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Laurel Ridge braces for climate change

April 20, 2018Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Atop Laurel Ridge in eastern Westmoreland County, a strategically placed pile of crushed limestone serves as a low-tech measure to keep acid rain from getting into Rock Run — and then Linn Run, which feeds into Loyalhanna Creek. “We’re dealing...

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Bill would roll back standards on conventional oil and gas drillers

April 12, 2018StateImpact Pennsylvania

A new bill in the state senate seeks to roll back environmental requirements on Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and gas industry, alleviating what its sponsor calls the “unbearable burden” of tougher standards targeted at larger, Marcellus Shale drillers. The measure marks...

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Can we fight climate change without scaling up nuclear power?

January 24, 2018Pittsburgh City Paper

One long-running disagreement about the environment isn’t the familiar fight between people who understand that human-caused climate change is real and people who deny it. Rather, it’s between folks who contend that keeping the planet livable requires us to use...

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DEP’s GO-TIME speeds inspection

January 5, 2018Allied News (Grove City)

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is completing more gas and oil drilling inspections across the state thanks to a new program that streamlines the process. “It’s been a huge improvement,” said Deborah Klenotic, deputy communications director for DEP. The...

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A look at Pittsburgh’s latest Climate Action Plan

December 20, 2017Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh’s proposed new Climate Action Plan is certainly ambitious. Most broadly, it sets the goal of reducing the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions by 20 percent (from a 2003 baseline) by 2023; by 50 percent by 2030; and by 80 percent by...

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New life for the dammed? Philly issues call for hydro-energy projects

November 2, 2017Philadelphia Inquirer

[…] While small-scale hydro projects often generate public excitement, many never get off the ground because they can’t make money, especially in a low-energy price environment. Such was the case with an innovative pilot project the Water Department explored five years...

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German expert says Pa. can move to cleaner energy

July 27, 2017The Citizens' Voice

WILKES-BARRE — German energy policy expert Timon Wehnert explained how his country has moved away from coal and fossil fuels toward renewable energy at a panel discussion Thursday night at Wilkes University. The quest for cleaner energy sources will not...

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Expert: Germany can guide Pa. on coal

July 26, 2017Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — In a region where coal was once king, a German researcher on Thursday shared his perspectives on how the European nation’s continuing transition from coal to renewable energy can apply to Pennsylvania and the United States. Timon Wehnart,...

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​Three Mile Island Closure Portends Nuke Energy Battle In Pa.

June 5, 2017Law360

Law360, Philadelphia (June 5, 2017, 4:02 PM EDT) — Clean energy advocates are alarmed that Exelon‘s recently announced plans to shutter its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in 2019 will boost carbon emissions, and the move could provoke a fight...

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Langerholc Announces Environmental Award for School District

April 28, 2017Gant News

HARRISBURG – Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr. (R-35) proudly announced that West Branch Area School District in Clearfield County has been selected to receive a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The awardees were recently recognized at an event hosted by the...