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American Farmland Trust Calls On Congress To Pass The New Farm Bill

January 28, 2014

The American Farmland Trust, the nation's largest organization devoted to farmland protection, calls on Congress to pass the new Farm Bill. more»

PennFuture Lauds Extension Of Comment Period On Chapter 78 Drilling Regulations

January 28, 2014

PennFuture Tuesday applauded the decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to extend the public comment period on proposed new regulations for oil and gas development – Chapter 78 of the DEP's regulations – for 30 days. more»

Reminder: Keystone Coldwater Conference Feb. 21-22 In State College

January 27, 2014

The 2014 Keystone Coldwater Conference will be held on February 21-22 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College. more»

PJM Asks Consumers To Conserve Electricity On Tuesday

January 27, 2014

PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is asking consumers to conserve electricity on Tuesday. more»

Redbank Valley In Western PA Is 2014 Trail Of The Year

January 27, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Monday announced Redbank Valley Trails in Armstrong, Clarion and Jefferson counties is the 2014 Trail of the Year in Pennsylvania.This new designation is coordinated by DCNR's Pennsylvania more»

January Issue Of Fish & Boat Commission’s Currents Newsletter Now Available

January 27, 2014

The January issue of the Fish and Boat Commission’s Currents newsletter is now available features stories on awards given for volunteer service, habitat restoration and lifesaving.  It also includes a schedule of exhibits the Commission will have out outdoor shows around the state.

Safe Shale Production Strengthens Family Budgets

January 27, 2014

As the country continues to bear down for another series of chilling snow storms and cold snaps, consumers and businesses alike are relying on more clean-burning American natural gas to stay warm. more»

Take precautions to avoid close calls, or worse, with space heaters

January 27, 2014

Frigid winter temperatures might prompt homeowners, farmers and others to help heat houses, occupied outbuildings or other structures with kerosene or propane space heaters. But without proper precautions, that could be a fatal mistake, according to safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive

January 27, 2014

Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.

Comment Period for DEP’s Proposed Regulations for Oil and Gas Surface Activities Extended

Proposed regulations for oil and gas surface activities that were developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and adopted by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will have the public comment period extended an additional 30 days until March 14th. Additional public meetings have been scheduled for February 10th in Troy and February 12th in Warren as well. more»

Plan Outlines Pa.’s Strong Economic, Environmental Future

January 24, 2014

This week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett reinforced his call for an “all of the above” energy plan focused on continued job creation. The plan delivers a strong and straightforward message: Energy=Jobs. more»

DCNR Invites Students To Apply For Summer Environmental Careers Camp

January 24, 2014

Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp, DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti said Friday.“Exploring Careers Outdoors Camp has become one of DCNR’s strongest success stories since beginning 12 years ago,” more»

Why do we love snack food?

January 24, 2014

Although the Steelers and Eagles didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, Pennsylvania and Penn State will still be represented on game day — on your plate. And more likely than not, Penn State experts have had a hand in developing, or evolving, many of the Keystone State’s famous finger foods.

Keep PA Beautiful Offers Surveillance Support Program To Municipalities, Partners

January 24, 2014

In 2013, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful introduced the Illegal Dump Surveillance Support Pilot Program designed to provide surveillance cameras to municipalities or nonprofit organizations in western Pennsylvania to help capture evidence at active, illegal dumpsites. more»

Olympic Energy: America Secures Gold

January 23, 2014

Thirty-four years ago in Lake Placid, NY, the U.S. more»

Call For Abstracts: 2014 Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference

January 23, 2014

With a theme of "Collaboration Is Essential," the 2014 Pennsylvania Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference will team up with ARIPPA, combining efforts and audiences, to co-host a dual conference on Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Independent Power Production. more»

PA’s Gene Koontz Elected President Of American Water Works Association

January 23, 2014

At their meeting in Austin, Texas, the American Water Works Association Board of Directors today elected Gene Koontz of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania as the association’s next president-elect and chose five new vice presidents and two directors-at-large.An AWWA member since 1982, Koontz oversees environmental services for Gannett Fleming Inc., a global infrastructure fir more»

Washington Gas Offers Carbon Offset Product With PEC, Sterling Planet

January 23, 2014

Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. Thursday announced the launch of WGES PA Carbon Offsets, a unique product that is designed to reduce the carbon impact of WGES’ natural gas customers in Pennsylvania. more»

EQB Approves Drilling Permit Fee Increase To Pay For Existing Regulatory Program

January 22, 2014

The Environmental Quality Board Tuesday approved a final regulation increasing oil and gas well permits fees that will raise an additional $4.9 million annually to make up for a 22 percent decline in the number of permits processed by DEP.Without the fee increa more»

DEP: 2 More Hearings On Chapter 78 Drilling Regulations, Comment Period Extended

January 22, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled two more public hearings on proposed changes to Chapter 78 drilling regulations and extended the comment period to March 14. more»

Student Stories: Environmental major prefers work in field, labs

January 22, 2014

Your time at Penn State can be what you make it. Jenna Mitchell has spent a lot of her college time in the lab and doing field research -- and that's the way she likes it.

