Marcellus Shale

PA League Of Women Voters Primer On Pipelines Feb. 25 In Clarion

February 19, 2014

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, through a grant from the Colcom Foundation, will be presenting a Primer on Pipelines on February 25 at 7:00 pm in the Gemmell MultiPurpose Room at Clarion University.Conventional natural gas extraction has been part of Clarion County for deca more»

House DEP Budget Hearing Tackles Climate Change, Chesapeake Bay Other Issues

February 19, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee hearing on DEP’s budget request Wednesday covered much the same ground as the Senate hearing Tuesday, but did get into the issue of climate change, Chesapeake Bay cleanup, water and wastewater infrastructure funding and air quality issues related to natural gas drill more»

Penn State Extension conference to address mastitis and milk quality

February 19, 2014

Bovine mastitis -- udder infection in cattle -- directly and indirectly costs U.S. dairy producers an estimated $2 billion each year. more»

Pell Laboratory wins American Institute of Architects award

February 19, 2014

The Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Studies at Penn State has received an Honor Award from the New England chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Pell Lab was one of only three honor awards selected from more than 400 submissions. The Honor Award is the highest award given to a project designed by New England architects.

Additional Natural Gas Leasing Focus Of DCNR Senate Budget Hearing

February 19, 2014

Gov. Corbett’s proposal for “no impact” leasing of additional State Forest and Park land was the subject of many of the questions DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti received at the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for DCNR Wednesday. more»

Self-employment growth does not bank on access to capital

February 19, 2014

An entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth, according to rural economists.

Ohio River Watershed Celebration Benefit Dinner March 4

February 18, 2014

On March 4 the organizers of the Ohio River Watershed Celebration will hold a benefit dinner to support the Celebration cruise at Mad Mex Shadyside in Pittsburgh starting at 7:00 p.m.ORWC celebrates the successes that Ohio River Watershed communities, business, industry and governmental agencies have realized in cleaning up their environment through partnerships more»

DEP Budget Hearing Questions Focus On Gas Well Explosion, Well Regulation Issues

February 18, 2014

The natural gas well explosion in Greene County last week and DEP’s Oil and Gas Program were  the focus of many of the questions members of the Senate Appropriations Committee asked DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo Tuesday as he appeared before the Committee to answer questions about his agency’s FY 2014-15 bu more»

DEP Fines Halliburton $1.8 Million For Repeated Waste Violations

February 18, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it is fining Halliburton Energy Services $1.8 million for 255 violations of the Solid Waste Management Act between 1999 and 2011.DEP became aware of the violations in 2011 during an inspection of the facility, and further investigation revealed violations dating back to 1999.“Our regulations are in place to protect the health and safety more»

Robinsons' gift provides scholarship support for Ag Sciences students

February 18, 2014

Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by a Penn State alumnus and his wife. William and Teresa Robinson, of Freeburg, created the William D. and Teresa L. Robinson Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will be given to students enrolled in the Poultry and Avian Science minor.

Philadelphia Water Dept. Student Street Art Contest To Turn Heads For Clean Water

February 18, 2014

The students in kindergarten through high school have until February 28 to enter the Philadelphia Water Department Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest.  To enter they must submit a drawing, video or both to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the city’s longtime collaborator. more»

PA League Of Women Voters Education Program On Pipelines Feb. 19

February 18, 2014

The Northampton County League of Women Voters and Northampton Community College will host an education forum Feb. 19 on Pipelines Safety and Education. The featured speakers at the forum will be Dr. more»

American Farmland Trust Hosts Webinars On Benefits Of Cover Crops In March

February 18, 2014

American Farmland Trust and the American Society of Agronomy are hosting a four-part webinar series in March to educate agricultural producers and others on the benefits of using cover crops to reduce the cost of farming, improve soil health and reduce runo more»

Student Stories: Animal Science major prepared for next step

February 17, 2014

Over spring break of her junior year, while many students relaxed or traveled, Penn State Animal Science major Emily Benner found herself in the barns assisting in health checks and veterinary rounds.

Environment influences ability of bacterium to block malaria transmission

February 17, 2014

The environment significantly influences whether or not a certain bacterium will block mosquitoes from transmitting malaria, according to researchers at Penn State.

Senior Environment Corps Seeks Volunteers In Adams, Lancaster, York Counties

February 14, 2014

Are you 55 years or older, live in York, Adams, or Lancaster Counties and want to become involved in protecting our resources and educating the public on the natural world? If so, the Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps wants you. more»

Animal Science students to receive assistance from new scholarship

February 14, 2014

A retired Penn State faculty member and alumnus and his wife have established a new scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences, with first preference going to students majoring in Animal Science. Donald Ace, professor emeritus of dairy science, and his wife, Lelia, of State College, created the Donald and Lelia Ace Trustee Scholarship.

