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April 2011

Air pollution harming PA wildlife

STATE COLLEGE, PA — A new report from National Wildlife Federation (NWF) finds that a number of wildlife species important to hunters and anglers in Pennsylvania are harmed by toxic air pollution and climate change. The report comes at the same time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing long-awaited proposed rules to limit mercury, sulfur dioxide and other toxic emissions from power plants.

Mercury is one of the most common and toxic power plant emissions in Pennsylvania and causes a variety of health disorders for fish, mammals, birds and other species.  Read more

Neighbors protest proposed roads

James Bacon explained the meaning of a negative reciprocal easement. He said it’s just a fancy term to say that if you buy property in a community with deed restrictions, such as no businesses, no clotheslines or whatever the restriction might be, you must abide by those covenants, and every owner of a lot in the community has a right to enforce those covenants against everyone else.  Read more

Pipeline extension hits a snag

The dispute over the proposed gas pipeline among the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, the County of Pike and the National Park Service may soon be resolved.  Read more

Dispute over Hawley Silk Mill

Support for the Hawley Silk Mill project has been nearly universal. Praised for its innovative steps in updating the bluestone building that dates back to the 19th century, the project has brought new economic life to the area, and is billed as the “most prestigious business location in the region.”  Read more

Getting rid of electronic waste for free

Most people probably don’t think of Sullivan County as being on the cutting edge of much but, in the area of electronic waste, it has been. Way back in 2006, before almost any other county in the state, Sullivan County banned the dumping of electronic waste, such as televisions and computers, into the county landfill.  Read more

Highland approves moratoriumon on ‘high impact industrial uses’

Rounds of applause sounded repeatedly in the Highland Town Hall, as the town council passed a six-month moratorium prohibiting high impact industrial uses such as those associated with natural gas development on April 12.  Read more

Shouting matches continue in Shohola

The unruly mob scenes continued again this month at the meeting of the township supervisors, except this time chairman George Fluhr Jr. wasn’t at the epicenter, rather, supervisor Greg Hoeper was.  Read more

News briefs

Report lauds Catskills’ foodshed potential

CALLICOON, NY —A new report issued by the Open Space Institute (OSI) in conjunction with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute at Columbia University investigates food production in the Catskills region of New York—a region the report finds has the potential to produce enough healthy, locally grown food to feed millions of people in New York City and beyond. “Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region” will be presented at 12 noon on April 23 at the Callicoon Farmers Market.  Read more

All roads lead to Albany; county legislators debate gas drilling support

Like other communities considering the issue of gas drilling, the Town of Highland would like to protect its town roads if drilling activity becomes intense. The town has been working with seven other towns over the past two years to create road-use agreements that would cover damage to town roads caused not only by trucks related to gas drilling, but any trucks that heavily use town roads.  Read more

DEP tells gas drillers to stop giving wastewater to PA treatment facilities

At the direction of Governor Tom Corbett, acting Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer today called on all Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operators to cease by May 19 delivering wastewater from shale gas extraction to 15 facilities that currently accept it under special provisions of last year’s Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) regulations.  Read more