Pennsylvania

Shale Creating American Manufacturing Jobs, Bolstering U.S. Security

March 17, 2014

Safe, tightly-regulated shale development is creating broad-based benefits that are cascading across Pennsylvania and beyond. At the same time, American shale production is strengthening our environment and our nation’s standing the global marketplace. more»

Donetta M. D’Innocenzo Confirmed as Pennsylvania Senate Chief Clerk

March 17, 2014

Donetta M. D’Innocenzo was unanimously confirmed today as the Chief Clerk for the Pennsylvania State Senate.  D’Innocenzo is the first woman to be sworn-in as Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania State Senate, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). more»

Partnership For Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit Jan. 25-28

March 17, 2014

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary will hold its 10th annual Science and Environmental Summit January 25-28 in Cape May, NJ.  The theme will be Balancing Progress and Protection - 10 Years of Science in Action. Stay tuned for an official call for papers. more»

Statement on Clear Creek Bridge Re-Opening

March 14, 2014

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement regarding the re-opening of the Clear Creek Bridge in Jefferson County: more»

Energy Performance Improvements You Can Take To The Bank Seminar April 15 In York

March 14, 2014

EMS Consulting is hosting a Energy Performance Improvements You Can Take To The Bank Seminar at the MANTEC Training Room, 600 N. Hartley St., Suite 100 in York from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 15. more»

DEP Fines Vogel Holding Inc. Subsidiaries More Than $1.2 Million

March 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced it has levied more than $1.2 million in fines against Seneca Landfill Inc. and Vogel Disposal Services Inc., both subsidiaries of Vogel Holding Inc.The fines against Seneca Landfill Inc. total $634,375 and were levied for a variety of operational violations stemming as far back as 2011. more»

Scarnati Urges Volunteer Fire Companies to Apply For Grants

March 14, 2014

Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is encouraging local volunteer fire companies to apply for state grants to help with training and equipment purchases to fight brush and forest fires. more»

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Announces Blair County Affiliate Merger

March 14, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Friday announced their longtime affiliate PA CleanWays of Blair County has affiliated with Keep America Beautiful to become Keep Blair County Beautiful. more»

Tough Opposition Delays Vote On Endangered Species Bill, But It Isn’t Over In The House

March 14, 2014

Attempts by sponsors to have a House vote this week on House Bill 1576 (Pyle-R-Armstrong), which would remove significant protections for threatened and endangered species during environmental permit reviews, suffered a setback this week as a nearly united coalition of sportsmen and envi more»

DCNR Releases Q/A On Proposed Additional Natural Gas Leasing On State Lands

March 13, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday released a fact sheet on Gov. more»

Millionaire Strolling Strings perform at state Capitol

March 13, 2014

News releases and media advisories from Rep. Mirabito.

Sen. Yaw: Attorney General Will Review Royalty Complaints Against Chesapeake Energy

March 13, 2014

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Thursday announced the Office of Attorney General has responded to his letter requesting an official inquiry into the post-production cost deduction practices of Chesapeake Energy. more»

PA Outdoor Writers Assn. Spring Conference May 15-18 In Shippensburg

March 13, 2014

The PA Outdoor Writers Association will hold their spring conference May 15-18 in Shippensburg at several venues including Shippensburg University.  Click Here to read an article on the conference in the POWA newsletter. more»

Philipsburg Water Plant Receives Presidents Award From Partnership For Safe Water

March 13, 2014

Pennsylvania American Water’s Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant, which serves approximately 7,700 customers in Clearfield and Centre counties, has received the elite Phase IV “Presidents Award” recognition from the P more»

John Hanger Quits Governor’s Race

March 13, 2014

The Associated Press is reporting former DEP Secretary John Hanger has decided to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor.His political director, Roger Cohen, confirmed Thursday that the Democrat will announce his decision at a Capitol news conference.Hanger, who became the first Democrat to enter the race when he announced his candidacy in November 2012, is a former state more»

Soaring Marcellus Production Creating Long-Term, Regional Benefits

March 13, 2014

As responsible Marcellus Shale production continues to soar, so do the long-term, local benefits and investments that come with it. These huge strides in American shale production — which are “driven by drilling efficiency,” according to the U.S. more»

Direct Energy Makes Changes To Variable Rate Electric Contracts

March 13, 2014

The impacts of the recent, unprecedented Polar Vortex have highlighted the potential for improvements so that customers are better protected from extraordinarily high energy bills during short term market events. more»

