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New state govt. study: Maryland sees little risk to water fr

October 6, 2014

New state govt. study: Maryland sees little risk to water from #fracking http://t.co/VXcl4LWLlQ

National Groundwater Protection Council praises states’ oil

October 6, 2014

National Groundwater Protection Council praises states’ oil & gas regulations http://t.co/qvNP4oeYTE via @NewsOK

The Impact of Marcellus Shale Development on Hotel Revenues in Pennsylvania

Recent Research from the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Penn State regarding total revenue impact of the drilling activity

Friends Of Tom Ridge Environmental Center Honor Naturalist Jerry McWilliams

October 5, 2014

The Erie Times-News Sunday reported naturalist Jerry McWilliams will be honored by the Friends of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center with the John C. more»

DEP Announces Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop in Lycoming County

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Williamsport – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with partners at Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT), invites fleet managers, municipalities and business owners to a natural gas vehicle workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at DEP's Northcentral Regional Office, 208 W. 3rd St., Williamsport. more»

Senate Committee Puts Two Bad Environmental Bills On Agenda For Monday

October 3, 2014

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, October 6 to consider two bad environmental bills-- House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 ye more»

UPDATED: DEP Proposes Changes To Oil & Gas Program Enforcement Policy, Spill Reporting

October 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of draft technical guidance for public comment in the October 4 PA Bulletin changing the policy for identifying, tracking and resolving oil and gas violations and for coordinating immediate responses and final remediation of spills and releases of substances into so more»

Feature: WREN Vanport Twp: A Small System Preserves Clean Water

October 3, 2014

In the far reaches of western Pennsylvania, hugging the state's border with Ohio and West Virginia, is a tiny sliver of land in central Beaver County that is Vanport Township. But within the 1.2-square-mile township, a decades-old groundwater contaminant and an abandoned quarry that had been used as a dumping ground were a combined disaster waiting to happen. more»

Feature: WREN: Regional Partnership Continues Water Supply Protection Collaborations

October 3, 2014

Fewer than 20 percent of the 350 community water systems in the lower Susquehanna River region have assessed existing threats to water supplies and even fewer (about six percent) have developed Source Water Protection (SWP) plans -- plans that delineate recharge areas, inventory potential sources of contamination, and involve community stakeholders in developing strategies for reducing the likelih more»

Feature: WREN: 3 Rivers Alert Information Network Flourishes Thru Collaboration

October 3, 2014

The River Alert Information Network (RAIN) celebrates its five year anniversary in 2014, and entered a new era with the launch of its new website on September 3. more»

Water Resources Education Network Websites, Never Be Out Of Touch On Water Issues

October 3, 2014

Our online address may have changed, but our message is the same. You can find all of the information you have come to expect from the PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Education Network’s new website. more»

Governor’s Office Publishes Catalog Of Nonregulatory Documents

October 3, 2014

The Governor’s Office published what it called a Catalog of Nonregulatory Documents published by state agencies in the October 4 PA Bulletin.  It includes policy statements, guidance manuals, decisions and other materials that provide compliance related information. more»

Penn State Extension, Office of Rural Health offer health insurance resources

October 3, 2014

To assist consumers in using the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health have launched a website, Health Insurance and You, designed to be a one-stop resource for information on the Marketplace, the benefits of health insurance, a county-by-county listing of “patient navigators” and other resources.

WREN: Master Watershed Stewards Programs Up And Running

October 3, 2014

Efforts to get Master Watershed Steward programs off the ground in Pennsylvania are meeting with success, thanks to a more»

Gov. Corbett Names Dana Aunkst Acting Secretary Of DEP

October 2, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday named Dana Aunkst Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. more»

EPA Awards Wetlands Protection Grants To DCNR, Penn State

October 2, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Shawn M. more»

October 2 DEP News Now Available

October 2, 2014

The October 2 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on---- Gov. more»

DEP Announces 4 Natural Gas Vehicle Workshops In October

October 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and its partners invite fleet managers, municipalities and business owners to attend one of four upcoming natural gas vehicle workshops.Workshops will be held on the following dates and locations: -- October 9 -10 a.m.-noon, DEP Northwest Regional Office, 230 Chestnut St., Meadville. more»

Reports Highlight Strong Regulations, Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

October 2, 2014

In a speech today at Northwestern University, President Obama once again touted the clear benefits associated with tightly-regulated shale development, stating: “Today, the number one oil and gas producer in the world is no longer Russia or Saudi Arabia; it’s America. more»

Keep PA Beautiful Invites Schools To Participate In The Litter Free School Zone Program

October 2, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites schools in Pennsylvania to participate in the Litter Free School Zone Program, a comprehensive program that can complement lessons designed around recycling, litter awareness, and community stewardship. more»

DEP Begins Accepting Environmental Education Grant Apps Oct. 6

October 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday invited schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and businesses to apply for Environmental Education Grants to develop environmental education programs and projects. more»