DEP Turns On High-Definition Falcon Cam In Time For Mating Season

February 14, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday launched its annual live, 24-hour-a-day webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons who live on a ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg. more»

Pa. Cattlemen's Conference to be held March 8

February 14, 2014

The annual Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Conference, co-sponsored by Penn State Extension, will feature an agricultural engineer's presentation about the sustainability of beef production.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Meets March 6 On Migratory Fish Passage

February 14, 2014

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is scheduled to meet on March 6 to hear a presentation on efforts to restore migratory fish passage on the lower Susquehanna River and other agenda items. more»

Entrepreneurship and innovation minor receives first Trustee Scholarship

February 13, 2014

Donors with a long history of supporting entrepreneurship education at Penn State have established a new scholarship endowment to help students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need. more»

Research on ethnic greens and herbs to be presented at workshop

February 13, 2014

Growth in minority populations in the United States is providing opportunities for the specialty-crop industry on the East Coast to fill the rising demand created by ethnically diverse consumers. To help agricultural producers and others to tap into these markets, researchers and extension staff from four land-grant universities will hold a one-day workshop on March 3 in Valley Forge.

Larry Schweiger Keynotes May PA Environmental Professionals Conference

February 13, 2014

Larry Schweiger, outgoing CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and an environmental leader in Pennsylvania will be the keynote speaker at the May 7-9 PA Environmental Professionals Association annual conference in Seven Springs, Somerset County.  Click Here for all the details.

Research on ethnic greens and herbs to be presented at workshop

February 13, 2014

Growth in minority populations in the United States is providing opportunities for the specialty-crop industry on the East Coast to fill the rising demand created by ethnically diverse consumers. To help agricultural producers and others to tap into these markets, researchers and extension staff from four land-grant universities will hold a one-day workshop on March 3 in Valley Forge.

Shale gas webinar looks at current well waste and production data

February 13, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on the latest, six-month natural gas production and waste figures released by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Asian longhorned beetles pheromone could be used to manage pest

February 13, 2014

Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development of a tool to manage this invasive pest that affects about 25 tree species in the United States.

Thursday NewsClips

February 13, 2014

Due to the winter storm state agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction are closed in Harrisburg.  The Senate and House are also closed and hearings canceled. DEP regional offices in Harrisburg, Norristown, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport are closed there are delays in other offices. more»

Marcellus Outreach Butler: Gas Well Fire Demonstrates Need For School Setback

February 12, 2014

Marcellus Outreach Butler Wednesday called for natural gas drilling and gas related infrastructure to be kept at least one mile away from schools.The gas well explosion and fire that began February 11 near Dunkard, Greene County, which injured one worker and left another missing, feared dead, prompted the State Police to set a half-mile perimet more»

DEP Offers Summer Student Internship Opportunities

February 12, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection is offering summer internship opportunities for college students in the engineering, scientific, technical, journalism, human resources and government services areas.  March 1 is the deadline for applying.  Click Here for all the details.

CBF: Tell Other States Not To Dictate Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Strategies To Us

February 12, 2014

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Fertilizer Institute have recruited 21 states from across the country to support their efforts to derail Chesapeake Bay restoration. more»

House Appropriations, State Government Committees Cancel Hearings Thursday

February 12, 2014

In anticipation of the winter storm Thursday, the House State Government Committee has canceled its informational meeting on House Bill 1503 (Maloney-R-Berks) providing for non-building waivers under the Sewage Facilities Act. more»

Delaware Highlands: Nature Needs The Room, Land Conserved In Pike County

February 12, 2014

It was love for the land that led Michael and Carol Schneider to protect their seventeen acres on Hornbecks Creek in Pike County—a direct tributary of the Delaware River, the source of clean drinking water for millions. more»

Natural Lands Trust, Partners Receive More Than $8 Million In DCNR Grants

February 12, 2014

Natural Lands Trust Wednesday announced it has been awarded $5.7 million in grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Marcellus Legacy Fund administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Additionally, Natural Lands Trust helped area communities raise $2.7 million for their own conservation efforts. more»

Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop In Wilkes-Barre March 6

February 12, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites middle school teachers, administrators and building managers to a March 6 training workshop in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County on the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes.The workshop is offered free of charge and will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. more»

International Energy Conservation Code Workshop March 6 In Bucks County

February 12, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites code enforcement officials, builders, contractors and designers to a March 6 training workshop in Feasterville-Trevose, Bucks County on the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4700 E. Street Road. more»

Wednesday NewsClips

February 12, 2014

In anticipation of the winter storm, the Senate Appropriations Committee has canceled the 3:00 hearing today on the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Thursday’s hearings on the Public Utility Commission, Department of Aging and State Related Universities. more»

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Holds Earth Day Work Day April 12

February 11, 2014

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve  is calling for volunteers who’d like to get involved in hands-on environmental stewardship on Earth Day Work Day 2014 April 12 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1635 River Road, New Hope, Bucks County. more»

Middle Creek Wildlife Area Remains Open During Project

February 11, 2014

The snow geese and tundra swans likely won’t notice, but a construction project underway at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon and Lancaster counties– a destination for thousands of tourists each winter – might catch visitors by surprise.The Game Commission is installing a new geothermal HVAC sy more»

Artists To Showcase Use Of Material Recovered From Abandoned Mine Drainage Feb. 20

February 11, 2014

Ten ceramic artists from five states have generously donated their talents and time to create bea more»

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