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Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollution

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell today announced the issuance of new general permits for unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that will reduce air pollution and establish a control threshold on methane emissions.“These permits represent the first step of my Methane Reduction Strategy and my administration’s continuing commitment to cleaner, healthier air across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Cleaner air means healthier communities – for our citizens, and especially for our children. These new permits are one example of a way that we can have positive economic development without compromising public health. These permits are a win-win, helping industry control methane emissions that cost them money, while also helping defend our children and keep our communities healthier through cleaner air.  We’ve arrived at these permits through a comprehensive process that included feedback and input from both industry and the environmental community, and I am proud of the finished product that we are unveiling today.”Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.“Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the nation behind Texas,” said Governor Wolf. “We are uniquely positioned to be a national leader in addressing climate change while supporting and ensuring responsible energy development, while protecting public health and our environment.“These permits incorporate the most current state and federal regulations for controlling air pollution,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The permits for new unconventional natural gas wells and new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines are some of the first in the nation to comprehensively address methane emissions from all equipment and processes, and they also address other types of air pollution that contribute to poor air quality.”The newly revised general permits, GP-5 and GP-5A, will be required for new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines, and new natural gas wells, respectively.In addition to the methane controls, the permits also set thresholds on other types of air pollution, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Operators will be required to meet federal new source standards and state Best Available Technology (BAT) included in the permit conditions for equipment and processes to control pollution emissions.“Reducing air pollution from gas wells and compression, processing and transmission facilities is key to responsibly developing Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources,” said McDonnell. “Everything we can do to reduce air pollution will improve public health.”DEP held multiple comment periods on the permits, which attracted more than 9,000 comments in total. The permits will go into effect on August 8, 2018.More information about the new permits can be found at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/Pages/Methane-Reduction-Strategy.aspx June 07, 2018center_img Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air Pollutionlast_img read more

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Golf tournament to benefit Downeast Horizons

first_imgBAR HARBOR — The beneficiary chosen for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 22nd annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament is Downeast Horizons, a social services agency serving adults and children with developmental disabilities.The golf tournament will be played on Tuesday, June 2, at Kebo Valley Golf Course in Bar Harbor.Proceeds will help support Downeast Horizons’ children’s program, which provides individual staff support to help meet specific developmental goals as well as social outings and group activities for all participants.The program also maintains a resource library, provides training materials and promotes the benefits of early intervention.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThose who have already made a commitment to this year’s tourney include hole-in-one sponsors Darling’s Chevrolet and Stanley Scooters.Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank with more than $1.4 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, the bank offers a full range of financial services for families, businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout Maine with 15 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec.For more information, call Cathy Planchart at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, 667-0660, ext. 4655.last_img read more

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Play It Forward: The top 10 events March 24-30 you won’t want to miss

