PEC in the News

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...

Newport Twp. Group Focused on Community

May 18, 2015Citizens Voice

When the Newport Township Community Organization meets, everything from litter cleanup to code enforcement to sponsorship of youth sports teams is on the table. The results have been dramatic, members say. Over the last 11 years, the nonprofit organization has...

Meeting to Address Problems in the Wissahickon Watershed

May 11, 2015Chestnut Hill Local

A panel of regional experts will convene to set forth a vision for protecting and preserving the Wissahickon Watershed at a meeting entitled “A Creek in Crisis: Time for Action.” At the meeting, to be held May 13 from 6 to 8...

Study Connects Emission Cuts to Reduction of Early Deaths

May 6, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A new study finds that the Obama administration’s controversial plan to cut climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants could also reduce the number of premature deaths in the U.S. by about 3,500 a year, including 330 in Pennsylvania....