Pennsylvania

PEC Leads Urban Cluster In WPF Delaware River Watershed Initiative

April 9, 2014

The PA Environmental Council will lead a cluster of watershed groups in a multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water in the Delaware River watershed funded by the William Penn Foundation.In all, more than 40 of the nation’s leadi more»

House Adopts Resolution Encouraging All Citizens To Observe Earth Day April 22

April 9, 2014

The House Wednesday unanimously adopted House Resolution 765 encouraging all citizens of the Commonwealth to observe Earth Day on April 22 introduced by Rep. Ron Miller (R-York), Majority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. more»

Resolution Recognizing April 25 As Arbor Day Adopted By The House

April 9, 2014

The House Wednesday unanimously adopted  House Resolution 764 recognizing April 25 as Arbor Day was adopted by the House introduced by Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin). more»

PA Horticultural Society Hosts Tree Tender Training Workshops In Southeast

April 9, 2014

The PA Horticultural Society will host a series of Tree Tender Training Workshops this year in the five-county Philadelphia Region. The PHS Tree Tenders Program offers hands-on tree care training covering tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working within your community. more»

Work Continues on Pending Royalty Legislation

April 9, 2014

HARRISBURG – Work is continuing in Harrisburg to secure passage of legislation designed to clarify the existing state law on how natural gas royalty payments to Pennsylvania landowners are calculated, according to bill sponsors, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford).

House Committee Reports Out Bill To End Low-RVP Gasoline In Pittsburgh

April 9, 2014

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday amended and reported out Senate Bill 1037 (Vogel-R-Beaver) whose intent is to repeal the requirement for summer low-RVP gasoline in seve more»

DEP Announces April 13 Earth Day Event At Erie Explosion Football Home Game

April 9, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection announced that football fans can celebrate Earth Day on April 13 during the Erie Explosion home game at the Erie Insurance Arena.“This Earth Day event is a fantastic, fun opportunity for the residents of Erie to learn about what the department and its partners are doing to protect our environment and how they can jo more»

PEC Announces Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award Winners

April 9, 2014

Three environmental protection and conservation programs from throughout Western Pennsylvania will share $15,000 from Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council for innovation and effectiveness in making a positive impact on the Western Pennsylvania environment.The programs are this year’s winners of the 2014 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, p more»

Study: Waste, Recycling Industries Contribute $4.2 Billion To PA Economy

April 9, 2014

The municipal waste collection, recycling, and disposal industry in Pennsylvania contributes more than $4.2 billion a year to the state’s economy and supports more than 26,000 jobs, according to a new research report prepared by the Philadelphia consulting firm Econsult Solutions, Inc., for the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association. more»

PA Environmental Council Spring Forum Newsletter Now Available

April 9, 2014

The Spring issue of the Forum newsletter from the PA Environmental Council is now available featuring articles on the PA Supreme Court Act 13 drilling law decision, the Tidal Delaware River Water Trail, the historic Sheepskin Trail, P more»

House Members Continue Work On Gas Well Royalty Legislation

April 9, 2014

Work is continuing in Harrisburg to secure passage of legislation designed to clarify the existing state law on how natural gas royalty payments to Pennsylvania landowners are calculated, according to bill sponsors, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford) and Matt Baker (R-Tioga). more»

PennSave Energy Performance Contracting Workshop For Schools, Municipalities April 24

April 8, 2014

PennSave will host a video conference workshop at five locations around the state April 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for school districts and municipal officials on the nuts and bolts of performance contracting for installing building and HVAC upgrades that reduce energy use. more»

Regional Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop In Huntingdon May 20

April 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites middle school teachers, administrators and building managers to a May 20 training workshop in Huntingdon, Juniata 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 p.m. more»

DEP Names Joel Koricich New District Mining Manager In California

April 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced the appointment of Joel Koricich as District Mining Manager for DEP’s California mining office in Washington County.Koricich has been serving as acting mining manager for the past 16 months. more»

Senior Environment Corps Seeking Volunteers In Cambria, Blair Counties

April 8, 2014

Are you 55 years or older, live in Blair or Cambria County and want to become involved in protecting our watershed resources and more»

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Workshops In Southwest April 22, 29

April 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection, along with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, invites fleet managers, school districts, municipalities, nonprofit entities, and for-profit businesses to attend one of two Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant workshops being held in Greene and Cambria more»

MSC in Philadelphia Daily News: Pa. Capturing Benefits of Shale

April 8, 2014

Imagine if your neighbor owned a nice big backyard – hundreds of acres that he or she purchased with hard-earned income. Now imagine that oil and natural gas was discovered a mile below that privately owned land. Most would say, “Good for them.” more»

Carnegie Mellon Develops Dashboard To Help Reduce Energy Use In Office Buildings

April 8, 2014

A team at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture has developed a dashboard that helps people to see how much energy they use at work and how to reduce this use to help the environment.Ray Yun, a doctoral student in the School of Architecture, has developed an Intelligent Dashboard to evaluate plug load energy savings in the workplace. more»

Volunteer Trail Day At Lackawanna College Environmental Center A Success

April 8, 2014

More than 40 volunteers participated in Trail Day at the more»

iConservePA Video: April-May Great Time To Plant Trees

April 8, 2014

April and May are the best times to plant trees and you can learn how to do it right through this new video from iConservePA.org.  Jeff Woleslagle from DCNR Bureau of Forestry takes you through these easy planting steps.  Click Here to watch the video.

