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Q&A on Trump administration efforts to open Arctic Refuge to oil exploration

Tim Woody

Secretary Zinke order on hunting and fishing is a red herring

Kate Mackay

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Tree Planting in Lackawanna County

For their 2017 Make A Difference Day project, Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton(parent company of Northeastern Pennsylvania[1THING]) assisted several local organizations planting trees on Wednesday.

Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, The Lackawanna River Conservation Association, Trout Unlimited, the Lackawanna County Conservation District and others planted trees at Sweeney’s Beach in Scranton and at Leggetts Creek in South Abington Township.

Approximately 40 trees were planted in 2 different locations.

P-P-L Electric Utilities provided trees on Wednesday as part of it’s “Community Roots” initiative.

The “Community Roots Program” aims to provide free trees to counties and municipalities.  Some of fourth grade class rooms also received trees.

The program will be accepting orders for spring 2018 and fall 2018 planting at www.pplcommunityroots.com.

Check out the video from Pa Home Page here.

Which Football Team’s Stadium Uses the Least Amount of Energy

Many NFL stadiums are scoring big on energy savings and tackling waste at the same time—adding even more value to the game day experience:

“These iconic stadiums are using the most innovative technologies and strategies today to save energy and water,” said Jason Hartke of the Building Technologies Office, who spearheaded a recent U.S. Department of Energy report examining how sports teams and venues can save energy. “They’re not just demonstrating great leadership in efficiency, they’re spreading the word to millions of people across the country.”

NFL stadiums are some of the largest sport venues in America. Many of them are more than one million square feet and are in the top 0.1%, by size, of all U.S. commercial buildings. This means they require large amounts of operating energy—but also provide plenty of opportunities for savings.

Find out here how five teams, including Pennsylvania’s own Philadelphia Eagles, are tackling energy.

Late-night Interior Department order seeks to shortcut environmental reviews

Alex Thompson

Heading into last week’s Labor Day weekend the Interior Department quietly issued a Secretarial Order that radically alt

Fracking Resolution Called “Double Crossing the Delaware”

Conservationists say a resolution passed Wednesday by the Delaware River Basin Commission makes no sense.

The DRBC adopted a resolution calling for a ban of fracking for natural gas within the Delaware watershed, giving environmental groups a solid victory. But according to Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, the resolution also starts the process of formulating rules to allow clean water to be taken from the river basin for fracking elsewhere, and the return of fracking waste to the area.

“So it’s a loss of water for us, and it’s an encouragement and support of drilling and fracking in other communities,” van Rossum said; “which simply is not acceptable.”

The Commission said the resolution simply starts the process of developing rules for water extraction and waste disposal, and there will be ample opportunity for public comment.

But Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said allowing extraction and disposal would be giving the drilling companies the water they need, while potentially leaving those who depend on the Delaware with a superfund site.

“By bringing in fracking waste for processing, storage and discharge, there could be a spill or an accident,” Tittel said. “Or we could have a flood and stuff ends up in the river, killing fish and poisoning our water.”

In a statement to the DRBC meeting in Newtown, Tittel said, “this area is where Washington crossed the Delaware. Commissioners don’t double cross the Delaware.”

Draft rules for water extraction and waste disposal are to be released by November 30, followed by a six-month public comment period.

Van Rossum said the message they want the commission to hear is simple and clear.

“We expect every watershed governor and even the representative for the president to vote for a permanent, total ban on drilling and fracking operations in the watershed, and every aspect of what that means,” she said.

The Delaware River Basin serves as the source of drinking water for 17 million people.

-Andrea Sears, Keystone State News Connection

Hope: Bipartisan support for measure to keep public lands in public hands

An amendment that would prohibit funding for land seizures against the public interest, didn’t pass, but it did highlight a growing insurgency that rejects the Trump-era political emphasis on seizing wildlands for state, private or industrial enrichment.

3 strategies for rebuilding hurricane-stricken communities

This is how we rebuild from catastrophic storms such as Harvey and Irma, with lower future risk for people and our economy.

     

National Estuaries Week 2017: September 16-23

Since 1988, National Estuaries Week has celebrated the many ways we benefit from healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems. All throughout the country, local organizations including Restore America’s Estuaries member groupsNational Estuarine Research Reserves and National Estuary Programs organize special events, like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, workshops and more to recognize the special role these places play in our everyday lives. National Estuaries Week is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend time on your local bay!

Get more information about National Estuaries Week, including events in your area, here.

Pruitt rules EPA under a cloak of secrecy. Here’s why you should care.

The EPA chief is quietly and systematically tearing down policies that protect the health and safety of all Americans.