Mentored Youth Fishing Days Fast Approaching

March 12, 2014

After a highly successful first run last year, the Fish and Boat Commission’s popular Mentored Youth Fishing Days program returns this spring to kick off the 2014 fishing season.The first day will be held on 12 waters on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. more»

CBF Urges Lancaster County Residents To Keep Clean Water Momentum Moving

March 12, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA sent an action alert to its members in Lancaster County alerting them Lancaster County government has signed on to a legal brief supporting an appeal more»

Widener Law Announces Environmental Law Distinguished Speaker Series

March 12, 2014

Widener University Law and its Environmental Law Center will host a Distinguished Speaker Series with public events on both of its campuses. The schedule of events is---- March 18, 4 p.m. – E. more»

South Mountain Speaker Series To Feature Four Lectures In 2014

March 12, 2014

The fifth season of an innovative lecture series will begin March 27 at Penn State Mont Alto with a talk on the history, diversity and current management of the forest resource in the South Mountain region.Additional topics in 2014 will include South Mountain historic African-American burial grounds, re-creating the cider industry in the region and the impacts of weather and climate patterns.“For more»

DCNR Accepting Applications For Volunteer Firefighter Grants

March 12, 2014

With the approach of spring and increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, federal grants are now available to help Pennsylvania's rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas. more»

Royalty Legislation Subject of Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Meeting

March 11, 2014

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford) to clarify minimum royalty payments in state law was the subject of a meeting of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday in Harrisburg.

PA Treasury Invests In Drexel Campus Energy Efficiency Projects

March 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Treasury, in partnership with Blue Hill Partners, Tuesday announced the launch of a $6.6 million energy efficiency project to upgrade five buildings at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Blue Hill Partners co-developed the project with SCIenergy. more»

AFT Helps Ohio River Basin Farmers In 1st Interstate Water Quality Credit Trades

March 11, 2014

American Farmland Trust has partnered with the Electric Power Research Institute and other collaborators in a pilot program to help farmers in the Ohio River Basin participate in the first-ever interstate water quality credit trading program to fund on-farm installation of conservation prac more»

Advocates From PA, Ohio, West Virginia Urge Common Approach To Shale Gas Taxation

March 10, 2014

Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia should take a common approach to taxing gas and oil drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale, leaders of research and policy organizations from each state said Monday.Leaders of Policy Matters Ohio, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy sent a letter to the go more»

Natural Lands Trust Lauds East Bradford Township For Open Space Initiatives

March 10, 2014

Natural Lands Trust, in partnership with the Chester County Association of Township Officials, honored East Bradford Township, Chester County, Monday with the first annual Growing Greener Communities Award. more»

PEMA To Track Crude Oil, Hazardous Materials Rail Shipments With CSX

March 10, 2014

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Monday announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with CSX Transportation, a company that will allow PEMA to share operational information regarding the movement of hazardous materials in Pennsylvania.CSX Transportation, based in Jacksonville more»

Penn State Extension: High School Students To Explore Penn State Water Science

March 10, 2014

The Cameron County Conservation District collaborated with Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, to secure a seventy-nine hundred dollar grant from the Headwaters Research, Conservation, and Development Council.The grant funds, which must be executed in the Sinnemahoning Watershed, will pay for a water science youth program. more»

DEP Reaches Agreement With Bucks County Water And Sewer Authority

March 10, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has reached an agreement with Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority that will systematically address current and future sewage capacity, foster growth and protect the environment.The parties have agreed that, through a combination of corrective actions and earned credits, the 13 municipalities served by the authority will be able to m more»

Westmoreland Manure Management Workshops Set For March 27, April 10

March 10, 2014

The Westmoreland County Conservation District will offer a Manure Management Workshop twice, first on March 27 and again on April 10 at the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center, 218 Donohoe Road, Greensburg, from 5:30 p.m. more»

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Opens 2014 Save The Bay Photo Contest

March 10, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Monday announced it is now accepting submissions for its annual Save The Bay Photo Contest from both amateurs and professionals. more»

Help Wanted: Berks County Conservation District Seeks Outreach Interns

March 10, 2014

The Berks County Conservation District is seeking candidates for two education outreach student intern positions. more»

Steven Tambini Named New Executive Director Delaware River Basin Commission

March 10, 2014

The Delaware River Basin Commission Monday announced that Steven J. Tambini has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective August 1, 2014.“We are pleased to welcome Steve Tambini as the DRBC Executive Director,” said Commission Chair Pro Tem Michele Siekerka, who represents New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. more»

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