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Marcellus Shale gas industry and drilling updates

Deadline Extended For Trout Unlimited 2nd River Researchers Teen Camp June 22-28

April 17, 2014

The deadline for registering for the Trout Unlimited and West Branch Susquehanna River Coalition’s second River Researchers Teen Camp in Penfield, Clearfield County, has been extended to May 1. more»

Record Number Of Students Participate In Westmoreland Envirothon

April 17, 2014

An all-time record number of students – 95 from 9 area high schools – are moving into the final days of preparation for the annual Westmoreland County-wide environmental competition known as the Envirothon.This exciting academic event, which has been hosted by the Westmoreland Conservation District since 1986, will pit teams of ninth-to-twelfth grade students agains more»

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests … for now

April 16, 2014

Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.

DEP Releases 2014 Susquehanna River Sampling Plan

April 16, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday released a work plan outlining efforts to continue studying and sampling the Susquehanna River basin throughout 2014. more»

Friends Of The Wissahickon 90th Anniversary Forbidden 10K Race May 18

April 16, 2014

The Friends of the Wissahickon in Montgomery County is hosting a 10K race along Forbidden Drive in the northwest section of Philadelphia on May 18.The 10K, 6.2-mile loop course begins at 9 a.m. more»

'Leafy' plant-moisture sensor wins 2014 Ag Springboard student contest

April 16, 2014

A five-student team known as "Leafy," marketing a wireless sensor that detects moisture directly from plant leaves, won the $7,500 first-place prize April 10 in Ag Springboard 2014, a student business plan competition designed to spark and nurture innovation in agriculture.

DCNR Releases First Report On The Impacts Of Drilling In State Forest Lands

April 16, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wednesday released a copy of its first monitoring report on the impact of shale gas drilling in State Forests based on 15 different monitoring values developed by agency scientists with input from its advisory committees. more»

DEP Expects Next Act 54 Longwall Mining Impact Report Should Be Ready For Review In May

April 16, 2014

Joel Koricich, District Mining  Manager for DEP’s California Office, told DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday the agency’s next Act 54 longwall mining impact report should be available for review by Council in May.Koricich sai more»

DEP Will Not Finalize Chapter 78 Drilling Regulation Changes Until 2015

April 15, 2014

Hayley Book, Director of DEP’s Policy Office, told DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday the agency was not likely to finalize proposed changes to Chapter 78 drilling regulations until somet more»

Straight Talk: Article I, Section 27 PA Environmental Rights Amendment Court Decision

April 15, 2014

By John A. Arway, Executive Director, Fish & Boat Commission more»

Buffer In A Box & Backyard Trees Workshops April 30, May 7 In Chambersburg

April 15, 2014

Franklin County homeowners are invited to attend an April 30 or May 7  workshop to learn about the benefits of planting trees on their property and walk away with a box of native species for their own backyard starting at 6:30 p.m. more»

Buffer Planting & Festival April 26 At Wilson College Chambersburg

April 15, 2014

Volunteers are being sought to plant more than 300 native trees and shrubs along the Conococheague Creek on the Wilson College campus in Chambersburg, Franklin County, on April 26 as part of a special buffer planting and festival event.The event kicks off Trees more»

Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania Recycler Magazine Now Available

April 15, 2014

The Spring issue of Recycler magazine is now available from the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania featuring stories on recycling facing new challenges, case studies in stewardship-lessons in reuse and the 2014 PROP conference sche more»

Brownfields Redevelopment Seminar In Pittsburgh May 14

April 15, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development agencies to a seminar, What All Local Governments Need to Know about Brownfields, on May 14 in Pittsburgh.The seminar is offered free of charge and will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. more»

PUC Launches Mobile-Friendly PAPowerSwitch Site

April 15, 2014

The Public Utility Commission this week launched a mobile-friendly version of www.PAPowerSwitch.com, the agency’s website with information on shopping for electric suppliers, consumer alerts and information, educational videos and more.“The variable rate issue this winter has brought higher traffic to PAPowerSwitch – both overall and with mobile users – more»

DEP Awards 26 Counties Nearly $2.1 Million In West Nile Virus Grants

April 15, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday today announced it is awarding nearly $2.1 million in West Nile Virus Control Program Grants to 26 counties."These county grants ensure that mosquito populations stay in check to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus," DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. more»

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2014

April 15, 2014

Read the spring edition of Marcellus Quarterly Magazine.

MSC in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: President Obama Knows the Value of Natural Gas

April 15, 2014

Our region’s shale industry welcomes President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden back to Western Pennsylvania, home to the Marcellus Shale, our nation’s largest and most productive formation. more»

IRRC Provides 19 Pages Of Comments To DEP On Chapter 78 Drilling Regulations

April 14, 2014

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission Monday provided 19 pages of comments to the Department of Environmental Protection on proposed Chapter 78 drilling more»

Energy Efficient Solar Panels To Power Kreider Farms’ Chicken Houses In Lancaster

April 14, 2014

Committed to establishing earth-friendly farm practices for future generations, Lancaster County’s Kreider Farms is launching a solar power project that will increase energy efficiency for its four Manheim chicken houses, which are the most state-of-the-art egg processing facilities available in the United States. more»

20 Business, Oil, Coal, Aggregate, Farm, Power Groups Oppose Act 13 Court Ruling

April 14, 2014

Monday a diverse group of 20 business, oil, coal, aggregate, farm, electric power, builder and chambers of commerce wrote to members of the Senate and House saying the PA Supreme Court’s ruling on the Act 13 drilling law and the Environmental Rights Amendment threate more»

Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

April 14, 2014

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award this spring in recognition of their outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishments. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students.

