PEC In The News

Topic: Land Use

Are We Heading For a Hydropower Boom on the Three Rivers?

December 19, 2016The Allegheny Front

…Environmental groups have often frowned on hydropower because big, new dams can wipe out habitat and displace homes and businesses. But some environmental groups are latching onto the idea of building them on pre-existing dams like Emsworth. Lindsay Baxter of the...

Pedal Power: Groups Look to Build on Millions of Dollars That Bike Trails Bring

September 21, 2016Tribune-Democrat

Members of environmental groups, nonprofits and state agencies, among others, gathered Tuesday at the Morguen Toole Company bed-and-breakfast in Meyersdale to learn how to support trail development in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society and...

Editorial: Work to Expand Pa.’s Hydro Power

September 1, 2016Pocono Record

What do Promised Land, Tobyhanna, Gouldsboro, Hickory Run, Beltzville, Nescopeck and Ricketts Glan have in common? These state parks in Monroe County or nearby northeastern Pennsylvania are all potential sources of hydropower. Energy experts say Pennsylvania has great potential to...

Pa. Regulators, Coal Industry Say Money Secure for Mine Cleanup

July 9, 2016Trib Total Media

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has spent more than a decade cleaning up the damage from a half-century of coal mining. “I’m sure there were times that people thought, ‘Let’s forget this site and find a pristine location somewhere else,’ ”...

Bill Would Open Up State Parks to Private Businesses

June 30, 2016The Allegheny Front

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives rejected a bill that could have paved the way for private water slides, golf courses and even amusement parks within state parks. The bill would have created a system for the Department of...

Pennsylvania Agency Designates New ‘Wild Areas’

June 29, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to designate five new “wild areas” in state forests, including the largest roadless area in the commonwealth and the 6,000-acre Quebec Run Wild Area in the Forbes State Forest near Uniontown...

Pa. Lawmakers Reject Bill to Open State Parks to Private Development

June 28, 2016Bay Journal

The Pennsylvania House soundly rejected Tuesday legislation that could have led to state parks with privately developed and run hotels and even amusement parks. The proposal failed on a 77-123 vote, despite the sponsor offering a significantly watered down version of...

House Rejects Plan to Study, Pilot Plan to Commercialize State Parks

June 28, 2016Penn Live

The state House on Tuesday rejected a a bill that would encourage privately operated recreational and hospitality development in state parks amid fears it would destroy the natural beauty of these 121 public-owned facilities scattered across 61 of Pennsylvania’s 67...

Should Pennsylvania Allow Water Parks, Golf Courses in State Parks?

June 28, 2016Philly Voice

New Legislation could allow Pennsylvania’s state parks to look more like vacation resorts. House Bill 2013 would pave the way for more private development in state parks. That includes hotels, restaurants, golf courses, amusement and water parks, swimming pools and...