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September 20, 2014
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HALE EDDY, NY — The first-ever meeting of the Upper Delaware River Tailwaters Coalition (UDRTC) was held at the West Branch Angler Resort on September 12, drawing about 70 people concerned with trout fishing, the reservoirs, flooding and other river issues. The rivers at the center of the discussion are the main stem of the Delaware River north of Callicoon, and the West Branch and East Branch, which flow from the Cannonsville Reservoir and Pepacton Reservoir respectively to meet the main stem at Hancock.

NPS takes no stand on PPL route; three public hearings planned for Water Gap powerline

The position of the National Park Service on the proposed Roseland power line has been misinterpreted in the press, according to Bob Karotko, former deputy superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (DWGNRA), who retired on December 3.

The remark came after the release of the DWGNRA’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) on the proposed line.  Read more

Highlights open house—a yearly tradition

For over 20 years during Christmas time, Highlights for Children has been holding an holiday open house for children and adults at its home on Eighth and Church Street.  Read more

Tourism CEO explains where the money goes

A law championed by State Senator John Bonacic dictates that at least 85% of revenues raised from county room taxes go toward the promotion of tourism in the county. Last year, the Sullivan County Legislature decided to grant the entire 100% of the revenues to the Sullivan County Visitors Association (SCVA), believing that it would provide a good return on investment.  Read more

UDC grapples with comments on NYS draft SGEIS, Executive director Douglass to retire

For the past 22 years, William Douglass has seen the River Management Plan (RMP) put to the test time and again. The executive director of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), who announced his retirement effective January 1 at the council’s monthly meeting on December 1, got to see the process play out once again as members weighed in on a draft comment letter to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on its draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement.  Read more

FERC seeks comments on NUP EA

NORTHEAST REGION — The deadline to comment on the environmental assessment (EA) prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Northeast Upgrade Project (NUP) proposed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) is quickly approaching on December 21. The EA assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Read more

Ambitious plan for Heinle’s, Roasters also due for overhaul

The building that for generations housed Heinle’s General Store is getting a makeover, and already has been enlarged to what seems like twice its former size. The building has been purchased by Nick and Laura Santana, who also own the complex of shops known as the Narrowsburg Mews.  Read more

Marino: Jobless report ‘disheartening’

WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, on December 2 said the decline in the national unemployment rate is welcome news but expressed concern about the hidden message behind the report. Marino acknowledged the national unemployment rate had dropped to 8.6 percent in November but said the mounting despair among Americans is most troubling.  Read more

NY ban on disposing rechargeable batteries

ALBANY, NY — A provision in the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act prohibiting disposal of most rechargeable batteries as a solid waste in the state took effect on December 5, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Read more

Honesdale man sentenced for shooting mail boxes

LAKEVILLE, PA — A Honesdale man has been sentenced to 12 to 48 months in jail for allegedly driving around the Cherry Ridge/South Canaan area with three other men in the early morning hours of July 21, and shooting at mail boxes, signs and trees with an AK47 assault rifle and a shotgun.  Read more

Pennfuture: PA subsidies for fossil fuel cost $2.9 billion

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment released a study on December 6, detailing current subsidies for fossil fuels in Pennsylvania, which, including tax exemptions, tax credits and grants, total $2.9 billion per year.  Read more

Nativity scene in Eldred

A life-size nativity scene has been erected behind the Piazza in Eldred. It was created by the staff at the Corner Store. They hope to add to it over the years, and it is available to the public for viewing anytime. It was blessed by Father Tom from St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Yulan on December 3.

Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 PM Wednesday evening through 7:00 AM Thursday morning, with three to five inches of snow possible

Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 PM Wednesday evening through 7:00 AM Thursday morning:  Read more

Gas news at a glance

Pipeline poachers arrested in Wyoming County  Read more

Comment period extended for SGEIS

Accoring to information on the NY Department of Environmental Conservation website, the comment period for the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which was to have expired on December 12, at 5:00 pm, has been extended through January 11, 2012.  Read more

Tusten bans gas drilling

The Town of Tusten joined a handful of municipalities in the state, and became the first town in Sullivan County to ban gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing when the town board voted on November 28 to adopt an updated zoning code.  Read more

Damascus opposes gas bill provision

Damascus Township supervisors approved sending a letter to all elected state officials opposing any inclusion in the House and Senate Marcellus Gas legislation of a provision that would preempt the locality’s ability to use local zoning to control some aspects of gas drilling.  Read more

DV to build new elementary school

WESTFALL, PA — After years of discussion in which past boards wavered despite an urgent need for a new elementary school, the current Delaware Valley School District Board voted to build the school at a meeting on November 10.  Read more

A road to a bluestone mine; without local zoning, what does compliance look like?

A bluestone mine being operated by Johnston and Rhodes is located in Manchester Township along a remote stretch of the Upper Delaware River.  Read more

Waste Management starts e-recycling

On January 1, Pennsylvania’s e-recycling law will require electronics manufacturers to recycle many consumer electronics in proportion to their market share in the Commonwealth.
Dan Card of Waste Management said devices like computers, printers, laptops and keyboards can’t be accepted at landfills, so the Beach Lake Transfer Station will expand its recycling program beginning December 1 to accept these materials from residents and businesses with fewer than 50 employees without charge.  Read more

Comment period set for Holbert Quarry

A public notice has been posted for the Holbert Quarry’s application for a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit to conduct noncoal surface mining activities in Lackawaxen Township, as required by the Noncoal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act and the Clean Streams Law. The application includes a request for blasting.
The proposed permit area is 40 acres and is situated one mile north of the Lackawaxen River and one-half mile west of the Delaware River and is accessed from Masthope Plank Road (State Road 1014).  Read more