Pennsylvania

Hearings On Hilcorp Application For Gas Well Spacing Units, Pooling, Set For Sept. 16, 17

July 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced hearing officer Michael Bangs has rescheduled the public hearing sessions on an Application for Gas Well Spacing Units, or spacing order, (commonly called pooling) received from Hilcorp Energy Co., for September 16 and 17.Hilcorp Energy Co. more»

More Drilling On DCNR Land Delayed Until Court Rules On Oil & Gas Fund Challenges

July 18, 2014

Commonwealth attorneys Friday announced they have negotiated a settlement in the case of PEDF v. more»

Governor’s Office Publishes Updated Regulatory Agenda

July 18, 2014

The Governor’s Office Saturday published its semi-annual Regulatory Agenda showing the status of existing and proposed regulatory changes listed by agency (PA Bulletin, Page 4641).  DCNR begins on page 4643, the Environmental Hearing Board on page 4646 and DEP begins on page 4646. more»

Senators Scarnati and Pileggi Comment on the Passing of Senator Hank Salvatore

July 18, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Senator Hank Salvatore: more»

Scarnati Announces $1.2 Million Awarded for 25th District Airport Grants

July 18, 2014

Three airports in the 25th Senatorial District will receive a total of $1,225,754 in grants to improve safety and operations, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that the grants are being awarded to airports in Clinton, Elk and Jefferson counties.  Funding for the grants comes from PennDOT’s Aviation Development Program and a Federal Block Grant Program. more»

Non-Surface Disturbance Natural Gas Leasing On July 30 DCNR Committee Agenda

July 17, 2014

DCNR’s Natural Gas Advisory Committee will meet on July 30 to hear an update on the proposed non-surface disturbance natural gas leasing of State Park and State Forest land for additional drilling. more»

June Issue Of Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness Newsletter Now Available

July 17, 2014

The June issue of FAWN, the official newsletter of the Friends of Allegheny Wilderness, is now available.  Click Here to read a copy.

Court Dismisses Challenges To Act 13, Enjoins PUC Review Of Local Ordinances

July 17, 2014

Commonwealth Court Thursday dismissed the remaining challenges to the Act 13 drilling law remanded for reconsideration by the PA Supreme Court, but did enjoin the Public Utility Commission from reviewing local ordinances regulating drilling consistent with the more»

EPA Awards 5 Urban Waters Grants In PA’s Delaware Watershed

July 17, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday awarded $2.1 million to 37 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. more»

Women Forest Landowners Educational Retreat Sept. 25-28 In Lycoming County

July 17, 2014

Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply to att more»

DEP Told To Release Natural Gas Study Background Documents, Data Records

July 17, 2014

The PA Office of Open Records Wednesday directed the Department of Environmental Protection to release background documents and data records the agency has as part of its comprehensive study of radioactivity in natural gas production more»

Secretary Abruzzo: I’ll Continue To Advocate For An Increase In DEP’s Budget

July 17, 2014

DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday he was very grateful for the $11.5 million increase in DEP’s FY 2014-15 budget this year and said he would continue to advocate for an increa more»

Wildlife Foundation Awards $2.4 Million In Delaware River Grants

July 17, 2014

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Wednesday announced $2.4 million in grants as part of the first round of $7 million in funding to improve waters that contribute to the overall health of the Delaware River. more»

EQB Adopts Medical Waste Rule, Hears Update On Chloride, Sulfate Standard Setting

July 17, 2014

On Tuesday the Environmental Quality Board adopted final regulations comprehensively updating the medical and chemotherapeutic waste regulations, proposed regulations establishing the Land Reclamation Finance Guarantee and Bioenergy Crop Bonding Programs and he more»

Clean Natural Gas Powers Our Economy

July 16, 2014

With domestic natural gas productionat an all-time high” – driven by the Marcellus Shale – this clean-burning, homegrown fuel is creating broad-based benefits for us all. more»

Historic State Education Funding Benefits Local School Districts, Says Baker

July 15, 2014

HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that school districts in the 68th Legislative District will share more than $2.2 million in new education money coming to the area as the result of the recently approved 2014-15 state budget, which he supported.

