Below is a set of wishes for 2010 that may judged to be somewhat optimistic, but not beyond the realm of possibility, and therefore well worth fighting for.
- Congress presents President Obama with a strong climate/green economy bill that will lead China and India to follow suit.
- Pennsylvanians elect a US Senator and a Governor with a proven record of concern for the environment.
- Legal objections are removed for the US Forest Service to apply the National Environ Protection Act to oil and gas drilling on the Allegheny National Forest.
- Pennsylvania’s DEP establishes regulations that ensure safe treatment of wastewater from Marcellus Shale drilling, and the General Assembly approves a revenue fee on Marcellus Shale drilling to in part cover the cost of enforcing those measures.
- Agreement is reached to close the nation’s 16th dirtiest coal-fired, the Bruce Mansfield plant at Shippingport in Beaver County.
- Pennsylvania General Assembly passes legislation that provides full and predictable funding for public transit.
- The Turnpike Commission formally announces the termination of plans to extend the Mon-Fayette Expressway into Pittsburgh, and instead PennDOT agrees to upgrade the Rte 51 corridor from Elizabeth, as well as add a T line to connect the South Hills lines at the junction of Rtes. 51 and 88.
- Allegheny County adopts a comprehensive County Plan with strong guidelines for environmentally–sound development.
- Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passes the environmental and good-government portions of the Economic Development Reform package.
- Steps are taken for the 635-acre Hays Woods area in Pittsburgh to be given permanent protection as an urban natural area.
Peter Wray, Co-Chair, Conservation Committee.