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Urban agriculture the focus of June 27 webinar

June 20, 2014

Urban agriculture -- including its economics, successes and challenges -- will be the topic of a free Web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. June 27. The 90-minute webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

Gov. Corbett Gives Pension, Liquor Ultimatum, Does Not Rule Out Severance Tax

June 20, 2014

Gov. Corbett this week made a “request” that the Senate and House do meaningful pension reform and liquor reform first before he will talk about what to do with the state budget or enacting revenue measures like a natural gas severance tax.  But he didn’t rule out enactment of a severance tax. “I am willing to be here.  The Lt. Governor is willing to be here.  No bluster, no threats. more»

Patriot-News: Budget Secretary Warns New Taxes May Be Required To Balance Budget

June 20, 2014

Expanding on Gov. Corbett’s budget statements this week, the Patriot-News reported Friday Budget Secretary Charles Zogby said Gov. more»

River Sweep Volunteers Needed For June 21 Cleanup In Western PA

June 20, 2014

Volunteers are needed for the 24th Annual River Sweep this June 21, from 8 a.m. to noon to help clean up stream and riverbanks in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. more»

DEP CAC Told PA Must Reduce Nitrogen By Over 10 Million Pounds By 2017

June 20, 2014

Andy Zemba, Director of DEP’s Interstate Waters Office, told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday Pennsylvania must reduce its nitrogen load going into our rivers and streams by over 10 million pounds, our sediment load by nearly 212 million pounds and our phosphorus pollution by 141,000 pounds if we are to more»

Commonwealth Sues Major Oil Companies To Recover MTBE Damage, Cleanup Costs

June 19, 2014

Attorneys representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania filed separate lawsuits in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Thursday, seeking relief for the widespread pollution and more»

Keep PA Beautiful: Winners Of Great American Cleanup Of PA Video Contest

June 19, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced a video by Clean and Green Harrisburg with Tri County Community Action in Dauphin County is the winner of the 2014 Great American Cleanup of PA Video Contest.The video captured residents of all ages cleaning up a section of their neighborhood. more»

Behring assumes presidency of international agriculture association

June 19, 2014

Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has begun a one-year term as president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, an organization of U.S. and internationally based members who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation.

Pennsylvania needs more jobs and small businesses, like this

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania needs more jobs and small businesses, like this one — http://t.co/Wk3KDO56WF — not new energy taxes.

Supporting innovation in the shale gas energy industry http:

June 19, 2014

Supporting innovation in the shale gas energy industry http://t.co/VOnwE6wDH8 via @PittsburghPG

.@PhilaEnergySols honored for amassing 3 million consecutive

June 19, 2014

.@PhilaEnergySols honored for amassing 3 million consecutive hours without an injury; employees get surprise bonuses http://t.co/RUHT82vUDp

Natural gas powers new clean-burning @MyPGW #CNG vehicles vi

June 19, 2014

Natural gas powers new clean-burning @MyPGW #CNG vehicles via @Maykuth http://t.co/pHfWF1VOfO

.@charleywest editorial: “Students who recently completed sh

June 19, 2014

.@charleywest editorial: “Students who recently completed shale training programs are making $70,000 per year.” http://t.co/Ft6mshYz9N

.@bfp_news op-ed: “Natural gas can strengthen our economy, s

June 19, 2014

.@bfp_news op-ed: “Natural gas can strengthen our economy, significantly reduce energy costs and improve air quality” http://t.co/MWWg3OIWIC

Philadelphia Gas Works unveils its new natural gas fueled ve

June 19, 2014

Philadelphia Gas Works unveils its new natural gas fueled vehicles http://t.co/XvRSj1Wf98 via @PHLBizJournal #CNG

RT @MyPGW: #natgas costs $1.50 to $2 less than gasoline gall

June 19, 2014

RT @MyPGW: #natgas costs $1.50 to $2 less than gasoline gallon equivalent. #ngv #poweredbycng http://t.co/36FT36iZQB

RT @TheIntellNews: See who gets the biggest share of the sha

June 19, 2014

RT @TheIntellNews: See who gets the biggest share of the shale impact fees awarded in Eastern Pennsylvania: http://t.co/PydPxOo4bT

RT @fuelfixblog: Shale’s bounty ignites US petrochemical e

June 19, 2014

RT @fuelfixblog: Shale’s bounty ignites US petrochemical export boom http://t.co/iID6jM70K1

TreeVitalize Watershed Grants Available In Southeast PA For Watershed Tree Plantings

June 19, 2014

The PA Horticultural Society announced Thursday it will begin accepting applications for Southeast TreeVitalize Watershed Grants to encourage tree plantings in stream corridors and watersheds in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelp more»

Student Stories: Forest Science major helps with forest fire, carbon research

June 19, 2014

Penn State student Celine Colbert spent last summer in the West assisting with research that may help to prevent severe wildfires.

