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PAEnvironmentDigest

AnUpdateOnEnvironmentalIssuesInPA
EditedBy:DavidE.Hess,CrisciAssociates

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Harrisburg,PaSeptember1,2014

ChesapeakeBayFoundationLaunchesCleanWaterForTheKeystoneStateCampaign

TheChesapeakeBayFoundationPAhaslaunchedanexcitingstatewidecampaignCleanWater
CountsurgingPennsylvaniaofficialstomakecleanwateraprioritythroughouttheKeystoneState,
andtocommittheneededfundingtoensurethatall83,000milesofwaterwaysinthestateareclean.
AccordingtotheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionsmostrecentstatewidewaterquality
survey,nearlyonequarter,almost20,000miles,ofthecreeks,rivers,andlakesthatwerelyonfor
recreation,andfordrinkingandhouseholduses,arepolluted.
Healthyfamilies,strongcommunities,andathrivingPennsylvaniaeconomydependonit,said
HarryCampbell,CBFPAsPennsylvaniaExecutiveDirector.Thatswhywerecallingonthestateto
prioritizecleanwaterandfundingtodecreasepollutionfromagriculturalactivitiesandrunofffromour
urbanandsuburbancommunities.
Inadditiontocallingonstateofficialstocommittheneededresourcesforcleanwater,CBFis
alsoaskingsomethingoflocalofficialsandcitizens.
WereaskingallPennsylvaniaresidentstoshowtheirsupportforcleanwaterbysigningthe
CleanWaterCountsonlinepetition,saidCampbell.AndwereaskingCountyCommissioners
throughoutthestatetoadoptCleanWaterResolutions,tofurtherencouragestateofficialstoprioritize
cleanwater.
Withouttargetedprioritizationandfundingtoaddresspollutionissues,theCommonwealths
mostimportantresource,cleanwater,willcontinuetobesusceptibletopollutionanddegradation
TheCleanWaterCountscampaignisapartofCBFsongoingmissiontoimprovewater
qualitylocally,anddownstreamintheChesapeakeBay.Byworkingtogetherandfollowing
PennsylvaniasCleanWaterBlueprint,wecanrestoreourlocalriversandstreams.
Together,wecanhavecleanwaterfortoday,andforgenerationstocome.
OnlinepetitionsignatureswillbeacceptedthroughOctober18th,theanniversaryoftheClean
WaterAct.
Tolearnmoreaboutthecampaign,visittheCleanWaterCountswebpage.
NewsClips:
SusquehannaSmallmouthBassSendSOS
OpEd:AntiqueSewageSystemCannotPersistInPittsburgh
AlleghenyRiverCleanupSept.6,8,12,13

DEPListsWaterSuppliesDamaged,HighHydrogenSulfideEmissionsFromGasDrilling

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionThursdayreleasedatablelistingthe248watersupplies
foundbyDEPtobecontaminatedbyoilandnaturalgasdrillingfrom2008to2014,about1.2percent
ofnewwellsdrilledduringthattimeperiod.
Othercomplaintsarestillbeinginvestigated.
AccordingtoScottPerry,DEPDeputySecretaryforOilandGasManagement,abouthalfthe
watersuppliesweredamagedbyconventionaloilandgaswellsandabouthalfwereunconventional
(MarcellusShale)gaswells.
Theproblemsincludemethanegascontamination,spillsofwastewaterandotherpollutants,and
wellsthatwentdryorwereotherwiserenderedundrinkable.
Therecordsshowthatsomeoftheproblemsweretemporary.
ThetablewithlinkstothelettersofdeterminationbyDEPortheordersissuedtocorrectthe
problems.
DEPalsopostedalistof19oilandgaswellsthathavehighlevelsofhydrogensulfide
emissionsgreaterthan20ppm.14ofthewellswithhighemissionswereconventionaloilandgas
wellsand5wereunconventional(MarcellusShale)wells.
7ofthewellsarestillactive,8havebeenplugged,2wereabandonedwellsand2arein
regulatoryinactivestatus(inactive,butnotabandonedorproducing).
Hydrogensulfidecancauseconjunctivitisandrespiratorytractirritationatlevelsof50to100
ppmandlossofconsciousnessandpossiblydeathafter30minutesofexposureatlevelsof500to700
ppm.
DEPreports20,178conventionalandunconventionaloilandgaswellsweredrilledbetween
January2008andtheendofJuly2014.Therewere12,098conventionalwellsand8,080
unconventional(MarcellusShale)wells.
Copiesofthelistofdamagedwatersuppliesandthewellswithhydrogensulfideemissionsare
availableonline.
NewsClips:
DEPReleasesListOf248WellsImpactedByDrilling
DEPReleasesFullListOfWellsRuinedByGasDrilling
DEPPublishesListofWaterSuppliesDamagedByDrilling
DrillingWastewaterContaminatedDrinkingWaterInWestmoreland
IndianaCountyTwpFightsDrillingWastewaterWell
StudySeeksLinkBetweenFracking,BirthDefects

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Senate/HouseAgenda/SessionSchedule/BillsIntroduced

HerearetheSenateandHouseCalendarsandCommitteemeetingsshowingbillsofinterestaswellasa
listofnewenvironmentalbillsintroduced

BillCalendars

House(September15):HouseBill202(HarperRMontgomery)prohibitingstandbywaterservice
chargesforfirecompaniesHouseBill1684(EverettRLycoming)whichseekstoclarifyaminimum
royaltypaymentinstatelawHouseBill2104(GodshallRMontgomery)furtherprovidingfor
consumerprotectionsinvariablerateelectricsuppliercontractsHouseResolution249
(SwangerRLebanon)supportingincreaseddevelopmentanddeliveryofoilfromNorthAmericanoil
reservessponsorsummarySenateBill771(GordnerRColumbia)establishingtheStateGeospatial
CoordinatingBoard.<>ClickHereforfullHouseBillCalendar.

Senate(September15):AllbillsontheSenateCalendarwereTabledaspertheSenateprocedure
forasummerbreak.<>ClickHereforfullSenateBillCalendar.

CommitteeMeetingAgendasThisWeek

House:<>ClickHereforfullHouseCommitteeSchedule.

Senate:<>ClickHereforfullSenateCommitteeSchedule.

BillsPendingInKeyCommittees

HerearelinkstokeyStandingCommitteesintheHouseandSenateandthebillspendingineach

House
Appropriations
Education
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerAffairs
GamingOversight
HumanServices
Judiciary
LiquorControl
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingHouseCommittees

Senate
Appropriations
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergy
ConsumerProtectionandProfessionalLicensure
Community,EconomicandRecreationalDevelopment
Education
Judiciary
LawandJustice
PublicHealthandWelfare
Transportation
LinksforallotherStandingSenateCommittees

BillsIntroduced

Thefollowingbillsofinterestwereintroducedthisweek

RemovingBarToSeveranceTax:HouseBill2403(WhiteDWashington)removinglanguagefrom
Act13barringanaturalgasseverancetaxsponsorsummary.

SessionSchedule

HereisthelatestvotingsessionschedulefortheSenateandHouse

House
September15,16,17,22,23,24
October6,7,8,14,15
November12

Senate
September15,16,22,23,24
October6,7,8,14,15
November12

NewsFromAroundTheState

BrodheadWatershedAssnToCelebrate25thAnniversary,ReceivesPPLGrant

TheBrodheadWatershedAssociationreceivedatimelydonationthismonthsupportingits
AdoptaStreamSiteProgramand25thAnnualDinnerCelebrationonOctober2.
AdonationfromPPLUtilitiesintheamountof$3,000willallowtheBWAtostepupvigilance
inmonitoringlocalstreams,andprotectingdrinkingwater,andwillcontributetoalivelycelebrationat
thisyears25thAnnualDinner.
TheBWA,anonprofitenvironmentalorganization,formedin1989asagroupofindividualsand
businessownersdedicatedtoensuringcleanwaterinMonroeCounty.
Forthepasttwentyfiveyears,BWAsVolunteerStreamWatchershavebeentestingwater
qualityintheBrodhead,Cherry,Marshalls,McMichael,ParadiseandPoconocreeksandtheir
tributaries.PPLUtilitiesrecognizesthisimportantworkspanningaquartercentury,andadonationwas
madepossiblebyPoconoRegionalAffairsDirectorPaulCanevari.
WearepleasedtosupporttheBWAanditsvolunteerstocontinueprotectingthewaterweall
drinkanddependon,saidCanevariatacheckpresentationeventthispastMonday.
WethankPPLElectricUtilitiesandPaulforhisongoingsupportofouressentialworkand
lookforwardtoacknowledgingPPLUtilitiesasRiverPatronatour25thAnnualDinnerCelebration,
saidBWAPresidentJohnSmith.
AnyoneinterestedinassistingtheBWAprotectthecommunityswaterresourcesisinvitedto
attendtheAnnualDinnerCelebrationwhichwillhighlighttheBWAsactivitiesoverthepasttwentyfive
years.
TheeventwilltakeplaceonOctober2attheChateauatCamelbackinTannersville,Monroe
County.RegisterattheBrodheadWatershedAssociationwebsiteorcalltheBWAofficeat
5708391120.

