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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...

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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,...

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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...

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DEP Plans New Fracking Chemical Disclosure Site, Promises More Transparency

June 18, 2015StateImpact

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is developing several tools to make information on natural gas drilling more accessible to the public. This includes a new fracking chemical disclosure site, a web portal for information on each natural gas well, and...

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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...

WPEA Winner Feature: Sustainable Pittsburgh
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WPEA Winner Feature: Sustainable Pittsburgh

May 22, 2015

In the weeks leading up to the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will feature each of this year’s four award winners. With the Environmental Charter School, McKean County Conservation District, Paint Creek Regional Watershed Association, and Sustainable...

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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...

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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...