first_imgNO. 1: MLB: DODGERS at SAN DIEGODetails/TV: Sunday at 5 p.m., ESPNThe Dodgers, who have only 160 more wins to go to complete a perfect regular season, will find no jet lag involved in taking that Greyhound from L.A. to S.D. for the reboot of the 2014 campaign with another created Opening Day, this time by ESPN. Now that the Dodgers’ side trip to Australia is behind them — or still in front of some of them, considering the time change — we go south again to see if there’s a chance Clayton Kershaw can become the first starting pitcher in recent MLB history to begin a season with a 2-0 record just three games in. By all reports, San Diego will go with right-hander Andrew Cashner as their starter — someone who started 2013 as a long reliever, then went 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA, including a 0-1 mark and 1.35 ERA against the Dodgers in six appearances. The Dodgers may have finished 16 games ahead of the Padres in the NL West a year ago, but they nearly had the same home record — the Dodgers’ 47-34 mark at Dodger Stadium was only slightly better than the Padres’ 45-36 at Petco Park. There is a melancholy moment here — it’s the Padres’ first game since the passing of Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, the voice of the team since 1972 except for the one year (1980) that he acted as their manager.Also: NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT — SWEET 16UCLA vs. FLORIDADetails/TV: South Regional semifinals in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, 6:45 p.m., Ch. 2They meet again. Billy Donovan’s Gators, holding down the No. 1 overall seed in this year’s tournament, took the Bruins out of business in 2011, ’07 and ’06 at various stages of the event. The most painful may have been the first — the national championship — which Florida won 73-57, behind Joakim Noah, who capped it off with a monster dunk with 1:09 left. In the national semifinals the following year, Florida had the same starting lineup and had the same success, 76-66. Their most recent collision was in the second round of the first weekend, a 73-65 Gator victory. Ben Howland was the UCLA head coach in all three of those. Now it’s Steve Alford’s turn. The Gators’ 28th consecutive win, by 16 over Pitt in the regional quarterfinals at Orlando, Fla., put them in the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year, looking to make their third Elite Eight in a row. Against Pitt, the Gators, who haven’t lost since Dec. 2, gave up just 45 points — the ninth straight game in which Florida held its opponent to 65 points or fewer. In the two games this year when UCLA has been held to 65 of less, it has lost both (scoring 63 against Duke and 55 against Washington State in the regular-season finale).NO. 3: COLLEGE BASKETBALLNCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT — SWEET 16KENTUCKY vs. LOUISVILLEDetails/TV: Midwest Regional semifinals in Indianapolis, Ind., Friday, 6:45 p.m., Ch. 2 Defending champion Louisville, and preseason No. 1 Kentucky, could only hope for this to happen when the tournament brackets were picked a week ago. Now it’s happened. The Cardinals, in the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row, outlasted Manhattan and Saint Louis to get this far. It’s also the second time in Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s career that he’s been to three straight Sweet 16s. The other time? From 1995-97, when he was coaching Kentucky. This 10-loss, freshman-heavy Wildcats, led by coach John Calipari, nursed their way through a win over No. 1 and undefeated Wichita State thanks to the Harrison twins. Andrew Harrison, who injured his elbow in a late Friday win against Kansas State, hit three key free throws in the final minute to lock up the Kentucky win and led the team with 20 points, while Aaron Harrison had 19. Kentucky and Louisville have not only met dozens of times before in their rivalry, but one of them was back on Dec. 28, when the Harrisons combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with Julius Randle sidelined, and engineered a 73-66 win over the visiting Cardinals before more than 24,000 in Rupp Arena at Lexington, Ky. Louisville star Russ Smith, who had a team-best 19 points, was scoreless in the final 8:43 after making a free throw to tie the score at 53.NO. 4: HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALLCIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPSDetails/TV: At Sacramento, Friday and SaturdayThe boys’ Open Division matchup of 34-0 Mater Dei against Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd (28-4) caps the two-day event (8 p.m., TWC SportsNet), but there is plenty of local interest on Southern California boys regional champions such as Bellflower St. John Bosco (facing Folsolm at 4 p.m. Saturday in the D-II final), West Hills Chaminade (meeting Sir Francis Drake at 4 p.m. Friday in the D-III final), Torrance Bishop Montgomery (taking on Moreau Catholic at noon Saturday in the D-IV final) and La Canada Renaissance Academy (pit against St. Joseph Notre Dame at noon Friday in the D-V final). On the girls side, Long Beach Poly (26-3) seeks a sixth state title