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Residents and Environmental Groups Testify on Act 54 Report

March 27, 2015Observer-Reporter

CALIFORNIA – Residents and environmental groups testifying Friday on a report documenting the impacts of mine subsidence urged a state Department of Environmental Protection advisory board to recommend stronger regulations to protect streams and other water resources. About 18 speakers...

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail Upgrades Possible

March 24, 2015The Times-Tribune

There’s not much space to walk or wheel under the rail bridge spanning Railroad Avenue. Pedestrians on their way to or from Lackawanna Avenue find themselves inches from cars whizzing by. “You’ve either got to be fast or real, real...

Panel Urges Stronger Oversight on State-Controlled Gas Pipelines

March 20, 2015Citizens Voice

WILKES-BARRE — With hundreds of miles of new natural gas pipelines planned for Northeastern Pennsylvania, stronger oversight is needed for types of lines that fall under state control. That statement was echoed several times by a diverse set of panelists...

Panel Discusses Pipeline Safety Issues at Wilkes University

March 19, 2015Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Nearly 60 area residents gathered at Wilkes University’s Stark Learning Center Thursday night for a panel discussion on the gas drilling industry and pipelines proposed for the region. The panelists included Kenneth Klemow, director of the Institute for...

Advocates Push for Action on Longwall Mining

March 18, 2015Power Source

HARRISBURG — Environmental and citizens groups called for the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday to re-evaluate its longwall mining regulations and more fully enforce them to prevent the severest impacts to water resources and buildings that are caused by...

Shell Certified as Environmentally Conscious Driller

March 18, 2015Trib Total Media

A partnership between environmentalists and shale gas producers awarded its second certification to an energy company for meeting the group’s voluntary standards for environmentally conscious drilling in Appalachia, signaling progress in an effort some critics complained was slow to develop....

DEP Announces Voting, Ad Hoc Members Of Oil And Gas Technical Advisory Board

March 11, 2015NorthCentralPA.com

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced the members of the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board. TAB’s mission is to increase transparency and communication about regulating the unconventional (Marcellus, Utica Shale) oil and gas drilling industry.TAB is authorized under...

Pa. Environmental Regulators Outline New Draft of Gas Drilling Rules

March 9, 2015Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are moving to tighten land and water protection rules on shale gas producers. The latest draft of regulations set in motion by Act 13 of 2012, a comprehensive overhaul of drilling laws, would require new permits and...

Rotary Funds Trail Work at Milford Experimental Forest

March 9, 2015The News Eagle

The Milford/Matamoras Chapter of Rotary International has committed $3,000 toward developing educational materials for a new hiking trail currently under development in the Milford Experimental Forest (MEF), Schocopee Road, Milford, that is expected to open for education programs later this...

‘Black Bridge’ May Link Public Trail Systems

March 8, 2015GoErie.com

Property along the South Branch of French Creek in Concord Township is open to the public and may one day be a link in a series of trails between Erie and Pittsburgh. The 17.9-acre property off Lovell Road has been...

Illegal Dump Clean-Up Efforts to Start in Potter County

March 5, 2015The Bradford Era

New efforts to clean the sites of illegal dumps in Potter County are under way, paid for with the help of a settlement from allegations of environmental law violations. In a settlement between Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., the Commonwealth and...