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October 20, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania is riddled with abandoned oil wells, and the state doesn’t have the resources to locate and plug even a fraction of them. That’s why DEP wants to make it easier — and less risky — for private actors to...

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

October 19, 2017By: Patrick Starr

I’ve been trekking in various vessels on the Delaware River since 2000, and never before have I learned so much as I did late last month when I joined the Upstream Alliance (aka Don Baugh and family) on a 3-day...

Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

October 17, 2017By: Laura Bray

In early October, a group of 18 appointed citizen members of the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC) spent three days touring the region known for outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Drawing from diverse experiences and perspectives, council members...

Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

October 13, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

With more than a million visitors a year, the Great Allegheny Passage is one of Pennsylvania’s biggest trail development success stories. A group of state and local government officials rode the GAP this fall, along with community and business leaders...

Pennsylvania Legacies #57: Budgeting by Default

Pennsylvania Legacies #57: Budgeting by Default

October 6, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Three months into the fiscal year, Pennsylvania’s state government has a “budget by default” after legislative talks broke down and the governor announced plans to securitize liquor revenues. How does the seemingly permanent stalemate impact environmental, conservation, energy, and recreation...

More Low-Hanging Fruit for the Circuit Trails?

More Low-Hanging Fruit for the Circuit Trails?

October 6, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

To build 500 miles of the Circuit by 2025, we need to accelerate the build “rate” of trails. Illustrating how this is a collaboration amongst Circuit Trails partners, this week Julie Slavet, Robin Irizarry, and Frankie Lazauskas of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) led...

Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

September 29, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is providing muscle for scores of recreation and conservation projects statewide. But the program is also doing something else that’s arguably even more important: cultivating a diverse new generation of citizen-stewards and future conservation professionals. DCNR...

Pennsylvania Legacies #55: Solar Panel

Pennsylvania Legacies #55: Solar Panel

September 22, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The latest on Pennsylvania’s ongoing state budget battle, and a roundtable discussion with members of DEP’s Solar Future Stakeholders Group.   Links: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Energy/OfficeofPollutionPrevention/SolarFuture/Pages/Finding-Pennsylvania’s-Solar-Future.aspx http://pecpa.org/pec-blog/building-clean-energy-economy-pa/

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

September 15, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Lawmakers took another step this week toward what would be the biggest reduction in state funding for local environment and energy projects in Pennsylvania history. We’ll get an update from the state capitol. Then, fall foliage season is getting off...

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: An Opportunity for Pennsylvania?

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage: An Opportunity for Pennsylvania?

September 15, 2017By: Rachel Valletta

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies capture gaseous CO2 from point source emissions – power plants and industrial facilities – and either inject them underground for long-term storage within deep rock formations, or repurpose them for other productive uses, called...

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