Scientists, community leaders and concerned residents were united Wednesday in their displeasure, frustration and, in many cases, anger over drilling for natural gas in the region.
People such as Dan Alters, a retired state Department of Environmental Protection official, noted the understaffing of that agency and its inability to properly regulate the industry.
He noted the degradation of forest lands and high quality streams such as Pine Creek for gas operations.
"It saddens me that some of the environmental progress made during my career will be lost," he said.
Alters was among the more than dozen people who spoke during the Citizens Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission hearing at Lycoming College.
The chorus of voices speaking out against drilling in the Marcellus Shale included Bob Myers, director of environmental studies at Lock Haven University, who listed some of the accidents around the state caused by drilling operations.
"Spills have been commonplace in Pennsylvania," he said. "Responsible drilling is a myth."....READ MORE
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The replacement of the old lights on the CCHS football field made an extraordinary difference in visibility during the game! The new lights are much brighter, much more energy efficient, and are mounted on brand new metal standards that replaced the ancient wooden poles. Kudos to the school board, admins, and athletic department for sucuring the funds for this project...us "photographers" really appreciate it!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Stuckey punches it in the endzone / more photos at www.camconative.com
EMPORIUM - Nick Stuckey's two-point conversion run in the second overtime proved to be the difference, as Cameron County outlasted Johnsonburg 22-20 in double-overtime Friday.
Stuckey scored on a 5-yard run in the second OT, setting up his conversion.
Johnsonburg took control and quickly responded in the second overtime, as Quinn Luhr threw a 5-yard TD pass to Frank Kojancic, the third time in the duo hooked up for a touchdown on the night.
The ensuing two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, as the Red Raiders rushed the field in celebration.
Tony Olivett finished the game with 81 yards rushing and a touchdown to lead Cameron County (1-1).
Luhr finished 16 of 28 passing for 169 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions. Kojancic hauled in 14 of those passes for 158 yards.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Illegal Steals Truck/Crashes Into CarA Mexican man with a West Virginia address, in the US illegally, was jailed for stealing a pickup truck in Emporium and smashing it into another car early Sunday morning while under the influence of alcohol.Angel Jadieal Cortes, 25, of Lewisburg, WV, was arraigned before District Judge Wilhelm and jailed at the Elk County Prison in lieu of $25,000. straight bail.The incident occurred as Cortes entered a 1975 Chevrolet Silverado, owned by Michael Singer of Emporium, and parked along the north berm of West 6th Street in Emporium Boro. Upon removing the vehicle from the parked location, Cortes traveled westward and struck the rear of a parked 2007 Chrysler Sebring owned by Nathan VanSickles of Emporium.Singer found Cortes in the driver's seat of his pickup. Cortes was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police near the scene of the incident. Police found Cortes to be under the influence of alcohol and upon further investigation, determined that Cortes was in the United States illegally. The Department of Homeland Security-I.C.E. was notified.Cortes is charged with Theft of A Motor Vehicle; Unauthorized Use Of A Motor Vehicle; Driving Under The Influence; and related Summary Offenses.Anyone who may have additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321. Trooper David A. Surra is the investigating officer.
Monday, September 5, 2011
ST. MARYS – Mitchell Vallone accounted for all three Elk County Catholic touchdowns, as the Crusaders topped Cameron County 19-6 in a weather-delayed season opener Saturday night at Dutch Country Stadium in St. Marys.
Randy Frey photo: more at www.camconative.com
Randy Frey photo: more at www.camconative.com
Vallone threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and returned an interception 40 yards for a score in a game that was delayed in the middle because of lighting.
Joe McLaughlin caught the scoring pass from Vallone, who was 3-for-10 passing for 67 yards while rushing for five yards on eight carries. McLaughlin had two catches for 55 yards and also made six tackles on defense. Cole Gerber accounted for the majority of the Crusaders 236 yards on the ground rushing 21 times for 136 yards. He also made seven tackles on defense.