PennStateExtension:RiparianBufferMessageDeliveredAtCountyFairs

PennStateExtensionWaterResourcesExtensionEducator,JimClark,puttogetherariparianbuffer
watermessagethatheisdisplayingatthecountyfairsinNorthcentralPennsylvaniathissummer.The
messageissimple,FindaStreamandPlantaTree.
Themostimportantstepthathomeownerscouldtaketoimprovethequalityofwaterinstreams
thatflowthroughtheirpropertyistoestablishariparianbuffer.Itwouldbegreatifitcouldbe50feet
wide,butthiswouldnotbepracticalonalotofproperties,sohomeownersareencouragedtodoas
muchastheycan.
Thisbestmanagementpracticecansavetime,labor,andenergy,becausehomeownersjust
needtostopmowingtotheedgeofthestreamorwaterbody.
Riparianbuffershaveseveralbenefitsincludingpreventingsediment,nitrogen,phosphorus,
pesticides,andotherpollutantsfromenteringthewater.Theplantsinthebufferslowrunoffwater
carryingpollutantsandhelpitinfiltratedownintotheground.
Forestedriparianbuffersslowdownfloodwaterreducingitsabilitytododamage.OneForest
Servicestudyshowedthatasingle9yearoldpeartreewasabletointercept58gallonsofstormwater
fromahalfinchrainevent.Buffersprovidevaluablewildlifehabitatandtheoverhangingriparian
vegetationkeepsthewatercooler.
AsClarksposterstatesRiparianbuffersoftenleadtohealthierstreams.
Twohandoutsaccompanytheexhibitandbothcanbefoundontheweb.ThePennState
ExtensionRiparianBuffersBrochureandthefactsheetentitledTheRoleofTreesandForestsin
HealthyWatershedsareavailableonPennState'sGreenIndustrywebsite.

(WrittenBy:JamesA.Clark,ExtensionWaterResourcesEducator,RenewableNatural
ResourcesExtensionTeam,PennStateExtension,McKeanCounty,andreprintedfromthePenn
StateExtensionWatershedWindsnewsletter.)

Opinion:OurSusquehannaRiverIsSick
ByDouglasEFessler,Sunbury,PA

MystorystartsatjustonepointalongthelifegivingSusquehannaRiver.Sunburyprimarilygetsits
drinkingwaterfromLittleShamokinCreek(PlumCreek),secondarilyitpullsfromtheSusquehanna
River.
Usingtoomuchcowmanureonfields,useofpesticidesandherbicides,andcontaminationfrom
mineacidrunoffarejustsomeoftheproblemsinourlocalarearelatingtokeepingourwatercleanand
safe.
Sotheproblemsthatareinourwaterwayscannotfallontheshouldersofthewatertreatment
plantsalone,theycanonlydosomuchasexplainedbelow.
TheLoyalsockCreekisa64miletributarythatemptiesintoWestBranchoftheSusquehanna
River.RecenttalkingaboutfrackingintheLoyalsockStateForestisleadingtoanotherexamplehow
hastydecisions64milesinlandcanaffectfuturegenerations(whowillbelefttodealwithunforeseen
problems).Peoplewilltellyouwhatthatitssafenow,butagain,unforeseenconsequencescomeinto
play.
Forexample,theeffectsofminerunoffhavemadetheShamokinCreekoneofthemost
pollutedwaterwaysinPennsylvania.Thiscreektransportsaround5,000poundsofleadtothe
SusquehannaRiverannually.
TheShamokinCreekcontributes53percentofthetotalleadthatreachestheSusquehanna
River.TheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyadvisesagainstanyswimminginorconsumptionof
thewateroftheShamokinCreek,thismeanswatertreatmentplantscan'tcleanthewater.
Thisexampleshowsexactlyhowtheunregulatedmanagementofourwaterwayscanleadto
undrinkabletoliterallyunusablewater.
DowesitaroundandwaitfortheSusquehannaRivertoreachthisbreakingpoint?Dowelook
attheproblemindividuallyaskingwhatcanIdoaboutit?Dowepointfingerstofindoutexactlywhose
problemitis?
Thetruthisitsaproblemforallofusanditsgoingtotakecommunitiesupanddownthe
SusquehannaRivercomingtogethertoaddresstheissuesasPennsylvanians.
TheSusquehannaRiveranditstributariesarebarometricwindowstothehealthofthe
environment.Thehealthoftheenvironmentisdirectlyrelatedtousandourfuturegenerations,itsthe
foodweeatandtheairwebreathe.
Despitewhatwearetold,ourriverissickanditsuptoustofixit.Wearenolongerthe
children...wearetheadultsweoncelookedtomakesureeverythingwasOK.

DouglasFesslerisactiveintheannualSusquehannaRiverCleanupProjectandinotherlocal
watershedgroupsinandaroundSunbury.Hecanbecontactedbysendingemailto:
douglasfessler@hotmail.com.
NewsClips:
SusquehannaSmallmouthBassSendSOS
OpEd:AntiqueSewageSystemCannotPersistInPittsburgh
AlleghenyRiverCleanupSept.6,8,12,13

AlleghenyRiverCleanupEventsSept.6,8,12

TheFriendsofAlleghenyWildernessarehostingcleanupeventsalongtheAlleghenyRiverSeptember
6,8and12.ClickHereforallthedetails.

SummerIssueOfEstuaryNewsNowAvailableFromPartnershipForDelawareEstuary

TheSummereditionofEstuaryNewsisnowavailablefromthePartnershipForTheDelawareEstuary
featuringarticleson
InvestingInTheFuture,DelawaresCleanWaterInitiative
TheDelawareRiver:Wild,ScenicandManaged
InterviewWithTheDelawareRiverMasters
WaterSystemsToBeMajorChallengeInYearsAhead
RevolutionEraDamSurrenderingToShadAfter2Centuries
NCCo'sStormwaterAmnestyProgram:BreathingNewLifeintoWaterways
FiveDIYProjectsthatReallyHoldWater
PDEtoHonorTwoatPhillyFundraiser
FiveNewFacesatthePDE
HelpUsRallySupportersfortheRiverandBay
EstuaryEvents

PAAmericanWaterWorksAssn.OffersFallTrainingSchedule

ThePASectionAmericanWaterWorksAssociationrecentlyposteditsfalltrainingschedule.Click
Hereforalistofavailabletrainingopportunities.

DEPAssesses$250,000PenaltyAgainst4Gas,OilServicesCompanies

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionTuesdayannouncedaConsentOrderandAgreement
withWilliamC.Henderson,TitusvilleOil&GasAssociatesInc.,EagleLineCorporation,andOlympia
OilServicesInc.,whichincludes$250,000incivilpenalties.
ThecivilpenaltiesstemfromvariousviolationsoftheCleanStreamLaw,SolidWaste
ManagementAct,andOilandGasAct,includingfailuretoobtainErosionandSedimentControl
generalpermitsduringearthmoving,unauthorizeddischargeofproductionfluids,failuretoreportsuch
unauthorizeddischarges,failuretoplugabandonedwells,andotherviolations.
Theviolationswerediscoveredduringinspectionsofvariouspropertiesownedandoperatedby
HendersonandhiscompaniesbetweenMarch2010andJune2014.
FurtherinvestigationsbyDEPalsoconcludedthatHendersonandTitusvilleOilhaddisturbed
morethanfiveacresanddisturbedwetlandswithoutpermits,alongwithseveralotherongoingissues.
Inadditiontothepenalties,Hendersonandhisthreecompaniesmusttakeallactionsnecessary
toattaincompliancewiththestateslawsandregulations,includingtheceaseanddesistofall
unauthorizedwellactivity,restorationofallillegallydisturbedareas,andsubmissionofoutstanding
reports,amongotherrequirements.
Hendersonisthepresidentandoperatorofthethreecompanies,andissubjecttothe
requirementsoftheConsentOrderandAgreement.Hendersonandhiscompaniesarerequiredtopay
thecivilpenaltyinpayments,withanimmediate$25,000paymentandequalpaymentsof$56,250over
thenext12months.
In2011WilliamHendersonwaschargedbytheOfficeofAttorneyGeneralforcriminal
violationsofdumpinggaswellproductionbrineintoabandonedwells.
Formoreinformationcall8143326945.

