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Marcellus Shale gas industry and drilling updates

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»

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Seeks Award Nominations

June 27, 2014

Ensuring that community efforts to protect and improve the local environment are publicly acknowledged, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is looking for a few good people, projects and organizations to recognize with an Environmental Award. more»

Keep York Beautiful Partners In The Litter Letter Project

June 27, 2014

Keep York Beautiful recently participated in a progressive art project designed more»

DEP Extends Deadline For Clean Diesel Grant Program To July 11

June 27, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection has extended the deadline for applications for the Pennsylvania Clean Diesel Grant Program until July 11. more»

PEMA Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Services Grants Due Oct. 23

June 27, 2014

The PA Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Services Grants through October 23. more»

William Penn Foundation Delaware Watershed Initiative Forms Work Groups

June 26, 2014

The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed this week announced the formation four work groups to continue the work of the Delaware River Watershed Forum held last October in Philadelphia to focus on restoration a more»

Video Of June 26 DEP Oil And Gas Technical Advisory Board Meeting To Be Online

June 26, 2014

Two webinars and a YouTube video of the June 26 meeting of the DEP Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board will be available on DEP's website for on-demand viewing. The board meeting featured two discussions of interest to the public and regulated community. more»

Philadelphia Gas Works Unveils New Fleet Of Natural Gas Vehicles

June 26, 2014

DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo was on hand on June 18 for the unveiling of Philadelphia Gas Works' new fleet of natural gas powered sedans. more»

June 26 DEP News Now Available

June 26, 2014

The June 26 issue of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring stories about the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement, the Commonwealth suing major oil companies for MTBE damages, upcoming PA Energy Development Authority workshops and more. more»

EPA: Pennsylvania Falls Short In Meeting 2013 Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Milestones

June 26, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday Pennsylvania exceeded its 2013 Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestone for phosphorus by 242,000 pounds, but fell short in meeting the nitrogen goal by 2 million pounds and sediment reduction milestone by nearly 116 million pounds. more»

Fish Commission Presents Franklin Kury With Ralph Abele Conservation Heritage Award

June 26, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Thursday announced it will present the Ralph W. Abele Conservation Heritage Award to former Senator Franklin Kury to recognize Mr. Kury’s lasting conservation impact as the author and champion of Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, also known as the Environmental Rights Amendment. more»

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Summer 2014

June 26, 2014

Read the summer edition of Marcellus Quarterly Magazine.

Analysis: What Regulations Apply To Oil & Gas Wells, Drilling In PA If These Bills Pass?

June 26, 2014

The Senate and House Environmental Committees this week reported out Senate Bill 1378 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson) and House Bill 2350 (Causer-R-Cameron) that their sponsors initiall more»

House-Passed GOP Budget Relies On Additional State Park, Forest Drilling For Funding

June 26, 2014

The House Wednesday passed, by a partisan vote of 110-93, a Republican-written General Fund budget in House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware) that relies on $75 million in revenue from additional natural gas leasing in State Parks and Forests and $15 million in deferred funding for the farm more»

Small Businesses to Harrisburg on New Energy Tax: “Don’t Do It!”

June 26, 2014

According to a new poll, when Pennsylvania voters are given a choice between a new energy tax and jobs, they choose jobs. more»

MSC in @TribLIVE: “New energy taxes will hamper economic gro

June 26, 2014

MSC in @TribLIVE: “New energy taxes will hamper economic growth at a time our state needs jobs most.” http://t.co/omO7VQTssn #JobsNotTaxes

New @CNBC report on “America’s Top States For Business” rank

June 26, 2014

New @CNBC report on “America’s Top States For Business” ranks Pa. 44. New energy taxes would only hurt Pa. even more: http://t.co/sLrmGxCSHD

“To spur economic growth, we must position Pennsylvania to w

June 26, 2014

“To spur economic growth, we must position Pennsylvania to welcome businesses, not continue to drive them away.” http://t.co/8t3QhyxxkN

Rep. Rick Saccone in @PennLive: A new energy tax “would be a

June 26, 2014

Rep. Rick Saccone in @PennLive: A new energy tax “would be a job-killing economic policy.” http://t.co/8t3QhyxxkN

(VIDEO) Pa. small business owner to Harrisburg on new, job-c

June 26, 2014

(VIDEO) Pa. small business owner to Harrisburg on new, job-crushing energy taxes: “Don’t do it!” https://t.co/d9ifYtfGcx

VIDEO: 12 Million Dollars In Shale Impact Fee Taxes Will Flo

June 26, 2014

VIDEO: 12 Million Dollars In Shale Impact Fee Taxes Will Flow Back to Lycoming County http://t.co/ovrPYwNbOi via @WBRETV

McKean Co. Commissioner Joe DeMott worries that a severance

June 26, 2014

McKean Co. Commissioner Joe DeMott worries that a severance tax could short change rural municipalities like his. http://t.co/UwSfB6l1kb

.@LCScranton President Volk touts college’s drilling jobs pr

June 26, 2014

.@LCScranton President Volk touts college’s drilling jobs programs before Congress http://t.co/IVya1nhJOL via @timestribune

Volunteer Groups Host Free Concerts, Festivals In PA’s State Parks

June 25, 2014

From Bluegrass Concerts and Biathlons to Star Parties, Festivals and even a Pioneer Frolic, the volunteer groups with PA Parks and Forest Foundation are hosting on a wide variety of free events at Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests this summer. more»

June 25 Resource Newsletter Now Available From DCNR

June 25, 2014

The June 25 issue of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  Click Here to read a copy and to sign up to receive your own (at the bottom of the webpage).

