Marcellus Shale

Centre County Offers Campaign Sign Recycling

May 19, 2014

Don’t trash that campaign sign!  Bring it to the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority and have it recycled.Just bring your campaign yard signs to the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority May 21-30 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday to Building A, at the Authority. more»

Student Stories: Alumna puts ag degrees to use promoting food security

May 19, 2014

Innovation is key when dealing with issues such as poverty, food security and conservation, according to Dana James, a recent graduate of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Water Resources Education Network Awards Education, Source Water Grants

May 17, 2014

The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) Project, a project of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund, Friday announced 22 community partnerships across the Commonwealth have been awarded a share of grant funds totaling $68,720. more»

West Nile Virus-Carrying Mosquito Detected, Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas

May 16, 2014

The Departments of Environmental Protection and Health Friday reported the first detection in 2014 of a West Nile Virus-carrying mosquito.The infected mosquito was found May 13 in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County.“DEP is committed to monitoring the mosquito population, so that when the virus is identified, our staff are able to act quickly to pre more»

PA Wilds Partnership Honors Small Business, Individual Champions

May 16, 2014

More than 130 business and community leaders from across the Pennsylvania Wilds gathered Thursday evening to get an update on the state and local effort to grow the region’s outdoor recreation economy, and to honor 10 organizations and individuals for outstanding work in conservation and sustainable tourism development. more»

Online Viewers Can Watch Eagles, Ospreys Grow In Allegheny, Northampton Counties

May 16, 2014

They grow up so quickly.  It’s been about six weeks since the first of three bald-eagle chicks hatched in Pittsburgh in front of a live audience viewing online. more»

Student Stories: Alumna puts ag degrees to use promoting food security

May 16, 2014

Innovation is key when dealing with issues such as poverty, food security and conservation, according to Dana James, a recent graduate of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Five named CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellows

May 16, 2014

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Academic Leadership Program has gained five additional fellows from the Penn State ranks. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. more»

StateImpact: Commonwealth Court Weighs Remanded Challenges To Act 13 Drilling Law

May 16, 2014

StateImpact reported Wednesday Commonwealth Court heard oral arguments on a series of issues the PA Supreme Court directed them to rehear as a result of its December 2013 decision declaring po more»

DEP, DCNR Announce Bicycle Friendly Business Designation

May 16, 2014

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo Friday announced  the Rachel Carson State Office Building has been rated a “silver bicycle friendly business” by the League of American Bicyclists.The Rachel Carson building is home to both DEP and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ central offices. more»

DEP Awards Over $15 Million In Recycling, Composting Grants

May 16, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Saturday published formal notice it has awarded more than $15 million in Act 101 recycling and compost grants.  Click Here for a list of grants awarded. more»

DCNR Leases Streambed In Greene County For Oil And Gas

May 16, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Saturday published notice of the execution of an oil and gas lease agreement on the streambed for Tenmile Creek in Morgan Township, Greene County, to allow gas development without disturbing the stre more»

Update On Natural Gas Severance Tax Proposals Introduced So Far In Senate, House

May 16, 2014

Here's an update on the natural gas severance tax proposals introduced so far in the Senate and House:

Senators Hughes, Yudichak Introduce Natural Gas Severance Tax Bill more»

AP: First Application Comes To Sustainable Shale Development Center

May 16, 2014

The Associated Press reported Thursday the Center for Sustainable Shale Development received its first application to be certified under the sustainability guidelines of the Center. Certification is based on the Center's 15 initial performance standards that were developed to reflect leading industry practices. more»

Senators Hughes, Yudichak Introduce Natural Gas Severance Tax Bill

May 15, 2014

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), Minority Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. more»

DEP Helps Students Learn About Water Quality At HydroMania Festival

May 15, 2014

More than 1,200 elementary school students from nearly 15 different Lehigh Valley Schools attended the HydroMania Festival on May 8 in Allentown.The annual event held at Cedar Crest College features different “stations” for groups of students to visit and learn about the value of water. more»

Stormwater Project Wins PA Township Assn. Award In Cumberland County

May 15, 2014

The PA Association of Township Supervisors this week announced the Letort Spring Run Sustainable Stormwater Pilot Project in Cumberland County as the winner of its 2014 Excellence in Intergovernmental Cooperation Award.DE more»

DEP Hosts Japanese Delegation To Discuss Nuclear Power Plant Oversight

May 15, 2014

On May 14, staff from DEP's Bureaus of Labs and Radiation Protection hosted a delegation of visitors from the Fukushima Prefectural Government who came to Harrisburg to learn about Pennsylvania’s surveillance program of nuclear power plants. more»

May 15 Issue Of DEP Newsletter Now Available

May 15, 2014

The May 15 issue of the DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.

