Gas Drilling

Governor’s 2014 Environmental Excellence Award Winners Honored

April 22, 2014

On Tuesday the 23 organizations involved in 19 environmental projects from across the state were honored with the more»

CBF Warns New House Bill Will Also Put Brook Trout, Other Species At Risk

April 22, 2014

When it comes to the environment and wildlife, we seem to be drawn to specific places and critters. Some of us are drawn to the ocean; others to the mountains. Similarly, some love watching birds while others are completely fascinated by turtles. more»

Sens. Scarnati, Hutchinson Bill To Create Special Rules For Conventional Gas Wells

April 22, 2014

Sens. Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango) circulated a co-sponsor memo Monday to members of the Senate announcing their intent to introduce legislation to direct the Environmental Quality Board to adopt special rules for conventional oil and gas wells and not regulate them like Marcellus Shale wells. more»

Rep. Vitali Appeals DCNR Denial Of Right To Know Request On Drilling Plan

April 22, 2014

Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Tuesday appealed the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' denial of his Right-to-Know request seeking information about Gov. more»

Corbett Issues Proclamation Celebrating April 22 As Earth Day

April 22, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday issued a proclamation recognizing April 22, 2014 as “Earth Day” in Pennsylvania. more»

$41.7 Million In Water Infrastructure Projects Awarded By PennVEST

April 22, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced the investment of $41.7 million in 13 non-point source, drinking water and wastewater projects across 12 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. "The investments that we make today in our environment and economy will improve the quality of life for Pennsylvanians in all corners of the Commonwealth," Gov. Corbett said. more»

ARIPPA Offers Abandoned Mine Reclamation Grants

April 22, 2014

Now in its fifth year, the Western and Eastern Coalitions for Abandoned Mine Reclamation partnered with the Anthracite Region Independent Power Producer's Association to offer a competitive grants to watershed organizations working on Abandoned Mine Land and/or  Abandoned Mine Drainage remed more»

ClearWater Conservancy Honored For River Cleanup Program

April 22, 2014

The ClearWater Conservancy’s Riparian Conservation Program was named a winner of the 2014 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, hosted by Dominion and the PA Environmental Council.The award is presented for leadership, effectiveness and results more»

DEP Northcentral Regional Citizens’ Roundtable Celebrates 30th Anniversary

April 22, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Northcentral Regional Citizens’ Roundtable celebrated its 30th anniversary of on-going, transparent community dialogue at Monday evening’s meeting, which featured DEP Secretary E. more»

Marcellus Shale Coalition Recognizes Earth Day

April 22, 2014

In recognition of Earth Day, Dave Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group representing the natural gas production industry, issued the following statement:“To shale producers and the robust supply chain that supports this development, who are focused squarely on environmental and workforce safety, every day is Earth Day more»

Corbett Announces Carbon Sequestration Partnership With Wyoming, Other Coal States

April 22, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced a new partnership with Wyoming Gov. Matthew H. Mead and governors of other major coal-producing states to address the need to effectively deal with carbon emissions from electric generating facilities by developing a test center, to be located at an operating coal-fired electric generation facility, to explore the potential of carbon capture and utilization. more»

Oil And Gas Industry, Business Express Concern About Bipartisan Severance Tax Proposals

April 22, 2014

Representatives of the oil and gas industry and business Tuesday said they are concerned about bipartisan discussion in the General Assembly on the adoption of a severance tax on natural gas production as part of an effort to deal with the state’s budget shortfalls. Click Here to listen to the press conference. more»

DCNR Launches Kids In Nature To Engage Children In Learning About Natural Resources, Playing Outdoors

April 22, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti at Nescopeck State Park Tuesday unveiled Kids in Nature, renewing a focus on getting Pennsylvania’s families to spend more time enjoying the outdoors.To celebrate Earth Day, Ferretti spent an hour talking with the 8th grade students from the Hazleton Area School District attending a more»

