Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday he has signed the FY 2014-15 state budget and the Fiscal Code bill, but bluelined (cut) $72.2 million in funding going to the Senate and House saying they need to participate in being financially responsible to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania. more»
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday the federal government is considering whether to require companies shipping crude oil by train to first stabilize the oil by removing volatile gases before shipment. more»
The Public Utility Commission Wednesday approved the long-term infrastructure improvement plan (LTIIP) for UGI Utilities, Inc. – Gas Division (UGI).“One of the main criteria that the Commission must use in judging the adequacy of an LTIIP is whether the plan accelerates the replacement of aging infrastructure,” said PUC Chairman Robert F.more»
Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday announced Pennsylvania will receive $1.37 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for local park, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.“These funds will be awarded through DCNR as part of our grant program that helps local communities plan, acquire and develop parks and trails and conserve natural areas,” Corbett said. more»
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry invites hikers and other visitors to sample the rugged beauty of Sproul State Forest when a three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off July 18 in Clinton and Centre counties.Marking its 11th year, the increasingly popular more»
DCNR officials remind municipalities and local officials the deadline is nearing to apply for grants to aid in tree planting in public rights-of ways and parks.Applicants from counties other than Allegheny and those outside the southeastern section of the state (Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties) have until July 1 more»
If you catch a smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna or its tributaries, with a wire trailing from its underside, it is a participant in a study of fish movement related to wider research into the causes of fish diseases in the river system.
On July 3 Michael Paul Leese, 32 and Terrell Montgomery, 45, both from Pittsburgh, were found guilty of illegal dumping debris from an excavac vehicle in the Larimer section of Pittsburgh by the Honorable Jeffery A. Manning. Leese was fined $500 plus court fees and Montgomery was fined $300 plus court fees. Both parties have 30 days to appeal. more»
The Northcentral PA Conservancy will host an Agricultural Best Management Practices Field Days on August 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Steven and Esther Martin Farm near Lewisburg, Union County.For five summers, county conservation districts have been working with the Fish and Boat Commission on projects to install projects along sediment-impaired streams. more»
By a vote of 26 to 22, the Senate Tuesday concurred in House changes to the Fiscal Code Bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- designed to implement parts of the state budget, and sent the bill to Gov. Corbett for his action. more»
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) issued this statement after the Senate Tuesday send the Fiscal Code bill to the Governor for his action: “Last month Gov. Corbett clearly stated that he would not consider new revenue options to balance the 2014-15 state budget unless the issues of liquor and pensions were both completed. more»
By a vote of 26-22, the Senate late this afternoon sent the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that contains a provision fundamentally changing the way conventional oil and gas operations are regulated in Pennsylvania to the Governor for his action. more»
If you have an interest in research related to agriculture and natural resources, organizers of Penn State's Ag Progress Days have a deal for you. Come to the event, Aug. 12-14, board a bus and you'll be transported into the field, where you can learn about topics such as crop production, woodlot management, wildlife habitat, biofuel feedstocks and water quality.
At best, the FY 2014-15 state budget is still a work in progress. The Senate and House both passed a General Fund budget-- House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)-- to beat the June 30 budget deadline, but instead of signing the bill right away, Gov. more»
At a 3:00 press conference Wednesday, Gov. Corbett said all options are on the table-- including vetoing the budget passed by the General Assembly in House Bill 2328 (Adolph-R-Delaware)-- to get meaningful action on pension reform by the House and Senate. more»
The PA Environmental Council Wednesday wrote to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey urging him to discontinue efforts to eliminate the federal Transportation Alternatives Program which helps fund trail development projects in Pennsylvania and other states. more»
The PA Environmental Council Wednesday sent a letter to each member of the House urging them to eliminate language in the Fiscal Code bill-- House Bill 278 (Baker-R-Tioga)-- that would set different operational and environmental standards for regulating more»
Penn State announced today (July 2) that Richard Roush will be the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its July 11 meeting. His appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2014.