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Questionable Sources Underpin UT Report Linking Shale to Cancer

April 2, 2014

A new report published this month by University of Texas at Austin researcher Rachael Rawlins suggests a link between Barnett Shale development and air pollutants that cause cancer – and state and federal regulations, she argues, are not protective of public health. more»

Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss, health

April 2, 2014

Mice on a high-fat diet that consumed decaffeinated green tea extract and exercised regularly experienced sharp reductions in final body weight and significant improvements in health, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who suggest that similar results could be realized by people.

Natural Gas Price Spikes, Availability Drove Electric Rate Spikes Senate Committee Told

April 1, 2014

Frederick Bresler, Vice President of Market Operations for PJM, said Tuesday severe winter weather caused record natural gas price spikes and delivery problems that were responsible for about half the electric generation outages on the coldest day of the winter on January 7 forcing the cost of electric from an average of less than $40 per MwH to more than $1,000 per MwH for suppliers, higher than more»

Over 100 Utica Shale Related Projects Taking Place in Ohio Worth Over $18 Billion

April 1, 2014

Bricker and Eckler, an Ohio based law firm, has released their spring 2014 Shale Economic Development Overview.  The report found there are over 100 shale related projects taking place in Ohio creating billions of dollars in investment outside of the wells being develop more»

March State Revenue Collections $100M Below Estimates, $176M Below For Year

April 1, 2014

Pennsylvania collected $4.2 billion in General Fund revenue in March, which was $20.7 million, or 0.5 percent, less than anticipated, Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser reported Tuesday. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $20.5 billion, which is $96.3 million, or 0.5 percent, below estimate. more»

What They’re Saying About Job-Creating American Natural Gas

April 1, 2014

The safe development of job-creating American natural gas is helping “communities grow and the economy prosper.” At the same time, shale is providing community parks more»

Natural Lands Trust Preserves 163-Acre ConaMoore Farm In Chester County

April 1, 2014

Natural Lands Trust announced recently the conservation of ConaMoore Farm, a 163-acre property in East Nantmeal Township, Chester County. The shady woodlands, rolling pastures, and picturesque buildings of ConaMoore Farm, located along Route 401, serve as the gateway to East Nantmeal Township. more»

DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians April Is Earth Month - Pick It Up PA!

April 1, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday reminded residents that April is Earth Month. more»

SRBC Solicits Projects For Consumptive Water Use Mitigation

March 31, 2014

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Monday released a Solicitation For Projects: Water Sources For Consumptive Use Mitigation Within The Susquehanna River Basin.  Proposals are due June 27.SRBC’s regulations regarding review and approval of projects require mitigation for consumptive use of water. more»

DEP Invests $3.4 Million For Agricultural Outreach Program and Assistance

March 31, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced a $3.4 million investment in an all-new agricultural outreach and assistance program, the Regional Agricultural Watershed Assessment Program, to improve water quality in six different watersheds throughout the state.“This project will allow DEP staff to work directly with farmers and our partners in the county conservation districts to de more»

Rep. Daley Salutes Utility Decisions To Delay Heating Shutoffs

March 31, 2014

Rep. Peter J. Daley II (D-Washington), Minority Chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, Monday thanked key gas utilities in Pennsylvania for delaying service shutoffs by two weeks."The weather and skyrocketing heating bills have put consumers in a vise," said Rep. Daley. more»

Sen. Solobay Introduces Bill To Force Scrutiny Of Coal Plant Closures

March 31, 2014

After a winter of power-consumption warnings in Western Pennsylvania, Sen. more»

Live Stream Captures Footage Of Eaglets Hatching In Pittsburgh

March 31, 2014

Pennsylvania’s most famed bald-eagle nest has two new stars.  The first of what could be three eaglets hatched Friday inside a Pittsburgh nest as the magical moment was captured by a camera and live streamed to viewers online. Then on Sunday, a second egg hatched, bringing the count at the nest to two adults, two eaglets and one egg. more»

