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Marcellus Shale gas industry and drilling updates

Exhibition highlights 100 years of Cooperative Extension service

June 6, 2014

“The Power of Agricultural Cooperative Extension: 100 Years of Penn State Service,” an exhibition, is on display June 17 through Sept. 15, in The Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park.

Fish & Boat Commission To Receive $800,000 From Muddy Run Hydro Plant Certification

June 6, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Friday said the $800,000 it will receive as a result of a water quality certification of Exelon’s Muddy Run hydroelectric plant in Lancaster County will be used specifically to remove small dams within York and Lancaster counties.The Department of Environmental Protection announced on June 3 that it had issued a 401 Water Quality Certification for the continued operati more»

Hershey Company Recognized For Sustainability Efforts In Newsweek Green Rankings

June 6, 2014

The Hershey Company was recognized Friday for its continuing commitment to environmental stewardship by Newsweek in its 2014 Green Rankings. Out of the top U.S. more»

Poll: PA Supports Gas Drilling 58-33%, Opposes Drilling In State Parks, Forests 57-36%, But

June 6, 2014

Citing economic benefits over environmental concerns, Pennsylvania voters support 58-33 percent drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday. more»

Groups Call For Study Of Gas Drilling Impacts In Susquehanna River Watershed

June 5, 2014

Environmental groups in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York Thursday called for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to undertake a comprehensive study of environmental impacts from shale gas operations on the water quality of the Susquehanna River Basin.“The Susquehanna River is a life-sustaining resource for millions of peopl more»

Federal Disaster Assistance Now Available For Victims Of Flooding In Elk County

June 5, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced the U.S. Small Business Administration approved his request to declare Elk County a disaster area after severe storms and flooding caused significant damage to homes and businesses on May 21 and 22.“This declaration will help Pennsylvanians affected by these severe storms get the assistance they need,” said Corbett. more»

PUC Appoints Managers Of Office Of Competitive Market Oversight

June 5, 2014

As part of its ongoing efforts to bolster retail competition and strengthen consumer protection in the state’s electric and natural gas markets, the Public Utility Commission Thursday appointed H. more»

Pennsylvania’s Bats Are Counting On You

June 5, 2014

Game Commission biologists are seeking assistance from residents in a regional monitoring effort to collect bat maternity colony data this summer. more»

A Talk with Climatologist Michael Mann

June 5, 2014

PennEnvironment interviewed scientist Michael Mann to learn more about how Pennsylvania can tackle global warming.

Pennsylvania Trails In The Spotlight For National Trails Day June 7

June 5, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti is inviting all Pennsylvanians to discover, celebrate a more»

House GOP Preparing Bare-Bones Budget, Including Keystone Fund Transfer Option

June 5, 2014

The Morning Call reported Thursday House Republicans are putting together a “bare-bones” $28.6 billion General Fund budget which would eliminate hopes of increasing funding to support elementary and secondary education. more»

Renewable energy certificate programs now available at Penn State World Campus

June 5, 2014

By 2040, 63 percent of the nation’s electricity will be generated by lower-carbon options, which will result in double-digit demand for green energy jobs. Penn State is launching graduate certificate programs in bioenergy, solar energy, wind energy, and sustainability management and policy, delivered online by Penn State World Campus, to prepare adults for these jobs.

DEP Citizens Advisory Council Considers Comments On Longwall Mining Report June 17

June 4, 2014

On June 17 the DEP Citizens Advisory Council will discuss proposed comments on a draft of DEP’s Act 54 longwall mining impact report and hear presentations on Chesapeake Bay milestones, agricultural best management practices and the regional agricultural watershed assessment program. more»

Fort Indiantown Gap Offers Guided Tours of Rare Regal Fritillary Butterfly Habitat

June 4, 2014

This July, visitors are invited to see the only population of rare Regal Fritillary butterflies in Pennsylvania at more»

PA Horticultural Society Gardening And Community Greening Contest

June 4, 2014

The PA Horticultural Society is inviting backyard gardeners, community gardeners and anyone passionate about greening public spaces to enter its Gardening and Greening Contest.  The deadline for entries is June 30.  Click Here for all the details.

Shale Impact Fee Tax Revenues “A Tremendous Help” for Pa. Communities

June 4, 2014

A tremendous help”; “boost to the community;” “An economic lifeline” – this is how the hundreds of millions in dollars in shale impact fee tax revenues are being described following local government disbursements announced by the Pennsylvania Public Utilit more»

Mosquito Spraying Set For June 6 In Lycoming County

June 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments during the daytime hours of June 6, in Woodward Township, Lycoming County, to control adult mosquito populations that could be carrying the West Nile Virus. more»

Penn State Extension develops new water quality app

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application -- or app -- called "H2OSolutions," to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.The objective of the app is to help users diagnose the causes of observed water-quality problems and guide water-testing decisions.

Penn State Extension develops new water quality app

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application -- or app -- called "H2OSolutions," to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.The objective of the app is to help users diagnose the causes of observed water-quality problems and guide water-testing decisions.