Delaware Watershed Advocates Seek More Water At The Right Time In NYC Reservoir Plan

April 14, 2014

A broad coalition of Delaware River advocates is urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the watershed region’s four governors to adopt a more “fair and equitable” water management plan.The four states (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) and New York City subject to the 1954 ruling on how much water from the Cannonsville, Pepacton, and Neversink reservoirs is delivered to New Y more»

MSC Members Committed to Growing a Strong Local Workforce

April 14, 2014

As laid out in our Guiding Principles, MSC member companies “strive to attract and retain a talented and engaged local workforce.” There are countless examples of how MSC member companies are more»

Agribusiness management degree now available through Penn State Online

April 14, 2014

The nation’s increasing focus on local and regional food systems, renewable energies and maintaining natural resources is leading to double-digit job growth in these occupation sectors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Adults working in these sectors who have some college but not a four-year degree, and who need a degree for career advancement, now have a convenient option. more»

Will Liquid Natural Gas Transform the Shipping Industry?

Take a look at the products around you that are not American made. How do they get here? More than 90% of global trade is carried by sea. With the growth of natural gas production, liquid natural gas (LNG) as a replacement for the major ship fuel is becoming a reality. (more...)

Paddle Without Pollution in Pittsburgh 2014 Watershed Stewardship Events

April 12, 2014

Paddle Without Pollution in Pittsburgh announced their watershed stewardship event schedule for 2014 includes 18 cleanups: Ten Mile Creek (Marianna); Slippery Rock Creek; Moraine, Erie Bluffs, and Presque Isle State Parks; Kiskiminetas River (Leechburg); Allegheny River (Franklin); Char more»

DCNR Warns Anglers, Others Of High Woodland Fire Danger

April 11, 2014

Pennsylvania's statewide trout season begins on April 12, prompting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Friday to urge anglers and other woodland visitors to take steps to prevent wildfires."We ask trout anglers and other visitors to be extremely careful because fire danger ranges from high to very high acro more»

Scholarship honors a best friend, supports engineering and ag sciences students

April 11, 2014

To honor a best friend and give back to his alma mater, a Penn State alumnus has established a scholarship for students in the colleges of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences.

Dairy-based Mooofins stampeding to a dining commons near you

April 11, 2014

Are you looking for a bit more dairy in your day? Consider adding a Mooofin to your meal. The Penn State Bakery is producing the student-created Mooofins for a special evening event in two of the dining commons in late April.

Extension offering sheep shearing workshops

April 11, 2014

Penn State Extension will offer sheep shearing workshops across the state this year for those interested in learning about sheep shearing and basic sheep management.

Shining Cities: At The Forefront of America's Solar Energy Revolution

April 11, 2014

olar power is on the rise across the country. The United States has more than 200 times as much solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed today as it did in 2002. more»

First-of-its-kind report shows solar power's growth in Philadelphia and other U.S. cities

April 11, 2014

Philadelphia – Today, PennEnvironment released “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,” a first-of-its-kind report that documents solar power's recent dramatic increase in cities around the country and compares Philadelphia and other cities on their recent solar growth. 

Lackawanna College Announces $2.5 Million Gift From Cabot Oil & Gas

April 11, 2014

Lackawanna College Friday announced a gift of $2.5 million from Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation that will directly fund the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas located in New Milford, Susquehanna County.The School of Petroleum & Natural Gas was established in 2009 at the beginning more»

DEP Fines Range Resources-Appalachia LLC $75,000 For Lycoming County Brine Spill

April 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced it has fined Range Resources- Appalachia LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, $75,000 for a July 2012 manufactured brine spill of 3,066 gallons at its Cornwall Mountain Hunting Club Unit A well pad in Lewis Township, Lycoming County.“This was a significant spill that Range reported to the department but did not properly remediate until nearly a year more»

Wildlife Leadership Academy Extends Deadline For Student, Teacher Course Registration

April 11, 2014

The Wildlife Leadership Academy has extended its deadline for accepting applications for their 2014 summer field schools from youth ages 14-17 and adults to April 30. The Wildlife Leadership Academy is year-round program that focuses on wildlife/fisheries conservation and leadership development. more»

Webinar to focus on climate change’s impacts on regional food systems

April 11, 2014

Climate change and its implications for regional agriculture is the topic of a free web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, which is directed by Stephan Goetz, a professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Case Studies: Shale Drilling’s Mixed Legacy, New Jobs & Community Costs

April 10, 2014

The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative set out to document the local impacts of shale gas drilling in Greene and Tioga counties, as well as in Carroll County, Ohio, and Wetzel County, West more»

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