EID Asks When Anti-Fracking Chefs Will Stop Using Gas

March 31, 2014

Extremist anti-industry activist group Food & Water Watch’s has recently focused its “Chefs Against Fracking” campaign on California and has (sadly) attracted the support of one of the pioneers of California cuisine, Alice Waters of Berkeley’s legendary Chez Panisse. more»

Brandywine Conservancy Will Plant 25,000th Tree April 19

March 31, 2014

The Brandywine Conservancy’s Reforestation Campaign will achieve its five-year goal ahead of schedule when it plants its 25,000th tree in East Brandywine Township, Chester County on April 19.The Brandywine Conservancy will plant 600 native trees along the East Branch of the Brandywine at a property owned by East Brandywine Township. more»

Penn State Extension, 4-H marking Month of the Military Child

March 29, 2014

This April, Penn State Extension will help celebrate the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children, with a variety of activities.

Presentation to mark anniversary of passenger pigeon's extinction

March 29, 2014

A noted endangered-species expert will speak at Penn State to mark the 100th anniversary of perhaps the most iconic extinction event in United States history -- the loss of the passenger pigeon.

New Study Confirms Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

March 28, 2014

A new study released by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) confirms once again that natural gas has clear environmental benefits. more»

PA Environmental Council Supports Federal Efforts To Regulate Methane Emissions

March 28, 2014

Paul King, President & CEO of the PA Environmental Council Friday issued the following statement on a new federal strategy to more comprehensively regulate methane emissions to combat climate change--“The Pennsylvania Environmental Co more»

Hearing Dates May 7-8 On Hilcorp Gas Well Spacing Units Application

March 28, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced the hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., have been scheduled for May 7 and May 8.“We successfully secured a delay in order to ensure the public was properly informed on more»

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Welcomes New Board Members

March 28, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Friday announced the addition of two new members to their Board of Directors-- John McGoran, Manager of Municipal Services with Republic Services and Mary Webber, Founder and Principal of Webber Associates. “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is honored to welcome John McGoran and Mary Webber as new board members. more»

A matter of taste: IT plays crucial role at Sensory Evaluation Center

March 28, 2014

Sensory technologists at Penn State use a range of information technologies to study the science of personal taste.

A matter of taste: IT plays crucial role at Sensory Evaluation Center

March 28, 2014

Sensory technologists at Penn State use a range of information technologies to study the science of personal taste.

Out of Africa: Thesis research takes Schreyer Scholar to Madagascar

March 28, 2014

After working in an archaeology lab her first semester on campus, senior Kate Thompson conducted her thesis research on lemurs in Madagascar this past summer. Unlike other travels abroad led by a Penn State faculty member or in the company of other students, Thompson went to Madagascar first with her professor and then alone in collaboration with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. more»

Changes in rural poverty and politics the focus of April 9 talk

March 28, 2014

Cynthia "Mil" Duncan, research director for AGree, a food and agriculture policy program in Washington, D.C., will discuss the causes and persistence of rural poverty when she delivers the 2014 M.E. John Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The talk will take place at 2:30 p.m. more»

Expert: Shale Gas Water Use is Comparatively Small

March 28, 2014

In a recent Washington & Jefferson College presentation titled, “Thirst for Power: the Nexus of Energy & Water”, Michael Webber detailed the relationship between energy production, electricity generation and it’s need for water.  Webber traveled from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the deputy director of the Energy Institute and an asso more»

PEC Environment Ride Set For May 16-18

March 28, 2014

Join the PA Environmental Council for the annual Pennsylvania Environment Ride May 16-18  from Elizab more»

School Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge A Huge Success In Centre County

March 28, 2014

Sixteen State College Area Elementary Schools are currently competing in an eight week Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge which has so far recy more»

Governor's School for the Ag Sciences back after five-year hiatus

March 28, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences, which will take place July 13 to Aug. 9 at Penn State's University Park campus. more»

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

March 28, 2014

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 59% of Pennsylvania’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

PACD Awards Water Pollution Prevention Mini-Grants To Conservation Districts

March 28, 2014

The PA Association of Conservation Districts Friday announced the award of more than $46,000 for 26 projects in 25 counties that promote water pollution prevention strategies through the Non-Point Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-Grant Program. more»

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