Meeting to update public on nearly-complete Bloomsburg flood-protection project slated for Oct. 29 at Bloomsburg High

A meeting to update the public about the Bloomsburg flood protection project will be held Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Bloomsburg High School, 1200 Railroad Street. The final design of the project is nearly complete. It is being developed by Borton-Lawson, the engineering firm on the project. This will be the third public meeting on the project. Each of the first two sessions were attended by 80 to 100 people. (read more)

Experts set to discuss nuclear energy’s economic impact, jobs in Pennsylvania; reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank key

Clean Energy America (CEA) speaker DeLeah Lockridge, a nuclear engineer with Westinghouse and Mark Sieband, director of business planning with Ameren Missouri, are coming to Wilkes-Barre as part of a statewide tour to discuss the future of nuclear energy, with students throughout the state. DeLeah and Mark will be speaking with students at Wilkes University on Sept. 22 and 23 Perhaps the single largest issue facing the nuclear energy industry today in the U.S. is the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, its current charter is set to expire on Sept. 30, said the experts. The Export-Import Bank is the official credit agency of the United States, and helps in the financing of the export of U.S. goods and services, including those provided by the nuclear energy industry, to markets throughout the world. (read more)

Brodhead Watershed Association is celebrating 25 years; a celebration slated for Oct. 2 at Chateau at Camelback

From a small donated office in Paradise Township, the Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) touches the lives of people throughout much of Monroe County. “We help protect drinking water for thousands of people in the county,” said Edie Stevens, one of the founders of BWA. “Our streamwatchers monitor water quality, we advocate for sensible development practices that keep water pure, and we work to educate the public about how they can help keep their drinking water safe.” (read more)

Northeast Foods to begin using compressed natural gas for fleet vehicles; firm supplies bakery products to fast-food industry

Northeast Foods has signed an agreement with U.S. Oil for a new GAIN Clean Fuel Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station in Baltimore, Maryland. Located at the intersection of I-95 and I-895, the station will service Northeast Foods and H&S Bakery’s regional distribution routes for their fresh bakery products. A family-owned company, Northeast Foods’ service area includes 23 states and employs more than 2,000 people. The company has been the bakery provider for McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants since the 1960’s. (read more)

DEP grant will fund wetlands/trailhead project at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center

The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $2,996 to Pennsylvania College of Technology for revitalization of wetlands and related nature-trail work at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The Environmental Education Grant will be used to continue planting a wetland meadow that was begun in Fall 2013 by students in Carl J. Bower Jr.’s Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices class. (read more)

Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners announce dinner speaker, master of ceremonies and award recipients for Oct. 30 annual dinner

The Northeast Environmental Partners (Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance; Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Northeast Office; PPL Corporation; Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company; and Wilkes University) announced Shannon Reiter, president, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will be this year’s keynote speaker and Dr. David Coppola, president, Keystone College will be the master of ceremonies for the 24th Annual Environmental Partnership Awards and Dinner. (read more)

Brodhead Watershed Association receives $3,000 from PPL Corporation to help it celebrate its 25th anniversary at annual dinner Oct. 2

The Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) received a $3,000 donation from PPL Corporation in support of its Adopt-a-Stream Site program and 25th annual dinner celebration. The donation will allow the BWA to step up efforts to monitor local streams and protect drinking water. The donation will also support a lively celebration at this year’s 25th annual dinner. The BWA, a nonprofit environmental organization, formed in 1989 as a group of individuals and business owners dedicated to ensuring clean water in Monroe County. For the past 25 years, BWA’s volunteer “streamwatchers” have been testing water quality in the Brodhead, Cherry, Marshalls, McMichael, Paradise and Pocono creeks and their tributaries. (read more)

PEC Policy Conference to feature majority and minority chairs of state Senate and House Environmental Committees Sept. 16, 17 in Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) will host an Environmental Policy Conference on Sept. 16 and 17 in Harrisburg that will feature, among other panelists, all four chairs of the state Senate and House Environmental Resources and Energy Committees. Majority chair, state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union); minority chair, state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Carbon, Luzerne, Monroe); majority chair, state Rep. Ron Miller (R-York); and minority chair, state Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) will speak on environmental legislative priorities for the remainder of the current session, as well as forecasting key issues for 2015 and beyond. (read more)

Pike County Conservation District: Some Pike water wells already have detectable levels of methane

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Pike County Conservation District, recently completed a study of residential groundwater wells in Pike County. The results of the study were published in July 2014 in USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5117 which can be viewed on the USGS website pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5117/. The purpose of the study, started in the summer of 2012, was to look at the quality of groundwater and provide a baseline of water quality data from shallow groundwater found in bedrock below the earth’s surface prior to any natural gas development. Groundwater found in this bedrock supplies Pike County’s population with the majority of its drinking water. (read more)

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The highest producer is a well in Harford Township. Following Susquehanna County, Bradford County and Lycoming County have the most natural gas production in the region. Washington County in western Pennsylvania is fourth. Overall, the state continues to break records in production, according to DEP. “It’s one of the more profitable areas in the whole Marcellus Shale,” said Butler. “It’s really a sweet spot and it’s quickly becoming one of the largest areas of natural gas production in the entire country.” (read more)

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