Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection just announced the Susquehanna River is not going to be added to the state’s list of impaired rivers. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is not pleased.
We don't usually see what goes into cleaning up streams from the polluted water pouring out of the area's many abandoned mines. But visitors can now walk around a series of artfully designed restoration ponds at a forested property south of Pittsburgh.
A pile of dirt has sparked controversy in the city of Sunbury, Northumberland County. A recent city council meeting devolved into a shouting match, as the city, miles from gas wells, has become deeply divided over the drilling industry’s influence on its community.
There are seven states where ground subsidence is a growing problem, and Pennsylvania is one of them. In Pittsburgh, collapsing coal mines are a particular threat.
Over the last several years, Pennsylvania has developed a statewide plan to protect water resources from being drained by competing interests. The plan is voluntary and unfunded and critics say, moving along too slowly. But there are still some ripples of progress being made in the Lake Erie region.
No aspect of hydraulic fracturing is more controversial than its impact on groundwater. The industry says that if done properly, fracking is safe for groundwater. But a new study, commissioned by an environmental group, casts doubts on this assumption.
Mine cleanup projects could see funding cuts under a recent amendment to a federal transportation law to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The recent passage of the American Taxpayer relief Act, widely known as the fiscal cliff bill, has extended the life of some eco-friendly tax credits and budget items.