As the Trump administration last week began its rollback of the Clean Water Rule, reporters are likely to see many more stories about wetlands permitting — especially on the local level. The latest TipSheet walks you through the Section 404 permitting maze and helps you find out what's happening in your locale and state.
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"WPX Energy Appalachia has paid a $1.2 million civil penalty for oil and gas violations that affected groundwater and private water supplies in Westmoreland County."
"The economy in southwestern Pennsylvania has been hit twice, once by the collapse of big mining and steel employers, and again by the environmental destruction that accompanied those industries."
"New research shows a recent three-year surge in methane levels in northeastern Pennsylvania, a hub of the state's natural gas production."
"Converting low marsh to high marsh will help offset erosion caused by rising sea level".
The Maryland Senate voted 32 to 13 on Thursday to override Gov. Hogan’s veto of a bill to boost the state’s use of renewable energy.
While resurrecting the declining U.S. coal industry, as promised by the new administration, is probably not possible, it may not stop a lifting of the moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. TipSheet looks at how the issue moved front and center, and whether the move would help coal country.
Feb 3, 2017 3 - 5 p.m. ET #SEJ2017 The Society of Environmental Journalists launched SEJ's new report, "Journalists' Guide to Energy and Environment 2017," at the Woodrow Wilson Center introduced by SEJ Board President and Climate Central Senior Science Writer Bobby Magill (pictured). The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with leading reporters and editors, a reception and exhibit opening of the exhibit, "Climate Change in Our World," featuring the photography of SEJ member Gary Braasch.
"The view from the observation deck over a meadow of brown marsh grasses would make a nice postcard. Eagles roost on tall pines, muskrats burrow in mounds of mud and straw, and black ducks splash in a pond."