DEPReschedulesHearingsOnHilcorpGasPoolingRequestsForOct.27,28

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionTuesdayannouncedhearingofficerMichaelBangshas
rescheduledthepublichearingsessionsonanApplicationforGasWellSpacingUnits,orspacingorder,
receivedfromHilcorpEnergyCo.,forOctober27and28.
HilcorpEnergyCo.isapplyingforawellspacingorderthatestablishesfourgaswelldrilling
unitson3,267acrestodrillintotheUticaShaleFormationinPulaskiTownship,LawrenceCountyand
ShenangoTownship,MercerCounty.
UndertheOilandGasConservationLawof1961,whenaspacingorderapplicationis
submitted,anadministrativehearingmustbeheldpriortoafinaldecisionontheapplication.
OnJuly11,thehearingofficerrescheduledthehearingsessionsforSeptember16and17,after
twopreviouspostponements.Duetoaschedulingconflict,Hilcorprequestednewhearingdates.Atthe
requestofthehearingofficer,thepartiesdeterminedagreeabledatesforthehearing.
OnAugust5,theinterveningpropertyownersrenewedtheirMotiontoStay,whichwoulddelay
thehearingpendingafinalrulingbytheCommonwealthCourtonarelatedmatter.OnAug.11,hearing
officerBangsdeniedthemotion.
ThefirsthearingsessionhasbeenrescheduledforOctober27and28.Thehearingsessionwill
beginat10a.m.and9a.m.respectivelyandbeheldattheAlbertP.GettingsGovernmentCenter
AnnexoftheLawrenceCountyGovernmentCenter,AssemblyRoom,349CountylineSt.,New
Castle.
Thefirsttwodayhearingsessionwillaccepttestimonyonthespacingorderapplication.DEP,
Hilcorpandpropertyownersandoperatorsintheareasubjecttotheorderwillbeeligibletoprovide
testimony.Thefirstsessionwillbeopenforthegeneralpublictoattendandobserve.
Thesecondhearingsessionwillbeginat6p.m.onOctober28,atthesamelocation.As
requestedpreviouslybyDEP,anyonefromthegeneralpublicwillhavetheopportunitytoprovideinput
abouttheapplicationatthesecondsession.
Interestedpersonsandoperatorswishingtopresenttestimonyateithersessionshouldcontact
GlendaDavidsonat7177874449atleastsevendayspriortothefirstsession.
Thosegivingtestimonyatthesecondsessionwillberequestedtosubmitthreewrittencopiesof
theiroraltestimonytotheassignedhearingofficer.
Thedepartmentwillsubmitapublicnoticeoftherescheduledhearingsforpublicationinlocal
papersatleasttwoweekspriortothehearingsessions.Althoughnotrequiredbylaw,DEPalsowill
directlynotifyallroyaltyownersandoperatorswithintheareasubjecttotherequestedorder.
InformationonthehearingwillalsobepublishedinthePennsylvaniaBulletin.
Formoreinformation,visitDEPsConservationLawwebpageorcall7177722199.
NewsClip:NewHearingDatesSetForHilcorpForcedPoolingRequests

Capitolwire.com:AttorneyGeneralIssuesSubpoenasOnGasWellRoyaltyPayments

Capitolwire.comreportedlateTuesdayandThursdayAttorneyGeneralKathleenKanehasissued
administrativesubpoenastoMarcellusShaledrillingcompaniesacrossthestateaspartofherOffices
reviewofgaswellroyaltypaymentissues.
Thesubpoenasdemanddozensofpiecesofinformationaboutcorporatestructure,
postproductioncostsandroyaltypaymentcalculations,andwherecompaniesholdleasesonpublic
lands,accordingtoasourcewithknowledgeofthesubpoena.
It'suncleariftheinformationaboutpubliclandleasesandtheirlocationobtainedthroughthe
subpoenaswouldrevealrecentindustryinterestinstateparksandforestlandrelatingtoCorbett's
nonsurfaceimpactleasingproposalcontainedinthe201415budget.
DemocratsintheLegislatureandenvironmentalistshaveaskedtheCorbettAdministrationfor
informationaboutthegovernor'sbudgetproposaltoallowfurtherleasingofstateforestandparkland
fornaturalgasdrillingonexistingwellpads,whichtheadministrationcontendswouldcauseno
additionalsurfaceimpacts.
Lawmakerspredicteditwouldgenerate$95millionthisfiscalyear,buttheproposalalsoispart
ofapendinglawsuitinstatecourt.
Inbroadeningheroffice'sinvestigation,Kaneissuedadministrativesubpoenas,whichdifferfrom
traditionalsubpoenasandareconsideredcontroversialbecausejudicialoversightisnotrequired.
Refusaltocomplywiththeadministrativesubpoenacouldresultinacontemptofcourtcharge,
accordingtotheadministrativecode.
SpokespeopleforboththeAttorneyGeneralandtheMarcellusShaleCoalitionrefusedto
commentonthematter.
InFebruaryGov.Corbett,Sen.GeneYaw(RLycoming),MajorityChairoftheSenate
EnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee,andSen.JoeScarnati(RJefferson)askedthe
AttorneyGeneralforanofficialinquiryintopostproductioncostdeductionsbynaturalgasproducer
ChesapeakeEnergy.
InMarchSen.YawsaidtheAttorneyGeneralconfirmedshewouldbestartinganinvestigation.
OnJune27,2013,Sen.YawconvenedapublichearingoftheSenateEnvironmental
ResourcesandEnergyCommitteeonroyaltyissues.
Duringourhearing,theCommitteeheardtestimonythatdeductionsbyChesapeakewereas
highas100percentofsomeroyaltychecks.Thisraisesasignificantconsumerprotectionissuefor
hundredsofconstituentsinmySenatedistrict,saidSen.Yaw.
InlightoftheongoingissuesbetweenChesapeakeEnergyandBradfordCountyleaseholders,
Sen.Yawhasalsointroducedapackageoflegislation,knownastheOilandGasLeaseProtection
Packagetosafeguardleaseholderrights.
Thebillsinclude:SenateBill1236(YawRLycoming)amendstheOilandGasLeaseAct
furtherprovidingforpaymentofroyalties,SenateBill1237(YawRLycoming)establishingtheNatural
GasLeaseAntiRetaliationActtoprotectroyaltyinterestownersandSenateBill1238
(YawRLycoming)establishingtheOilandGasLeaseSatisfactionActprovidingforcertainformsand
damages.Sponsorsummaryofallthreebills.
AllthreebillspassedtheSenateinApriloverstiffoppositionfromthedrillingindustry.They
remainintheHouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommittee.
Rep.GarthEverettintroducedHouseBill1684toaddresstheroyaltyissuesinMarch.Thebill
wasreportedoutoftheHouseEnvironmentalResourcesandEnergyCommitteeinAprilafteran
industryfriendlyamendmentwasadded.ItwasremainedontheHouseCalendarsincethen.
NewsClips:
Report:AGWidensInvestigationIntoGasRoyaltyComplaints
NewHearingDatesSetForHilcorpForcedPoolingRequests
AGKaneGoesOnWitchHuntOverDrillingRoyalties

EnvironmentalGroupsRespondToAuditorGeneralReportOnMarcellusShaleDrilling

EnvironmentalandcitizenorganizationssentDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionSecretary,Chris
AbruzzoaletterThursdaychallengingtheagencysresponsetoissuesraisedinAuditorGeneralEugene
DePasqualesDEPPerformanceAudit,releasedonJuly22.
TheorganizationstakeissuewithDEPsclaimthatflawsintheagencysprogramshavebeen
fixedanddetailscriticalgapsthatputwaterqualityandhealthatrisk.Inaddition,theorganizations
expressdisappointmentwithDEPsrejectionofalloftheeightkeydeficienciesuncoveredinthe
PerformanceAudit.
AlthoughDEPsimultaneouslyagreedwithallorpartsof22ofthe29relatedrecommendations
fromtheAuditorGeneral,theagencyhasyettoprovideanyevidenceofhowtheyintendtoimplement
therecommendations.
"PADEPhasfallendownonthejobdespitetheirattemptstofavorablyspinthecriticalanalysis
laidoutsographicallybytheAuditorGeneral'sperformanceaudit.TheAuditorGeneralexplainshow
theagencysimplyisn'teffectivelyservingthepublicinitsoversightresponsibilitiesofshalegas
developmentandDEPdefensivelyrespondedwithlotsofweakexcuses.ThepeopleofPennsylvania
andourcleanwaterandairarepayingthepriceofDEP'sfailingsanduntiltheymakefundamental
changestheywillcontinuetocontributetotheshalegasproblemscommunitiesareexperiencing,"said
TracyCarluccio,DeputyDirector,DelawareRiverkeeperNetwork.
"TheDEP'spressreleasestatesthattheAuditorGeneral'sreportfoundnoinstanceswherethe
agencyfailedtoprotectpublichealth,safety,ortheenvironmentfromunconventionalgasdrilling
activities.SecretaryAbruzzosaidthatthereportvalidateshisagency'sperformance,butperhaps
SecretaryAbruzzodoesn'tknowwhatvalidatesmeans,saidKarenFeridun,founderofBerksGas
Truth.Ascathing145pagereportthatcitesnumeroussignificantdeficienciesandmakesnofewerthan
29recommendationsforoverhaulingtheDEP'srecordkeepingsystemsandaddressingitscompletely
inadequateprocessofconductinginspectionsishardlyvalidationoftheagency'sclearlyskewed
selfperception.Itcertainlyprovidesnovalidationofmattersthatwereoutsideofthescopeoftheaudit,
namelytheDEP'sabilitytoprotectpublichealth,safety,ortheenvironment."
TheorganizationshaveregularlymetwithDEPstaffformorethanayeartodiscussimpacts
fromoilandgasoperationsonwaterquality.
Earthworks,oneoftheorganizationsinvolvedinthemeetings,recentlyreleasedtheirownreport
BlackoutintheGasPatch,whichdetailssimilarproblemsinhowDEPpermitsandoverseesgasandoil
operationsandsubsequentimpactsonairandwaterquality.
BoththatreportandthePerformanceAuditconfirmmanyofthesameissuestheorganizations
havedirectlyaskedDEPtoaddress.
WevemetwithDEP,analyzedtheresponsetotheAuditorGeneral,andconductedourown
researchwithonecentralgoalinmind:tohelpPennsylvaniasregulatorsstepupandprotectthe
environmentandhealth,saidNadiaSteinzor,EasternProgramCoordinatorforEarthworksandauthor
oftheBlackoutreport.DEPshouldstoprefutingstrongevidenceofproblemsandstartadvocatingfor
moreagencyresourcesandstrongerindustryoversight.Onlythenwillitbeabletofulfillitsmandateand
servethepublic
WewholeheartedlyagreewiththeoverallconclusionsofthePerformanceAuditandthe
BlackoutintheGasPatchreport,saidSteveHvozdovich,MarcellusShalePolicyAssociate,Clean
WaterAction.Ifthesereportsvalidateanything,itisthemessagewehavebeenpubliclydeliveringfor
overayearnowthatDEPisunderfunded,understaffed,anddoesnothavesufficientpoliciesinplaceto
meetthecontinuingdemandsplaceduponitbyexpandedshalegasdevelopmentandtoprotectthe
environmentandhealth.
TheorganizationsbelievethereformsadoptedbyDEPandoutlinedinthecommentresponse
sectionofthePerformanceAuditareinsufficient.TheirletterdetailsstepsDEPneedstotakeinfivekey
areas,includingtransparencyofinformationcommunicationwithcitizenstrackingofcomplaintsand
agencyresponsestrackingofoilandgasfieldwasteandthefrequencyofwellinspections.
TheorganizationshopethesecommentswillspurDEPtoprovideclarificationandenhance
measurestosolveandpreventenvironmentalandhealthimpactsassociatedwithoilandgasoperations,
andtobemoreresponsivetothepublicitserves.
TheDEPsattemptstoshirkallnegativecritiquesmakeourcallsforgreatertransparency
louder.ItistimefortheDEPtoownuptoitsflawsandstartarealdialoguewiththepublic.Our
organizationswillnotstopapplyingpressureuntiltheDEPinstitutesessentialdepartmentwidereform,
saidNickKennedy,CommunityAdvocate,MountainWatershedAssociation.
UnfortunatelyforPennsylvaniasenvironmentandthehealthofthestatesresidents,theAGs
reportvalidatedmanyofthedeficienciesthatcitizensandexpertsinthefieldalreadyknewaboutthe
DEPsoversightoffrackingintheCommonwealth,statedKristenCevoli,FrackingProgramDirector
ofPennEnvironment.ForthehealthofPennsylvaniascitizensanditsenvironment,itiscriticalthatthe
DEP,aswellasourelectedofficialsinHarrisburg,embracetherecommendationslaidoutbythe
AuditorGeneralsoffice.Ifnot,frackingwillleavePennsylvaniawiththesametoxiclegacyasthecoal
industrybeforeit,andfuturegenerationswillbeleftfootingthebillanddoingthecleanup.
Acopyoftheletterisavailableonline.