Senate Approves Natural Gas Leaseholder Protection Bills

April 7, 2014

Three bills expanding the rights of landowners who are currently leased with natural gas companies were approved Monday with strong bipartisan support by the full Senate, according to prime sponsor, Sen. more»

PennDOT Accepting Applications For Multimodal Transportation Projects

April 7, 2014

PennDOT Monday announced it is accepting applications for funding for transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund created by Act 89.  The deadline for applications is June 30. more»

DEP To Monitor Restart Of ArcelorMittal Monessen Coke Works

April 7, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it will conduct a series of air quality readings in advance of and immediately following the resumption of cokemaking operations at ArcelorMittal’s Monessen coke plant in Westmoreland County.“While we welcome the economic boost the plant will give the Mon Valley, we recognize that it has the potential to impact air quality in the area,” D more»

Robindale Energy Services Earns Governor’s Award For Environmental Excellence

April 7, 2014

Robindale Energy Services, Inc. in Westmoreland County Monday announced they are a recipient of a Governor’s 2014 Award for Environmental Excellence. more»

Game Commission Prepares For Controlled Burns On State Game Lands In Centre County

April 7, 2014

The Game Commission plans to resume controlled burns on the Scotia Barrens on State Game Lands 176 in Patton, Ferguson and Halfmoon townships, Centre County, to improve habitat conditions within this unique ecosystem.Depending on conditions, the Game Commission plans to burn up to five units totaling 340 acres. more»

MSC in Scranton Times-Tribune: “Shale Delivers”

April 5, 2014

A March 30 story (“Natural gas just the beginning”) lays out the clear facts regarding shale development and these abundant resources’ downstream uses for a host of manufacturing-related purposes, and for power generation, which are marking “the beginning of a more stable economy built on products made from natural gas” for the region. more»

Applications Now Being Accepted For State Wildlife Grant Funding

April 4, 2014

The Fish and Boat Commission Friday announced it is now accepting applications for State Wildlife Grants. more»

Shale Impact Fees Hit Record Levels with $224.5 Million Generated

April 4, 2014

Pittsburgh, Pa. – As Pennsylvania shale production continues to soar, the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced today that impact fee revenue for 2013 hit record levels. With a total of 6,489 unconventional wells under development or in production as of December 31, 2013, shale producers contributed a total of $224.5 million in impact fees for the calendar year. more»

Patriot-News: Franklin Kury And The 40-Year Fight For Clean Air, Water In PA

April 4, 2014

The Patriot-News Friday published a long story written by Donald Gilliland about the history of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment to our Constitution and its author former Senator and House member Franklin Kury (D-Sunbury) and how it relates today to the recent PA Supreme Court deci more»

Temple Awarded WPF Grant For Watershed Restoration In The Delaware

April 4, 2014

The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University has been awarded a $1.235 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to provide oversight, expertise and support for dozens of restoration projects in five watersheds in the Philadelphia region as part of its more»

DEP Releases 2012 Natural Gas Drilling Emissions Inventory Data

April 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday released annual emissions data for the natural gas drilling industry. more»

Hetherington Cunfer Named DEP Director of External Affairs

April 3, 2014

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo this week announced the appointment of Katie Hetherington Cunfer as Director of External Affairs.“I am confident Katie will excel in this new role, as the position will take greater advantage of her unique experience working with all levels of government, as well as the private sector, Abruzzo said. more»

PRC: Backyard Composting, Watershed/Rain Barrel Workshops In Allegheny County

April 3, 2014

Get your green on this spring by attending one of the PA Resources Council backyard composting and rain barrel workshops in Allegheny County in April and May.You’ll leave the Backyard Composting Workshop with an 80-gallon composting bin and t more»

DEP’s Live Webcast Of Peregrine Falcon Banding Set For May 13

April 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and Game Commission Thursday invited students, teachers and non-formal educators to tune in for the annual Peregrine falcon banding event during a live webcast on May 13.The banding will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. more»

Parks & Forests Foundation Invites Public To Capture A Day In The Life Of A State Forest

April 3, 2014

Members of the public across the state are invited to take part in the PA Parks and Forests Foundation’s “Day in the Life of a State Forest” on April 12. Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch and a camera, and capture the experience of a day spent in one of Pennsylvania’s 20 state forests. more»

PUC Accelerates Switching Times For Electricity Suppliers, Responding To Rate Spikes

April 3, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday finalized regulation changes that dramatically reduce the time it takes customers to change electricity suppliers (Docket No. more»

DEP Issues Permit Requiring Closure Of FirstEnergy’s Little Blue Run Impoundment

April 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday issued a Closure Permit to FirstEnergy Generation, LLC, imposing a mandatory cl more»

PUC Adopts New Electric Supplier Disclosure Statements For Variable Rate Offers

April 3, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday finalized regulation changes that provide electric shopping customers with greater, uniform detail in electric supplier disclosure statements and more timely information on “contract renewal” and “change in terms” notices (Docket No. more»

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