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“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel, when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy. I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy… I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

THOMAS EDISON 1931

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TODAY’S FOCUS: Range Resources Methane Reporting

An August 10, 2022 story by Zachary Mider on Bloomberg, Methane ‘Loophole’ Shows Risk of Gaming New US Climate Bill points out how “several energy companies have adopted an unorthodox interpretation of EPA rules to slash their reported methane emissions.” “An unorthodox reading of a single word in the EPA regulations allowed Range to…

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NEW REPORT: Ohio River Valley Institute

Misplaced Faith: How Policymakers’ Belief in Natural Gas is Driving Rural Pennsylvania Into an Economic Dead End by Sean O’Leary | Aug 8, 2022 | Ohio River Valley Institute Key Takeaways: Policymakers’ pursuit of natural gas development is failing rural Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania policymakers of both parties are driving efforts to expand the state’s natural gas economy…

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Losing our Giant Trees

For hundreds and thousands of years, California’s Giant Sequoias and Coast Redwoods survived fires due to their towering height and super thick bark, but Earth’s climate disaster is now proving too much for them. While yesterday’s story by Bruce Melton, Mass Death of Sequoias Is the Harbinger of Earth Systems…

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Conventional Oil & Natural Gas Drilling

GUEST POST: An Industrial Machine Moving Across the PA Countryside Leaving Behind Big Liabilities and Spreading Pollution Everywhere It Goes By David E. Hess – PA Environment Digest – August 3, 2022 On July 30, Gov. Wolf directed the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct an evaluation of how it…

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URBAN FORESTS: Hot Paris vs. Cool Pittsburgh

A Reuters story by Manuel Ausloos yesterday, Heatwave in Paris exposes city’s lack of trees, caught my attention since it mentioned increasing heat from climate change along with the importance of city trees. As a third heatwave baked France this week, the heat radiating off the asphalt outside the Garnier…

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What’s That Smell?

Hickory and Mt. Pleasant Township were ground zero when Marcellus Shale fracking began in Pennsylvania back in 2004. As with many communities, gas development became an extremely divisive issue among neighbors. Today’s story by Mike Jones in the Observer-Reporter, DEP investigating mysterious odor emitted from Mt. Pleasant well site adds…

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Burn Pit Bill Passes Senate to Help Sick Veterans

While Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) urged passage of the PACT Act, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) led the Republican opposition. Their respective votes were no surprise then. The Senate voted 86-11 to pass the bill. The 11 NAYs were all Republicans: Crapo (R-ID)Lankford (R-OK)Lee (R-UT)Lummis (R-WY)Paul (R-KY)Risch (R-ID)Romney (R-UT)Shelby (R-AL)Tillis (R-NC)Toomey…

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Early Exodus from Cracker Plant Area

While some ‘shale refugees’ — the term I use to describe families who have moved away from the nascent yet burgeoning shale gas industry in western Pennsylvania — move out-of-county, some move out-of-state. Reid Frazier’s StateImpact story “Pa. sees Shell’s ethane cracker as an economic boon. But for some in…

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PREP: September is Lawn Month so Get Ready!

When it comes to lawn improvement in the Northeast and Midwest United States, “September is Lawn Month” for all the reasons outlined here. Oh sure, people are more revved-up to perform lawn improvement projects in the Spring, but September is actually the BEST time! The first step in that process…

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Thrills & Spills

Due to all the oil and gas drilling violations in Pennsylvania, someone once said, “If they’re drilling they’re spilling.” This latest report from the former head of the Pennsylvania DEP, David E. Hess, brings us up to date: 16 Oil & Gas Facility Spill, Soil, Water Contamination Cleanups Under Act…

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‘Paying it Forward’ with Solar Energy

Homeowners have faced a steady stream of rising energy costs from fossil fuels as global situations have devolved. Meantime, our utility bills have been dropping. Americans have come to find that just because we sit on large reserves of coal and natural gas, that doesn’t guarantee cheaper utility bills, since…

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LITIGATION: The Abandoned Well ‘Hot Potato’

According to this latest news story, EQT’s transaction with Diversified “freed EQT of about $200 million in plugging and other liabilities.” On July 25th, reporter Anya Litvak covered this latest story about abandoned wells in our tri-state area in “Lawsuit claims Diversified and EQT played hot potato with abandoned well…

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Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp

Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe has truly evolved over the years. After a brief hiatus, Steeler fans can return to Latrobe to watch any of 17 practice sessions for free, along with free parking. One major change this year is that you need to get your…

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GUEST POST – Cancer and the Environment

*This post originally appeared on The PediaBlog on July 22, 2021. “Cancers ravage people in Southwestern Pennsylvania. As community leaders, parents and caregivers, health care providers, business owners, researchers, advocates—we all want to do everything we can to support them and prevent others from having to face a cancer diagnosis.” “In Southwestern Pennsylvania, there…

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Summer Cool and Winter Warmth

Plant a deciduous tree (one that drops its leaves over winter) on the southwest corner of your house. It will shade your house in summer, while allowing warm sunlight to pass through in winter. In fact, plant various types of trees around your yard to add cooling, while using evergreens…

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GUEST ESSAY – Energy Freedom for Pennsylvania

By Sharon Pillar, Pennsylvania Solar Center This guest essay appeared first in the Tribune-Democrat on July 22, 2022 Sharon Pillar: Key to lower energy prices is diversification With energy costs soaring these days, it is time for our state to promote healthy diversification of the energy market in order to…

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An End to US Oil Exports and Offshore Drilling?

