Marcellus Shale

Gift of $100K to support collaboration between Penn State and Ukraine

May 23, 2014

Penn State programs that foster collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences and agricultural universities in Ukraine will get a boost as the result of a gift from a local family. more»

Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Sponsors 2 Stream Buffer Plantings In June

May 22, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is sponsoring two stream buffer plantings in June in Dauphin and Lancaster counties, according to Kate Austin, PA Grassroots Field Organizer. more»

Yellow Breeches Watershed Assn. On-The-Water Cleanup July 19

May 22, 2014

The Yellow Breeches Watershed Association in Cumberland County is planning an on-the-water paddle cleanup for July 19.  An informational flyer and registration information will be posted on the YBWA Facebook page in the near future. more»

Reminder: PROP Waste Watcher Award Applications Due May 30

May 22, 2014

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania are accepting applications for its annual Waste Watcher Awards Program until May 30.  Click Here for details.

New recording explores capacity of Northeast US to meet food, bioenergy needs

May 22, 2014

A recent lecture that explored the capacity of the Northeast US to meet its food and bioenergy needs is now available as an online recording. The lecture, delivered by Christian Peters of Tufts University, was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

New recording explores capacity of Northeast US to meet food, bioenergy needs

May 22, 2014

A recent lecture that explored the capacity of the Northeast US to meet its food and bioenergy needs is now available as an online recording. The lecture, delivered by Christian Peters of Tufts University, was part of the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Washington County Contractor Guilty Of Illegal Dumping

May 22, 2014

Robert Semulka from Washington County plead guilty and was fined $2101.50 for illegally dumping trash at two locations in Canton Township. A third incident of dumping by Semulka, also in Canton Township, is awaiting an outcome. Evidence of illegal dumping was found by Canton Township Code Enforcement Officer, Chris Hammett who traced it back to Semulka, a local contractor. more»

DEP Awards $944,819 Mine Reclamation Contract In Clearfield County

May 22, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced it has awarded a $944,819 contract for the Salem Church abandoned mine reclamation project in Boggs and Bradford townships, Clearfield County.Comprised of two separate sites about three miles apart, the Salem Church project will include grading, excavating, erosion control turf reinforcement, wildlife brush barriers and seeding.“This im more»

Lancaster Solid Waste Authority Launches New CNG Project

May 22, 2014

During a ceremony that included over 100 attendees from throughout the region, the more»

PUC OKs Plans To Supply Natural Gas To Dimock, State Prison

May 22, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved two applications that will supply natural gas to previously unserved portions of Susquehanna and Wayne counties.“I believe we have a duty to bring the economic opportunity this resource represents to each and every Pennsylvanian who wants afford themselves of this benefit,” said PUC Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer in a statement. more»

DCNR To Resume Spraying Woodlands To Combat Gypsy Moth Damage

May 22, 2014

The cool, wet weather of spring 2013 has emerged as a strong ally of state woodland managers as they prepare to combat remnants of a statewide gypsy moth population that had been posed for a heavy outbreak across much of the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said Thursday.“Heavy de more»

Creamery serves up new flavor in honor of volleyball coach Russ Rose

May 22, 2014

Russ Rose, Penn State women's volleyball head coach, has had unprecedented success over a 35-year career in Happy Valley, including five national championships in the last seven years. But perhaps none of his victories has tasted as sweet as the honor he received this week. more»

Penn State: Conventional Drilling Has Altered Bird Communities In Pennsylvania

May 21, 2014

Conventional oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania altered bird communities, and the current massive build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may accelerate these changes, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.The Commonwealth's Northern Tier -- one of the largest blocks of Eastern deciduous forest in the entire Appala more»

Peace Corps hires Penn State alumnus as recruiter

May 21, 2014

The Peace Corps recently hired Penn State alumnus and returned Peace Corps volunteer Charles Cascio at the Peace Corps for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Washington, D.C. Cascio, 27, will serve as a recruiter in Virginia, promoting awareness of Peace Corps programs and serving as a liaison for volunteer applications.

DEP Releases 2013 Susquehanna River Study Report, Webinar Set For May 28

May 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday released the more»

DEP Citizens’ Advisory Council Releases 2013 Annual Report, Has Vacancies

May 21, 2014

The Citizens’ Advisory Council to the Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday released its annual report detailing activities and accomplishments more»

Coal Refuse Pile Fire Extinguished In Lackawanna County

May 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced a coal refuse pile fire that has been burning for more than four months on parts of a seven-acre tract of land above abandoned mines in Fell Township, Lackawanna County, has been extinguished. Minichi Inc. more»

PPL To Increase Cost Of Electric Service 3.2 Percent June 1, Not Decrease

May 21, 2014

The Public Utility Commission is alerting consumers who receive their electric generation supply from PPL that the price is now estimated to increase on June 1.PPL’s June 1 estimate originally showed their price decreasing for the summer months. However, updated pricing now shows the cost of electric generation supply will be increasing by 3.2 percent. more»

Oil and gas development homogenizing core-forest bird communities

May 21, 2014

Conventional oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania altered bird communities, and the current massive build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may accelerate these changes, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Primary Election Pits Tom Corbett Against Tom Wolf On Environmental Policy

May 21, 2014

The voters have spoken.  Tom Corbett is the Republican candidate for Governor and Tom Wolf is the Democratic candidate.  The environment, specifically Marcellus Shale development, will be key issues in the November election. more»

DCNR Now Accepting Applications For Grants To Protect Non-Game Species

May 20, 2014

The Wild Resource Conservation Program is now accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity through June 30.The program, overseen by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat. more»

Op-Ed: Mitigate Methane Emissions In Pennsylvania

May 20, 2014

byCindy Dunn, President and CEO, PennFutureDavitt Woodwell, Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Environmental CouncilMatt Watson, National Director of State Programs, Natural Gas, Environmental Defense Fund First, the bad news. more»

DEP Extends Deadline For Hearings On RACT Emissions Reduction Plans

May 19, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced the Environmental Quality Board has extended the registration deadline for three public hearings across the state on the department’s Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) proposal to ensure ample opportunity for public participation.First published in the < more»

PUC Issues Report On Electric Outages Related To February Ice Storm

May 19, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Monday released its report providing detailed information about and action items related to electric distribution company (EDC) responses the ice storm that brought significant snow, ice and winds to Pennsylvania in February 2014.“Many things wen more»

PEMA Completes After Action Review Of Response To February Storms

May 19, 2014

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has completed an After Action Review (AAR) of county, state and utility company response to a series of severe storms in February that brought snow and ice to south central and south eastern Pennsylv more»

DEP Names John Guth Northwest Office Regional Director

May 19, 2014

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary E. more»

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»

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