PEC in the News

Pa. Gas Pipeline Group Gets to Work

July 22, 2015Trib Total Media

A group of government, industry and environmental leaders has four months to write the first draft of recommendations on how to streamline natural gas pipeline development in Pennsylvania so that it boosts business without ruining land and water. “Our challenge...

Pa. Will Stop Using Industry-Favored FracFocus Database

July 16, 2015E&E Publishing

Pennsylvania oil and gas officials are breaking with fellow state regulators and planning to drop the FracFocus website for reporting the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Next year, the state Department of Environmental Protection will shift to using data reported...

Environmentalists Differ in Mindset, Willingness to Work With Frackers

July 11, 2015Trib Total Media

On the battleground against fracking, critics who say they fight for the environment often are branded broadly. Cast against an industry that says it can bring energy independence to the country and an economic boost to Pennsylvania, environmental groups in...

Pennsylvania Environmental Council Receives $1.5 Million for Trails

July 7, 2015Philanthropy News Digest

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has announced a $1.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation in support of development of a trail network in Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties. The two-year grant will enable PEC to focus its efforts on...

Drillers to Submit Electronic Records on Fracking Chemicals to Pa. DEP

June 28, 2015Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus,...

Advocates Peddle Development on Sheepskin Trail

June 27, 2015Trib Total Media

The proposed Sheepskin Trail that would connect Dunbar with Point Marion via a 32-mile rails-to-trails path that runs through Uniontown has the potential to be part of one of the best trail systems in the nation, linking a Pittsburgh-to-Washington, D.C.,...

Group Aims to Revive Dunbar Borough Coke Ovens

June 19, 2015Trib Total Media

FedEx driver Scott Dunn delivered good news to Dunbar Borough this week — but it wasn’t the boxes and envelopes he typically handles. It was about the impending restoration of several coke ovens along the Sheepskin Trail. Although there remain...

Tire Recycling Events Diminish Mosquito Breeding Ground

June 14, 2015Citizens Voice

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, which is often found in discarded tires lying in dump sites around the county. Beth DeNardi is the recycling coordinator for Luzerne County. Her department organizes an annual tire recycling event. County residents...

‘Suburban Forest’ Expands in NEPA

June 14, 2015Citizens Voice

MOOSIC — Turning off Route 307, district forester Nicholas Lylo’s Ford Explorer scaled the edge of a plateau until a gap in the forest canopy revealed the urban scene below. Beyond the screen of oak, chestnut and red maple lay...

Drilling Decline in Pennsylvania Hurts Funding for DEP Regulators

May 19, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Low natural gas prices that have companies dispatching fewer drilling rigs to Pennsylvania’s fields and forests are taking a toll on the industry’s regulators, too. The state Department of Environmental Protection is exploring additional funding options for its oil and...