March 31 - PCPG Annual Meeting and Employer Job Fair, Harrisburg

Registration is now open. See event calendar below.

PADEP seeks Best Of Land Recycling

PADEP is looking for nominations of unique or impactful projects that were completed as a result of Act 2. All types of brownfield projects are encouraged -- big or small, 20 years old or 6 months old. If the project was important to your community, DEP would like to hear about it. Submittals may be considered for verbal presentations, poster display or recognition at the 2015 Brownfields Conference, May 13-15, Erie, PA.

Be sure to submit your nominations, along with before and after pictures no later than January 31 by clicking HERE.

PCPG 2015 Election Results

Posted January 6: Congratulations to re-elected Board member Mark Ioos (Skelly and Loy, Inc.), and newly elected Board members Russell Losco, P.G. (Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc.) and John Torrence, P.G. (ERM).  Each newly elected board member will serve a three-year term.

Many thanks to outgoing Board members Jim LaRegina, P.G. (Herbert Rowland and Grubic, Inc.) and Jennifer O’Reilly, P.G. (Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.) for their generous and excellent commitments of time, effort and resources to PCPG’s mission over the past two Board terms.  For 2015, Jennifer O’Reilly will serve on the Executive Board as Past President.

In December, Gary Kribbs, PG, was elected by the Board to the office of President Elect.

Interior Secretary Says Frac’ing Bans Are Taking Regulation of Oil and Gas in the Wrong Direction

Posted January 6:  According to a KQED article, Jewell said “There are a lot of fears out there in the general public and that manifests itself with local laws or regional laws.” Jewell is also quoted by KQED as saying “There is a lot of misinformation about frac’ing. I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it and I think there needs to be more science.” Jewell said she’s counting on government scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies to “really help us understand what is happening on the landscapes with hydraulic fracturing and also deep water injections, induced seismicity, those kinds of things.”  “What we need is sound science that is driving our decision-making.” To read more, click HERE.

Predicted Geoscientists Workforce Shortage

Posted January 6: A report published by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) predicts a future geoscientist workforce shortage. This assessment is based upon information collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), multiple AGI member societies, and AGI’s Directory of Geoscience Departments (DGD). Based upon a projected increase in new jobs, the attrition rate of geoscientists leaving the work force (i.e., retiring), and the estimated number of graduates from colleges over the next ten years, the AGI has predicted an estimated a shortage of 135,000 geoscientists by 2022. To read more, click HERE.

Courses & Events

March 31, 2015 9:00 AM • Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
March 31, 2015 11:30 AM • Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
December 31, 2015 • See order form

2014/2015 Student Scholarship Program

Posted December 1:  PCPG provides student scholarships to support and inspire future geoscientists.  Students who are members of PCPG (student membership only costs $25/year) are encouraged to submit a 500-word essay discussing “Why do you want to be a geologist/environmental professional?” by Saturday, January 31.  First- and second-place winners will receive $1,000 and $400, respectively READ MORE

2015 Brownfields Conference

Posted 20 October:  The 2015 PA Brownfields Conference will be held at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center and adjoining Sheraton Hotel on May 13-15, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is Celebrating 20 Years of the Land Recycling Program (signed into law by Governor Tom Ridge on May 19, 1995). The call for papers is now open, and information regarding presentations, exhibitors, and sponsorships is available online HERE.

Colleges in Western PA Offer Programs Geared Toward Energy Industry

Posted October 6: The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that several colleges located in western Pennsylvania are creating programs to prepare students for jobs in the energy industry. Westmoreland County Community College offers an energy degree program, and Butler County Community College recently added four energy classes to its course offerings. Allegheny County and Beaver County Community Colleges also offer classes geared toward the energy industry. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, shale gas-related industries employed approximately 238,000 people in 2013. You can read more HERE.

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