Penn State Extension develops new water quality app

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application -- or app -- called "H2OSolutions," to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.The objective of the app is to help users diagnose the causes of observed water-quality problems and guide water-testing decisions.

Award-winning water education summit returns to Harrisburg

June 4, 2014

Penn State Extension will offer the Dive Deeper -- Youth Water Educators' Summit at the Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg on Sept. 25.

Rep. Adolph: House Expects To Consider Budget Bill Week Of June 16

June 4, 2014

Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware), Majority Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, told the House Tuesday he expects a bill serving as a vehicle for the state budget will be in place the week of June 9 with an expectation of the House actually considering the bill the week of June 16. Rep. more»

Tom Wolf Urges Lawmakers, Gov. Corbett To Enact Natural Gas Severance Tax Now

June 4, 2014

Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Wolf Tuesday urged members of the General Assembly and Gov. Corbett to enact a five percent natural gas severance tax to help address the state’s budget deficit this year. more»

Quinnipiac Poll: Wolf Leads Corbett 53 to 33 Percent

June 4, 2014

Apparently unscathed by a bruising Democratic primary battle, businessman Tom Wolf, the Democratic challenger for Pennsylvania governor, tops Gov. more»

Winners Announced In Let’s Clear the Air Student Poster Challenge

June 3, 2014

Spring is in the air, and unfortunately so are a lot of nasty pollutants that affect air quality. more»

ReuseFest Returns In Allegheny County June 28

June 3, 2014

Did you finish your spring cleaning and realize you have a ton of stuff that you no longer need?  Wondering what in the world to do with it? more»

Marcellus Shale Coalition On Drilling Impact Fee Tax Disbursements

June 3, 2014

Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the Public Utility Commission’s disbursement of 2013’s nearly $225 million in shale impact fee tax revenues fo more»

DEP Certifies Exelon Muddy Run Hydropower Project In Lancaster County

June 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has issued a water quality  certification for the continued operation and maintenance of Ex more»

Mosquito Spraying Set For June 5 In Bucks County

June 3, 2014

The Bucks County West Nile Program will be conducting an ultra-low volume mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus on June 5 in parts of Bristol Township.The treatments will be adm more»

PUC: Summer Heat Means Higher Electric Bills, Time To Conserve Energy

June 3, 2014

With the start of summer heat, the Public Utility Commission reminds consumers that now is the time to take control of your electric bill by implementing energy conservation measures and double checking your electric supply pricing and contract.“The rise in temperatures and humidity means we also ramp up our energy use as we turn on our air conditioners and fans,” said PUC Chairman Robert F. more»

MSC Statement on Impact Fee Tax Disbursements

June 3, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. - Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Public U more»

Memorial scholarship assists Ag Sciences students with college costs

June 3, 2014

Bradford County dairy farmer Robert E. Macafee encouraged his children to attend college, and all three were able to graduate from Penn State. Now other students may have that same opportunity, thanks in part to the generosity of Macafee's family. With a pledge of $50,000, Macafee's widow, Joan, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, has created the Robert E. more»

Growing Greener Urges Lawmakers To Include Environment In Any Severance Tax

June 3, 2014

The PA Growing Greener Coalition Tuesday urged state legislators to include funding for environmental programs and initiatives in any legislation that would enact a severance tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania. more»

Ben Franklin-Southeast Solicits Alternative, Clean Energy Proposals

June 3, 2014

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA Tuesday issued a Request for Proposals for funding awards of up to $750,000 for companies with commercializing technologies in energy generation, conservation, and/or transportation.An email notice of in more»

Gas Drillers Pay 11.5% More In Impact Fees In 2013 Due To Price Increases

June 2, 2014

The Tribune Review reported Monday afternoon the Public Utility Commission collected 11.5 percent more in drilling impact fees for 2013 than it did in 2012. more»

House Democrats Hear Concerns About Additional Drilling On State Lands

June 2, 2014

The House Democratic Policy Committee Monday heard concerns about Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal to expand gas drilling in state parks and forests to raise an additional $75 million to balance the budget.The hearing, which was organized by Rep. more»

DEP Awards More Than $1 Million For 2 Mine Reclamation Projects In Centre County

June 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded $819,444 for the Coaldale abandoned mine reclamation project in Rush Township and $321,718 for the Moshannon Far North project in Snow Shoe Township. more»

May State Revenue Collections $108M Below Estimates, $532.5M For Year

June 2, 2014

Pennsylvania collected $1.9 billion in General Fund revenue in May, which was $108 million, or 5.5 percent, less than anticipated, Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser reported Monday. more»

Five Facts About Pennsylvania’s Setback Requirements

June 2, 2014

When it comes to the safe development of job-creating shale gas, Pennsylvania continues to lead by example, including regulations related to setbacks [“setbacks” are the distance from a wellhead to a certain structure or body of water]. To be sure, Pennsylvania’s setback requirements are among the nation’s most stringent. more»

Corbett Expresses Concerns About New EPA Carbon Emission Regulations

June 2, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett released the following statement regarding new regulations issued Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding carbon emissions.“As Pennsylvanians, we are doing our fair share to reduce carbon emissions, and we have made great strides in recent years. more»

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