Statewide Survey Of Reptiles, Amphibians Underway In PA

June 25, 2014

Maybe you regularly cross paths with a wood turtle or two while heading back to that favorite brook trout stream tucked away in the hardwoods.Or perhaps you keep uncovering redback salamanders while removing that decaying woodpile from the back yard.And then there’s that errant Northern ring-necked snake that seems to delight in checking out your garage.Live in Pennsylvania and you see your share more»

Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Calls For Restoration Of Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program

June 25, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania Executive Director, Harry Campbell, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to proposed budget cuts to vital tax credit programs that benefit Pennsylvania farmers and clean water efforts throughout the Commonwealth.Of particular concern is the proposed two year suspension of Pennsylvania’s more»

PA Resources Council Looking For Volunteers For ReUseFest On June 28, HHW Collection Event July 12

June 25, 2014

The PA Resources Council is looking for volunteers to help with the June 28 ReUseFest in Mt. Lebanon, near Pittsburgh and a household hazardous waste collection event on July 12 at California University in California, PA.To volunteer for the ReUseFest, contact Sarah Shea at 412-488-7490 ext. more»

New breeds, historical demo highlight Ag Progress Days horse events

June 25, 2014

A variety of new and returning events will delight horse lovers of all ages who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days this year, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The event's Equine Experience, Aug. 12-14, will offer a full schedule of training and breed clinics, demonstrations, informational displays and lectures.

New breeds, historical demonstration highlight Ag Progress Days horse events

June 25, 2014

A variety of new and returning events will delight horse lovers of all ages who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days this year, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The event's Equine Experience, Aug. 12-14, will offer a full schedule of training and breed clinics, demonstrations, informational displays and lectures.

House Environmental Committee May Consider Bill Eliminating Stream Buffers

June 25, 2014

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee may have one additional meeting this week on House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) which would eliminate the requirement for forested stream buffer more»

House, Senate Environmental Committees OK Bills To Take Conventional Wells Out Of Act 13, Move Other Bills

June 25, 2014

The Senate and House Environmental Resources and Energy Committees Wednesday reported out legislation that would remove conventional oil and gas wells from regulation under the 2012 Act 13 drilling law and make DEP develop separate regulations for conventional and unconventional (Marcellus Shale) wells. “We made an error in including conventional oil and gas wells in Act 13,” said Sen. more»

PUC Chair Robert Powelson Elected President Of Regional Utility Commission Group

June 25, 2014

Public Utility Commission Chairman Robert F. Powelson Wednesday was sworn in as President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners.“I’m thrilled to expand my role with MACRUC and continue to work toward advancement and uniformity of public utility regulation throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Chairman Powelson. more»

PA Horticultural Society Offers Tree Tender Training This Fall In Southeast

June 24, 2014

The PA Horticultural Society is offering a full schedule of Tree Tender training sessions this Fall in the Southeast to teach residents of the 5-county Philadelphia area how to plant and care for trees in their communities. more»

House GOP Budget Proposal Based On Liquor Privatization, Fund Transfers

June 24, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee Tuesday amended and reported out House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware) which creates a $29.1 billion General Fund budget that relies on $380 million from the passage of more»

EPA Orders 85 PA Municipalities To Improve Stormwater Management

June 24, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced it has sent orders to 85 municipalities in northcentral and northeast Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their programs for managing stormwater. more»

PA Energy Development Authority Funding Workshops in Northcentral PA July 14-17

June 24, 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 northcentral Pennsylvania.The wor more»

House Votes To Suspend Tax Credit Programs, But Not Film Production, EITC

June 24, 2014

The House voted Monday to amend House Bill 2188 (Cutler-R-Lancaster) to suspend certain tax credit programs for two years as part of this year’s budget dance. more»

DEP Offers Online Refresher Training Program for X-Ray Equipment Operators

June 23, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has partnered with a professor of health physics from Bloomsburg University to develop refresher training materials for operators of X-ray equipment who conduct low-risk procedures such as general radiography and dental X-rays.“Contin more»

House Environmental Committee Adds Conventional Well Bill To June 25 Agenda

June 23, 2014

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee late Monday, the Committee added House Bill 2350 (Causer-R-Cameron) setting different environmental and operational standards for conventional oil more»

Penn State IT helps University foals start off on the right hoof

June 23, 2014

Penn State's equine science team uses microchips, social media and live-streaming video technologies throughout the life cycle of the University's horses and during the department’s various events.

New Energy Taxes Threaten Pa.’s Economic Recovery

June 23, 2014

Pennsylvania’s economy – thanks in large part to job-creating shale development – is on a path toward recovery, with more private sector jobs being created each day: more»

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