PCPG Course Schedule Announced

PCPG’s much anticipated course schedule has been posted HERE.  A total of 10 full and half day opportunities are planned between June 18 and September 30 on the subjects of LNAPL, hydrogeology, fractured bedrock, and conflict resolution, among others. All will be eligible for continuing education credit.

Proposed PG Renewal Fee Increase

Posted 3 June:
State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (Board) voted to increase biennial renewal fees for professional engineers, land surveyors, and geologists from $50 to $100.

This proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. It is anticipated that the increased biennial renewal fees will be implemented with the September 30, 2017, biennial renewal.

Written comments, suggestions, or objections can be submitted to the Regulatory Unit Counsel, Department of State, State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649, or via Email by June 15, 2015.  Reference No. 16A-4713 (renewal fee) when submitting comments.

Comments can also be submitted via email to Mark Ioos of the PCPG GAC.

Blackmer appointed Acting TopoGeo Director

According to DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn’s office, George Love, Bureau Director and State Geologist, is retiring effective May 29, 2015.  Gale Blackmer has been appointed Acting Director of the PA Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey while the search for a candidate to permanently fill the open director’s position continues. We wish George the best in his future retirement endeavors.

USGS Lower Susquehanna River Basin Report

Posted 3 June: 
The USGS has released a new report entitled: “Sediment Transport and Capacity Change in Three Reservoirs, Lower Susquehanna River Basin, Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1900–2012.”

To view the abstract, click HERE, and to download a copy of the report, CLICK HERE.

Chemistry of Flowback and Frac Water

Posted 19 May: In a study of 13 hydraulically fractured shale gas wells in north-central Pennsylvania, USGS researchers found that the microbiology and organic chemistry of the produced waters varied widely from well to well.  The full press release can be found HERE.  If you'd like to purchase the study, visit HERE.

Himalayan Mountains may have Dropped a Meter After the Nepal Quake

Posted 19 May: The debate continues as to how tall the actual height of the Himalayan Mountains and the more famous Mount Everest actually are. Researchers caution that they are still evaluating the satellite imagery data and that Mount Everest, significantly east of the main Nepal earthquake, may have only moved centimeters. However, mountains near the Nepal Earthquake could have moved between 0.7 and 1.5 meters.

More coverage can be found at and Popular Science.

Courses & Events

August 04, 2015 7:30 AM • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Philadelphia West, 640 Fountain Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA
August 12, 2015 8:00 AM • Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East (formerly Holiday Inn Harrisburg East), 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
August 19, 2015 7:30 AM • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
September 02, 2015 7:30 AM • Comfort Inn East, 699 Rodi Rd., Monroeville, PA
September 17, 2015 12:00 PM • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
December 31, 2015 • See order form

Appalachia’s 3rd Resource Shale Play

Posted 3 June: The Burket/Geneseo Shale-The Marcellus Shale has dominated the energy headlines for news coming out of the Appalachian Basin for the last 8 years, but the Upper Devonian Burket/Geneseo Shale play offers producers a “stacked pay” potential by decreasing drilling/production costs through utilization of existing well pads and infrastructure, and liquids-rich production in some areas. The Burket/Geneseo Shale is the organic-rich mudstone that lies immediately above the Tully Limestone.

The 'monster' beneath the Marcellus

Posted 19 May: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette recently reported on the success western and north central Pennsylvania oil and gas companies have been having in exploring for hydrocarbons in the Utica Shale, significantly deeper than the Marcellus Shale.  These developments may set Pennsylvania up to be a leading natural gas producer for generations to come. Read more HERE

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