Top 2 environmental news stories for PA & NJ - 11/9/11

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In Pennsylvania

DRBC posts new rules to allow gas drilling in region
The highly technical document of 100-plus pages would permit only 300 wells to be drilled until a reassessment is done after 18 months. The rules also call for more water monitoring, more water-use restrictions, and more money to be set aside for remediation Inquirer City Paper EP Blog MSNBC

Upper Burrell Township opposes state bill on drilling
The township opposes House Bill 1950 and Senate Bill 1100 which would, if adopted, take away powers given to municipalities to adopt a standardized zoning authority Tribune-Review 

In New Jersey

Soils conservation officer arrested on bribe charge
A Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office investigation leads to the arrest of Freehold Soil Conservation District inspector John Tonon, 51, who allegedly took a $700 bribe from an undercover law enforcement officer to expedite the processing and approval for one of three homes being built in Hazlet AP Press

DEP, researchers team up for Barnegat Bay studies Groups partnering with the DEP for the studies are the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, the NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Montclair State University, Rider University, Monmouth University and the Academy of Natural Sciences in  Philadelphia. Sierra Club says it's just 'fiddling' AP


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