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House Cancells Session Next Week

July 31, 2014

The House announced the August 4, 5 and 6 voting session next week has been cancelled.  No other schedule was announced at this time.  The House and Senate are now scheduled to return September 15.

DCNR: Groundbreaking For Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center Aug. 21

July 31, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Thursday announced  work will begin in August now tha more»

DEP Testifies At EPA Hearing On Greenhouse Gas Reduction Rule

July 31, 2014

On Thursday, Vince Brisini, DEP Deputy Secretary for Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation testified on EPA’s proposed rule, offering Pennsylvania’s plan for how cleaner air, lower energy prices and more jobs can be achieved through a responsible plan for emissions more»

PPL Electric Proposes Major New Regional Transmission Project

July 31, 2014

PPL Corporation announced Thursday that its Pennsylvania utility, PPL Electric Utilities Cor more»

PA Parks & Forest Foundation President To Cycle 88 Miles In One Day To Raise Funds

July 31, 2014

Putting her pedals behind her message, PA Parks and Forest Foundation President Marci Mowery is cycling to support the foundation’s work for state parks and forests with a Ohiopyle State Park to Point State Park ride.On September 9, Marci and PPFF Membership Coordinator Pam Metzger will hop on their bikes and ri more»

More Details Released On DCNR Non-Surface Disturbance Gas Leasing

July 31, 2014

On Wednesday, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources released more details on how it plans to go about leasing additional State Forest and State Park lands for “non-surface disturbance” natural gas development. more»

July Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

July 30, 2014

The July edition of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter is now available from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee. more»

Centre County Arts Fest Recycling Sees Substantial Increase In 2014

July 30, 2014

Approximately 4,000 pounds of recyclables were collected during the four-day Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, a tenfold increase over 2013, in Centre County.Thanks to the efforts of FestZero; a group of Penn State Alumni, current students and concerned citizens, the Borough of State College,  the Pennsylvania State University and the more»

Keep PA Beautiful July Beautiful Resources Newsletter Now Available

July 30, 2014

The July issue of Keep PA Beautiful’s Beautiful Resources newsletter is now available.  Articles highlight the upcoming KPB report on recommendations to reduce illegal dumping to be released in September, details on the upcoming Litter Free School Zone Program for this year and much more. more»

Gov. Corbett, Ohio, West Virginia Officials Rally Against EPA Climate Rule

July 30, 2014

Gov. Corbett Wednesday rallied on behalf of working families in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. Joined at the Rally to Support American Energy in Pittsburgh by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Gov. Corbett criticized the U.S. more»

DCNR To Open 15 Day Comment Period On Loyalsock State Forest Drilling Plan

July 30, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Wednesday announced the department will seek public comment once a draft Surface Development Management Agreement has been negotiated to protect the natural and recreational resources of a 25,000-acre tract known as the Clarence Moore lands in the more»

Wednesday NewsClips

July 30, 2014

House Will Now Be In Voting Session Aug. more»

Fish Commission Asks EPA Help Identifying Factors In Poor Susquehanna River Health

July 29, 2014

The Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission Tuesday called on the U.S. more»

CBF-PA To Launch New Watershed Cleanup Education Initiative

July 29, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA will be launching a major new initiative to educate local officials and the public about the need to cleanup Pennsylvania’s 19,000 miles of rivers and streams that do not meet basic water quality standards. more»

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Provides Summer Update On Watershed Cleanup Efforts

July 29, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Summer Update newsletter is now available featuring a report on how Pennsylvania is doing in meeting its water pollution cleanup milestones and an update from Harry Campbell, PA Office Director, on a new initiative to educate and engage local officials in Pennsylvania in the watershed cleanup effort. more»

PUC Reminds Consumers Of Electric Choice Standard Offer Program Savings

July 28, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Monday reminded consumers saving money on electricity can be as simple as enrolling in the Commission’s Electric Choice Standard Offer Program. The program was recognized last week by Gov. more»

PA Earns International Recognition For Strategies To Attract New Energy Investments

July 28, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Monday announced the Foreign Direct Investment Association named Pennsylvania the 2014 FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries for actively implementing strategies to support foreign direct investment in the energy sector. more»

July Catalyst Newsletter Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

July 28, 2014

The July edition of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition which features an article on the 16th Annual PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference in June.