DEP: Fiscal Code Provision On Conventional Wells Delays Drilling Regs 2-3 Months

July 15, 2014

DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo told the DEP Citizens Advisory Council Tuesday, the provision in the Fiscal Code bill passed by the General Assembly as part of the budget requiring DEP to have separate environmental requ more»

Grants Awarded For Sinnemahoning Creek Projects By Fish & Boat Commission

July 15, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Tuesday announced $500,000 in grants to develop and implement projects that benefit fishing, boating, and aquatic resources in and around Sinnemahoning Creek in Cameron, Elk, Potter and McKean counties.The funding is available through a 2007 settlement agreement with Norfolk Southern as restitution for e more»

Groups Call For Investigation Of Dept. Of Health On Fracking Complaints

July 15, 2014

Several environmental groups Tuesday called for a full investigation into actions by the state Department of Health around natural gas drilling complaints. The request is on the heels of the revelation that the health department circulated a list of "buzzwords" to the department's employees with the admonition that calls with drilling-related complaints not be returned. more»

Just The Facts: Pa.’s Shale Regulations Ensure Health, Safety

July 15, 2014

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published a story with the headline “Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts.” The “expert” at the center of this story is Dr. more»

Teacher Training Project WET Workshop Aug. 1 At Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

July 14, 2014

The Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County will host a Project WET teacher training workshop on August 1.  Click Here for all the details.

Historic Pike County Bridge Offered For Sale, Reuse By PennDOT

July 14, 2014

The Departments of General Services and Transportation are seeking buyers interested in purchasing and preserving the histo more»

Fish & Boat Commission Offers Discounted License For Labor Day Youth Fishing Day

July 14, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Monday announced it will host a second Mentored Youth Fishing Day on Labor Day, September 1, on 17 Panfish Enhancement lakes. more»

Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art Opens Amphitheater July 25, Annual Festival July 26

July 14, 2014

The Ned Smith Center for Nature & Art in Millersburg, Dauphin County, will hold a grand opening for the DeSoto Amphitheater on July 25 starting at 6:00 p.m. and its annual Festival on July 26.

DEP Awards $1.66 Million To Clean Streams Foundation For Abandoned Mine Drainage

July 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has awarded a $1.66 million grant to the Clean Streams Foundation, Inc. (CSF) to maintain acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment facilities in Butler, Cambria, Clarion and Venango counties. more»

Dog Lovers Have Until July 31 To Vote For Philadelphia’s Water Spokesdog

July 14, 2014

Dog lovers have until National Mutt Day on July 31 to vote for Philly Water’s Best Friend.  The dogs with the most votes will compete in two pageants next fall.The winning duo will soon represent the Philadelphia Water Department in Juniata, Lower Moyamensing and beyond. more»

DEP Issues Air Quality Action Alert For Saturday, July 12

July 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday issued an Air Quality Action Alert for Saturday, July 12 in the Susquehanna Valley, Southeast PA and the Lehigh Valley. The areas include: Susquehanna Valley-- Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York; Southeast PA-- Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia; and Lehigh Valley-- Berks, Lehigh, Northampton counties. more»

DEP Accepting Applications For Recycling Performance Grants Thru Sept. 30

July 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection announced it is now accepting applications for Recycling Performance Grants covering calendar year 2013 through September 30. more»

Natural Lands Trust Goes Mobile: Launch Of ExploreNLT Smartphone App

July 10, 2014

Natural Lands Trust Thursday announced the launch of its new mobile app, ExploreNLT. more»

July 10 Issue Of DEP News Now Available

July 10, 2014

The July 10 DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.

Senate Leaders Respond to Governor Corbett’s Veto of Legislative Budget Lines

July 10, 2014

HARRISBURG – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25), Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne (R-16) have issued the following statement in response to Governor Corbett’s veto of State Budget lines and program cuts: more»

Latest DEP Video Highlights Restoration of Bennett Branch/Sinnemahoning Creek

July 10, 2014

The latest in a series of educational videos highlighting the wide-ranging work of DEP staff is now available on the department's YouTube channel.The new video tells the story of the remediation of acid mine draina more»

New Online Drought Emergency Application System Launched By DEP

July 10, 2014

DEP has released the first phase of its new Drought Emergency Application system.  This system focuses on centralizing the drought oversight of the use of water by golf courses, public water suppliers, athletic field owners, commercial or industrial facilities, and citizens.The first phase is those applications related to golf courses. more»

Berks County Water & Sewer Assn. Disaster Planning & Response Conference July 30

July 10, 2014

The Berks County Water and Sewer Association, in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Local Government at Albright College, are pleased to offer a full day seminar on Disaster Planning and Response at the Albright campus in Reading.The seminar will prepare attendees more»

Gov. Corbett Cuts Senate, House Funding $72.2 Million, Reviewing Options On Pensions

July 10, 2014

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»

WSJ: Stabilizing Crude Oil First Makes It Safer To Ship By Rail

July 10, 2014

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»

Gov. Corbett Budget Announcement Thursday

July 9, 2014

Gov. Corbett said he will have a budget announcement Thursday.

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