Four Falcon Nestlings Banded This Week In Harrisburg

May 15, 2014

On Tuesday, the Rachel Carson State Office Building hosted nearly 150 students and teachers for its 15th annual falcon banding event.During the event, biologists retrieved the newly-hatched nestlings, called eyases, from their nest, weighed them and placed a metal band with a falcon-specific code around each bird’s left leg. more»

DCNR, Volunteers Install Floating Islands At Marsh Creek State Park

May 15, 2014

Marsh Creek State Park visitors in Chester County with a keen eye for scenery may notice a subtle change in lakeside topography Thursday after park workers and community volunteers installed two floating islands to provide improved water quality and aquatic habitat.The 15-foot-square islands were placed in Marsh Creek Lake more»

Save The Date! International Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Mgmt. Conference Aug. 5-6

May 15, 2014

The PA Section American Water Works Association is co-sponsoring the first International Water/ Wastewater Infrastructure Management Conference on August 5-6 in Philadelphia.  Click Here for more information.

Hundreds attend second annual Polar Day

May 15, 2014

The second annual "Polar Day" brought together hundreds of university and community members alike. Arguably the most uncanny moment in this year's Polar Day was an aural experience unlike any that had been heard before: a "data sonification" of ice. more»

Mellon Foundation Awards Center For Sustainable Shale Development 2-Year Grant

May 14, 2014

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development Wednesday announced the Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded the Center a two-year grant in support of its certification program and public engagement initiatives. more»

Clean Pittsburgh Commission Releases 2013 Annual Report On Quality Of Life Issues

May 14, 2014

The Clean Pittsburgh Commission Wednesday released its 2013 Annual Report detailing the status of quality of life issues in the City, including litter prevention and recycling programs, status of abandoned vehicles, buildings, and lots, community gardens, graffiti more»

DEP Issues Air Permit For Lehigh County Sludge-To-Energy Plant

May 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday issued an air quality plan approval and waste management permit to Delta Thermo Energy, Inc. more»

New Delaware Highlands Conservancy Video On Local Farm, Forest Economies

May 14, 2014

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has released a new short film about the inter-connectedness of the Delaware Highlands vibrant local community, thriving farm and forest economies, and the ways in which shopping local and how using the ShopLocalSaveLand website can make a big difference. more»

May 14 DCNR Resource Newsletter Now Available

May 14, 2014

The May 14 issue of the Resource newsletter from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now available.

Penn State Extension Schedules Marcellus Shale Webinars Thru August

May 14, 2014

Penn State Extension has scheduled a series of webinars for May, June, July and August on a variety of topics related to Marcellus Shale development. more»

PJM Interconnect Ready To Provide Power To Withstand Hot Summer Ahead

May 13, 2014

PJM Interconnection, operator of the nation's largest power grid, is prepared with enough resources to power air conditioners to the 61 million people served by the power grid. This summer is forecasted to see 1.3 percent higher energy use over last summer's projection, with 157,279 megawatts at its peak. more»

Ben Franklin portfolio company LignoLink receives Phase II SBIR Grant

May 13, 2014

Located in Innovation Park, Lignolink Inc. is developing a patented technology for the genetic modification of crops to enhance digestibility for biofuels feedstock and livestock forages. Recently the company received a $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Science Foundation. more»

DEP Honored For Clarion County Abandoned Mine Project

May 13, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced its Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation has received the 2013 Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Pennsylvania State Award for an abandoned mine project in Farmington Township, Clarion County. more»

DEP: $21 Million Available For Growing Greener Plus Grants

May 13, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Tuesday announced DEP is now accepting applications for the Growing Greener Plus Grant Program for watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects. A total of $21 million is available for grants. more»

PUC: Electric Prices To Increase Average Of Over 25% For 6 Of 8 Basic Service Providers

May 13, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Tuesday alerted consumers that six of the eight default electric service providers in Pennsylvania will be increasing their basic electric prices by an average of over 25 percent starting June 1. more»

Hanger: Carbon Reductions Make PA 1 Of Best Stories In The World Over Last 34 Years

May 13, 2014

Carbon emissions continue to increase rapidly around the world.  The world's emission facts are grim, and finding major examples of declining emissions is, indeed, hard to do.But those hunting for good carbon news should look at carbon trends in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is a good news exception to oceans of bad carbon data. more»

Nature Abounds Awarded Grant To Expand Senior Environment Corps

May 13, 2014

Nature Abounds has been awarded a $356,884 grant from DEP’s Growing Greener Grant P more»

House Democrats To Hold Hearing On Additional Gas Drilling Leasing Proposal June 2

May 12, 2014

The House Democratic Policy Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposal to expand gas drilling leasing on state lands on June 2. Scheduled to testify are: John Quigley, Principal, John H. more»

Save The Date! 2014 Ohio River Watershed Celebration Sept. 18

May 12, 2014

The 2014 Ohio River Watershed Celebration will be heading to land this year at the North Park in Allegheny County on September 18.  The festivities are scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include fishing and kayak trips on the North Park Lake.  More details to follow….

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