environmental

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»

Water Resources Network August Water Policy News Now Available

August 20, 2014

The August edition of Water Policy News is now available from the PA League of Women Voters Water Resources Network featuring stories on---- more»

State Electronics Recycling Challenge Webinars Sept. 17, Oct. 30, Dec. 2

August 20, 2014

The State Electronics Challenge is a free program open to local, regional, tribal, and state governments, including public and  private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations.The Challenge provides access to free technical assistance, tools, resources, and recognition. more»

Groups Call For Investigation Of Dept. Of Health Drilling Complaint Practices

August 20, 2014

Over 400 health professionals in Pennsylvania Tuesday called for significant reform at the Department of Health over recent allegations that staff were instructed not to respond to residents calling with health complaints concerning fracking. more»

Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team 31 Basket Bingo Party Oct. 26

August 20, 2014

The Conemaugh Valley Conservancy's Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team is holding a Thirty-One Basket Bingo Party on October 26 at the Elks Lodge, 60 East Campbell Street in Blairsville. more»

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Welcomes New Board Members

August 20, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful this week welcomed two new members to their Board of Directors, Sean McMenamin and Rod Fye.Sean McMenamin is currently serving as President of McMenamin Family ShopRite, which is a family-owned and operated business operating two ShopRite Supermarkets in Northeast Philadelphia. Sean joined the company in 2008. more»

EQB Votes To Turn Down Petition To Set Carbon Emission Reduction Standards

August 19, 2014

The Environmental Quality Board Tuesday voted 17 to 3 to turn down the request in a rulemaking petition by Ashley Funk to adopt carbon dioxide emission reduction l more»

DEP Fines Cabot Oil More Than $76,000 For Susquehanna Well Control Incident

August 19, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. more»

Agriculture Urges Public To Help Keep Invasive Asian Longhorned Beetles Out Of PA

August 19, 2014

Agriculture Secretary George Greig Tuesday encouraged Pennsylvanians to protect the Commonwealth tree population by spotting, coll more»

Partnership For The Delaware Estuary Pennsylvania Coast Day Sept. 6

August 18, 2014

Escape to the coast at Pennsylvania Coast Day hosted by the Partnership For The Delaware Estuary September 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Walnut Plaza on Penn's Landing in Philadelphia.Adventurers can embark on a Delaware River ferry ride, kayak excursion, and swan pedal-boat ride. more»

Dept. Of Health Improves Drilling-Related Health Complaint Processes

August 18, 2014

Secretary of Health Michael Wolf Monday announced enhancements to the department’s internal processes for responding to environmental health concerns and complaints specifically related to Marcellus Shale drilling.“Protecting the public’s health, and ensuring that citizens and health care providers have access to accurate, timely and relevant information, is a primary responsibility of the departm more»

DEP, DCNR Meeting, Hearing On Gun Club Shooting Range In Centre County

August 18, 2014

The departments of Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a public meeting and public hearing to discuss plans to clean up lead contamination at the Philipsburg Rod and Gun Club’s trap shooting range located within Black Moshannon State more»

Corbett Kayaks Upper Susquehanna River, Schuylkill River

August 18, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett joined state and local officials, and local tourism and conservation partners to kayak the Upper Susquehanna River in Bradford County and the Schuylkill River as part of a two-day tour to promote Pennsylvania’s tourism industry Saturday and Sunday Susquehanna River"Kayaking is a wonderful way to see the beauty of Pennsylvania. more»

StateImpact: PUC Appeals July Court Decision On Act 13 Local Ordinance Review

August 15, 2014

StateImpact reported Friday the Public Utility Commission has appealed a July ruling by Commonwealth Court which enjoined the PUC from reviewing local ordinances th more»

StateImpact: Lumber Baron Heirs Claim Gas Rights In Loyalhanna State Forest

August 15, 2014

StateImpact reported Friday the ownership of natural gas rights under the Loyalhanna State Forest in Lycoming County may be in doubt as heirs to a 19th Century lumber baron stepped forward to claim they own the rights, not the Anadarko and Southwestern Ene more»

Natural Lands Trust ChesLen Chase For Open Space Oct. 25

August 15, 2014

Natural Lands Trust invites you to kick up your heels at its first trail race—the ChesLen Chase for Open Space—on October 25, at the land conservation organization’s ChesLen Preserve in Unionville, Chester County.Participants can take a walk (or run!) on the wild side—and get some mud on their shoes more»

Senate Environmental Committee To Hold 2nd Hearing On EPA Climate Rule Aug. 21

August 15, 2014

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a second hearing on EPA’s Section 111(d) greenhouse gas emission limits on August 21 at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre starting at 10:00. more»

DEP Accepting Coastal Resources Grant Applications, Deadline Changed To Oct. 20

August 15, 2014

The DEP Coastal Resources Management Program is now accepting applications for 2015 grants from non-profit organizations, schools and universities, local government organizations, authorities and state agencies. more»

2014 Energy Development Plan Finalized By PA Energy Development Authority

August 15, 2014

The PA Energy Development Authority published notice it has finalized the 2014 Energy Development Plan which received no comments during the public comment period in May. more»

PA Energy Authority To Determine Completeness Of Grant Applications By Aug. 29

August 15, 2014

The PA Energy Development Authority published notice it will review all applications submitted in the grant round ending August 15 by August 29 and give applicants a limited amount of time to correct or submit missing information. more»

Public Private Partnership To Redevelop Mine, Waste Disposal Site At Pittsburgh Airport

August 14, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced a public private partnership involving several state agencies will transform an abandoned mine and waste disposal site into a world class center for international trade including office space, research and development capacity and a 400 room hotel with convention space. more»

PUC Cautions Consumers About Phone Scam Involving Energy Bills, Shut-Offs

August 14, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday cautioned consumers of a phone scam involving their energy bills and reminded consumers of utility shut-off procedures.In this most recent scam, businesses in parts of Pennsylvania have been targeted by callers claiming to be from their electric company. more»

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