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Marcellus Shale gas industry and drilling updates

House Rules Committee Amends Fiscal Code Bill, Will Force Senate To Return

July 2, 2014

The House Rules Committee late Tuesday night amended House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga) by taking out provisions relating to the Bank Shares Tax (which helped balance the budget), City Revitalization, extra funding for the Allentown school district and Improvement Zones and the Philly cigaret more»

Fall Schedule For Senate, House

July 1, 2014

Here's the schedule for the Senate and House this Fall--
House
September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15
November 12
Senate
September 15, 16, 22, 23, 24
October 6, 7, 8, 14, 15
November 12

Senate Just Left Town, Will Not Return Until September

July 1, 2014

The Senate tonight recessed and announced it will not return to Harrisburg until Monday, September 15. The House is still in session, but in Republican and Democratic Caucuses. more»

EQB To Consider Medical Waste, Land Reclamation Guarantees, Chloride Toxicity July 15

July 1, 2014

On July 15 the Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to consider proposed land reclamation guarantee and final medical waste regulations and hear a science update on chloride and sulfate toxicity testing in surface waters. more»

DEP, Police Search For Missing Nuclear Gauge In Pittsburgh

July 1, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and police in Pittsburgh and Mount Lebanon Tuesday said they are searching for a missing porta more»

Fiscal Code Bill Passed By Senate After A Tie Vote

July 1, 2014

The Senate Tuesday passed the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that follows to implement provisions in the General Fund budget. more»

MSC Statement on Pennsylvania Budget

July 1, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement on Pennsylvania’s recently passed budget agreement: more»

DEP Citizens Advisory Council: Endangered Species Review, Non-Impact Drilling July 15

July 1, 2014

The agenda for the July 15 DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting will feature presentations on DCNR’s new endangered species permit review tool and Gov. Corbett’s Executive Order authorizing non-impact drilling on State Park and Forest Land. more»

Resource guide to health care options available to PA residents

July 1, 2014

A free resource describing numerous no-cost or low-cost health care options available to Pennsylvania residents has been updated and published by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Penn State Extension.

Convergence At The Confluence Of 3 Rivers August 11 In Pittsburgh

July 1, 2014

The 3rd annual Convergence at the Confluence Conference will be held in Pittsburgh August 11 at Duquesne University’s Power Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The Conference Confluence is focused on water quality monitoring in the Upper Ohio River Basin. more»

Water Resources Education Network Water Policy News Now Available

July 1, 2014

A special double issue of the PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network Water Policy News is now available and features a story about how Biglerville is tackling threats to clean water in Adams County. more»

PA Parks And Forests Foundation Summer Newsletter Now Available

July 1, 2014

The summer edition of Penn’s Stewards, the PA Parks and Forests Foundation newsletter is now available and features an article on how to plan your next family reunion in a State Park.  Click Here to read this issue.

Parasite-free honey bees enable study of bee health

July 1, 2014

An international team of researchers has discovered honey bee colonies in Newfoundland, Canada, that are free of the invasive parasites that affect honey bees elsewhere in the world. The populations offer a unique opportunity to investigate honey bee health, both with and without interfering interactions from parasites.

Student Stories: Majorettes captain looks to veterinary career

July 1, 2014

Working with animals can be as unpredictable as being captain of the Penn State Majorettes, according to Shahkila Daniels.

The Other Shoe Is Dropping-- The Fiscal Code Bill Makes Major Changes

June 30, 2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee late Monday made 66 pages of additions to House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga), the Fiscal Code bill that follows to implement provisions in the General Fund budget. more»

Senate, House Republicans Approve $29 Billion Budget Relying Heavily On More Drilling

June 30, 2014

The Senate and House Republicans Monday approved, by party-line votes, a $29 billion General Fund budget with no tax increases, but which is based on $246.5 million in transfers from special funds, $95 million in additional “non-impact” natural gas leasing in State Parks and Forests, $20 million in DCNR timber sales and $75 million from a Philadelphia casino license that may or may not happen.This more»

What is Utilization?

When it comes to the Marcellus Shale and natural gas, there is a lot of discussion about the production figures coming out of the Commonwealth. But what does all this production mean to Pennsylvania and the United States?

Western PA Energy Development Authority Funding Workshops July 17, 23, 24

June 30, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites non-profit corporations, schools, colleges and universities, and local governments, public corporations, for-profit businesses and authorities to attend one of three PA Energy Development Authority funding workshops in western Pennsylvania. more»

PUC Offers Tips To Help Beat The Heat With #WaysToStayCool

June 30, 2014

As the heat and humidity settles in over Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Monday reminded consumers to conserve energy with #WaysToStayCool.Consumers can view the Summer Heat Wave fact sheet on the PUC website. more»

PPL Utilities Proposes To Update Electric Meters

June 30, 2014

PPL Electric Utilities said Monday it has asked the Public Utility Commission to approve the replacement of its electric meters with new meters that will improve service to customers.“Our electric meters are approaching the end of their useful life and we want to be proactive in replacing them,” said Robert M. Geneczko, vice president-Customer Services. more»

PEC Opposes End Run of Legislative Process for Conventional Oil and Gas Well Regulation

June 30, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is very concerned that the General Assembly is pulling an end run of its own rules by including language fundamentally changing the regulation of oil and gas operations via the Fiscal Code, which accompanies the state budget. This language has not yet been considered by either the full Senate or House. more»

Malaria parasite manipulates host's scent

June 30, 2014

Malaria parasites alter the chemical odor signal of their hosts to attract mosquitos and better spread their offspring, according to researchers, who believe this scent change could be used as a diagnostic tool.