Senate, House Adjourn Until Monday, Skipping Scheduled Thursday Session Day

June 18, 2014

Both the Senate and House adjourned today until Monday, skipping a scheduled Thursday voting session.  No doubt they'll be working on the state budget.

Help Wanted: Professional Recyclers Of PA Seeks Executive Director

June 18, 2014

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, currently headquartered in Harrisburg, seeks a creative, service-oriented individual to lead our 501(c)(3) organization. more»

DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee To Consider Work Schedule June 24

June 18, 2014

DEP’s Climate Change Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on June 24 and will review a proposed schedule for developing the next Climate Change Impact Assessment report and the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan. more»

PennVEST, DEP: Results Of Nutrient Credit Trading Auction, Next Auction Sept. 10

June 18, 2014

The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection, along with financial information services company Markit, announced Wednesday they have held the second “forward” auction in 2014 for the sale and purchase of nutr more»

DEP Fines Carrizo Marcellus LLC $192,044 For Well Control Incident, Spill

June 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has fined Carrizo Marcellus LLC of Houston, Texas, $192,044 for a well control incident and a production water spill at gas well pads in Washington Township, Wyoming County, in March and April 2013.“These were serious incidents that resulted in environmental degradation and the evacuation of citizens from their homes,” DEP Director more»

Legislative Audit Advisory Commission Report Finds $153 Million Reserve In 2013

June 18, 2014

The bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Advisory Commission chaired by Rep. more»

Senate Environmental Committee Hearing June 27 On EPA Carbon Reduction Reg.

June 18, 2014

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas reduction requirements for existing power plants on June 27 and its potential impacts on energy generation in Pennsylvania. more»

DEP To Webcast Oil & Gas Advisory Board Meeting Live June 26

June 18, 2014

DEP’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board is scheduled to meet on June 26 to consider a summary of comments on the Chapter 78 drilling regulation changes and a conceptual overview of new, draft changes for a new regulation package covering well drilling standards, operations, pl more»

Penn State Extension Offers Tips For Healthier Ponds In June 25 Webinar

June 18, 2014

The Penn State Water Resources Extension team will provide a live, one hour webinar from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. more»

Penn State: 2014 Groundwater Symposium Presentations Posted

June 18, 2014

Groundwater professionals from across Pennsylvania gathered on May 7 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College for the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium. more»

Governor’s Office Responds To Post-Gazette Article On Allegheny Forest Insect Plan

June 18, 2014

Patrick Henderson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Corbett, responded to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette June 14 alleging a conspiracy to open the Allegheny National Forest to more logging by using provisions in the new federal Farm Bill. more»

House Democratic Leader Disappointed With Corbett’s Budget Update

June 17, 2014

House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) Tuesday issued the following comments regarding the budget update provided by Gov. Tom Corbett:"It was very disappointing to hear the governor give no real update on the status of budget negotiations when we are less than two weeks from the budget deadline, other than to admit that the budget probably will not be done on time."Gov. more»

CBF-PA: Any Severance Tax Should Help PA Meet Clean Water Commitments

June 17, 2014

On Tuesday, Harry Campbell, Director of the PA Office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, wrote to members of the House and Senate urging them to remember the commitments Pennsylvania has made to cleaning up its rivers and streams if they enact a natural gas severance tax. more»

PPL Electric Utilities Customers Will Have The Power They Need This Summer

June 17, 2014

With the arrival of summer this weekend, PPL Electric Utilities customers will have reliable power to stay cool and comfortable during the hot and stormy months ahead.Across its 29-county service territory, the company is installing smart grid equipment, building new power lines and substations and trimming more trees to strengthen its system to meet summ more»

Superbugs, antibiotic resistance and chicken -- a stew of misconceptions

June 17, 2014

With recent headlines about dangerous "superbugs," an outbreak of Salmonella from chicken parts on the West Coast and the announcement by a national restaurant chain that it plans to serve only "antibiotic-free" chicken, it's no wonder the public is alarmed and confused.

MSC in the Tribune-Democrat: Shale Development a Boon to Region

June 17, 2014

Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas resources continue to benefit our region. In fact, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently announced disbursements of shale impact-fee tax revenues – which totaled nearly $225 million for 2013 – to local counties and municipalities across the commonwealth, bringing the three-year total to more than $630 million. more»

Rep. Snyder: Bill Would Require Legislative OK Of Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions

June 16, 2014

Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Fayette) Monday announced she is introducing legislation that would require the Department of Environmental Protection to submit any plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants to the General Assembly for approval before sending it to the U.S. more»

Senate, House Democrats React To IFO $1.44 Billion Deficit Estimate

June 16, 2014

Senate and House Democrats offered their reaction to the Independent Fiscal Office latest revenue estimates showing a state deficit of $1.44 billion in FY 2013-14 and 2014-15.Sen. more»

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