Corbett Awards 111 Grants For Environmental Education And Stewardship

April 22, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced he is awarding $309,626 in environmental education grants to 111 schools, universities, non-profit organizations and conservation districts across Pennsylvania.“Each year, these grants are awarded to deserving organizations to educate Pennsylvanians about important environmental issues,” Corbett said. more»

MSC Recognizes Earth Day

April 22, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. – In recognition of Earth Day, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement: more»

Penn Township’s New Sustainability Park, Walking Path Open In Lancaster County

April 22, 2014

Environmental stewardship is behind the new Sustainability Park located at 306 Doe Run Road in Penn Township, Lancaster County. more»

Voting Now Open In Chesapeake Bay Foundation Save The Bay Photo Contest

April 21, 2014

Hundreds of photos were reviewed, 10 semi-finalists have been selected and now it’s up to you to select the Viewers’ Choice Awards in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Save the Bay Photo Contest. more»

500 Expected To Run/Hike In Central PA Conservancy’s Ironmaster’s Challenge April 27

April 21, 2014

Hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy in partnership with the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, the Fifth Annual Ironmaster’s Challenge trail race will take place on April 27, starting at the Furnace Stack Pavilion and ending at the Ironmaster’s Mans more»

Gray’s Woods, Park Forest Schools Win Centre Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge

April 21, 2014

Congratulations to Gray’s Woods & Park Forest Elementary Schools for winning the Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge sponsored by the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. Park Forest collected the most bags overall (1,497 pounds) and Gray’s Woods collected the most per capita (3.80 pounds per student). more»

PA American Water To Expand Natural Gas Fleet In Northeast PA

April 21, 2014

Pennsylvania American Water Monday announced plans to expand its fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its northeast Pennsylvania operations. As a result of Act 13 funding recently awarded by Gov. Tom Corbett, the company will receive a $315,000 grant for CNG-fueled vehicles. more»

DEP Sets International Energy Conservation Code Workshop In Exton On May 15

April 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites code enforcement officials, builders, contractors and designers to a May 15 training workshop in Exton, Chester County, on the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Exton Valley Forge Hotel, 815 N. more»

Scheetz Earns Gold LEED Certification For ShWellness Center

April 21, 2014

On April 22 Sheetz, Inc. will formally accept the gold certification (second-highest level attainable) from the USGBC's LEED program for the environmentally responsible design of its Sheetz Center for Shwellness in Claysburg, Blair County. more»

PUC Holds May 5 Hearing On Combined Heat, Power Technology

April 21, 2014

The Public Utility Commission will hold an en banc hearing on the use of combined heat and power (CHP) on May 5 in Philadelphia to explore current issues and discuss regulatory policies impacting greater adoption of CHP in the Commonwealth.The hearing, at Drexel University’s AJ Picture Gallery from 1 p.m. more»

MSC Highlights “Gas Drilling’s Benefits” in Tribune-Review

April 21, 2014

President Obama has underscored the urgency of revitalizing our nation’s manufacturing base, especially in regions like ours where this sector — and the communities it supports — have struggled for far too long. As we know, our region’s workforce is second to none. Now — driven by tightly regulated shale development — a brighter, more promising future is within reach. more»

MSC in Times-Tribune: More Taxes Would Hurt Job Growth

April 20, 2014

A recent editorial (“Pressure rises for fair tax on natural gas,” April 17) unfortunately relies on political rhetoric rather than economic realities regarding shale development in the commonwealth. more»

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Donates Surveillance Cameras to City of Pittsburgh

April 18, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Friday said they have donated high-tech surveillance cameras to the City of Pittsburgh to support enhanced enforcement efforts surrounding the act of illegal dumping within the City limits. more»

Opinion: Corbett Plan For Drilling Good For State Parks, Forests

April 18, 2014

ByJohn C. Oliver III, Former Secretary, Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesandJames M. Seif, Former Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection more»

