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Senate Oks Bill To Eventually End Summer Low-RVP Gasoline Mandate In Western PA

March 19, 2014

The Senate Wednesday unanimously approved Senate Bill 1037 (Vogel-R-Beaver) directing the Environmental Quality Board to adopt a regulation to repeal the requirement for summer, low-RVP gasoline in seven Western Pennsylvania counties. more»

Fish And Boat Commission Reschedules Mentored Youth Fishing Days

March 19, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Wednesday announced it has rescheduled its two Mentored Youth Fishing Days into one statewide date on May 10 because most of the waters where the events will be held remain covered in ice and aren’t expected to completely thaw in time.The days were originally scheduled for March 22 and April 5. more»

PUC Seeks Comments On New Electric Supplier Disclosure Statements

March 19, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Wednesday requested comments on proposed regulation changes that will provide electric shopping customers with greater, uniform detail in electric supplier disclosure statements and more timely information on “contract renewal” and “change in terms” notices.“The intent of the revisions is to make disclosure statements more understandable and useful to consumers, espec more»

Senate Unanimously Confirms PUC Chair Powelson As Commissioner

March 19, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Wednesday thanked the Senate for unanimously confirming the renomination of Chairman Robert F. more»

Moving America Forward

March 19, 2014

American leadership in the fight against global warming is crucial. America is the world’s largest economy, the second-largest emitter of global warming pollution, and the nation responsible for more of the human-caused carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere than any other. more»

Clean Energy is Cutting Carbon, But Pennsylvania Lags

March 19, 2014

As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, clean energy policies in Pennsylvania and around the nation are proving that we have the tools we need to win the fight against global warming. more»

Help Wanted: Berks County Conservation District Urban Resource Conservationist

March 19, 2014

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking candidates for an Urban Resource Conservation to process NPDES permits, review project erosion and sedimentation control plans.  Experience with conservation districts and a Bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences, Planning, Resource Management or other related subjects is required. more»

PSU Research Reveals True Value Of Cover Crops To Farmers, Environment

March 19, 2014

Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops -- widely agreed to be ecologically beneficial -- is even more valuable than previously thought, according to a team of agronomists, entomologists, agroecologists, horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences."As society places increasing demands on agricultural land beyond food production to include ecosy more»

*PHOTOS* California Activists Full of Sound and Fury

March 19, 2014

Last weekend, in what was dubbed the largest anti-hydraulic fracturing rally in California’s history, about two thousand environmental activists descended upon the California State Capitol in Sacramento. more»

NRCS, American Chestnut Foundation April 21 Mine Reclamation Planting Workshop

March 19, 2014

Anyone interested in learning about American chestnut restoration, opportunities for surface mine reforestation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Programs, The American Chestnut Foundation’s breeding program, and volunteer opportunities with TACF is invited to attend the evening program from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. more»

DEP: Additional Public Input Opportunity On Application For Gas Well Spacing Units

March 19, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced its proposal to provide additional public input opportunity on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co. more»

Southern Illinois County Rejects Fracking Ban: 3 Key Takeaways

March 19, 2014

A major push from anti-fracking groups to ban hydraulic fracturing failed spectacularly last night, as voters in Johnson County, Illinois, rejected a ballot measure aiming to curb future oil and natural gas development in the region. more»

MSC in Cranberry Eagle: Shale an “Economic Game Changer” for our Region

March 19, 2014

Regional shale gas development and the major impacts it has made globally in just a short amount of time dominated the discussion Thursday during Energy Symposium 2014 at Butler County Community College. more»

Environmental Quality Board Votes To Keep Perkiomen Watershed Classification

March 18, 2014

The Environmental Quality Board Tuesday voted 15 to 1 to accept a recommendation by the Department of Environmental Protection to keep the existing water quality classification of the Perkiomen Creek Watershed in more»

DCNR Wild Resources Program Funds Groundbreaking Study Of Snowy Owls

March 18, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Tuesday announced DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation Program is funding a transmitter to help better understand the southerly movement of snowy owls.The program provided $3,000 for a transmitter being worn by a bird caught at the beginning of March i more»

PUC Seeks Comments On Accelerating Switching Times For Electricity Supply

March 18, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Tuesday requested comments on proposed regulation changes that will reduce the time it takes to change electricity suppliers.“Due to the recent impact of wholesale electricity market price increases on Pennsylvania consumers, and concerns that similar events could occur again in the immediate future, the Commission determined that the public interest requires extraord more»

EPA Calls For Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominations

March 18, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking companies or institutions to nominate their innovative technologies for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. more»

PA Resources Council Kicks Off Hard To Recycle Events In Pittsburgh April 5

March 18, 2014

On April 5, the Pennsylvania Resources Council will host the first of four 2014 Hard-to-Recycle Collection Events to enable individuals to drop off e-waste such as computers and televisions, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges, CFLs, microwave ovens, used vegetable/cooking oil and polystyrene pa more»