ThirdRoundOfAct13NaturalGasVehicleGrantsOpensAug.30

Gov.TomCorbettandtheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionThursdayannouncedthethird
roundofNaturalGasVehicleGrantswillopenonAugust30andwillprovideanestimated$6millionto
helppayfortheincrementalpurchaseandconversioncostsofheavydutynaturalgasfleetvehicles.
(formalnotice)
ApplicationsaredueNovember14andwillbeawardedthiswinter.
Pennsylvaniacontinuestomoveintherightdirectionbycreatingopportunitiestoconvert
vehiclefleetsfromimportedoiltohomegrown,cleanburning,affordablenaturalgas,Gov.Corbett
said.Weencourageallwhoareeligibleforthisfundingtolowertheiroperationalcostsandlessenour
dependencyonforeignoil.
Since2013,$14millionhasbeenawardedto44organizationsandcompaniesmakingthe
switchtocompressednaturalgas(CNG),liquefiednaturalgas(LNG)andbifuelvehiclesweighing
14,000poundsormore.
Thoseeligibletoapplyincludenonprofitorganizations,localtransportationorganizations,state
ownedorstaterelateduniversities,commonwealthormunicipalauthorities,forprofitcompaniesandthe
PennsylvaniaTurnpikeCommission.
Requestscanbenomorethan50percentoftheincrementalpurchaseorretrofitcostper
vehicle,withamaximumtotalof$25,000pervehicle.
GrantWebinar
Eligibleapplicantsareencouragedtoparticipateinarelatedwebinar,scheduledforSeptember
22,from2to3p.m.
Toregisterforthewebinarandviewtheupdatedguidancedocumentandonlinegrant
application,visitDEPsNaturalGasVehicleGrantProgramwebpage.
NewsClip:DEPOpens3rdRoundOfCNGVehicleGrants

DEPNewStantonDistrictMiningOfficeOpensReplacingGreensburg,Uniontown

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionGreensburgandUniontowndistrictofficeswillbegin
operatingoutofanewlocationbeginningonSeptember2.
ThejustcompletedbuildingisconvenienttothePennsylvaniaTurnpikeandI70,locatedat
131BroadviewRoad,NewStanton,PA15672.Thephonenumberfortheofficeis7249255500.
TheNewStantonOfficeconsolidatesstafffromDEPsMineSafety,DistrictMining,Field
OperationsandOilandGasManagementPrograms.Employeesfrombothofficeswillbemovingin
betweenSeptember2and4.
The38,000squarefootbuildingisdesignedtobeenergyefficient,utilizingmanymaterialswitha
highrecyclablecontent.Theofficesfeatureenergyefficientlighting,ahighlyefficientheatingand
airconditioningsystemcontrolledbyanautomatedbuildingmanagementsystemandwatersaving,low
flowtoiletsandbathroomfixtures.
Formoreinformation,call4124424400.

EPAPresentsPresidentsEnvironmentalYouth,EnvironmentalEdAwardsTo2InPA

TheU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgencyWednesdaypresentedthePresidentsEnvironmentalYouth
AwardtoMayWangfromBucksCountyandthePresidentsInnovationsinEnvironmentalEducation
AwardtoDavidAndrewsofButlerCounty.
MayWang
15yearoldMayWangwasrecognizedfortheexperimentssheconductedaboutremovinga
commoncontaminantfromdrinkingwater.
EnergeticstudentslikeMayWangandalltheyoungpeoplewhocompetedforthePEYA
awardshavetheenthusiasmtopromoteawarenessofournationsenvironment,saidEPA
MidAtlanticRegionalAdministratorShawnM.Garvin.Herwaterprojectdemonstratesthekindof
leadershipneededtotakeontoughenvironmentalchallenges.
Wang,arisingjunioratCouncilRockHighSchoolinHolland,experimentedwithusing
activatedcharcoaltoremoveBisphenolA(BPA)fromwatersupplies.BPA,whichhasbeenshownto
causereproductiveanddevelopmentaleffectsinanimalstudies,isusedinthemanufactureofawide
rangeofconsumerandindustrialproducts.
Fromherexperiments,Wangconcludedthatactivatedcharcoalasafilteriseffectivefor
removalandisactiveforanumberoftimesaftertheinitialuse.
InadditiontothePEYAprogram,Maysresearchpaperwasacceptedforpresentationatthe
AmericanWaterResourceAssociations50thAnnualWaterResourceConference,andthe
AssociationforEnvironmentalHealthandScienceFoundations30thAnnualInternationalConference
onSoils,Sediments,Water,andEnergylaterthisyear.
Wangwasoneof60studentsnationwidetoreceiveaPEYAawardthisyear.ThePEYA
programisaboutpromotingawarenessofournation'snaturalresources,encouragingpositive
communityinvolvement,andrecognizingstudentswhocandothesethingsandprovethemselvestobe
outstandingyoungleadersinenvironmentalstewardship.
DavidAndrews
DavidAndrewsofButlerJuniorHighSchoolinButlerwiththePresidentialInnovationAward
forEnvironmentalEducators.
DavidAndrewsdedicationtoenvironmentaleducationinspiresstudentstopromote
sustainabilityintheirschoolandtheircommunity,saidEPARegionalAdministratorShawnM.Garvin.
Heoverseesseveralclassroomprojectsthatprovidehisstudentswithagreaterawarenessof
environmentalissuesandanappreciationofnaturalresources.
Andrews,ageneralscience,environmentalscienceandchemistryteacher,wasoneof17
teachersnationwidewhoreceivedaPIAEEaward.
AndrewsraisesbrooktroutwithstudentsthroughtheTroutintheClassroomprogramand
thenreleasesthefishintostreamstoboostthelocalfishpopulation.Healsoworkswithhisstudentsto
conductfishpopulationandwaterqualitysurveys.
Andrewsalsooverseesotherclassroomprojectsincludingtreeplantings,littercleanups,
coordinatingpaperrecyclingandprovidingopportunitiesforstudentstoworkwithprofessional
biologists.Hisworkwithlocalwaterwaysencouragesstudentstogivebacktotheirlocalcommunities
andfosterasenseofenvironmentalstewardship.
NewsClip:BucksTeenWinsNationalAwardForEnvironmentalResearch

SustainableFoodProject2014StudentsForSustainabilityChallenge

TheSustainableFoodProjectisexcitedtoannouncetheStudentsForSustainabilityChallenge,a
competitionopentoallhighschoolandundergraduatecollegestudents.
TheStudentsForSustainabilityChallengeengagesteamsofhighschoolandundergraduate
studentstodevelopandpresentconceptsandinnovationsonhowtofeedtheworldsustainablyand
improveglobalfoodsecurity.
Studentsteamwithlikemindedclassmatesandfacultyadvisorstorethinkaselfselectedissue
concerningsustainableproduction,processingand/ordistributionofnutritiousfood.Anyrelevant,
sustainableinnovativesolutionwillbeconsidered.
TeamsapproachtheirChallengeusingoneofthreePathwaystoDiscovery:
BehaviorStudyprocessesforadoptingmoresustainablefoodsolutions
DesignConceiveasystemtoproduce,processordistributefoodmoresustainablu.
TechnologyInventadeviceormethodtoenhancesustainability
ChallengesubjectsincludeAgriculture,EnvironmentalScience,Engineering,SocialSciences
andEconomics.
TheStudentsForSustainabilityChallengeisanexcitingopportunityforteachersand
professorstohelpstudentsrealizetherelevanceoftheirareasofstudy,saidSFPYouthProgram
Chair,ShaneStevenson.$25,000incashprizeswillbeawarded.Participatingstudentsarticulatetheir
ideasandknowhowintosolutionsformakingadifferenceinsolvingourworldsenvironmentaland
hungerchallenges.
FirstPrizeis$10,000Allages/categories2ndPrizes,$5,000(1University,1HighSchool)
and3rdPrizes,$1,000(2University,2HighSchool,1AtLarge).
FundingfortheChallengeisprovidedinpartbytheSustainableFoodProject,anindependent
nonprofitinitiativeofSustainableFoodPavilion,Inc,aregisteredpubliccharity.Individualcontributions
totheChallengearematchedupto$25,000byaprivategrant.
RegistrationfortheChallengeopensSeptember1.Topreregisterandformoreinformation,
visittheStudentsForSustainabilityChallenge.

