PEC in the News

Bethlehem Authority Honored for Watershed Project

October 29, 2015The Morning Call

The Nature Conservancy and the Bethlehem Authority, which oversees the land surrounding the city’s water supply, will be recognized Thursday for its sustainable forestry project by the Northeast Environmental Partners. The project includes a timbering program where the authority performs...

Newest Public Utility Commission Member Place Knows Gas, Sheep

October 20, 2015Trib Total Media

If you want to know what Andrew Place is up to at any given hour, take a look at his footwear. The newest member of the state Public Utility Commission has spent years moving among different roles: Greene County sheep...

Susquehanna Environmental Group Improving Susquehanna Tributary

October 19, 2015Scranton Times-Tribune

HARMONY TWP. — Dana Rockwell peeled back the flaps of a grimy garbage bag left near one of his favorite swimming holes on Starrucca Creek. A disappointed scowl crossed his face as the bag revealed paint cans tossed carelessly in...

How Can Small Cities and Towns Reconnect With Their Rivers?

October 15, 2015Keystone Crossroads

As the industries along urban waterfronts have faded, big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have come up with robust master plans — and significant funding — to connect people with their rivers. But what can smaller municipalities with fewer resources do...

Funds Needed to Designate Allegheny River as a Pennsylvania Water Trail

October 9, 2015Trib Total Media

Armstrong County officials are turning to communities along the Allegheny River for money needed to designate the river as a Pennsylvania Water Trail. Officials are asking each of the 21 communities that border the river to contribute $250 toward the...

Safer Streets Require Funding

October 6, 2015Philly.com

LAST MONTH, Councilwoman Cindy Bass put out a statement highlighting the traffic violence faced by the people in her district. Three of the 10 most dangerous intersections for crashes in the city – Broad and Olney, Chelten and Wayne Avenues,...

Steps taken to move forward on 29-mile Allegheny River trail

September 22, 2015Trib Live

The nonprofit Friends of the Riverfront has begun working with a consultant and Norfolk Southern Railroad to thread a 29-mile bike and pedestrian trail along the Allegheny River from Millvale to Schenley. About half of the 29-mile path through 17...

Shale Gas Violations Down as DEP Steps up Inspections

August 31, 2015Trib Total Media

Pennsylvania oil and gas producers pinched by the lowest prices in years are not catching any breaks from state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection’s oil and gas office conducted 1,700 more inspections during the first seven months of the...

Davitt Woodwell Guest Column: Clean Power Plan’s trade-offs

August 25, 2015Scranton Times-Tribune

An Aug. 4 article in The Times-Tribune, “Pennsylvania officials respond to plan to lower emissions from power plants,” highlighted a number of the opportunities and challenges facing the state as the Department of Environmental Protection works to implement the requirements...

EPA Unveils Tougher Emissions Rules for Shale Sites

August 21, 2015Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On one thing, the federal government, industry and environmental activists agree: Technologies already in use are driving down methane emissions from oil and gas operations. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency wants new regulations to broaden their use. It’s also...

Newsmaker: Lindsay Baxter

August 10, 2015Trib Total Media

Noteworthy: One of two Americans to receive this year’s McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy through the American Council on Germany, which will allow her to spend three weeks in four German cities studying energy policies and integration. Age: 32 Residence:...

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...