Natural News 4/15/2013
Excerpt: “(NaturalNews) They serve a critical role in pollinating crops, killing insects, and fertilizing soil, but their presence throughout the state of Pennsylvania is in a disastrously serious decline. According to a new report by PhillyBurbs.com, 99.99 percent of bats living in Pennsylvania’s second largest bat habitat were recently discovered to be dead, and a cohort of biologists currently studying the issue estimates that a shocking 98 percent of bats living throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania are now dead as well. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.naturalnews.com/039916_bats_white-nose_syndrome_die-off.html
Bradford Era 3/26/2013
Excerpt: “The federal government is stepping out of the appeal in the ongoing federal lawsuit regarding mineral rights on the Allegheny National Forest.
Late last week, attorney Robert Stockman with the U.S. Department of Justice submitted a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia indicating the federal defendants will not be filing a brief in the appeal, as did the Sierra Club and Allegheny Defense Project. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.bradfordera.com/news/local/article_f846e384-95bb-11e2-a38c-0019bb2963f4.html
Warren Times Observer 3/23/2013
Excerpt: “The Allegheny Defense Project is trying to convince a federal appeals court not to throw the baby out with the bath water. In fact, the group would like most of the bath water back.
In a brief filed Monday, March 11, with the Third Circuit U.S. Appeals Court, attorney Marianne Dugan asked the court to overturn decisions made in that court and in federal district court with regard to an ongoing case primarily between oil and gas developers and the U.S. Forest Service. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/563431/Minard-appeals-continue.html?nav=5006
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 11/13/2012
Excerpt; “Two environmental groups have filed notice they will appeal a September federal court ruling that said the U.S. Forest Service doesn’t have the authority to delay oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest until an environmental impact study is done.
The Allegheny Defense Project and Sierra Club notice of appeal was filed with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week in the 2009 case Minard Run Oil Co. et al v. U.S. Forest Service et al. ….”
Read entire article at http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-north/two-groups-to-appeal-approval-of-forest-drilling-661862/
Warren Times Observer 9/20/2012
Excerpt: “A Philadelphia-based environmental group is crying foul over measures that, in its estimation, would put the Allegheny National Forest at risk.
PennEnvironment released a report on Tuesday, entitled the “Congressional Assault on the Best of America,” that berates Congress for considering measures that would strip a wilderness designation and allow for “road building and logging in the most pristine areas within and surrounding the Allegheny National Forest.” …..”
Read entire article at http://www.timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/559748/Enviro-group–reps-at-odds-on-ANF.html?nav=5006
Warren Times Observer; 9/8/2012
Excerpt: “On Thursday, a federal District Court judge in Erie threw out an agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and three environmental groups which created an effective ban on drilling with the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) that lasted more than three years.
U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin granted a motion for summary judgment in the case to plaintiffs Minard Run Oil Company of Bradford, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), the Allegheny Forest Alliance (AFA) and Warren County vacating the 2008 agreement and converting his 2009 decision on the matter into a final judgment. …”
Read entire article at http://www.timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/559499/Judge-tosses-ban-on-ANF-drilling.html?nav=5006
Pittsburgh Tribune Review 9/6/2012
Excerpt: “A federal judge in Erie on Thursday issued a final ruling favoring the oil and gas industry in its challenge of a drilling ban in the Allegheny National Forest but declined to grant the industry a permanent injunction.
The permanent injunction would be meaningless because the final ruling permanently voids the ban and the rest of a 2009 settlement between the U.S. Forest Service and two environmental groups, the U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin said in his ruling. ….”
Read entire article at http://triblive.com/state/2555273-74/forest-ban-ruling-service-environmental-federal-issued-mclaughlin-final-injunction#axzz25myKy0sh
Warren Times Observer 8/25/2012
Excerpt: “Secure Rural Schools money is on its way. The U.S. Forest Service announced on Thursday that payments totaling $308 million will be provided to states between now and the end of the year.
That means the Warren County Commissioners are on the clock and have a decision to make.
Since 1908, the Forest Service has shared with states and counties 25 percent of gross receipts, primarily from timber sales, from national forests to benefit public schools and public roads in the counties in which the forests are located. In the late 1980s, due largely to declines in timber sale receipts, payments began to drop significantly and fluctuate widely, according to a release from the Forest Service.
Counties now have the option to choose between a pre-determined, fixed payment amount or the historical 25 percent of gross receipts, which is subject to market factors. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/559216/USFS-funding-still-falling-for-county.html?nav=5006
Warren Times Observer 7/3/2012
Excerpt: “ERIE – Oral arguments were heard Monday at federal court in Erie from both sides in the ongoing lawsuit over mineral and surface rights in the Allegheny National Forest.
The arguments covered cross motions filed by plaintiffs Minard Run Oil Co. and Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) seeking a judgment and a permanent injunction, and by defendants Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, Sierra Club and Allegheny Defense Project seeking a summary judgment. “
Read entire article at http://www.timesobserver.com/page/content.detail/id/558377.html
Centre Daily Times 4/11/2012
Excerpt: “UNIVERSITY PARK — Pennsylvania’s state tree — the eastern hemlock — is threatened by a bug in about three-quarters of counties.
Local farmers hope to draw attention to the problem, and Penn State researchers are working to find a natural enemy to combat the bug — the hemlock woolly adelgid.
Landowners and Penn State, state and federal forestry officials gathered on campus Tuesday for a public forum on the issue, hosted by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township.
Thompson, chairman of the subcommittee on conservation, energy and forestry, organized the forum after retired farmer Jim Walizer approached him for help with the insect. …..”
Read entire article at http://www.centredaily.com/2012/04/11/3158470/researchers-seek-fix-for-destructive.html