DEP Mine Reclamation Contracts in Centre, Clearfield Counties Totaling Nearly $900,000

June 30, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded a $789,995 contract for the Beauty Camp Far West abandoned mine reclamation project in Burnside and Snow Shoe townships, Centre County, and a $105,583 contract for the Owens Cemetery project in Clearfield Borough, Clearfield County.“These two projects are excellent examples of how DEP’s aggressive mine reclamation program i more»

Green Lodging Partnership Grows In Delaware Highlands

June 30, 2014

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Green Lodging Partnership has grown to include 12 local lodgings in New York and Pennsylvania that have asked their guests to join them in the long-term protection of our quality of life. more»

World's cocoa crop could get a big boost from a simple, non-toxic spray

June 30, 2014

Cocoa farmers this year will lose an estimated 30 to 40 percent of their crop to pests and disease, and concern is growing about sustainability in cocoa production. more»

Pa. small owner to Harrisburg on a job-killing energy tax:

June 30, 2014

Pa. small owner to Harrisburg on a job-killing energy tax: “Don’t do it!” https://t.co/vLZHqNN3Bq #JobsNotTaxes

.@seattletimes column: “The real energy revolution shrinking

June 30, 2014

.@seattletimes column: “The real energy revolution shrinking carbon dioxide emissions? It’s fracking.” http://t.co/XFsWTD4DNa

Money from taxes on Marcellus Shale will be going to several

June 30, 2014

Money from taxes on Marcellus Shale will be going to several projects in Franklin County http://t.co/tvvEBH8BzO via @therecordherald

.@ShopFloorNAM: “New energy taxes translate into another hur

June 30, 2014

.@ShopFloorNAM: “New energy taxes translate into another hurdle for a manufacturing comeback” http://t.co/RhMmPvq4vF http://t.co/8Yc9J5hxOu

Shale gas is invigorating the U.S. economy and will make Ame

June 30, 2014

Shale gas is invigorating the U.S. economy and will make America an arsenal of energy http://t.co/kf6AUsJRAw via @clevelanddotcom

.@ICFI report: Natural gas production in the prolific Marcel

June 30, 2014

.@ICFI report: Natural gas production in the prolific Marcellus and Utica shale projected to grow 36% by 2035. https://t.co/gegiuUgx6W

MSC President Dave Spigelmyer: “Rig count is a clear deter

June 30, 2014

MSC President Dave Spigelmyer: “Rig count is a clear determination of jobs, economic opportunity,” via @delcotimes. http://t.co/jynVnxGk0J

Chinese energy officials visit Washington Co., Pa. to learn

June 30, 2014

Chinese energy officials visit Washington Co., Pa. to learn about safe, responsible shale development, via @TribLIVE http://t.co/T3MjFUwMxn

.@BloombergNews: U.S. Shale Spurs Record Investments by Fore

June 30, 2014

.@BloombergNews: U.S. Shale Spurs Record Investments by Foreign Chemicals http://t.co/bgfufIrYu1

Over 200K Pa. jobs stem from shale, and the impact fee has p

June 30, 2014

Over 200K Pa. jobs stem from shale, and the impact fee has produced $630M for municipalities and state government. http://t.co/EyQu6g1tnv

Senate Republicans Move $29 Billion Budget Out Of Appropriations Committee, Relies More On Non-Impact Drilling

June 29, 2014

On Sunday evening, Senate Republicans amended House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware) to create a $29 billion General Fund budget without any new taxes.  This compares to the House-passed $29.1 billion budget and last year’s $28.5 billion budget. more»

Rep. Miller: House Passes Drinking Water Well Standards Bill

June 29, 2014

Pennsylvania Friday moved closer to joining 48 other states which have in place drinking water well construction standards, when the House passed House Bill 343, said Rep. more»

Paddle Without Pollution To Participate In Anything That Floats Race July 4 In Pittsburgh

June 28, 2014

Paddle Without Pollution announced Saturday its members will participate in the Anything That Floats Race at the Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburgh on July 4th. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. more»

Local gardens provide protection for threatened pollinators

June 28, 2014

With the arrival of summer comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more -- which are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, pollution and climate change. more»

July 1 Hearing On Cleanup Plan For Former Tunnelton Liquids Site, Indiana County

June 27, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection is moving to halt the potential uncontrolled release of untreated water and sludge from the former Tunnelton Liquids Company (TLC) site in Tunnelton, Indiana County.TLC treated leachate from a coal refuse disposal area and wastewater from oil and gas drilling activities. The company halted operations on April 17, 2014. more»

Students launch crowdfunding campaign for Living Furniture prototype

June 27, 2014

GreenTowers, a local start-up run by Penn State students, have announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, as a way to fund their newest prototype, the Living Table. The crowdfunding campaign will begin on June 30. more»

Growing Greener Coalition Issues Environmental Funding Plan If Severance Tax Adopted

June 27, 2014

The PA Growing Greener Coalition, the largest coalition of conservation, recreation and preservation organizations in the Commonwealth, Friday made its case for why environmental funding must be contained in any severance tax package passed by the legislature.“The impacts of drilling in Pennsylvania are evident throughout the Commonwealth. more»

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