when it faces Richmond Salesian in the Open Division final (Saturday at 6 p.m., TWC SportsNet). Other Southern California girls champs seeking state trophies include West Hills Chaminade (taking on Archbishop Mitty at 2 p.m. Saturday in the D-II final) and Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (versus Justin-Sienna at 10 a.m. Saturday in the D-IV final).NO. 5: NBA: LAKERS vs. NEW YORKDetails/TV: Staples Center, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., TNTCould this have been scheduled with any more awkwardness? Maybe the Lakers can pull down those “STAY” billboards now that Phil Jackson has gone Knickerbocker on them. It’s the first meeting between the two anchor franchises since Jackson’s pre-nup with Lakers governor Jeanie Buss allowed him to run a rival team since L.A. apparently has no need for his services. Watch for Phil to show up, park next to Jeanie, and hold preliminary discussions about brining Mike D’Antoni back to New York. Also:Lakers at Milwaukee, Thursday at 5 p.m., TWC SportsNetLakers at Minnesota, Friday at 5 p.m., TWC SportsNetLakers vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, Sunday at 6:30 p.m., TWC SportsNetNO. 6: NBA: CLIPPERS at NEW ORLEANSDetails/TV: Wednesday at 5 p.m., Prime TicketThe opener of a five-game road trip that doesn’t end until early next month in Phoenix gives us another look at the progress of Anthony Davis. The second-year All-Star had 26 points and 11 rebounds for New Orleans, while Alexis Ajinca had 19 and 12, but the Pelicans lost to the Clippers by 13 last time they were in the so-called Smoothie King Center on Feb. 24.Also:Clippers vs. Milwaukee, Staples Center, Monday at 7:30 p.m., Prime TicketClippers at New Orleans, Wednesday at 5 p.m., Prime TicketClippers at Dallas, Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Prime TicketClippers at Houston, Saturday at 5 p.m., Prime TicketNO. 7: NHL: KINGS at PITTSBURGHDetails/TV: Thursday at 4 p.m., FSWThe Penguins’ 4-1 win over the struggling Kings just before the Olympic break ended up chasing now franchise winningest goalie Jonathan Quick, who gave up three goals on the first five shots before Martin Jones came in. Two of those goals came while the Penguins’ league-best power-play rotation was on the ice. Quick, by the way, should have some incentive to show up Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. During a 5-0 rout against Finland in the bronze medal game of the recent Winter Olympics, Team USA coach Bylsma left Quick in the entire game to suffer the total embarrassment. With their win against Florida last Saturday, the Kings are 18-8-3 against the Eastern Conference and have a five-game road winning streak.Also:Kings at Philadelphia, Monday at 4 p.m., FSWKings at Washington, Tuesday at 4 p.m., FSWKings vs. Winnipeg, Staples Center, Saturday at 7 p.m., FSWNO. 8: NHL: DUCKS at CALGARYDetails/TV: Wednesday at 7 p.m., FSWWhen the Ducks last went to Calgary and endured a 7-2 loss on March 12, winger Andrew Cogliano said: “I think every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed at how they played tonight — every single person. To start a road trip, one of our biggest road trips and having a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line, it’s ridiculous how we played.” The Ducks are kind of in that same spot again. This is the first of a week’s worth of road games that takes the Pacific Division’s newly installed second-place Ducks north for stops that include Edmonton (Friday, 6:30 p.m., Prime) and Vancouver (Saturday, 7 p.m., KDOC).NO. 9: GOLF: LPGA KIA CLASSICDetails/TV: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Thursday-Sunday, Golf ChannelIt’s one of the top events on this tour’s schedule because a) next week is the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage and b) this is the home of TaylorMade, Callaway and Titleist, among dozens of other golf companies, so time to reload the bag. Spain’s Beatriz Recari held off I.K. Kim in a two-hole playoff for her second career LPGA victory in this event at the Arnold Palmer-designed course a year ago. NO. 10: WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPSDetails/TV: At Saitama, Japan, Monday-SundayAmerican ice dancing gold medalists and record-setters Charlie White and Meryl Davis decided to pass after their performance in Sochi, Russia. “We feel that our incredibly positive Olympic experience is the culmination of and perfect ending to a wonderful four-year cycle,” White said in the statement. There’s no way Yuzuru Hanyu, the 19-year-old from Japan who captured the men’s gold, can skip out on this. For the Americans, it’s Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds representing the women and Max Aaron and Jeremy Abbott as the men’s reps. The Freeway Series exhibition lines up:Dodgers vs. Angels, Dodger Stadium, Thursday at 7:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.Dodgers vs. Angels, Dodger Stadium, Friday at 7:10 p.m., SportsNet L.A.Angels vs. Dodgers, Angel Stadium, Saturday at 6:05 p.m., SportsNet L.A.NO. 2: COLLEGE BASKETBALLcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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