OutdoorCelebrationForMilitaryFamiliesHighlightsSpecialRecreationEventSept.6

Militaryservicemembers,veteransandtheirfamiliesareinvitedtoafreedayofrecreationatGifford
PinchotStateParkonSeptember6from10:00a.m.to3:00p.m.withthePAParksandForests
Foundation.
Familiescantryawidevarietyofoutdoorpursuits,includingkayaking,rowing,nature
photography,discgolf,handcrankbicycling,fishingandmoreatnocost.Theeventtakesplaceatthe
ConewagoDayUseArea,offAlpineRd.inWellsville,PA.
Nowinitssecondyear,MilitaryandFamiliesAppreciationDay:ReturningtotheOutdoorsis
designedforattendeestoexplorenewkindsofrecreation,enjoytheoutdoorstogether,andlearnabout
adaptiverecreationopportunitiesforallwhomayhavesufferedinjuriesinthelineofservice.
Thegoalistoinspirepeers,familiesandfriendstogetoutdoorsbyraisingawarenessoftheir
options,providinghandsontraininginavarietyofrecreationalpursuits,andmakeadaptiveequipment
morereadilyavailable,PPFFPresidentMarciMowerysays.Wearethrilledtobringbackthisevent
forasecondyearandwelcomeallmilitaryfamiliestocomeoutandspendaspecialdayatthepark.
Morethan25organizationswillprovideinformationandactivitiestotrythroughouttheday.
ActivityleadersandexhibitorsincludeHeroesontheWaterCentralPAChapter,SusquehannaService
Dogs,IAMABLEFoundation,SummitSearchandRescue,AboveLimits,TotalOutdoors,
DepartmentofMilitary&VeteransAffairsMobileOutreachBus,LebanonVA,PANationalGuard,
andmanymore.Therewillalsobeafreeluncheonforattendees,donatedbyMissionBBQrestaurant.
Registrationisencouraged,butnotrequiredfortheevent.Folkscanlearnmoreandsignupfor
lunchonline.TheycanalsofindtheeventonFacebook.

NaturalLandsTrustGreenHillsPreserveNowOpenToPublicInBerksCounty

NaturalLandsTrustWednesdayannouncedits168acreGreenHillPreserveinRobesonTownship,
BerksCounty,isnowopentothepublic.
Onceslatedfordevelopment,thepropertyknownasGreenHillsPreserveprovidescrucial
habitatforwildlifenow,itisaplaceofrefugeandexplorationforvisitorsaswell.
Theproperty,originallyapprovedforahighdensitydevelopment,wentintoforeclosurein
2009.PrudentialFox&RoachsLandDevelopmentDivisiontooktheunusualstepofseekinga
conservationsolution.
Aftermorethantwoyearsworkingtopiecetogethercriticalfunding,NaturalLandsTrustwas
abletopurchasethepropertyfromthelenderin2012.
Overthepasttwoyears,NaturalLandsTrusthasworkedtosecurefundingforvisitor
amenities,suchasparkingandatrailnetwork.Withthoseelementsnowinplace,GreenHillsPreserve
isopenfreeofchargetovisitorsforhiking,birdwatching,natureexploration,anddogwalking
(dogsmustbeleashedatalltimes).Thepreserveisopenduringdaylighthours,sevendaysperweek.
GreenHillsPreservefeaturesgentlyrollingagriculturalfields,woodlands,andwetlands.A
tributarytoAlleghenyCreek,aDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectiondesignatedColdWater
Fisherystream,bisectsthepreserve.
ThePreserveissituatedwithintheSchuylkillHighlands,aregionatthenexusoftwolandscapes
thathavebeenprioritizedforprotection:theHighlands(asdefinedbytheUSCongress)andthe
SchuylkillRiverwatershed,afocusofmuchplanningworkbytheDepartmentofConservationand
NaturalResources,DEPandthePhiladelphiaWaterDepartment.
Theareasimportancederivesfromtheneedtoprotectwaterquality,conservehabitat,and
developrecreationalopportunitiesinaregionsetforconsiderablegrowthoverthenext20years.
Formoreinformation,visittheNaturalLandsTrustsGreenHillsPreservewebpage.

ValleyGreenBankLeadSponsorOfFriendsOfTheWissahickons90thAnniversary

FriendsoftheWissahickonFridayannouncedValleyGreenBankwillbetheleadsponsorofits90th
anniversarycelebrationandgala,whichwilltakeplaceonOctober25attheValleyGreenInn.
ValleyGreenBankishonoredtobetheleadsponsorfortheFriendsoftheWissahickons
90thAnniversary,saidJayGoldstein,presidentandCEOofValleyGreenBank.Friendsofthe
Wissahickonistobecongratulatedandcelebratedforitsdedicationtothewellbeingofthe
WissahickonValley.FOWisadynamicinstitutionwhoseimpactcontributestothequalityoflifeforits
nearneighbors,residentsofgreaterPhiladelphiaandvisitorsfromfarandwideallwhomarvelathow
luckywearetohavetheWissahickonasabackyard,Goldsteinsaid.
WeregratefulforthecontinuedcommitmentandsupportoftheValleyGreenBank,said
MauraMcCarthy,FOWsexecutivedirector.Asadedicatedneighborhoodinstitution,ValleyGreen
BankrecognizestheimportantrolethattheWissahickonParkplaysinthelocalcommunity.
ValleyGreenBankhasthreebranchesinPhiladelphialocatedinMt.Airy,ChestnutHilland
SouthPhiladelphia.ItalsohascommercialloanofficesinCenterCity,PhiladelphiaandRadnor,Pa.
TheBankoffersatraditionalmixofdepositaccounts,includingnoninterestandinterestbearing
checkingaccounts,savings,moneymarketandcertificateofdepositaccounts.Italsoofferscustomers
individualretirementaccounts.ValleyGreenBankisamemberofFDIC.
FOWs90thanniversarygalawilltakeplaceonOctober25atthehistoricValleyGreenInn.
ThegalaeventwillincludeafarmtotablemenudesignedbyAimeeOlexyofTalulahsTable,aswell
ascocktails,dancing,anauctionandmore.
FundsraisedthroughtheseeventswillgotowardsFOWsstewardshipoftheWissahickon
ValleyParkandhistoricValleyGreenInn.
FOWhasbeenthestewardofhistoricValleyGreenInnsince1934,maintainingthehistoric
buildingandgeneratingrevenuetomaintaintheInn,itssurroundingsandtheWissahickonValleyPark.
Builtin1850,ValleyGreenInnisthelastremainingexampleofthemanyroadhousesand
tavernsthatservedthecarriagetradealongtheWissahickonCreekinthe19thcentury.
FOWiscelebratingits90thanniversarythroughout2014.Foundedin1924,FOWisa
1,600membernonprofitorganizationandworksinpartnershipwithPhiladelphiaParksandRecreation
torestorehistoricalparkstructures,eliminateinvasiveplantspecies,monitorwatershedmanagement
issues,andrestoretrailsthroughouttheWissahickonPark.
Formoreinformationandtopurchaseticketsforthegala,visittheFOWwebsite.

LiveBaldEagleToVisitHawkMountainSanctuaryAugust30

VisitHawkMountainSanctuaryonBaldEagleMigrationDay,August30,andseealivebaldeagle
upcloseandpersonalduringtwofreepresentationsat11a.m.and2p.m.byCarbonCounty
EnvironmentalCenter.Eagleprogramswillbeheldintheoutdooramphitheater,orindoorsintheevent
ofrain.
BaldEagleMigrationDayisdesignedtoremindvisitorsthatlateAugustandearlySeptember
aresomeofthebesttimestoseebaldeaglesonmigration.Atthistimeofyearvisitorshavea40
percentchanceofseeingabaldeagleatHawkMountainsNorthLookout,anda52percentchance
betweenSeptember1and15th.
Eaglesareontherise,andnowmorethaneveryouhaveachanceofseeingoneatHawk
MountainSanctuary,saysMaryLinkevich,aspokespersonfortheSanctuary.
ChildrenwillbeinvitedtoparticipateinabaldeaglecountingactivityattheLookout,andfree
informationabouteagles,theirconservationstatusandtheirnaturalhistorycanbefoundintheVisitor
Center.
Formoreinformation,visittheHawkMountainSanctuarywebsite.

