May 23, 2014

May 26 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The May 26 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Click Here to print entire Digest.

November Election Pits Tom Corbett Against Tom Wolf On Environmental Policy
The voters have spoken.  Tom Corbett is the Republican candidate for Governor and Tom Wolf is the Democratic candidate.  The environment, specifically Marcellus Shale development, will be key issues in the November election.  Here are the responses the candidates gave in a recent Q/A with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council on environmental issues.

Corbett Order Outlines Ground Rules For Leasing Additional DCNR Land For Drilling
Gov. Tom Corbett Friday issued Executive Order 2014-3 outlining the ground rules for leasing additional DCNR State Forest and State Park lands for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, but only if it would not result in additional long-term surface disturbance.

TNC Study: PA Could See Up To 25,000 Miles Of Natural Gas Gathering Pipelines
The PA Chapter of The Natural Conservancy released a study in December 2011 on natural gas pipelines in Bradford County and Pennsylvania which projected Marcellus Shale development will result in from 10,000 to 25,000 miles of new natural gas gathering lines in the Commonwealth by 2030.

Penn State: Conventional Drilling Has Altered Bird Communities In Pennsylvania
Conventional oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania altered bird communities, and the current massive build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may accelerate these changes, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

DEP Citizens Advisory Council Urges Major Review Of Act 537 Onlot Sewage Program
DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council Wednesday recommended DEP undertake a major review of the Act 537 Onlot Septic System Program with the goal of including more onlot septic system technology options and integrating sewage planning with other water-related planning programs.