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Marcellus Shale gas industry and drilling updates

Delaware River SPLASH Education Senior Environment Corps Seeks Volunteers

August 6, 2014

Are you 55 years or older, live in a community along the Delaware River in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, and want to become involved in educating youth in protecting our watershed resources and the natural world? If so, the Delaware River SPLASH Boat Senior Environment Corps wants you. more»

DEP Recommends Against EQB Adopting Ashley Funk Carbon Dioxide Emission Limits

August 5, 2014

In a report to be considered August 19 by the Environmental Quality Board, the Department of Environmental Protection recommended against adoption of the carbon dioxide emission limits proposed in a rulemaking more»

PECO Green Region Awards Grants For Environmental Projects, New Apps Due Oct. 3

August 5, 2014

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the PECO Green Region Program, PECO has provided 18 municipalities and five nonprofit organizations with $150,000 in grant funding for environmental projects throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. more»

PA Resources Council Wonderful World Of Water Camp A Success!

August 5, 2014

The PA Resources Council's 9th annual Wonderful World of Water day camp was held the week of July 14 provided a free-of-charge week of fun-filled learning for students across Western PA. This special event was sponsored by PA American Water Co. more»

Allegheny County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Nets 700 Participants

August 5, 2014

On August 2 volunteers joined the PA Resources Council to collect household chemicals from over 700 participants in Boyce Park in Allegheny County! Families brought paints, cleaners, batteries, auto fluids, and more to be disposed of in a safe and eco-friendly way. This collection marked PRC's 75th chemical collection in our 75th year of operation. more»

Electronic, Hard To Recycle Waste Collection Event In Allegheny County Aug. 16

August 5, 2014

On August 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the PA Resources Council will be holding a Hard to Recycle Collection at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin. more»

Worm Composting Workshop Set For Aug. 26 In Pittsburgh

August 5, 2014

The PA Resources Council will be holding a Worm Composting Workshop on August 26 at the CCI Center, 64 S. 14th St., in Pittsburgh's South Side from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Worm composting is an easy way to recycle organic kitchen waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich soil fertilizer. more»

PA Resources Council August e-PRC Newsletter Now Available

August 5, 2014

The August issue of the e-PRC newsletter is now available from the PA Resources Council; this month featuring stories on---- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Comes To Boyce Park-- PE more»

Congratulations To Bert Schwartz, 20 Years With The PA Resources Council

August 5, 2014

The PA Resources Council  would like to congratulate Bert Schwartz on his 20 year anniversary with PRC! more»

Context & Facts: The Post-Gazette’s Recent Story on Pa.’s Shale Regulations, Industry

August 5, 2014

In October 2013, the Marcellus Shale Coalition contacted the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after learning about the paper’s ongoing “research project” related to shale development in the Commonwealth. more»

Federal Report: Marcellus Shale Production “Hits New Milestone”

August 5, 2014

The safe development of clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale continues to surpass once unthinkable production levels, according to federal data released today. This from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s report: more»

Ag Progress Days is a 150-acre smorgasbord of activities

August 5, 2014

One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap Aug. 12-14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do. The annual event gives as many as 50,000 visitors a glimpse into the science and business of agriculture. But you don't have to be a farmer to enjoy and learn from Ag Progress Days.

Ag Progress Days is a 150-acre smorgasbord of activities

August 5, 2014

One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap Aug. 12-14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do. The annual event gives as many as 50,000 visitors a glimpse into the science and business of agriculture. But you don't have to be a farmer to enjoy and learn from Ag Progress Days.

New Report: Solar Capacity in Pennsylvania Grew by 16% in 2013

August 5, 2014

Today, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Boom in 2013, highlighting strong solar growth across the nation including an 16% increase in Pennsylvania in 2013.   

Lighting the Way

August 5, 2014

Solar energy is on the rise. Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. America’s solar energy revolution has been led by 10 states that have the greatest amount of solar energy capacity installed per capita. more»

DEP Issues Air Quality Action Alert For Tuesday In Southeast PA

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on Tuesday, Aug. 5, for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties due to rising temperatures in the region.  Click Here for more details.

Lawmakers, Environmental Groups Urge Protection Of Loyalsock Forest From Drilling

August 4, 2014

Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, was joined by environmental organizations and legislators at a news conference Monday to urge Gov. Tom Corbett to protect the Clarence Moore Lands in Loyalsock State Forest from natural gas drilling.Rep. more»

Penn State Extension Aug. 4 Watershed Winds Newsletter Now Available

August 4, 2014

The August 4 issue of the Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from the Penn State Extension.  Click Here to read this edition.

Keep PA Beautiful Receives $1.4 Million Grant For Anti-Litter, Anti-Dumping Initiatives

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded a $1.4 million grant to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to increase community involvement with waste issues through illegal dumping abatement, public education and promotion of long-term stewardship."With this grant, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will be able continue their important more»

DEP Awards Grant To Penn State For Ground-Level Ozone Research

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded a $66,081 Air Quality grant to Penn State University in Centre County to fund education and biological effects research related to ground-level ozone.“This grant will permit Penn State scientists to continue and expand their important ozone educational and research efforts for a three year period starting July 1 and ending more»

Greenfest Philly Set For September 7

August 4, 2014

Over 100 eco-friendly vendors will be on-hand for the 2014 Greenfest Philly set for September 7 at Headhouse Square, 2nd and South Streets in Philadelphia.  Click Here for more details.