WildAboutWildlifeAndOurHomeProgram,Bucks/MontgomerySept.6

TheIndianValleyPublicLibraryinTelford,Bucks/MontgomerycountieswillholdaspecialWildAbout
WildlifeAndOurHomeProgramSeptember6startingat10:00a.m.
Activitiesincludeaseriesofeducationprogramsforallages,specialstorytimesandcraftsfor
kidsandinformationtablesfromlocalorganizations.Thisfreeeventattractedover250peoplelast
year.
Formoreinformation,visittheIndianValleyPublicLibrarywebsite.

U.S.HouseCommitteeHoldsHearingOnNorthernLongEaredBatSept.8InHarrisburg

TheU.S.HouseNaturalResourcesCommitteewillholdafullCommitteefieldhearinginHarrisburgon
September8onTheNorthernLongEaredBat:TheFederalEndangeredSpeciesActandtheImpacts
ofaListingonPennsylvaniaand37OtherStates.
Thehearingwillexaminequestionsregardingbatdataandnonhumancauseddisease,aswell
asthelikelynegativeimpactsthatafederalendangeredlistingforthisparticularspecieswouldhaveon
importantactivitiessuchasfarmingandforestry.
TheNorthernLongEaredBatisoneofhundredsofspeciesincludedintheU.S.Departmentof
theInteriors2011settlementswithtwogroupsthatrequireslistingdecisionsby2016.Afinaldecision
fortheNorthernLongEaredBatcouldbemadewithinthenextseveralmonths.
Witnessesatthehearingwilltestifyabouttheeconomicimpactsoftheendangeredlistingon
Pennsylvaniacitizensandhowtheactionsregulatedundertheproposeddesignationwouldfailto
mitigateproblemscausingthedeclineofthespecies.
ThishearingispartoftheHouseNaturalResourcesCommitteesefforttoimproveandupdate
theEndangeredSpeciesAct.IwanttothankChairmanDocHastingsforinitiatingthistimelyhearingon
theproposalbytheU.S.FishandWildlifeServicetodesignatetheNorthernLongEaredBatas
endangered,whichwillhavesweepingeffectsonarangeofeconomicsectorsin38statesincluding
Pennsylvania,saidRep.GlennGTThompson(PA05).
IsupporttheEndangeredSpeciesActsgoaltopreserveandprotectdomesticspecies.The
proposaltolisttheNorthernLongEaredBatontheESAisanotherexampleofgovernmentrushing
forwardwitharegulationthatwouldhavesignificantandfarreachingimpactsontheeconomy,inthis
case,homebuilding,farming,manufacturing,andevenlandmanagementforecologicalpurposes.This
hearingisanimportantopportunitytohearfromlocalstakeholdersonthenegativeeffectsthatthis
potentiallistingwouldhaveonlocalcommunitiesandtheU.S.DepartmentoftheInteriorandtheU.S.
FishandWildlifeServiceshouldfullyevaluatetheramificationsofthisproposaltofindasolutionthat
protectsthebatwhileallowingactivitiesthatminimallyaffectittocontinue,"saidRep.ScottPerry
(PA04).
ThehearingwillbeheldinHearingRoom1,NorthOfficeBuilding,Harrisburgstartingat10:00.

HistoricMarkerPlacedForGameCommissionConservationTrainingSchool

ThePennsylvaniaHistoricalandMuseumCommissionFridayplacedamarkerrecognizingthecountrys
firstevertrainingschoolforconservationofficers.
Themarker,placedinJeffersonCountyatGameSchoolandEmpireRidgeroads,isabout1.5
milesfromthesiteoftheoriginalRossLefflerSchoolofConservationtheGameCommissions
trainingschoolforlawenforcementofficers.
TheBrockwaytrainingschoolnotonlywasthefirstofitskinddedicatedtothetrainingofGame
ProtectorslawenforcementpositionsthattodayarereferredtoasWildlifeConservationOfficersit
wouldquicklybecomethemodelforsimilarfacilitiesnationwide.
Addressingacrowdthatgatheredatadedicationceremonyatwhichthemarkerwasunveiled,
GameCommissionExecutiveDirectorR.MatthewHoughsaidtheRossLefflerSchoolofConservation
hascontributedimmeasurablytotheadvancementofwildlifeconservationinPennsylvania,anditsa
contributionthatisongoing.
TodayweareheretomemorializetheRossLefflerSchoolofConservationthefirst,andstill
thefinest,WildlifeConservationOfficertrainingschoolinthecountry,saidHough,whohimself
graduatedfromthetrainingschoolinBrockway.Iampleasedtoannouncethatthereare29cadets
currentlyenrolledinthe30thClasswithplanstograduateinMarch2015.
ThebuildingthatoriginallyservedasthetrainingschoolattheBrockwaysitenolongeris
standing.Itwasbuiltin1915asahuntingcamp,andconvertedtoafacilitythatwouldaccommodate25
trainees.Theschoolopeneditsdoorsin1936.
Andbetweentheopeningand1987,whentheRossLefflerSchoolofConservationwasmoved
toawingoftheGameCommissionsHarrisburgheadquarters,19classesandatotalof430
conservationofficerscompletedtheirtrainingattheBrockwayschool.
OneBrockwaygraduate,retiredWildlifeConservationOfficerBillBower,toldthecrowdthat
assembledaboutthededicationthosegraduatesshareinprotectingPennsylvaniaswildliferesources,
andinturnitsrichhuntingandtrappingheritage.
Thereisnolovegreateramongmenthanthatwhichtheyholdforthelandandallthattheland
contains,becauseitisboundupintheirownhappiness,thatoftheirchildrenandofthefuture
generations,Bowersaid.
Bowersaidtheideaforapermanenttrainingschoolgrewoutofaneedtomeetthemanychallengesthat
existedinprotectingPennsylvaniaswildliferesourcesasthe20thcenturyneared.
WhentheGameCommissionwasestablishedin1895,manywildlifepopulationssufferedfrom
unregulatedhunting,overharvestandillegaltaking.Theofficershiredtoenforcethelawsthatexisted
workedinconstantdanger.Trainingwasnecessary,andastheyearsprogressed,theneedfora
permanentfacilitybecameevident.
TheideawaschampionedbyBoardofCommissionerspresidentRossLeffler,whowould
serveascommissionerfornearly30years,andwaslaterappointedAssistantSecretaryoftheInterior
byPresidentDwightD.Eisenhowerin1957.
Lefflerscontributionisrecognizednotonlyinthetrainingschoolsname,butalsoonthe
historicalmarker.
Themarkeristhenewestofmorethan2,000locatedacrossthestate,saidJeanCraigePepper
Victor,ofthePennsylvaniaHistoricalandMuseumCommission.Thesemarkerschroniclethepeople,
placesandeventsthathavemadetheCommonwealthnotable,shesaid.
Thesesinglethreadsarewovenintothegreattapestrywhichisourrichanddiverseheritage,
CraigePepperVictorsaid.
TheBrockwaytrainingschoolwouldremainanintegralpartofthecommunityuntil1987,when
theRossLefflerSchoolofConservationwasmovedtotheGameCommissionsHarrisburg
headquarters.
SenatePresidentProTemporeJosephScarnati(RJefferson)saidthefactthetrainingschoolno
longerisinBrockwaymadethededicationceremonybittersweet.
IampleasedtoseetheoriginalsiteoftheRossLefflerSchoolofConservationreceive
recognitionwithahistoricalmarkerfromthePennsylvaniaHistoricalandMuseumCommission,Sen.
Scarnatistated.Howeverthisdayisbittersweet,giventhatthetrainingschoolwasmovedfromour
communitytoHarrisburg.ThefacilitywasanimportantpartofBrockwayandIamextremely
disappointedthatitisnolongerapartofourcommunitytoday.
Todate,theRossLefflerSchoolofConservationhasproduced648fulltimeGameProtectors
andWildlifeConservationOfficersthrough29graduatingclassesatthetwosites.
BoardofGameCommissionersPresidentRobertW.Schlemmersaidthemarkerisafitting
tributetotheinnovationthatspurredthecreationofthatoriginaltrainingschool,whichhascreateda
lastinglegacyinPennsylvaniaandnationwide.
"TheRossLefflerSchoolofConservation,thefirstandfinestinthenation,shallcontinueto
graduatethemostknowledgeableandsuperblytrainedWildlifeConservationOfficersintheworld,thus
enablingthehuntingandtrappingheritageofPennsylvaniatocontinueforpresentandfuture
generations,"Schlemmersaid.

OpportunityToBidOnDEPGasWellPluggingProjectInWarrenCounty

TheDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectionpublishednoticeofanopportunitytobidonagaswell
pluggingprojectinWarrenCounty.

HelpWanted:PartTimeAdministrator,PAChapterAmericanChestnutFoundation

ThePAChapteroftheAmericanChestnutFoundationisacceptingapplicationsforaparttime
administratorbasedatPennStateUniversityinStateCollege.Thedeadlineforapplicationsis
September1.ClickHeretoapplyforJobNumber53133.