PEC Urges DEP To Move Ahead With Drilling Reg Changes, Include More Protection

January 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council Wednesday urged the Department of Environmental Protection to move ahead with proposed changes to Chapter 78 drilling regulations and strengthen them, rather than delay them further because of the recent PA Supreme Court decision invalidating portions of the Act 13 drilling law. more»

PA Parks & Forests Foundation Receives Community Conservation Grant From DCNR

January 22, 2014

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation will continue to make state parks and forests more accessible, build volunteer chapters across the state and provide technical assistance to friends groups, state parks and forests thanks to a new grant from Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Wednesday. more»

MSC member company Williams Energy (@WilliamsUpdates) part o

January 22, 2014

MSC member company Williams Energy (@WilliamsUpdates) part of new economy of Fayette County http://t.co/5ZhSWFeLlp via @TribLIVE

Declines in U.S. energy imports are a direct result of incre

January 22, 2014

Declines in U.S. energy imports are a direct result of increased production from domestic shale plays -@EIAgov http://t.co/89CIHXvYZD

.@EIAgov 2014 Annual Energy Outlook: America is projected to

January 22, 2014

.@EIAgov 2014 Annual Energy Outlook: America is projected to become a net exporter of #NaturalGas by 2018 http://t.co/89CIHXvYZD

RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #Oil & #naturalgas imports

January 22, 2014

RT @EIAgov: Today in #Energy: #Oil & #naturalgas imports of major economies projected to change rapidly http://t.co/1uXjGvy5Jh http://t.co/…

RT @PlattsSBBSteel: Cheap natural gas from #shale drilling i

January 22, 2014

RT @PlattsSBBSteel: Cheap natural gas from #shale drilling is what may really drive the steel industry. Platts blog: http://t.co/xV0mLxDzqb

RT @cumberlink: Cumberland County commits $100K of Marcellus

January 22, 2014

RT @cumberlink: Cumberland County commits $100K of Marcellus Shale money to farmland preservation http://t.co/u8UoAmTGTF

RT @PatriotNews: Cumberland County commissioners authorize $

January 22, 2014

RT @PatriotNews: Cumberland County commissioners authorize $247,285 in spending for 2014 farmland preservation program: Only… http://t.co…

Cumberland Co. commits $100K of Marcellus Shale funds to far

January 22, 2014

Cumberland Co. commits $100K of Marcellus Shale funds to farmland preservation http://t.co/W8WA6414WS

.@NewYorkObserver editorial: #Shale “could create an economi

January 22, 2014

.@NewYorkObserver editorial: #Shale “could create an economic boom in a part of NY that deserves a better fate.” http://t.co/j8ZBhq5dG3

RT @BloombergNews: How America’s fracking boom helps to bo

January 22, 2014

RT @BloombergNews: How America’s fracking boom helps to boost Treasuries demand | http://t.co/9304zKdo4b

PUC: Pennsylvania 2nd In Electric Competition In U.S.

January 22, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Wednesday announced Pennsylvania ranks as the No. 2 U.S. more»

Game, Fish Commissions Join In Land Conservation Agreement In Armstrong County

January 22, 2014

The Game and Fish and Boat Commissions Wednesday announced completion of a land-transfer agreement with Hanson Aggregates BMC Inc. more»

2012-13 State Performance Report Shows Increase In Environmental Compliance

January 21, 2014

The 2012-13 Report On State Performance released by the Governor’s Budget Office shows 80.03 percent of facilities regulated by DEP are in ful more»

Dennis Whitaker Appointed Chief Counsel At DEP

January 21, 2014

Dennis A. Whitaker has been appointed Chief Counsel to the Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to his appointment, Mr. more»

Corbett Unveils All Of The Above Pennsylvania Energy Plan, Recommendations

January 21, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday unveiled a State Energy Plan he says adopts an “All of the Above” energy policy that reflects Pennsylvania’s diverse energy portfolio of coal, natural gas, oil, hydropower, wind, solar and other renewables. more»

DEP To Hold 2 More Hearings On Chapter 78 Drilling Regulations

January 21, 2014

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo told DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday the agency will schedule two more public hearings on proposed changes to Chapter 78 dril more»

Corbett Announces $60.1 Million In Water Infrastructure Investments

January 21, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced the investment of $60.1 million in 13 non-point source, drinking water and wastewater projects across 12 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. more»

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