CBF Hosts March 25 Workshop On MS4 Stormwater Compliance

March 18, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA and its partners are hosting a free workshop on Meeting MS4 Stormwater Requirements: Using WinSLAMM to Assess Quality and Volume Controls March 25 at the Penn State Harrisburg Library, Morrison Gallery, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown starting at 8:30 a.m.Dr. more»

DEP To Hold Webinar March 20 On Chapter 105 Dam Safety Fees

March 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a webinar at 2 p.m., Thursday , March 20, to give an update on Chapter 105 Dam Safety Regulations.  Staff will review the fee schedule, explain how to calculate fees and fill out worksheets; explain who is exempt from paying permit fees; and review some common problems and how to avoid them when filling out paperwork and forms. more»

Pennsylvania teens to participate in 50th annual 4-H Capital Days

March 18, 2014

At a time when it is increasingly important for the younger generation to be more aware of the political process, teens from across Pennsylvania will take the initiative to learn more about their government during 4-H Capital Days, March 29-31 in Harrisburg.

Castellanos honored with Kopp International Achievement Award

March 18, 2014

Paige Castellanos, a doctoral candidate in rural sociology and international agriculture and development in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been honored as the recipient of the 2014 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for graduate students. more»

Research reveals true value of cover crops to farmers, environment

March 18, 2014

Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops -- widely agreed to be ecologically beneficial -- is even more valuable than previously thought, according to a team of agronomists, entomologists, agroecologists, horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Prizes, Prestige Await Dog Owners In Philadelphia Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Contest

March 18, 2014

The Philadelphia Water Department is giving dog owners in Juniata and Lower Moyamensing the chance to win celebrity status and $200 in prizes.  Residents can now enter the Philly Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Competition. more»

Penn State Extension: Restoring Our Waterways Through Green Volunteering

March 18, 2014

Spring is just around the corner, and after this long cold winter, doesn’t it feel great to think about the snow melting, the ground thawing, and getting your hands into the soil to plant something new and green in your community?Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities in your home town, as many groups work to schedule tree plantings and other great events this time of year. more»

House Passes Resolution Urging Congressional Action On Flood Insurance Premiums

March 18, 2014

The House Monday unanimously passed House Resolution 648 (Millard-R-Columbia) urging Congress to re-examine flood insurance laws.“Countless residents in Columbia County and many who live in flood plains all across Pennsylvania have been slapped with flood insurance renewal notices that a more»

Minimum Royalty Legislation Voted Out Of House Environmental Committee

March 18, 2014

House Bill 1684 (Everett-R-Lycoming) which seeks to clarify a minimum royalty payment in state law was reported out of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Monday, said bill’s sponsors, Reps. more»

Local Restaurant Fiasco Exposes More Food & Water Watch Deception

March 17, 2014

Last week, Food & Water Watch – one of an allied group of well-funded radical activist groups that includes the Center for Biological Diversity and Oil Change International – was caught manufacturing signatures on a petition seeking a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). more»

Shale Creating American Manufacturing Jobs, Bolstering U.S. Security

March 17, 2014

Safe, tightly-regulated shale development is creating broad-based benefits that are cascading across Pennsylvania and beyond. At the same time, American shale production is strengthening our environment and our nation’s standing the global marketplace. more»

Partnership For Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit Jan. 25-28

March 17, 2014

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will hold its 10th annual Science and Environmental Summit January 25-28 in Cape May, NJ.  The theme will be Balancing Progress and Protection - 10 Years of Science in Action. Stay tuned for an official call for papers. more»

Alumni society creates scholarship for Ag Sciences students

March 17, 2014

Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by the college's alumni society. With a $100,000 gift, the group created the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Trustee Scholarship.

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Global Oil Output Soars Thanks to U.S. Shale Development

March 14, 2014

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) most recent Oil Market Report found global oil output continues to climb – thanks in no small part to increased shale development in the United States. more»

VIDEO: Shale Reduces Energy Costs for American Consumers

March 14, 2014

Oil and natural gas developed from shale has created thousands of jobs, reduced our reliance on foreign imports, and driven down greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. But you may not know that the U.S. shale revolution is also slashing energy costs for American consumers all across the country. more»

Energy Performance Improvements You Can Take To The Bank Seminar April 15 In York

March 14, 2014

EMS Consulting is hosting a Energy Performance Improvements You Can Take To The Bank Seminar at the MANTEC Training Room, 600 N. Hartley St., Suite 100 in York from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 15. more»

DEP Fines Vogel Holding Inc. Subsidiaries More Than $1.2 Million

March 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced it has levied more than $1.2 million in fines against Seneca Landfill Inc. and Vogel Disposal Services Inc., both subsidiaries of Vogel Holding Inc.The fines against Seneca Landfill Inc. total $634,375 and were levied for a variety of operational violations stemming as far back as 2011. more»

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Announces Blair County Affiliate Merger

March 14, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Friday announced their longtime affiliate PA CleanWays of Blair County has affiliated with Keep America Beautiful to become Keep Blair County Beautiful. more»

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