Marcellus Shale

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»

Sen. Schwank Introduces Bill Allowing Cities To Charge Recycling Fees

February 11, 2014

Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) said Tuesday she will introduce legislation to preserve the authority of communities to use local fees to support their recycling programs.“For over two decades nobody questioned whether municipalities have that ability,” said Sen. Schwank. more»

PUC Urges 13,928 Customers Without Heat To Act Now

February 11, 2014

With the end of winter nowhere in sight, the Public Utility Commission reminds the 13,298 consumers without use of a central heating system or using a potentially unsafe heating source in their homes to call about programs to help restore natural gas or electric service.“Resources are available to help consumers restore and maintain service,” said PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson. more»

DEP Calls Air Quality Action Day For Pittsburgh Region Feb. 12

February 11, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and its Regional Air Quality Partnerships have called an Air Quality Action Day for the Pittsburgh Region on Wednesday, February 12.  Click Here for details.

New Trustee Matching Scholarship to benefit turfgrass majors

February 11, 2014

Students majoring in Turfgrass Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences will receive first consideration for a new Trustee Scholarship established by a pair of Penn State alumni. William F. and Diane Randolph, of Powell, Ohio, created an endowment to fund the M. Forest Randolph and William F. more»

CBF-PA Hosts Awards, Clean Water, Healthy Lands Workshop

February 10, 2014

On February 12, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA  will host “Clean Water, Healthy Lands,” a workshop about streamside forests; their value and how to care for them.  The workshop will be held at the Wysox Fire Hall, 111 Lake Rd., Wysox, Bradford County from 9:00 a.m. more»

SRBC Releases Report On Water Quality Conditions 2010-2012

February 10, 2014

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Monday released its second data report on water quality conditions in small watersheds in the Marcellus Shale region of the Susquehanna River Basin. more»

DEP Awards Energy Efficiency, Pollution Prevention Grants

February 10, 2014

Gov. Corbett Monday announced the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $996,713 in grants to help 134 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects.“These grants are yet another example of my administration’s commitment to supporting small business owners in Pennsylvania.” Corbett said. more»

Drifting herbicides produce uncertain effects

February 10, 2014

Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers.

PA American Water Opens Protect Our Watersheds Art Contest

February 10, 2014

Pennsylvania American Water Monday announced entries are now being accepted for its 12th Annual "Protect Our Watersheds" Art Contest. more»

Wasps use ancient aggression genes to create social groups

February 10, 2014

Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across many species, even though animal aggression today varies widely from territorial fighting to setting up social hierarchies, according to researchers from Iowa State University, Penn State and Grand Valley State University.

Saturday Feb. 8 Air Quality Action Day In Susquehanna, Lehigh Valleys

February 7, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnership have forecast an Air Quality Action Day for Saturday, February 8 in the 8 county Susquehanna and Lehigh Valleys.  Click Here for details.

Healthy Schools-Healthy Children Conference March 6 Philadelphia

February 7, 2014

The School District of Philadelphia, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic will host a Healthy Schools-Healthy Children Conference March 6 at the Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. more»

CBF-PA Responds To Governor’s Budget Proposal

February 7, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Friday issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell in response to Gov. Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal:“The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is pleased that Gov. more»

PA Volunteers Receive Top Honors At Keep America Beautiful National Conference

February 7, 2014

Two Pennsylvania volunteers-- Boris Weinstein of Allegheny County and Nicole Chandler of Philadelphia were both honored for the efforts in litter reduction and beautification at the Keep America Beautiful Conference this week.Boris Weinstein, founder of Citizens Against Litter, volunteer with Allegheny more»

Feb. 19 land-use webinar to focus on 'transit-oriented/walkable' communities

February 7, 2014

A new series of Web-based seminars focusing on land use, offered by Penn State Extension, will kick off at noon on Feb. 19 with a presentation about transit-oriented communities.

Keep PA Beautiful To Clean Up Illegal Dumpsites In Washington County

February 7, 2014

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Friday announced it has received $94,336 to continue the removal and abatement of illegal dumpsites in Washington County from the Department of Community and Economic Development, Washington County Commissioners – Local Share Account Fund. more»

DEP Reorganization Eliminates Field Operations Deputy

February 7, 2014

The Executive Board published notice of a reorganization of the Department of Environmental Protection on February 8 (PA Bulletin, page 785). more»

PA Recycling Markets Development Summit Set For Feb. 20

February 7, 2014

The PA Recycling Markets Center will host the annual PA Recycling Markets Development Summit on February 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Philadelphia Center City from 9:30 to 3:00. The spotlight at this year’s Summit will be on organics and features a welcome by U.S. EPA Region III Administrator Shawn Garvin. more»

DCNR February 5 Resource Newsletter Now Available

February 6, 2014

The February 5 issue of DCNR’s Resource newsletter is now available.  Go to the bottom of the Resource webpage to sign up for your own copy.

Next Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency Roundtable Feb. 20

February 6, 2014

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals will hold its next Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency Roundtable meeting at 8:30 a.m., February 20 at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Monroe County.Mike Dominick of the Tobyhanna Army Depot will present an emergency demand more»

DCED, DEP Schedule Brownfields Seminars For Municipal Officials

February 6, 2014

The departments of Environmental Protection and Community and Economic Development are teaming up to hold half-day seminars on brownfield development for municipal officials, township, borough and community leaders, county/city planners, redevelopment authorities, economic/industrial development agencies.Attendees will learn about how to breathe life into abandoned and vacant properties, hear loca more»

State, Federal Government, Utilities Respond To Winter Storm Emergency

February 6, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday signed a disaster emergency proclamation to assist state and local authorities in responding to an ice and snow storm that has damaged infrastructure, slowed travel across much of the state and caused widespread power outages.The assistance is approved for the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York. more»

DCNR Designates Gordon Natural Area A Wild Plant Sanctuary In Chester County

February 6, 2014

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Thursday announced the designation of a new Wild Plant Sanctuary in Chester County.The Robert B. more»

PEC: Premature To Lift Gas Leasing Moratorium Before A Thorough Public Discussion

February 6, 2014

The PA Environmental Council sent a letter to DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti Thursday saying it would be premature for DCNR and the Governor to proceed with the proposal to lease additional DCNR land for natural gas drilling until significant questions about the envi more»

Penn State Extension, DCNR PA Forest Health Update Conference March 4

February 6, 2014

Penn State Extension and DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry will hold its annual PA Forest Health Update Conference on March 4 at the Red Fern Conference Center in St. Mary’s, Elk County. more»

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