ENVIRONMENT



Former state administrator heads environmental group

2012-03-07 00:02:00

A former state environmental department administrator, is the new leader of the statewide environmental organization Citizens for Pennsylvan


DEP leader testifies at tense House budget hearing

2012-03-07 00:00:00

There was no warm welcome for the state's top environmental official on Tuesday when he walked into his agency's budget hearing with House l


Warmth sinks natural gas futures price

2012-03-06 08:45:00

Natural gas futures tumbled to a one-month low in New York as forecasts of above-normal temperatures across the continental U.S. signaled re


BP spill trial delayed for 1 week

2012-02-27 00:00:00

NEW ORLEANS -- Spill 4.1 million barrels of oil into the ocean, and this is what you get: the lollapalooza, labyrinthine, mega-mother of all


Pastor plans Appalachian outreach with solar panels

Pastor plans Appalachian outreach with solar panels

2012-02-26 12:28:00

Ruston Seaman is proud to show off the early version of the solar panels built for his renewable energy mission: two banged-up, discolored s


Lawn service firm agrees to settlement over discharge

2012-02-23 00:30:00

EG Systems of Marysville, Ohio, owner of Scotts Lawn Service in Monroeville has agreed to pay a $160,000 penalty to settle charges stemming


State probing second spill at Marcellus Shale well

2012-02-21 06:58:00

The DEP was continuing its investigation of the second spill in three months at a Chevron-Appalachia Marcellus Shale gas well operation in R


Politics, resignations add wrinkle to area's DEP office

Politics, resignations add wrinkle to area's DEP office

2012-02-20 00:00:00

It's been a rough six months for attorneys at the state Department of Environmental Protection's regional office in Pittsburgh.


Environmental group to sue over truck idling

2012-02-19 00:01:00

PennFuture has notified the Allegheny County Health Department and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of that it intends to sue them.


Emergency plan approval clears way for Arctic drilling

2012-02-18 00:00:00

SEATTLE -- One of the last significant hurdles to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic was cleared Friday with approval of a plan to deal wit


NRC asks reactor owners to reassess accident data

2012-02-18 00:00:00

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the owners of 11 Westinghouse nuclear reactors in the U.S., including two owned by


Obama's policies on environment go on the back burner

2012-02-14 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- After pushing through some of the most sweeping and contentious environmental measures in years, the Obama administration has


U.S. energy czar touts natural gas during visit

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Describing the drilling process as environmentally sound, U.S.


Improved wind turbines under way

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa, a Spanish company with a manufacturing plant in Ebensburg, Cambria County, is working with the Department


PPG refuses to recall leaded paint in Cameroon

2012-02-06 00:00:00

PPG Industries has been selling house paint high in lead content in the African nation of Cameroon for years, and although it says it


Your power, my friend, can be blown by the wind

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Pennsylvanians can now choose their wind energy suppliers like they choose their corn and cabbage: from local "farms"


Texas law requires disclosure of drilling cocktails

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Texas has more gas drilling than any other state and on Wednesday it started requiring drillers to release the list of chemicals used on


FirstEnergy to shutter six older power plants

2012-01-27 00:00:00

In a move applauded by environmental and public health advocacy groups, FirstEnergy Corp. will shut down power generating units at six old a


Administration finalizes new guidelines for forests

2012-01-27 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration finalized a rule Thursday governing the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grass


Dig this: Gardeners, farmers get new guides

2012-01-26 00:00:00

Chambersburg's famous peaches could now grow in Clearfield and other points north because Pennsylvania's coldest days aren't as cold as they


Making wastewater potable: feasible, but getting over the yuck factor is tough

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Used to be you could flush it and forget about it, but not anymore. Advances in wastewater treatment technology and design make it possible


DEP has new guidelines for oil and gas drilling

2012-01-22 00:00:00

The Department of Environmental Protection announced new guidelines on Friday preventing certain oil and gas drilling projects, including th


White House rejects Keystone XL pipeline

White House rejects Keystone XL pipeline

2012-01-19 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, denouncing a "rushed and arbitrary deadline" set by congressional Republicans, announced Wednesday tha