DEP Publishes Final Impaired Waters Assessment, Listing Methodology Policies

April 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the April 19 PA Bulletin of the final assessment and listing methodology for determining when waters are impaired under Sections 303(d) and 305(d) of the federal Clean Water Act and required for Pennsylvania’s more»

Susquehanna River Basin Commission May 8 Public Hearing On Water Withdrawals

April 18, 2014

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission holds a public hearing on water withdrawal requests on May 8 in Room 8E-B East Wing, Capitol Building, Harrisburg starting at 2:30. more»

DEP Publishes Final Community Environmental Projects Policy In PA Bulletin

April 18, 2014

The final version of DEP's Community Environmental Projects (CEP) Policy was published in the April 19 PA Bulletin. more»

Harrisburg’s Midtown Cinema Presents First EarthFest April 22

April 17, 2014

Midtown Cinema, located at 250 Reily Street in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, is producing the first annual EarthFest, 4-7 p.m. on April 22. In conjunction with environmental and civic organizations, Midtown Cinema is proud to present an afternoon of learning and fun for the whole family. more»

Anglers Have Successful Opening Day In Formerly AMD Plagued Watershed

April 17, 2014

For the second year in a row, anglers were able to fish for trout along the tributaries of Bennett Branch Sinnemahoning Creek in Clearfield County. more»

Chatham University Workshops Seek To Advance Rainwater Catchment Systems

April 17, 2014

American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is partnering with the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University to host an accredited workshop on May 8 and 9 at the University’s Eden Hall Campus, 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia, Allegheny County.The two-day, AP-level workshop is an in-depth rainwater-harvesting course more»

Delaware River Source Water Collaborative Webinar May 8

April 17, 2014

It’s Drinking Water Week May 4-10 and the Delaware River Basin Source Water Collaborative is hosting a free webinar highlighting the USGS Water Census stud more»

York Water Company Joins The Partnership For Safe Water Treatment Program

April 17, 2014

The York Water Co. Water Plant in York County recently became the newest member of the Partnership for Safe Water Treatment Program, a voluntary effort to provide safe drinking water. more»

PA Students Explore Local Waterways In CBF’s Susquehanna Watershed Ed Program

April 17, 2014

For the past 24 years, teams of Chesapeake Bay Foundation educators have taken to the Susquehanna River and more»

Environmental Justice Advisory Board Community Listening Session In Chester May 6

April 17, 2014

DEP's Environmental Justice Advisory Board will hold a public listening session from 6-8 p.m., May 6 in Chester, Delaware County, to provide interested stakeholders an opportunity to give public comment on concerns and suggestions regarding environmental justice issues. more»

Cleanup At Site Of Massive Tire Pile Fire Almost Complete In Luzerne County

April 17, 2014

A $1 million cleanup of what was left after an arson fire torched 100,000 tires and burned for three days in 1991 in Luzerne County is nearly complete.DEP took over the cleanup of the site near the Coxton rail yards in Duryea that was once one of the largest tire piles in the state after the tire recycler went bankrupt following the fire. more»

University Of Pittsburgh $37.5M Investment In Sustainability Academics, Research

April 17, 2014

To mark the tenth anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and to build upon the ongoing philanthropy of two of Pitt's most generous donors, Pitt officials announced a new $37.5 million funding initiative comprising various endowments and current funds to support sustainability-related academics and res more»

April 17 DEP Newsletter Now Available

April 17, 2014

The April 17 issue of DEP’s newsletter is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.

PA Adds 28 Farms, Nearly 2,800 Acres To Preservation Program

April 17, 2014

Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 2,778 additional acres on 28 farms in 13 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program.The board preserved farms in Bedford, Bucks, Center, Chester, Cumberland, Erie, Lancaster, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Wayne counties.Since the program began in 1988, federal, s more»

Rep. Vitali Files 2 New Right-To-Know Requests On New Drilling In State Forests

April 17, 2014

Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Thursday has filed two new Right-to-Know requests seeking information about Gov. more»

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