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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»

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»

Producers weighing dairy policy shift in new farm bill

March 12, 2014

As the dust settles on February's enactment of the 2014 farm bill, experts continue to analyze the bill's provisions to determine what the legislation means for farmers. 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»

Time to choose your tomato varieties for 2014

March 12, 2014

It may seem early, but now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Webinar to examine shale gas development's effect on property values

March 12, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on how ongoing shale-gas development across the state is affecting land and property values.

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»

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»

DEP Hosts Brownfields Redevelopment Seminar In Williamsport April 10

March 10, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development agencies to a seminar, What All Local Governments Need to Know about Brownfields, on April 10 in Williamsport, Lycoming County.The seminar is offered free of charge and will be from 9:30 a.m. more»

In Memorium: Arthur A. Davis, Former Secretary Dept. Of Environmental Resources

March 10, 2014

Former Department of Environmental Resources Secretary Arthur A. more»

March 19 land-use webinar to highlight information sources for community leaders

March 7, 2014

A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on sources of information that can be used by community leaders to help make land-use decisions.

DEP: Radiation Levels Normal After Greene County Well Fire

March 7, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Radiation Protection Friday announced data collected in response to the recent Chevron well fire in Greene County showed no radiation levels above normal “background” levels. more»

Intern Wanted: Trout Unlimited Biological Field Technician Internship

March 7, 2014

Trout Unlimited’s Eastern Abandoned Mine Program is seeking candidates for a biological field technician intern to assist with efforts to restore coldwater ecosystems from abandoned mine drainage.  The position would be based in Lock Haven, Clinton County. more»

DEP Awards $2.4 Million Mine Reclamation Contract In Clearfield County

March 7, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced a $2,472,770 contract award for an abandoned mine reclamation project in Decatur Township, Clearfield County, that will stabilize the ground under 60 homes threatened by historic mine subsidence.“This critically important project will eliminate the threat of mine subsidence for 60 homes in the township at no cost to the property owners,” more»

DEP Proposes New Program To Compensate For Damage To Aquatic Resources

March 7, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection is establishing a new in-lieu fee program called the Pennsylvania Integrated Ecological Services, Capacity Enhancement and Support Program to allow applicants that are required to offset their aquatic resource impacts for both state and federal permit requirements to contribute monies to a program that meets the federal requirements for such activities in more»

Presentations, Report Available From October Delaware River Forum

March 7, 2014

On October 28 and 29, 2013, more than 200 people attended Accelerating Action – The Delaware River Watershed Forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia to discuss key issues affecting conservation and restoration efforts in the Basin. more»

March 18 DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meeting Features FY 2014-15 Budget Discussion

March 7, 2014

The March 18 DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting will feature a discussion of the FY 2014-15 budget request for DEP by Jeff Logan, Executive Deputy Secretary for Administration. more»

Central PA Conservancy Ironmaster’s Challenge April 27

March 7, 2014

The Central PA Conservancy will hold its annual Ironmaster’s Challenge 50K, 25K and 15K challenge races on April 27.  Click Here for all the details and to register.

Delaware Riverkeeper To Host March 13 Forum On Act 13 Drilling Law Court Decision

March 6, 2014

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network will be hosting a forum to bring together the lead litigators and litigants of the landmark Act 13 drilling law court decision on March 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. more»

PUC Finalizes Utility Outage Response, Public Notification Guidelines, Forms Work Group

March 6, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday finalized a proposed policy statement on service outage response recovery and public notification guidelines and established a Critical Infrastructure Interdependency Working Group.“Today’s action represents further progress in assuring that significant measures are in place to expedite the restoration of electric service for all customers,” said Commissioner more»

March 6 Edition Of DEP News Now Available

March 6, 2014

The March 6 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection.  Click Here to read a copy and to sign up to receive future editions by email.

Keep PA Beautiful Announces Weis Markets As Great American Cleanup Of PA Sponsor

March 6, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Thursday announced Weis Markets, Inc. as their newest sponsor of the Great American Cleanup of PA, their annual signature event. more»

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