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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: Patrick Starr

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: Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Pennsylvania Legacies #53: How to Create a Clean Energy Economy

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...

Beyond Troubling

September 15, 2017By: John Walliser

On Wednesday, September 13, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation (House Bill 453) that, if enacted as part of the state budget, would constitute the largest cut to environmental and energy program funds in the state’s history. What does this...

What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

What to Watch This Fall in Harrisburg

September 5, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The annual summertime budget drama isn’t over yet, but the agenda for this fall’s legislative session is already taking shape. Looking ahead to the session that begins September 11, PA Environment Daily has compiled a running list of the key environment bills that...

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

Pennsylvania Legacies #52: Taking Charge

September 1, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

A legislative raid on special environment & conservation funds may leave communities on the hook for money already spent on local grant-funded projects; Shell agrees to fenceline monitoring at its new ethane cracker; and Hurricane Harvey delivers a stark warning...

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

August 28, 2017By: Laura Bray

It was a mix of business suits and biking shorts at the Marilla Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Industrial Heart Land Coalition (IHTC) held its quarterly meeting on Thursday, August, 24th. Trail representatives from Parkersburg to the PA Wilds...