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.