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September 2011

Rock & roll dance party

September 10, 2011

Ballroom, swing & Latin dance w/ Jackie Horner at Liberty Fitness Center, $10. 845/292-0756.

State Roads Closed Due to Flooding in Wayne, Pike – as of 10:00 a.m

Pike County

SR 1014 (Masthope Plank Road) is closed in both directions between St Vincents Point Road and SR 590 in Lackawaxen

SR 1015 (Old Milford/Mountain Ave) is closed in both directions between Blue Ridge Ave in Westfall and Tenth Street in Matamoras

SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Federal Rd in Lehman and Harford/6thStreet in Milford

SR 2001 (Bushkill Falls/Milford/Mill St) is closed in both directions between Raccoon Ct and Pocono Mt. Lake Drive in Lehman  Read more

DC lawmakers introduce legislation to help farmers after hurricane

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, together with Congressmen Chris Gibson, Maurice Hinchey, Paul Tonko and Bill Owens, today introduced the Post-Irene Emergency Farm Aid Act, legislation to provide the resources that farmers across New York State need to help recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. The legislation would authorize $10 million to support the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) that provide emergency services and resources for agricultural communities following natural disasters.  Read more

Bonacic statement on draft SGEIS and public comment

From Bonacic:
Today, the DEC has released the revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. In addition to the environmental mitigation portions of the SGEIS which were released on July 1, the newly released document is now complete, with additions focused on socioeconomic, community character, visual, noise and transportation impacts of hydraulic fracturing.  Read more

Hinchey: Public Comment Period on Revised, NY Fracking Regulations Should be Extended

Washington, DC - Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today released the following statement in support of extending the public comment period for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), which was released today.  Read more

Assessing Delaware River conditions

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Several sources of information are available to those interested in assessing current conditions on the Upper Delaware River.

The National Park Service (NPS) maintains a River Hotline at 845/252-7100 and a Visitor Information Line at 570-685-4871.

For information on closure of the Roebling Bridge due to potential flooding conditions, call the River Hotline or visit www.nps.gov/upde/index.htm .  Read more

Irene brings wild weather

As I write this column, I hear the hum of portable generators outside the window. I have power, but neighbors down the road are out and have been since Irene swept through the area on August 28. Tropical-storm-force winds blew down trees and caused widespread power outages throughout the area, and heavy rains caused flooding and washouts on roads. Several instances of residential flooding were reported, and many farm fields were flooded.  Read more

Delaware River and Access Points Closed in Park 1:00 pm

Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that the Delaware River corridor and all access points within the boundaries of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are closed due to rising water levels. Heavy rainfall from the remnants Tropical Storm Lee, combined with already heightened river levels from Hurricane Irene, has led to the latest closure. The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings for this stretch of the river.  Read more

PA FBC sues Consol Energy over Dunkard Creek environmental disaster

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has sued Consol Energy for civil damages resulting from a devastating 2009 pollution incident in which discharges from a Consol coal mine entered Dunkard Creek, contributing to a massive fish kill spanning nearly 30 miles of stream in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The lawsuits seek compensatory damages for the lost aquatic life and lost fishing opportunities for Pennsylvania anglers and punitive damages to deter future pollution.  Read more

DEC Begins 90-Day Public Comment Period on Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Study

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation opened a more than 90-day public comment period on its revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. In addition, the agency will issue its proposed regulations governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing in early October.  Read more