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2011 Milestones by the Month: October, November, December

Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) adds “Monitoring for Natural Gas Development” program to water quality initiatives.


OCTOBER 2011

Pinchot Institute for Conservation awards $175,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to two dozen regional landowners to implement practices that protect water quality.

Albany rescinds policy change allowing drivers to “self certify” that their vision is adequate to operate a motor vehicle.

Ecologist/author Sandra Steingraber announces her intent to dedicate $100,000 Heinz Award to fight hydrofracking.

Scott Perry named Deputy Secretary for Oil and Gas by PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) adds “Monitoring for Natural Gas Development” program to water quality initiatives.

Town of Tusten residents show support for zoning update that would ban gas drilling.

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance celebrates 35 years.

Sullivan County schools increase focus on banishing bullying.
Wayne County Grown launches to connect farmers, food and community.

Pike County Conservation District concerned about slow restoration of TGP’s 300 Line Project.

PPL chooses route for new powerline in Northeast PA.
Occupy Wall Street movement receives growing local support with activities in Monticello, NY and Honesdale, PA.

Special Protection Waters pioneer, Dick Albert memorialized with new NPS water lab dedication.

Sullivan legislators vote to strengthen their disclosure rules.
Third inmate in 2011 found hanged in Sullivan County jail.
Town of Cochecton, NY appoints zoning committee to advise about hydrofracking.

Lackawaxen Township, PA receives $250,000 for solar system panels.

Private well survey and database planned in PA.
Congressman Maurice Hinchey asks Federal Housing Finance Agency and NY DEC to examine mortgage rules as they relate to gas drilling and leases.

“Women of Wisdom” discuss civil disobedience, past and present, at Tusten branch of Western Sullivan Public Library.
Ground is broken for new Pike County Public Library.

NOVEMBER

Wayne County explores switchgrass alternative energy crop on county property.

PA DEP seeks use of natural gas well brines on secondary roads.
Town of Tusten zoning re-write committee recommends drilling ban.

“Journeys,” a movie honoring Pike County attorney, Sidney L. Krawitz, set to film in Milford.

Eldred Central School District identifies increasing budget cuts.

Developer Ilwon Kang backs away from deal to buy Narrowsburg and Delaware Valley schools.

Catskill Brewery for high-end craft beers destined for Livingston Manor.

DRBC publishes adjusted gas drilling regulations.

Pike County Economic Development Authority and Pike County Chamber of Commerce form collaborative working structure called the Pike County Economic Alliance.

Sullivan County legislature votes to sell Smallwood Golf Course property and parcels to Bethel Local Development Corporation.

New PA manure management manual issued.

Delaware Valley Eagle Alliance announces cancellation of EagleFest due to unavailability of Narrowsburg school.

PA redistricting affects boundaries in Wayne and Pike counties.
Northeast to see four natural gas pipeline projects.

Winter Farmers Market to begin at Cooperage building on Main Street in Honesdale.

DRBC postpones vote on proposed natural gas regulations; scheduled protest becomes rally to keep the pressure on.

Proposed PA bills trade off home rule for natural gas impact fees.

Fourth marijuana grow house in Sullivan County shut down. (47)
First Sullivan County Agricultural Summit held.

DECEMBER

Waste Management in Beach Lake, PA begins accepting electronic waste for recycling.

Delaware Valley School District to build new elementary school.
PA DEP allows Cabot Oil and Gas to stop delivering fresh water to Dimock residents with contaminated water wells.

Large crowd gathers at public hearing on NY DEC Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) in Loch Sheldrake, NY.

Town of Tusten becomes first Sullivan County town to ban gas drilling.

UDC divided about comments on NYS draft SGEIS.
UDC executive director William Douglass announces retirement on January 1.

Sullivan West Central School District seeks realtor to market schools; members of the community meet to discuss future of Narrowsburg school.

NY bans disposal of rechargeable batteries as solid waste.
Heinle’s general store in Cochecton Center undergoes expansion and renovation; Narrowsburg’s Roasters to become Coffee Creations.

George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School principal, Kathryn Ryan retires unexpectedly.

Hinchey introduces bill to avert rural post office closures.
Town of Lumberland debates proposed zoning changes.

EPA releases draft report linking hydrofracking to groundwater contamination.

Sullivan County to receive $1.7 million in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s grant award program.

PA State Association of Township Supervisors and PA State Association of Boroughs oppose proposed gas fee legislation.

Sullivan County Legislature rejects own budget, nixes money for Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development.

$1 million grant awarded to develop electric vehicle infrastructure on PA turnpike.