Your2Cents:IssuesOnAdvisoryCommitteeAgendas

Thissectiongivesyouacontinuouslyupdatedthumbnailsketchofissuestobeconsideredinupcoming
advisorycommitteemeetingswheretheagendashavebeenreleased

September3DEPhearingonproposedattainmentdemonstrationforLowerBeaverValley
NonattainmentAreafor2008leadstandard.DEPSouthwestRegionalOffice,400WaterfrontDr.,
Pittsburgh.1:00.(formalnotice)

September3SusquehannaRiverBasinCommissionmeeting.RadissonHotelCorning,FingerLakes
Ballroom,125DenisonParkwayEast,Corning,NY.8:30.(formalnotice)
InformationalpresentationontheCorningarea
Releaseofproposedrulemakingforcomment
Rescissionofunneededoroutdatedpolicies
RegulatorycompliancemattersrelatedtoSouthwesternEnergy,othercompanies
RegulatoryProgramProjects.
<>ClickHereformoredetailsontheagenda,handouts

September9DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.

September9CANCELED.DEPBoardOfCoalMineSafetymeeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286
IndustrialParkRoad,Ebensburg.10:00.(formalnotice)

September910DelawareRiverBasinCommissionhearing,meeting.WashingtonCrossingPark,
1112RiverRoad,WashingtonCrossing,PA.(formalnotice)
DirectingtheExecutiveDirectortoprepareStage2totalmaximumdailyloads(TMDLs)for
polychlorinatedbiphenylsfortheDelawareRiverEstuaryandBayandtofurnishthesetotheUnited
StatesEnvironmentalProtectionAgency(EPA)sothattheEPAmayestablishtheStage2TMDLs
AuthorizingtheExecutiveDirectortoenterintoanagreementwithNewYorkUniversityMedical
CenterforstudiesontheeffectsofPCBsanddissolvedoxygenonAtlanticSturgeon
WaterprojectsforDRBCapproval.
<>ClickHereformoredetailsontheagendaandavailablehandouts

September10CANCELED.DEPSewageAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:30.(formalnotice)

September10AgendaReleased.DEPMineFamiliesFirstResponseandCommunicationsAdvisory
Councilmeeting.MarionCenterMineRescueStation,21GriffithDr.,Home,PA1:00.(formal
notice)
BureauofMineSafetyReport
MentalHealthIssuesinaMineDisaster
HowTheCouncilCanSupportTheFamilyLiaisons
ElectionofChair
<>ClickHereforavailablehandouts.

September16EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

September16DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September16DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.(formalnotice)

September17DEPWaterResourcesAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:30.

September18DEPRecyclingFundAdvisoryandSolidWasteAdvisoryCommitteesjointmeeting.
Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September22DEP,DCNRMeeting,HearingOnGunClubShootingRangeInCentreCounty.
RushTownshipmunicipalbuilding,150NorthRichardSt.inPhilipsburg.Meeting6:30,Hearing
7:30.

September23DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoardmeeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September24DEPBoardOfCoalMineSafetymeeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Road,Ebensburg.10:00.(formalnotice)

September24DEPStateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOperatorsmeeting.11th
FloorConferenceRoomB,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September25DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.

October2DEPLowLevelRadioactiveWasteAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:00.

October8CANCELED.DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPoweredEquipmentfor
deepmining.FayetteCountyHealthCenter,Uniontown.10:00.(formalnotice)

October9DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.

October15DEPCleanupStandardsScientificAdvisoryBoard.14thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

October15DEPAgriculturalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.DEPSouthcentralRegionalOffice,909
ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.10:00.

October15NEW.DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPoweredEquipmentfordeep
mining.DEPOffice,131BroadviewRd,NewStanton.10:00.(formalnotice)

October16DEPRadiationProtectionAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:00.

October16AgendaReleased.DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystems
Operatorsmeeting10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October21EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

October21DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October22DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConference
Room,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October23DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.

October27NEW.DEPhearingonHilcorpEnergygaspoolingrequestsinLawrence,Mercer
counties.AlbertP.GettingsGovernmentCenterAnnexoftheLawrenceCountyGovernmentCenter,
AssemblyRoom,349CountylineSt.,NewCastle.10:00.

October28DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October28NEW.DEPhearingonHilcorpEnergygaspoolingrequestsinLawrence,Mercer
counties.AlbertP.GettingsGovernmentCenterAnnexoftheLawrenceCountyGovernmentCenter,
AssemblyRoom,349CountylineSt.,NewCastle.9:00.

November5DEPEnvironmentalJusticeAdvisoryBoardmeeting.DelawareRoom,16thFloor,
RachelCarsonBuilding.8:30.

November5DEPSewageAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:30.

November12DEPWaterResourcesAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:30.

November18EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

November18DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December2DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.

December9DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December9DEPBoardOfCoalMineSafetymeeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Road,Ebensburg.10:00.

December10AgendaReleased.DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewater
SystemsOperatorsmeeting10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December11DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.

December17DEPAgriculturalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.DEPSouthcentralRegionalOffice,909
ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.10:00.

December18DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoardmeeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December22DEPStateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOperatorsmeeting.11th
FloorConferenceRoomB,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

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Grants&Awards

Thissectiongivesyouaheadsuponupcomingdeadlinesforawardsandgrantsandotherrecognition
programs.NEWmeansnewfromlastweek.

September3PPFF2014PhotoContest
September19SoutheastPATreeVitalizeWatershedGrants
September19FirstEnergyScience,EngineeringClassroomEducationGrants
September22CFAAlternativeandCleanEnergyProgram
September22CFARenewableEnergyProgram
September22CFAHighPerformanceBuildingProgram
September30DEPRecyclingPerformanceGrants
October3PECOGreenRegionEnvironmentalGrants
October20DEPCoastalResourcesGrants
October23PEMAFireCompany&AmbulanceServicesGrants
October31HawkMountainSanctuaryDigitalPhotoContest
October31PRCLensOnLitterPhotoContest
November14NEW.DEPNaturalGasVehicleGrants
December31DEPAlternativeFuelVehicleRebates(oruntiltheylast)

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forenvironmentalprojects.

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Budget/QuickNewsClips

Here'saselectionofNewsClipsonenvironmentaltopicsfromaroundthestate

NewPoll:WolfWidensLeadOverCorbett49to24Percent
Budget
Editorial:CorbettNeedsToTalkAboutSeveranceTax
WolfEyesShalesGoldenEggToBoostSchoolFunding
OpEd:ShaleSeveranceTaxCanHelpFundSchools
Other
BucksTeenWinsNationalAwardForEnvironmentalResearch
LancasterWantsBusinessesToRecycle,OffersAudits
KeystoneLandfillMountainOfTrash,GoodDealOrBad?
Editorial:OrganizeOppositionToLandfillExpansion
Covanta,EnviroJusticeNetworkComeToVerbalBlows
StateDoesntMonitorSyringeDisposalAtHome
DEPProbingIllegalDumpingInSchuylkill,Carbon
DEP:SludgeDisposalOKInCumberlandCounty
WaterContaminationDiscussedAtWillowGroveBase
MildWeatherKeptSmogLevelsAtBayInWesternPA
SunriseSolarEnergyTakesOnWestPennPowerOverMetering
Farmers,SolarOwnersFightLimitsOnPowerGeneration
OpEd:ForStrong,SecureU.S.LookToRenewableEnergy
DebateContinuesOnImpactsOfEPACarbonEmissionsRule
OpEd:FightForCleanPower
LancasterReceivesSustainablePACommunityCertification
NRCSetsBerwickNuclearPlantMeetingSept.3
WillOrganicFarmingSaveLehighValleyFarmers?
OpEd:OrganicFarming,GasInfrastructureDontMix
ManPleadsGuiltyInAlleghenyNationalForestWellPluggingCase
CCCBoysAttendFestivalAtPromisedLandStatePark
LackawannaHeritageValleyCelebrates30thAnniversary
Editorial:RailTrailTakingInSouthernLancasterCounty
DCNRToDrawDownLakeAtRickettsGlenStatePark
FishCommissionBeginsDrawdownOfColyerLake,CentreCounty
Editorial:ChargingRidersOnTrailsNotSound
GameCommissionLefflerSchoolSlatedForHistoricalMarker

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MarcellusShaleNewsClips

HereareNewsClipsontopicsrelatedtoMarcellusShalenaturalgasdrilling

Report:AGWidensInvestigationIntoGasRoyaltyComplaints
AGKaneGoesOnWitchHuntOverDrillingRoyalties
Corbett,FitzgeraldWelcomeGasDrillingAtPittsburghAirport
PittsburghAirportGasDrillingSetForOfficialKickoff
PittsburghAirportGasDrillingRoyaltiesFlowIn
FEMA:NoFloodAssistanceForPropertiesWithNaturalGasLeases
NewHearingDatesSetForHilcorpForcedPoolingRequests
DEPReleasesListOf248WellsImpactedByDrilling
DEPReleasesFullListOfWellsRuinedByGasDrilling
DEPPublishesListofWaterSuppliesDamagedByDrilling
DrillingWastewaterContaminatedDrinkingWaterInWestmoreland
IndianaCountyTwpFightsDrillingWastewaterWell
StudySeeksLinkBetweenFracking,BirthDefects
StateRegulatorsTakeCloserListenToGasCompressorStations
DrillingRelatedHealthRegistryNeverImplemented
Editorial:AttendToGasDrillingHealthIssues
Editorial:YouKnowTheDrill
ConcernsRaisedAboutGasPipelineUnderFrenchCreek
WilliamsToExpandTranscoPipelineSystemInPA
WillPipelineLowerNaturalGasPricesInLehighValley?
OpEd:OrganicFarming,GasInfrastructureDontMix
OpEd:Rebuttal,JaredCohonsFrackingRoleRaisesConcern
ManPleadsGuiltyInAlleghenyNationalForestWellPluggingCase
GasCompanyDefraudsDominionGasOf$950,000
CompanyFindsSuccessInJobsOutsideShaleIndustry
PANaturalGasDevelopmentLeadingToReverseBrainDrain
DEPOpens3rdRoundOfCNGVehicleGrants
Financial/OtherStates
$90BillionLeftInMarcellusShale,AnalystSays
FrackingFoesHaveOilIndustryConcerned
StatesEnergySectorAJobCreatingEngine
RexEnergyExpandingGasProductionInButlerCounty
Study:DrillingWorkersCouldBeExposedToBenzene

