New report from Trout Unlimited focuses on areas it deems ‘at risk from shale gas drilling and hydrofracking’

Trout Unlimited, a coldwater conservation organization, features the Upper Delaware River watershed in a new report highlighting outstanding public fishing and hunting areas in the Central Appalachian region that are at risk from shale gas drilling and hydrofracking. The organization’s 10 Special Places report focuses on areas that are rich in fish, game and natural beauty, and that have for generations provided abundant opportunities for hunters and anglers. It covers threats to the specific regions and offers recommendations for the best approaches sportsmen and women can use to protect these areas from potential risks. (read more)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation applauds Luzerne County Council for adopting clean water resolution

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Luzerne County Council for adopting a “Clean Water Counts” resolution, calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State. “Healthy families, strong communities, and a thriving Pennsylvania economy depend on clean water,” said Harry Campbell, CBF’s Pennsylvania executive director. “We applaud and thank Luzerne County Council members for publicly voicing their support for clean water in the Keystone State.” (read more)

Sierra Club statement on DEP’s ‘listening session on EPA’s proposed ‘Clean Power Plan’

On Sept. 25, the Department of Environmental Protection held a listening session on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan that is intended to cut carbon pollution across the country. The Clean Power Plan gives states the flexibility to develop their own carbon reduction plans. Pennsylvania is already more than halfway to meeting the state’s goals through existing programs that encourage renewable energy development and money-saving energy efficiency. (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. 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)

PSEG Power joins PennEast Pipeline Project

PennEast Pipeline Company LLC on Sept. 18 announced that PSEG Power LLC, a subsidiary of the Public Service Enterprise Group, has joined the project to develop a 100-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey that will transport lower cost natural gas to homes and businesses. The PennEast Pipeline will run from Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania to Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in New Jersey. The pipeline, projected to go into service in 2017, will transport up to 1 bcf of clean, natural gas per day — enough natural gas to serve approximately 4.7 million homes. (read more)

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)

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)

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