State Awards $3 Million Grant For Solar Energy Array For Urban Outfitters In Lancaster

July 24, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced the award of a $3 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to Urban Outfitters, Inc. to install a 3 megawatt solar array on the roof of its new direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County.“Urban Outfitters is another great Pennsylvania success story,” Corbett said. more»

5 PA Farms Receive Clean Water Farm Awards

July 24, 2014

The PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. awarded the operators of five farms with the Clean Water Farm Award. The honor is annually awarded to farmers who manage their daily farm operations in an environmentally conscious manner that helps to protect Pennsylvania’s water quality. more»

DEP Hosts Open House For Western PA Local Government Officials

July 24, 2014

Staff from DEP's Southwest Regional Office hosted more than 30 local elected officials from Somerset, Indiana and Cambria counties on July 17.  The Elected Officials Updates are designed reach local officials and offer information and discussion about various DEP programs and initiatives.The updates are being held quarterly so that each county in the region can be represented. more»

July 24 DEP News Now Available

July 24, 2014

The July 24 DEP News is now available.  Click Here to sign up to receive your own copy and for back issues.

Hearing On Proposed Changes To Natural Gas Compressor Station In Milford Aug. 18

July 24, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on August 18, to discuss the Air Quality Plan Approval application submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC to modify their existing natural gas compressor station in Milford, Pike County. more»

DEP Extends Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program To Dec. 31

July 24, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced the extension of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, which will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for 500 additional large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric v more»

Groups React To Auditor General’s Report On Marcellus Shale Drilling Regulation

July 22, 2014

A number of groups issued statements in reaction to the Auditor General’s report Tuesday on regulating Marcellus Shale drilling by DEP. more»

DEP: Auditor General Report Validates DEP’s Approach To Regulating Drilling Activities

July 22, 2014

The Auditor General's Office Tuesday released the Special Audit of DEP's Performance in Monitoring Potential Impact to Water Quality from Shale Gas Development for the period 2009 through 2012, finding no instances where DEP failed to protect public health, safety or the environment with respect to un more»

PennVEST Invests $81.5 Million In Water Infrastructure Projects In 11 Counties

July 22, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced the investment of $81.5 million in 14 non-point source, drinking water and wastewater projects across 11 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. more»

Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation Awards Applications Due Aug. 1

July 22, 2014

The Ben Franklin Partnership Shale Gas Innovation Center is now accepting applications for the  2014 Shale Gas Innovation Contest until August 1. more»

Op-Ed: State Is Protecting Public’s Health On Shale Matters

July 22, 2014

Recently published news concerning Marcellus Shale-related health questions and the work of the Pennsylvania Department of Health has included dangerous allegations that are misleading the public.As the secretary of health and as someone who has been involved with public health reporting when Marcellus Shale-related health concerns became an emerging issue for the state, I am writing to set the re more»

DEP: Settlement With Pittsburgh Contractor, Associated Builders, Contractors

July 22, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday said it has reached an innovative settlement with Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania (ABC) and R. A. Glancy and Sons, Inc. more»

On-Farm Renewable Energy Highlight Of Ag Progress Days Aug. 12-14

July 22, 2014

Energy conservation regulation, shale energy development and on-farm renewable energy sources will be featured at Ag Progress Days August 12-14.Exhibitors and Penn State Extension educators will provide information on alternative energy markets, regulations, credits and farm energy sources with Penn State’s On-Farm Energy Team. more»

Eastern PA Alliance For Clean Transportation Electric Vehicle Workshop July 30

July 22, 2014

The Eastern PA Alliance for Clean Transportation will hold a workshop on electric vehicles on July 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the PECO Headquarters, 2301 Market St. more»

PPFF Receives Grant From REI To Restore Historic Trail Shelters In Laurel Highlands

July 22, 2014

Hiking and skiing in Forbes State Forest and on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail will be a lot more comfortable thanks to two generous grants from REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), the PA Parks and Forests Foundation announced Tuesday. more»

Auditor General: Rapid Shale Gas Development Outpaced DEP’s Ability To Oversee Drilling

July 22, 2014

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Tuesday said an audit shows the meteoric growth of the shale gas industry since 2003 caught the Department of Environmental Protection unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaint more»

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