major clean energy initiative that will produce nearly 50 percent of state government’s electricity through seven new solar energy arrays, marking the largest commitment by any government in the U.S. announced to date. In 2019, the governor announced Pennsylvania’s membership in the United States Climate Alliance and released the state’s new climate action plan. The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Led by state governments, the alliance facilitates state cooperation to accelerate the deployment of climate solutions to help each state achieve its climate goals.

How are we doing?

Permit Decision Timeliness 

National Ambient Ozone Standard

Community Water System Inspections

Related Measures

New Well Inspections

DEP inspects oil and gas well sites to ensure they are constructed and operated in accordance with approved permits. DEP’s goal is to inspect new wells at the beginning, middle, and end of construction and development. 

Related Content