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July 2011

Tightening a home

An environmental group active in this area for the last three years is training four high school students to do free energy assessments of homes in Wayne and Pike counties.  Read more

R.E.S.C.U.E. awards scholarships

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Susquehanna Chapter of the environmental group R.E.S.C.U.E. has made a cash award of $100.00 to six graduating seniors, class of 2011 in the six school districts within Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. geographical boundaries.

Qualifications for the award include good citizenship, leadership in an environmental area, past interest in environmental projects and/or the possibility of a future career in an area that would benefit the environment.  Read more

Road Use Agreement unveiled

What is an Equivalent Single Axel Load or ESAL? It’s the basic method that may be used by some Sullivan County towns to determine if truck traffic related to a given project, whether it is gas drilling or construction of a mall, is likely to damage town roads, and if so, what the town should collect from the responsible party to repair those damages.  Read more

Nature walks in the Florence Shelly Wetlands

THOMPSON, PA — The Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve Stewardship Committee will sponsor a nature walk on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. It will be an introduction to the preserve through its “Signs of Wildlife.”  Read more

Pipeline company is forging ahead

MILFORD, PA — The Tennessee Pipeline Company is circumventing a refusal by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (DWGNRA) to allow the company to extend its proposed gas pipeline through the park to markets in New York and New Jersey. They’re cutting a six-mile bypass line around the borough of Milford, thus avoiding the park altogether.  Read more

Green herons gather

While one often encounters the majestic great blue heron along the banks of the Delaware River, the smaller and stockier, but quite beautiful, green heron is showing up with greater frequency in the region. Green herons present at this time of year are considered to be breeding residents.  Read more

Holbert Quarry seeks expansion again

Wayne and Dave Holbert are seeking a permit that would allow them to expand their bluestone quarrying operation, which is now about 10 acres, by an additional 40 acres. The application permit says that the acreage is located in a rural district, and that “operations will consist of blasting, crushing and screening of limestone rock within the permit area.”  Read more

Haystock walks the talk

“Sustainability, a love for the land and for each other—that’s what Farmhearts is about,” said Michael Lang at Haystock, a fundraising event held as a benefit for Farmhearts in Callicoon on July 2.  Read more

Federation for the Homeless to close

MONTICELLO, NY — The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless in Monticello, which has been providing meals to residents since 1988, will cease operations at the end of July. Steve White, the director, said the organization was denied a new round of funding from the NYS Department of Health.  Read more

DEC adds protections to gas drilling

NEW YORK STATE — There are major changes and at least one major reversal in the proposed rules that will likely come to cover fracking in New York State. On June 30, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a summary of updates to the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing that the department has been working on since 2009.  Read more