environment

DEP New Stanton District Mining Office Opens Replacing Greensburg, Uniontown

August 29, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Greensburg and Uniontown district offices will begin operating out of a new location beginning on September 2. The just-completed building is convenient to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-70, located at 131 Broadview Road, New Stanton, PA 15672. The phone number for the office is 724-925-5500. more»

Analysis: DEP Lists Water Supplies Damaged, High Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions From Gas Drilling

August 29, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday released a table listing the 243 water supplies found by DEP to be contaminated by oil and natural gas drilling from 2008 to 2014, about 1.2 percent of new wells drilled during that time period. more»

DEP Releases List Of 243 Water Supplies Damaged By Gas Well Drilling

August 28, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday released a table listing the 243 water supplies found by DEP to be contaminated by natural gas drilling from 2008 to 2014.  Other complaints are still being investigated. more»

PA American Water Works Assn. Offers Fall Training Schedule

August 28, 2014

The PA Section-American Water Works Association recently posted its fall training schedule.  Click Here for a list of available training opportunities.

Environmental Groups Respond To Auditor General Report On Marcellus Shale Review

August 28, 2014

Environmental and citizen organizations sent Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, Chris Abruzzo a letter Thursday challenging the agency’s response to issues raised in Auditor General Eugene more»

Outdoor Celebration For Military Families Highlights Special Adaptive Recreation Event Sept. 6

August 27, 2014

Military service members, veterans and their families are invited to a free day of recreation at Gifford Pinchot State Park on September 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the PA Parks and Forests Foundation. more»

Brodhead Watershed Assn To Celebrate 25th Anniversary, Receives PPL Grant

August 27, 2014

The Brodhead Watershed Association received a timely donation this month supporting its Adopt-a-Stream Site Program and 25th Annual Dinner Celebration on October 2. more»

Natural Lands Trust Green Hills Preserve Now Open To Public In Berks County

August 27, 2014

Natural Lands Trust Wednesday announced its 168-acre Green Hill Preserve in Robeson Township, Berks County, is now open to the public. more»

Summer Issue Of Estuary News Now Available From Partnership For Delaware Estuary

August 27, 2014

The Summer edition of Estuary News is now available from the Partnership For The Delaware Estuary featuring articles on---- Investing In The Future, Delaware’s Clean Water In more»

Capitolwire.com: Attorney General Issues Subpoenas On Gas Well Royalty Payments

August 26, 2014

Capitolwire.com reported late Tuesday Attorney General Kathleen Kane has issued administrative subpoenas to Marcellus Shale drilling companies across the state as part of her Office’s review of gas well royalty payment issues.In broadening her office's investigation, Kane issued administrative subpoenas, which differ from traditional subpoenas and are cons more»

DEP Reschedules Hearings On Hilcorp Gas Pooling Requests For Oct. 27, 28

August 26, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced hearing officer Michael Bangs has rescheduled the public hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., for October 27 and 28.Hilcorp Energy Co. more»

DEP: Wednesday Air Quality Action Day In Southeast PA

August 26, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection issued an Air Quality Action Day alert for Wednesday for Southeast Pennsylvania including the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia.  Click Here for details.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Launches Clean Water For The Keystone State Campaign

August 26, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA has launched an exciting statewide campaign-- Clean Water Counts-- urging Pennsylvania officials to make clean water a priority throughout the Keystone State, and to commit the needed funding to ensure that all 83,000 miles of waterways in the s more»

Help Wanted: Part-Time Administrator, PA Chapter American Chestnut Foundation

August 26, 2014

The PA Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation is accepting applications for a part-time administrator based at Penn State University in State College.  The deadline for applications is September 1.  Click Here to apply for Job Number 53133.

Wild About Wildlife And Our Home Program, Bucks/Montgomery Sept. 6

August 26, 2014

The Indian Valley Public Library in Telford, Bucks/Montgomery counties, will hold a special Wild About Wildlife And Our Home Program September 6 starting at 10:00 a.m. Activities include a series of education programs for all ages, special story times and crafts for kids and information tables from local organizations. more»

DEP Assesses $250,000 Penalty Against 4 Gas, Oil Services Companies

August 26, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday  announced a Consent Order and Agreement with William C. more»

Live Bald Eagle To Visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary August 30

August 26, 2014

Visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on “Bald Eagle Migration Day,” August 30, and see a live bald eagle up close and personal during two free presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. by Carbon County Environmental Center. more»

Sustainable Food Project 2014 Students For Sustainability Challenge

August 26, 2014

The Sustainable Food Project is excited to announce the Students For Sustainability Challenge, a competition open to all high school and undergraduate college students.The Students For Sustainability Challenge engages teams of high school and undergraduate students to develop and present concepts and innovations on how to feed the world sustainably an more»

Penn State Extension: Riparian Buffer Message Delivered At County Fairs

August 25, 2014

Penn State Extension Water Resources Extension Educator, Jim Clark, put together a riparian buffer water message that he is displaying at the county fairs in Northcentral Pennsylvania this summer. more»

Opinion: Our Susquehanna River Is Sick

August 25, 2014

By Douglas E. Fessler, Sunbury, PA
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Allegheny River Cleanup Events Sept. 6, 8, 12

August 25, 2014

The Friends of Allegheny Wilderness are hosting cleanup events along the Allegheny River September 6, 8 and 12.  Click Here for all the details.

