DEP looks the other way as the Susquehanna suffers
Our world-class smallmouth bass population, on a 98-mile stretch of the lower Susquehanna, has collapsed. We don't know why, but all signs point to environmental causes. Listing the Susquehanna as impaired would stimulate further research, spur cleanup efforts, and galvanize the public.
And the people in charge ignore the need for answers
In 2011, American Rivers named the Susquehanna the nation's most endangered river because of the risks posed by unconventional gas development. Refusing to study the problem is likely to make it worse. The commission meets this month in Harrisburg.
How is disposal of your garbage like waste management at oil and gas well pads?
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) prohibits you from digging a hole and burying bags of household trash on your property unless you have a permit. But the oil and gas industry can bury industrial waste at well pads, even waste that may otherwise be considered hazardous, without a permit — and without any notice to the public. And it’s all legal.
In this week's PennFuture Facts, PennFuture President George Jugovic Jr., shines a bright light on this dirty secret. Let's hope the members of the General Assembly read it and start asking some serious questions.
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How much e-waste piles up in two weeks?
Last summer, PennFuture Wilkes-Barre intern Brittany Ott organized a drive to collect and recycle e-waste from other tenants in their six-story building. The result of two weeks of work was 3,000 pounds of e-waste and this great and fun short video.