Top 2 environmental news stories for PA & NJ - 11/8/11

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In Pennsylvania

Shale bill pleases Corbett
It’s regulations would supersede local laws – just as the governor wanted. The Republican-drafted Marcellus Shale bill that sped through a House committee last week includes a controversial component the governor lobbied for - but you won't be hearing about it from him Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Corporate funding of Marcellus studies at universities raises alarms Penn State University has taken a central role in doing research about the industry, from its economic impact to its geological properties. Some of the research is paid for by companies extracting the gas. But the state-related university, which took in $214 million in taxpayer funding last year, declined to say how much individual companies spend or what the money pays for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In New Jersey
Governor wants no part of EPA effort to curb power plants  Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he will not support the EPA's  effort to choke off pollution produced by power plants in other states that fouls New Jersey’s air, but will instead go after the worst plants individually Statehouse Bureau

Matching innovative technologies to clean energy needs The most cost-effective way to promote clean energy technologies in New Jersey is to encourage smaller-scale, localized, renewable energy and energy efficiency systems that are likely to be commercialized quickly, a special advisory panel has recommended to state officials.NJ Spotlight       

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