NWF Report: Global Warming Picks A Winner, The Rise Of Noxious Insect Pests

August 22, 2014

Climate change is creating favorable conditions for many bothersome pests, increasing their numbers and expanding their ranges, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. more»

DEP Certifies York Haven Power Company's Hydroelectric Power Project

August 22, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a water quality certification as part of a federal relicensing process for the continued operation and maintenance of York Haven Power Company’s 19.62 megawatt hydroelectric project in York Haven, York County. more»

Senate Committee Holds 2nd Hearing On EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

August 21, 2014

The  Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) and Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) held a second Committee hearing Thursday to discuss the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. more»

DEP Assists Northcentral PA Conservancy’s Stream Restoration Field Days

August 21, 2014

Staff from DEP’s Northcentral Regional Office participated in the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy’s annual Stream Restoration Field Days on August 6-8.For five summers, county conservation districts have been working with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to install projects along sediment-impaired streams. more»

August 21 DEP News Now Available From Department Of Environmental Protection

August 21, 2014

The August 21 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring stories on---- First Human Case Of West Nile Virus Reported In PA-- Pilot Program To Control Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Underway In York County-- DEP Fines Cabot Oil $76,000 For Well Control Incident-- DEP Fines Southwester more»

PUC: West Penn Power To Pay $1.3 Million Penalty For Energy Conservation Violations

August 21, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved a $1.3 million settlement related to an alleged violation of Act 129 electric consumption reduction requirement by West Penn Power Company.The Commission voted 5-0 to approve the settlement among the company, the Office of Consumer Advocate and the P more»

Pennsylvania Adds More Than 2,000 Acres To Farmland Preservation Program

August 21, 2014

Agriculture Secretary George Greig Thursday announced the protection of 26 Pennsylvania farms totaling 2,363 acres, putting the Commonwealth on track to safeguard its half-millionth acre of farmland from development by the end of 2014.Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, county and local governments have invested more than $1.2 billion to preserve 493,786 acres on 4,638 farms in 57 cou more»

PA Coal Alliance Recognizes Companies Going Beyond Regulatory Standards

August 21, 2014

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance recognized 8 Pennsylvania coal companies with 14 different awards for their exemplary efforts in the field. 7 current sites were awarded the Keystone Mine Safety Award and 7 former sites were recognized with the Surface Coal Mine Reclamation Award at PCA’s annual Seven Springs Banquet on August 20.Gov. more»

DCNR, Partners Break Ground For Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center

August 21, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Thursday joined local legislators and partners for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new park office/visitor center at Kinzua Bridge State Park, McKean County, in the Pennsylvania Wilds.“About 158,000 vis more»

PUC Moves Into Next Phase Of Its Retail Natural Gas Markets Investigation

August 21, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday directed its Office of Competitive Market Oversight to move forward with the next phase of its investigation into the state’s retail natural gas market.“This is an opportunity to assess whether effective competition exists in Pennsylvania’s retail natural gas market and also to make recommendations for improvements,” said PUC Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer. more»

Rep. Vitali To Ask Environmental Committee To Consider Drilling Health Complaint Bill

August 20, 2014

Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said Wednesday it is time for the legislature to enact his legislation that would require the Department of Health to do more to protect the public from Marcellus Shale drilling hazards. more»

Fish & Boat Commission Reminds Paddlers To Obtain Launch Permits

August 20, 2014

As summer winds down, paddlers planning kayaking and canoeing trips are reminded that a launch permit or boat registration is required to use access areas owned by the Fish and Boat Commission and at state park and state forest access areas operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.“The popularity of unpowered boats, including canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, is gro more»

DCNR: Pine Creek Trail Temporary Closing Due To Gas Pipeline Maintenance

August 20, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials Wednesday reminded hikers, bikers and other users of Pine Creek Trail in Lycoming County that a section of the trail will be closed in early September to facilitate required pipeline maintenance.Effective September 2, a portion of trail will be closed between the Torbert more»

August 20 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

August 20, 2014

The August 20 edition of the Resource newsletter is now available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources featuring articles on---- Corbett Kayaks Upper Susquehanna, Schuylkill Rivers-- more»

DEP To Extinguish Coal Pile Fire Threatening Pittsburgh Airport Radar Facility

August 20, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it has awarded a $1,454,000 contract to Earthmovers Unlimited of Kylertown for an abandoned mine reclamation project on the Pittsburgh International Airport property in Findlay Township. more»

Applications Now Being Accepted For Fall Penn State Master Well Owner Course

August 20, 2014

Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to more than one million private water wells and springs, but is one of only two states that lack statewide regulations to protect private drinking water supplies? more»

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