Monday, November 14, 2011

Top 2 environmental news stories for PA & NJ - 11/14/11

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In Pennsylvania

Gas drillers invade hunters’ paradise An area of abundant deer, turkey and bear, known to hunters as “God’s Country,” lies atop vast reserves of natural gas. And now more and more drills are piercing the hunting grounds. Nine wells have cropped up on this one game land of roughly 7,000 wooded acres in Potter County, and permits have been issued for 19 more
New York Times

Federal  agencies collect data from Dimock families Officials from federal environmental and public health agencies met with residents of Dimock Township last week to discuss the impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and to gather water-test results from families affected by methane migration Citizens Voice

In New Jersey

Solomon stepping down at BPU; Hanna will replace him
Board of Public Utilities President Lee Solomon, who oversaw dramatic changes in New Jersey’s energy policies over the past two years, is stepping down from his post to once again serve as a judge. Robert Hanna, who served with Gov. Christie in the U.S. Attorney's Office, will replace him
NJ Spotlight

Audit links spending cuts to JCP&L poor storm showing
Interviews with regulators, government officials and customers — along with a review of a recent performance audit commissioned by the BPU — suggest that the state’s second-largest utility is not wholly prepared to deal with large storms, its work force reliant on outside help and its equipment in need of an upgrade Star-Ledger  

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