2016 Student Essay Scholarship Contest

Posted 22 December:  The topic is "Importance of Geology in the World Economy." All qualified students submitting an essay will receive a complimentary one-year student membership in PCPG.  Current student members submitting an essay will have one year added to the current membership expiration date.

Qualified applicants must be enrolled full-time in either an undergraduate or graduate program in Geology or a related major such as Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering.  The program is open to resident and non-resident students who attend Pennsylvania schools, and Pennsylvania residents who attend out-of-state schools.  The applicant's school must be an accredited college or university.

Click HERE to read more, including specific information covering how to submit the essay.  Winners will receive financial awards! PCPG will contact the lucky winners by March 4 and invited them to the March 15 PCPG Annual Meeting in Harrisburg, PA.

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2016-2018 PCPG Board Election Underway

Posted 21 December:  A reminder ballot has been sent to members who have not yet voted in the current electronic election.  The election closes at 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 31.  If you haven't received the reminder email, don’t forget to check your spam folder.  You may also Email PCPG to request a reminder ballot.

Report Suggests that Less than 1 percent of U.S. Injection Wells Tied to Seismicity

Posted 7 December: There are approximately 150,000 Class II injection wells that are used in connection with oil and natural gas activities in the United States. Roughly 40,000 of these wells are designated for disposal of produced water (remainder are production related). Of this total, only 218 injection wells have been linked to or even suspected as a possible cause of seismicity. This equates to only 0.15 percent of all Class II injection wells and 0.55 percent of all federally regulated disposal wells. To download the recent report released by the organization Energy in Depth, click HERE.

SRBC Study Finds No Impacts on Streams from Marcellus Shale Drilling

Posted 5 October: From 2010 to 2013 the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) monitored 58 sampling stations in small headwater streams in the Susquehanna River Basin to investigate potential impacts from gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale.  The study recorded pH, temperature, conductivity, inorganic chemistry, TOC, gross alpha and beta radiation, and macroinvertebrates.  The SRBC report, released earlier this year, concluded no discernable relationship between water quality and well pad density.  Please click HERE to download an electronic copy of the report.

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USGS Published DRB-Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources

Posted 7 December:  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently published user manuals for the Delaware River Basin Water Availability tool for Environmental Resources (DRB-WATER) and associated WATER application utilities.  According to the USGS, WATER is a decision support system (DSS) for the non-tidal part of the Delaware River Basin (DRB).  For more information, and to download the User Manuals please click HERE.

New USGS Publication Released

Water Budgets and Recharge Area Simulations for Centre and Huntingdon Counties, Pennsylvania

Posted 5 October:  The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently released: “Water-budgets and recharge-area simulations for the Spring Creek and Nittany Creek Basins and parts of the Spruce Creek Basin, Centre and Huntingdon Counties, Pennsylvania, Water Years 2000–06”. This report is based on a joint study by the USGS, the ClearWater Conservancy, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). The researchers developed a hydrologic model to simulate a water budget and identify areas of greater than average recharge for the Spring Creek Basin in central Pennsylvania.  Click HERE to read more.

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