Apply For Small Business Energy Efficiency, Pollution Prevention Grants Starting Oct. 6

October 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites manufacturers, retailers, service providers, agricultural businesses and other small businesses to apply for a Small Business Advantage Grant to finance pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects. more»

PUC Publishes Cybersecurity Best Practices For PA Utilities Guide

October 2, 2014

In light of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Public Utility Commission Thursday announced its publication of Cybersecurity Best Practices for Small and Medium Pennsylvania Utilities. "While we are proud of our accomplishments to date, this is an ever changing area where we can always do more. more»

Gov. Corbett Accepts Resignation Of DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo

October 2, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday accepted the resignation of DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo, effective immediately.  Secretary Abruzzo made his decision based on the best interest of the important mission of the Department of Environmental Protection. more»

PUC Directs More Hearings On Zoning Exemption By Sunoco Pipeline

October 2, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday remanded requests by Sunoco Pipeline L.P. for zoning exemptions to the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge for further proceedings. more»

Manhunt Forces DCNR To Temporarily Close A Portion Of Delaware State Forest

October 2, 2014

Acting in concert with the Pennsylvania State Police and in the wake of the Game Commission’s temporary suspension of hunting and closure of its game lands within seven townships in northeastern Pennsylvania during an ongoing manhunt, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is closing sections of Delaware State Fore more»

Former DEP Secretary David Hess Urges Senate To Pass Water Well Standards Bill

October 2, 2014

Former DEP Secretary David E. Hess Thursday sent a letter to members of the Senate urging them to pass House Bill 343 (Miller-R-York) which would set standards for the construction and abandonment of private water wells. more»

Pittsburgh’s Point State Park Named One Of 30 Great Places In America

October 2, 2014

First Lady Susan Corbett joined officials from DCNR October 1 as Po more»

The Arboretum at Penn State hosts pumpkin festival Oct. 5-11

October 2, 2014

A pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display will highlight The Arboretum at Penn State's fourth Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 5-11.

CBF-PA: Northumberland County Commissioners Pass Clean Water Counts! Resolution

October 1, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Wednesday applauded the Northumberland County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts! resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State. more»

Senate Democrats Held Hearing On Fracking-Related Health Complaints

October 1, 2014

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee Wednesday held a hearing in Wilkes-Bare on ways state government can improve how it tracks, monitors and responds to public health complaints related to gas drilling.The discussion was held at Kings College at the request of Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. more»

October Chesapeake Currents Available From Chesapeake Bay Program

October 1, 2014

The October edition of Chesapeake Currents newsletter is now available from the Chesapeake Bay Program featuring articles on ---- Environmental Literacy Matters-- Chesapeake Jurisdictions Open Avenues For Engagement In Watershed Agreement-- $9.8 Million more»

Registration Now Open For PA Infrastructure Expo Nov. 18-19 In Grantville

October 1, 2014

The PA Section of the American Water Works Association is now accepting registrations for the PA Infrastructure Expo to be held on November 18-19 in Grantville, near Harrisburg.  Click Here for a detailed agenda, registration information and all the details.

Western PA Conservancy Accepting Applications For Canoe Access Grants

October 1, 2014

The Western PA Conservancy is now accepting grant applications for new projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways. more»

October 1 Resource Newsletter Now Available From DCNR

October 1, 2014

The October 1 edition of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on---- 3 Public Meetings On PA Outdoor Recreation Plan-- more»

DCNR Adds Interactive Online Map For Hunters, Other Forest Visitors

October 1, 2014

Just in time for early-season hunting and the fall foliage viewing season, DCNR has launched a new interactive map of state forest lands across the state.“For archers planning to open their season this Saturday in state forestlands, or others planning upcoming fall foliage drives, this website is brimming with information on roads recent more»

October Water, Land, Life Newsletter Available From Western PA Conservancy

October 1, 2014

The October edition of Water, Land, Life newsletter is now available from the Western PA Conservancy featuring stories on---- Hikes, Bird Watching Planned for Members’ Outing-- WPC Offers Grants To Fund Canoe Access Sites-- Donate To WPC Thru Combined more»

Little Buffalo Building Dedication Honors Roger Fickes, Former State Parks Director

October 1, 2014

On his personal value scale, he will tell you, family always has come first. more»

PA Federation Of Sportsmen’s Clubs Urge Opposition To HB 1565 Anti-Buffer Bill

October 1, 2014

The PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs wrote to members of the Senate Wednesday expressing their opposition to House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) eliminating the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value st more»

Environmental Groups Take Legal Action To End Sewage Spills in Valley Forge National Historical Park

October 1, 2014

PennEnvironment and the Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited announced today that they have sent a formal notice of intent to sue Tredyffrin Township (Chester County) and the Tredyffrin Township Municipal Authority for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

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