Let’s call it the “Joe-Joe Dilemma” — and we aren’t talking cookies. More like “all the marbles.” Blockage of climate action by Senator Joe Machin could now lead to ‘climate emergency’ action taken by President Joe Biden. Things like ending offshore drilling, banning U.S. crude oil and LNG exports, and…

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Another PA Taxpayer Giveaway

Imagine if you didn’t have to buy anywhere near the level of car insurance needed to protect yourself and others. Then, following a wreck, taxpayers paid for the repairs. In a sense, that’s what was just recently passed by Pennsylvania lawmakers, for their buddies in the oil and gas industry,…

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Climate Change is Dead Serious

Dubbed the “Heat Apocalypse” by a French meteorologist, heat records have now been broken in much of Western Europe, while England recorded its hottest day ever on Tuesday. “Spain and Portugal have seen over 1,000 deaths in the last week attributed to the weather. In Germany, fears are growing over falling water…

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The Texas Attorney and West Virginia Judge

Many of the stories surrounding drilling and fracking over the past 20 years have been “Stranger than Fiction” and this latest story qualifies. It was first reported in THE DAILY BEAST four days ago, and saw a follow-up story in today’s THE INTELLIGENCER. WHEELING NEWS REGISTER. Let’s start with the…

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Frac Out in Greene County PA

Western Pennsylvania is like ‘Swiss Cheese’ when you consider all the coal mines and oil/gas wells drilled over past centuries. Unfortunately, thousands of wells were never properly plugged, providing open conduits to the surface when newer Marcellus Shale wells are hydraulically fractured (fracked) under extremely high pressure. In today’s Pittsburgh…

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Ditching Gasoline Use in the Garden

Paying $20 a gallon for ‘special fuel’ was the last straw! While working as a landscape contractor, we used a wide variety of garden equipment powered by small engines. Some small engines used straight gasoline (4-cycle engines) while others used a combination of gasoline and special 50:1 oil (2-cycle). While…

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Will the EPA also get Sued over Pennsylvania Air?

On Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity sued the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding action on the air pollution emitted by Colorado’s oil and gas industry. The news story appeared in THE HILL, “Conservation group sues EPA over fracking smog in Colorado” and reads in part: “We’re never going…

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Backwards Pennsylvania

You can thank ‘frac happy’ Republican legislators like Yaw and Metcalfe for keeping our Commonwealth in the ‘stone ages’ when it comes to promoting a healthy environment. Also, their latest ‘gas buddy’ enabling efforts will likely cause Pennsylvania to lose federal highway funds. David E. Hess outlines the steep costs…

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Judge Michael H. Wojcik of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has blocked the full implementation of ‘Reggie’ (RGGI or Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative). It’s another step backwards for Pennsylvania and efforts to address climate change in a timely manner. Reporter Laura Legere added these additional details: “The paused rule required fossil fuel…

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2nd Cracker Plant in Ohio River Valley?

Judging from a newspaper story in today’s Wheeling, West Virginia newspaper, the PTTGCA ethane cracker plant is still a strong possibility for a shovel-ready site in Dilles Bottom, Ohio, since financial commitments are still being honored. With the forecast 2022 completion of Shell’s new cracker plant, upriver in Monaca, Pennsylvania,…

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About Bobscaping
Growing colorful gourds on a string trellis as a child was Bob’s first inspirational success, but Bob began his 35-year landscape contracting career following graduation from the Ornamental Nursery Industry program in Penn State’s College of Agriculture, where course studies included tree culture, turfgrass maintenance, plant pathology, agronomy, entomology, and other specialized horticulture classes on main campus in State College.
“Tree hugger”
Prior to university studies, Bob spent 7 years growing tree seedlings in his own nursery, as well as learning the proper methods of hand digging evergreen shrubs and large shade trees, while working at a commercial nursery. Landscaping, gardening and environmental issues continue to be lifetime passions in retirement.
Over 20 years on the world wide web!
Through work on four web sites over the past two decades, Bob has shared his textbook knowledge and hands-on experience with trees, shrubs, lawns and garden plants in varied landscape settings. This shared information has helped homeowners improve their own home’s curb appeal, while giving them the personal satisfaction of performing do-it-yourself gardening tasks, while using proper landscaping techniques and timing.
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See for yourself
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And as we say in the business: Green side up!
Bob