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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»

Post-Gazette: 209 Water Supplies Damaged By Drilling Since Late 2007

July 22, 2014

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported information from the Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday which shows 209 water supplies were affected by drilling since the end of 2007. more»

Clinton County CleanScapes Bald Eagle Creek Cleanups July 26, Sept. 6

July 22, 2014

Clinton County CleanScapes will hold a cleanup event on July 26 on Bald Eagle Creek and a second cleanup partnering with students from Lock Haven University students on September 6. Other sponsors of the cleanup event include: PPL Electric Utilities and Anadarko. more»

12th Anniversary Of Quecreek Mine Rescue July 26 In Somerset

July 21, 2014

The 12th Anniversary of the Quecreek Mine Rescue in Somerset County will be remembered on July 26 starting at 10:00 a.m. more»

Aug. 26 Public Meeting, Hearing On Lock Haven Laundry Property Cleanup

July 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and public hearing to discuss plans to clean up solvent contamination at the former Lock Haven Laundry property on Bellefonte Avenue.The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the public hearing at 7:30 p.m., on August 26 at Lock Haven City Hall, 20 East Church St., Lock Haven.“Staff from DEP’s Environmental Clean more»

PSATS Looking For 2015 Annual Conference Presentation Proposals

July 21, 2014

The PA State Association of Township Supervisors 2015 Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Hershey Lodge from April 19-22, 2015.PSATS plans to offer more than 80 workshops during our 2015 Conference, which historically attracts over 4,000 attendees.For those interested in presenting a 75-minute workshop during our 2015 Conference, the more»

Pennsylvania NRCS Receives $11.4 Million To Rehab 9 Dams

July 18, 2014

Communities across Pennsylvania will benefit from a $11.4 million investment in technical and financial assistance to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety under the NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation Program.“These structures play a critical role in flood preventio more»

Hearings On Hilcorp Application For Gas Well Spacing Units, Pooling, Set For Sept. 16, 17

July 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced hearing officer Michael Bangs has rescheduled the public hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, (commonly called pooling) received from Hilcorp Energy Co., for September 16 and 17.Hilcorp Energy Co. more»

More Drilling On DCNR Land Delayed Until Court Rules On Oil & Gas Fund Challenges

July 18, 2014

Commonwealth attorneys Friday announced they have negotiated a settlement in the case of PEDF v. more»

Governor’s Office Publishes Updated Regulatory Agenda

July 18, 2014

The Governor’s Office Saturday published its semi-annual Regulatory Agenda showing the status of existing and proposed regulatory changes listed by agency (PA Bulletin, Page 4641).  DCNR begins on page 4643, the Environmental Hearing Board on page 4646 and DEP begins on page 4646. more»

Non-Surface Disturbance Natural Gas Leasing On July 30 DCNR Committee Agenda

July 17, 2014

DCNR’s Natural Gas Advisory Committee will meet on July 30 to hear an update on the proposed non-surface disturbance natural gas leasing of State Park and State Forest land for additional drilling. more»

June Issue Of Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness Newsletter Now Available

July 17, 2014

The June issue of FAWN, the official newsletter of the Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, is now available.  Click Here to read a copy.

Court Dismisses Challenges To Act 13, Enjoins PUC Review Of Local Ordinances

July 17, 2014

Commonwealth Court Thursday dismissed the remaining challenges to the Act 13 drilling law remanded for reconsideration by the PA Supreme Court, but did enjoin the Public Utility Commission from reviewing local ordinances regulating drilling consistent with the more»

EPA Awards 5 Urban Waters Grants In PA’s Delaware Watershed

July 17, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday awarded $2.1 million to 37 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. more»

Women Forest Landowners Educational Retreat Sept. 25-28 In Lycoming County

July 17, 2014

Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply to att more»

DEP Told To Release Natural Gas Study Background Documents, Data Records

July 17, 2014

The PA Office of Open Records Wednesday directed the Department of Environmental Protection to release background documents and data records the agency has as part of its comprehensive study of radioactivity in natural gas production more»

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