Corbett fires conservation official

2012-01-16 00:00:00

The longtime head of the citizens advisory committee that has oversight of the state's parks and forests was fired Friday by the Corbett adm


Both sides of oil pipeline debate stepping up their campaigns

2012-01-16 00:00:00

As next month's deadline nears for the Obama administration to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, interest groups on both sides ha


Homer City plant to get new pollution controls

Homer City plant to get new pollution controls

2012-01-12 00:00:00

The Homer City coal-fired power plant in Indiana County, one of the biggest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation, is planning


Consol sets ambitious 2012 budget with $1.7 billion for development

2012-01-11 00:00:00

Consol Energy has crafted a 2012 capital budget that calls for investing $1.7 billion in development efforts, up $300 million from last year


Uranium mining claims near Grand Canyon limited

2012-01-10 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is banning new hard rock mining on more than a million acres near the Grand Canyon, an area known to


Pay up for Gulf spill, BP tells Halliburton

2012-01-04 00:00:00

BP is seeking to have Halliburton Co., its cement contractor for the Macondo well project whose blowout set off the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil


Group questions accuracy of state air pollution inventory

2012-01-04 00:00:00

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection didn't notify several Marcellus Shale gas development companies that they must repor


Texas firm to build ethane pipeline from Pa. to Gulf

2012-01-04 00:00:00

Enterprise Products Partners LP, the largest U.S. pipeline partnership by market value, said Tuesday it will build a 1,230-mile line to ship


Bill could hold gas companies liable

2011-12-23 00:00:00

The Pittsburgh region needs an "environmental rights renaissance," city Councilman Doug Shields said Wednesday, defending a controversial an


EPA acts to make air cleaner

2011-12-22 00:00:00

In one of its most significant initiatives in 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced final health-based rules Wednesda


The Bus rolls into the nation's capital to talk air quality

2011-12-15 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Retired Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis is in Washington today stumping for quick implementation of safe air standard


Municipal officials decry state control of shale drilling

2011-12-14 00:00:00

Representatives from more than 44 municipalities in seven counties met Tuesday night in Green Tree for a first-of-its-kind Marcellus Shale t


House approves Shuster's overhaul of pipeline safety

2011-12-13 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Gas pipeline leaks and explosions over the last year and a half have led to death, destruction of homes and devastated neighbo


Canada says it will abandon Kyoto climate treaty

2011-12-13 00:00:00

OTTAWA, Canada -- Canada said Monday that it would withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Und


House in East Liberty to teach about safety and savings on energy

House in East Liberty to teach about safety and savings on energy

2011-12-12 00:00:00

An affordable mortgage isn't the only thing that makes a home affordable, and ACTION-Housing will use an old East Liberty house to show peop


Analysis: Climate change expanding far beyond environmental issue

2011-12-11 00:00:00

DURBAN, South Africa -- For 17 years, officials from nearly 200 countries have gathered under the auspices of the United Nations to try to d


U.S. climate envoy shifts position on talks

2011-12-09 00:00:00

DURBAN, South Africa -- Facing criticism from fellow envoys, environmental activists and one impassioned heckler, the chief U.S. negotiator


Three of dirtiest coal-fired plants in Western Pa., report finds

2011-12-08 00:00:00

Three of the 10 dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation are located in Western Pennsylvania, according to a new report that also rank


Federal grant to move region's solar power forward

2011-12-08 00:00:00

It turns out clouds aren't the biggest thing holding back solar power development in Western Pennsylvania.


DEP seeks companies' emissions data

2011-12-08 00:00:00

Pennsylvania has asked 99 Marcellus Shale gas drilling and development companies to submit air pollution emissions information that will be


Group wants more energy grants

2011-12-07 00:00:00

Pennsylvania is providing $2.9 billion a year in subsidies to fossil fuel industries but not offering similar government supports and incent


You can tell the creature by how it nests

You can tell the creature by how it nests

2011-12-05 00:00:00

In winter, chickadees and tufted titmice and house wrens and cardinals appear on the open stage of our backyard birdfeeders to squabble and


Inventor's product available in time for 'Green Tuesday'

Inventor's product available in time for 'Green Tuesday'

2011-12-02 00:00:00

On this first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the nonprofit Green America asked holiday shoppers to devote their retail consumption to products


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