Movement Of Wood, Wood Products Prohibited In 5 Southeast Counties

August 4, 2014

Four additional Pennsylvania counties are quarantined effective immediately because of the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease found in trees in Chester County.This restricts the movement of more»

PA Wilds August Artisan Trail Newsletter Now Available

August 4, 2014

The August issue of the PA Wilds Artisan Trail newsletter is now available.  Click Here to read this issue.

Watch This Year’s Winning Videos In PROP’s 2014 FilmFest

August 4, 2014

The Monster Trash took First Place at the 7th Annual Recycling FilmFest which was held this past July, in Washington, PA, at the 24th Annual Conference of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania.The Monster Trash, shows students disposing of recyclable material only to have them collected by an more»

August Water, Land, Life Newsletter Now Available From Western PA Conservancy

August 4, 2014

The August issue of Water, Land, Life newsletter is now available from the Western PA Conservancy. This issue features articles on the twilight tour of Fallingwater, WPC scientists on the PA Natural Heritage Program, TreeVitalize Program and much more.

MSC op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Pa. Reaps Natural Gas Benefits”

August 4, 2014

By: David Spigelmyer

“Pennsylvania energy will continue to create good jobs and enormous shared benefits for decades if policymakers chose to harness – rather than discourage – these opportunities.”

The year was 1859. The scene was a small Pennsylvania town called Titusville. What happened there changed the world forever, and for the better. more»

Student Stories: Immunology major devoted to infectious disease study

August 4, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

Appalachian Basin Decline Curve and Royalty Estimation (Part 2)

The royalty calculator has been a much asked for tool for landowners to estimate royalties, but past royalty estimations weren't based on Pennsylvania data. Learn about expected ultimate recovery in Pennsylvania wells and the release of the new royalty estimation tool.

MSC Sets the Record Straight in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August 2, 2014

At a recent U.S. Department of Energy hearing in Pittsburgh, a Laborers’ International Union of North America official stated that shale is transforming “people’s lives by providing steady, quality long-term employment,” adding: “For many, it has been a path out of poverty.” more»

Save The Date: PEC Hosts Pennsylvania Environmental Policy Conference Sept. 17

August 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be hosting a one day policy conference on September 17 in Harrisburg featuring dialog on key environmental issues in the Commonwealth.Featured panel discussions include—— PEC has invited the four Chairs of the Senate and House Environmental Resources and Ene more»

Save The Loyalsock Coalition Responds To DCNR Public Comment Plan For Drilling

August 1, 2014

In response to the DCNR announcement on public review of a proposed drilling plan for the Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County, the Save the Loyalsock Coalition issued the letter below, thanking the Department for acknowledging the Coalition's repeated request for greater public participation, but also expressing concern that a 15-day public comment more»

REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program Begins Accepting Apps August 4

August 1, 2014

The Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program will begin accepting applications for completed projects on August 4 and for both proposed and completed more»

Manada Conservancy Presents Crickets & Katydids Aug. 21 In Hershey

August 1, 2014

The Manada Conservancy presents a special program for kids and adults on August 21 called Crickets and Katydids with naturalist Steve Rannels who will take participants on a journey into their world. more»

Help Wanted: Berks Conservation District Assistant District Executive

August 1, 2014

The Berks County Conservation District will be accepting applicants for the position of Assistant District Executive starting August 7 through August 29.General requirements for the position:— Working knowledge of the mission, goals, laws and operations of PA Conservation Districts, State Conservation Commission, PADEP, PDA, USDA Agricultural Agencies, Berks Count more»

The People Spoke and DCNR Listened

3 weeks 1 day ago

HARRISBURG, July 30 – State Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Lycoming, said today he is pleased that the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced it will seek public comment on an agreement to expand natural gas drilling in Loyalsock State Forest, but he has some concerns. more»

Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Staff Scientist

August 1, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Harrisburg office is looking to fill the position of Staff Scientist who will do critical technical analysis, summary, and translation of diverse and complex scientific issues, with a focus on issues related to surface and groundwater quality, into CBF positions on policy, regulation, legislation, and for general advocacy. more»

What They’re Saying: MSC Annual Workforce Highlights

July 31, 2014

This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) released its annual workforce survey [press release; pdf. more»

House Cancells Session Next Week

July 31, 2014

The House announced the August 4, 5 and 6 voting session next week has been cancelled.  No other schedule was announced at this time.  The House and Senate are now scheduled to return September 15.

DCNR: Groundbreaking For Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center Aug. 21

July 31, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Thursday announced  work will begin in August now tha more»

DEP Testifies At EPA Hearing On Greenhouse Gas Reduction Rule

July 31, 2014

On Thursday, Vince Brisini, DEP Deputy Secretary for Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation testified on EPA’s proposed rule, offering Pennsylvania’s plan for how cleaner air, lower energy prices and more jobs can be achieved through a responsible plan for emissions more»

PPL Electric Proposes Major New Regional Transmission Project

July 31, 2014

PPL Corporation announced Thursday that its Pennsylvania utility, PPL Electric Utilities Cor more»

PA Parks & Forest Foundation President To Cycle 88 Miles In One Day To Raise Funds

July 31, 2014

Putting her pedals behind her message, PA Parks and Forest Foundation President Marci Mowery is cycling to support the foundation’s work for state parks and forests with a Ohiopyle State Park to Point State Park ride.On September 9, Marci and PPFF Membership Coordinator Pam Metzger will hop on their bikes and ri more»

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