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Endangered species bill advances

A contentious proposal to change the way threatened and endangered species are designated in Pennsylvania cleared a House committee today. The bill would give a five-person regulatory review panel and legislators control over whether to list species the state’s game and fish commissions determine are threatened or endangered. The proposal was reported out of the [...]

SRBC Releases “State of the Susquehanna”

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission released its “State of the Susquehanna” report Wednesday, using data collected from among more than 49,000 miles of river and streams that begin in upstate New York and eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. At a time when natural gas drilling has put the SRBC in the spotlight, its executive [...]

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Clashes with DEP Over Susquehanna River

Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission executive director John Arway says the Department of Environmental Protection needs to do more to protect aquatic life and water quality along 98 miles of the Susquehanna River. Arway takes aim at DEP Secretary Michael Krancer’s decision not to seek an “impaired” status for the river may not be driven [...]

Pa. DEP Secretary Rejects Calls for Greater Federal Protections for Susquehanna River

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has decided not to seek an “impaired” status for the Susquehanna River under the Clean Water Act, rejecting a plea from the state’s Fish and Boat Commissioner John Arway.  Last April, Arway wrote a letter to DEP Secretary Michael Krancer, describing in detail increased incidents of “black-spotted” fish turning [...]

Snakes On A Drilling Rig

As natural gas drilling expands in northeast Pennsylvania, well sites and pipeline routes are disturbing more and more timber rattlesnake habitats.

Everybody hates snakes, right? Even Indiana Jones hates snakes. Not everybody — Matt Wilson loves snakes.  He’s loved them since he was six years old, when he caught a small snake and brought it inside his Johnstown home to show his mom, and, as he recalls, decided snakes were “pretty neat.” Wilson has been catching snakes [...]

“A Business Decision”: Why The Fish And Boat Commission Leased Land To Drillers

Last year, Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission decided to lease out 43,000 acres of land for natural gas drilling. In a recent interview with the Post-Gazette, executive director John Arway said the decision wasn’t easy, but ultimately came down to “business”: “We struggled with that decision,” Mr. Arway told a group of several dozen people [...]

Anglers Along the Susquehanna River are Hooking Fish with Mysterious Black Splotches

An editorial published last week in Northumberland County’s The Daily Item, speculates about the cause of disfigured fish living in the Susquehanna River. Apparently, fish covered in “black splotches” have been turning up in the river since the fall. People who know the Susquehanna River best are worried. That alone may be reason enough for [...]

Where Not to Eat the Fish

Just in time for Lent, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Fish and Boat Commission, released an updated fish consumption advisory for the state. Harvesting mussels and clams is now forbidden in Pennsylvania. And if you’re out fishing, the DEP recommends eating only one recreationally caught fish meal a week. “While fish can be [...]

Trib: Fish and Boat Commission Leasing 43,000 Acres For Drilling

According to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission is planning on leasing 43,000 acres of waterways to natural gas drillers, in order to raise revenue for dam repairs. The commission estimates it will need $78 million to repair the 16 dams, which are classified as high risk because they cannot [...]

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