Penn State Extension has been conducting programs for business owners and managers interested in developing new opportunities or expanding their firm's involvement in natural gas activities. This article, the second in a series of profiles of local entrepreneurs, describes PAGasDirectory.com and how its owner created the business after attending one of these Extension programs. We will continue to profile other businesses to demonstrate the pathways by which entrepreneurs identify and pursue opportunities related to natural gas.
EPA will be holding informational public meetings on its proposed study of the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and potential impacts on drinking water.
Standardized safety and environmental awareness training programs are designed to help all natural gas workers recognize the many basic job hazards they may encounter and how to minimize the impact.
This space will showcase of some of the tools and approaches developed for nutrient and sediment reduction within Pennsylvania’s watersheds. Many of the best management practices and partnership building activities in the Conewago Watershed, Pennsylvania’s showcase watershed will be highlighted, but other watershed agencies and organizations also have stories to tell.
I frequently get the question: Is sea or kosher salt better? The answer depends on how/why you use salt.
Impacts of Marcellus drilling on rural drinking water continues to be a significant concern of many landowners and local officials. Penn State research now underway will examine the effects of drilling on groundwater and drinking water supplies.
A team of faculty and students at Penn State and Cornell have been working together to conduct research on the community and economic impacts of Marcellus Shale development. This article provides an update on one component of that research program, case studies of 4 counties in Pennsylvania and New York to document perceptions of the impacts in the early stages of development.
Whether you plan on raising chickens, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, or horses there are some basics that you should know first before taking the jump into production. Keys to success in raising livestock include knowledge of goals, options, and resources. Knowing these key points will help to shape your farm and make it successful in the long run.
Emerald Ash Borer monitoring across Pennsylvania
Rate caps that have kept the price of electricity relatively low are expiring in 2010 and 2011. Depending on which utility company provides your electricity, your rate cap protection may have already expired.
The recent eruption of a Marcellus shale gas well in Clearfield County, Pa., has triggered investigations by state agencies. A Penn State Cooperative Extension water specialist said it also should remind Pennsylvanians that drilling can impact surrounding water resources, and well owners near any drill sites should take steps to monitor their drinking water.
Most people have no concept about how much water they use in their homes, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Proposed changes to Pennsylvania's water quality standards regulating total dissolved solids (TDS) moved a step closer to becoming law after a decision made by the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) on June 17, 2010. The new effluent standards for wastewater discharges will affect the state's oil and gas industries and other water users. The regulations now go to the Pennsylvania Senate and House environment committees and then to the Attorney General’s office.
Legislation enacted in May requires well operators to provide production data to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on a semi-annual basis. The legislation also requires production data to be made public, eliminating the previous 5-year confidentiality period.
A recent case in federal district court in western Pennsylvania denied the motion of Range Resources to dismiss a lawsuit for breach of a gas lease contract. The case will continue to mediation this summer.
You need to be aware that Pennsylvania enacted a law in December 2004 called the "Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act (RUCPA)," which enables utility companies to shut off utility services under certain circumstances.
Harrisburg – Pesticide applicators and users should make responsible decisions and use pesticides and pest management alternatives in a safe, proper and legal manner, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today. “We enjoy an abundant food supply, in part because of the responsible use of pesticides in Pennsylvania,” said Redding. “Through the state’s licensing and continuing education process, we can ensure those who apply pesticides are using the most up-to-date methods available.”
New videos regarding Marcellus shale waste water treatment and disposal and the current level of Marcellus Shale Activity in Pennsylvania.
When a private water well is tested, sometimes the report may be confusing. Here is a simple breakdown of what will be included in the report and how to interpret the results.
While these meals served at outdoor events are a wonderful way for volunteer groups to raise money and socialize, there are a few organizations that may not be using the most sanitary food practices, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.