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Flooding/WatershedNewsClips

HereareNewsClipsonwatershedtopicsfromaroundthestate

Flooding
FEMA:NoFloodAssistanceForPropertiesWithNaturalGasLeases
DunbarContinuesCleanipEffortsAfterFlood
OtherWatershedNewsClips
OpEd:AntiqueSewageSystemCannotPersistInPittsburgh
AlleghenyRiverCleanupSept.6,8,12,13
SusquehannaSmallmouthBassSendSOS

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Regulations,TechnicalGuidance&Permits

TheEnvironmentalQualityBoardpublishednoticescoveringseveralactions:nonacceptanceofthe
petitionforrulemakingbyAshleyFunksettingcarbondioxideemissionlimitsacceptingforstudya
petitiontoupgradetheclassificationofseveralstreamsinMonroeCountyandacceptingforstudya
petitiontoupgradetheclassificationofastreaminDelawareCounty.

PennsylvaniaBulletinAugust30,2014

ProposedRegulationsOpenForCommentDEPwebpage
ProposedRegulationsWithClosedCommentPeriodsDEPwebpage
DEPRegulatoryAgendaDEPwebpage

TechnicalGuidance&Permits

Nonewtechnicalguidancewaspublishedthisweek.

TechnicalGuidanceCommentDeadlinesDEPwebpage
RecentlyClosedCommentPeriodsForTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage
TechnicalGuidanceRecentlyFinalizedDEPwebpage
CopiesofFinalTechnicalGuidanceDEPwebpage

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CalendarOfEvents

Upcominglegislativemeetings,conferences,workshops,pluslinkstootheronlinecalendars.Meetings
areinHarrisburgunlessotherwisenoted.NEWmeansnewfromlastweek.GototheonlineCalendar
webpage.

September3DEPhearingonproposedattainmentdemonstrationforLowerBeaverValley
NonattainmentAreafor2008leadstandard.DEPSouthwestRegionalOffice,400WaterfrontDr.,
Pittsburgh.1:00.(formalnotice)

September3SusquehannaRiverBasinCommissionmeeting.RadissonHotelCorning,FingerLakes
Ballroom,125DenisonParkwayEast,Corning,NY.8:30.(formalnotice)

September9NEW.HouseConsumerAffairsCommitteeholdsahearingonHouseBill2030
(SnyderDFayette)establishingtheCoalFiredElectricGenerationDeactivationCommissionto
investigatetheeconomic,electricreliabilityandenvironmentalimpactsassociatedwithdeactivatingcoal
firedpowerplantssponsorsummary.StoverBuilding,StoverLectureRoom,51WestCollegeSt.,
Waynesburg.12:00.

September9CANCELED.DEPBoardOfCoalMineSafetymeeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286
IndustrialParkRoad,Ebensburg.10:00.(formalnotice)

September9DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.

September910DelawareRiverBasinCommissionhearing,meeting.WashingtonCrossingPark,
1112RiverRoad,WashingtonCrossing,PA.(formalnotice)

September10AgendaReleased.DEPMineFamiliesFirstResponseandCommunicationsAdvisory
Councilmeeting.MarionCenterMineRescueStation,21GriffithDr.,Home,PA1:00.(formal
notice)

September10CANCELED.DEPSewageAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:30.(formalnotice)

September10AgendaReleased.DEPMineFamiliesFirstResponseandCommunicationsAdvisory
Councilmeeting.MarionCenterMineRescueStation,21GriffithDr.,Home,PA1:00.

September11NEW.SenateGameandFisheriesCommitteeholdsapublichearingontheelkherd
inPAandtheElkProgram.KeystoneElkCountyAlliance,134HomesteadRd.,Benezette.2:00.

September16EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

September16DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September16DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.(formalnotice)

September17DEPWaterResourcesAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:30.

September17PAEnvironmentalCouncilEnvironmentalPolicyConference.HiltonHotel,
Harrisburg.9:00.

September18DEPRecyclingFundAdvisoryandSolidWasteAdvisoryCommitteesjointmeeting.
Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September22EnvironmentalIssuesForum,JointConservationCommittee.Pennsylvanias
abandonedTurnpike,a13milestretchoftheoriginalTurnpikeinBedfordandFultoncountiesand
planstoturnitintoascenic,recreationalbikingtrail.Room8EAEastWing.11:00.(Notetime.)

September22NEW.DEPwebinaron3rdRoundofNaturalGasVehicleGrants.2:00.

September22DEP,DCNRMeeting,HearingOnGunClubShootingRangeInCentreCounty.
RushTownshipmunicipalbuilding,150NorthRichardSt.inPhilipsburg.Meeting6:30,Hearing
7:30.

September23DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoardmeeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September24DEPStateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOperatorsmeeting.11th
FloorConferenceRoomB,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

September24DEPBoardOfCoalMineSafetymeeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Road,Ebensburg.10:00.(formalnotice)

September25DEPOilandGasTechnicalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.

September25PennStateExtensionYouthWaterEducatorsSummit.TheCentralHoteland
ConferenceCenter,Harrisburg.

October2DEPLowLevelRadioactiveWasteAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105Rachel
CarsonBuilding.10:00.

October6EnvironmentalIssuesForum,JointConservationCommittee.KeepPABeautifulwill
presentitsrecommendationsforsignificantlyreducingillegaldumpinginPennsylvania.Room8EAEast
Wing.Noon.(Notetime.)

October8CANCELED.DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPoweredEquipmentfor
deepmining.FayetteCountyHealthCenter,Uniontown.10:00.(formalnotice)

October9DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.

October15DEPAgriculturalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.DEPSouthcentralRegionalOffice,909
ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.10:00.

October15DEPCleanupStandardsScientificAdvisoryBoard.14thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

October15NEW.DEPTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteeonDieselPoweredEquipmentfordeep
mining.DEPOffice,131BroadviewRd,NewStanton.10:00.(formalnotice)

October16DEPRadiationProtectionAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:00.

October16AgendaReleased.DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewaterSystems
Operatorsmeeting10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October21EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

October21DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October22DEPSmallBusinessComplianceAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConference
Room,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October23DEPMiningandReclamationAdvisoryBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.10:00.

October27NEW.SenateGameandFisheriesCommitteeholdsapublichearingonLymedisease,
GeisingerMedicationTakeBackProgram,GreatLakesFisherymicrobeadban,roundgobyimpacton
PAwaterways.TomRidgeEnvironmentalCenter,301PeninsulaDr.,Erie.9:00.

October27NEW.DEPhearingonHilcorpEnergygaspoolingrequestsinLawrence,Mercer
counties.AlbertP.GettingsGovernmentCenterAnnexoftheLawrenceCountyGovernmentCenter,
AssemblyRoom,349CountylineSt.,NewCastle.10:00.

October28DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

October28NEW.DEPhearingonHilcorpEnergygaspoolingrequestsinLawrence,Mercer
counties.AlbertP.GettingsGovernmentCenterAnnexoftheLawrenceCountyGovernmentCenter,
AssemblyRoom,349CountylineSt.,NewCastle.9:00.

November5DEPEnvironmentalJusticeAdvisoryBoardmeeting.DelawareRoom,16thFloor,
RachelCarsonBuilding.8:30.

November5DEPSewageAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:30.

November12DEPWaterResourcesAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:30.

November18EnvironmentalQualityBoardmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.9:00.

November18DEPCitizensAdvisoryCouncilmeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December2DEPStorageTankAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarsonBuilding.
10:00.

December9DEPClimateChangeAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.12thFloorConferenceRoom,
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December9DEPBoardOfCoalMineSafetymeeting.DEPCambriaOffice,286IndustrialPark
Road,Ebensburg.10:00.

December10AgendaReleased.DEPStateBoardforCertificationofWaterandWastewater
SystemsOperatorsmeeting10thFloorConferenceRoom,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December11DEPAirQualityTechnicalAdvisoryCommitteemeeting.Room105RachelCarson
Building.9:15.

December17DEPAgriculturalAdvisoryBoardmeeting.DEPSouthcentralRegionalOffice,909
ElmertonAve.,Harrisburg.10:00.

December18DEPSmallWaterSystemsTechnicalAssistanceCenterBoardmeeting.Room105
RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

December22DEPStateBoardforCertificationofSewageEnforcementOperatorsmeeting.11th
FloorConferenceRoomB,RachelCarsonBuilding.10:00.

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Involved!inDEPregulationandguidancedevelopmentprocess.

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DEPCalendarofEvents

Note:TheEnvironmentalEducationWorkshopCalendarisnolongeravailablefromthePACenterfor
EnvironmentalEducationbecausefundingfortheCenterwaseliminatedintheFY201112state
budget.ThePCEEwebsitewasalsoshutdown,butsomecontentwasmovedtothePAAssociationof
EnvironmentalEducators'website.

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