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 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»
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»
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»
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»
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.
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»
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»
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»
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 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»
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»
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»
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.
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. 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»