Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have for the past several months been working to develop a new web-based planning and asset management tool.
With a November 2011 bentonite spill in Johnsonburg's Silver Creek highlighting the potential environmental hazards posed by Marcellus Shale activity, Wildlife Conservation Officer Tom McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) spoke at January's meeting of the Elk County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs about the environmental effects of Marcellus Shale activity on Elk County's wilds and wildlife. In an interview Tuesday, McMann discussed further the pros and cons the industry poses to animal habitats and aquatic resources, as well as what he has seen of both in Elk County so far.
BROOKVILLE â€” As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday â€” two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road residence in April 2010 â€” District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that itâ€™s not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences him to death.
The phase during which the jury explored Rebertâ€™s innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, â€œand now, itâ€™s not just about Steven Rebert anymore.
A nominating committee on Wednesday morning appointed Potter County Commissioner Douglas Morley as chairman of the executive committee of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC].
Morley has served as chairman of Potter County's Board of Commissioners since he was seated in January 2008 and was successfully elected in November 2011 for a second term.
He has been an Allegany Township resident for the past 34 years, was a graduate of Northern Potter High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College.
The Elk County Monitoring Project website is now up and running and available to the public.
The website, powered by NexSens Technology, relays data from the satellite telemetry systems installed in the streams and watersheds.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling by measuring the temperature, flow and conductivity in each stream. The total project cost for the program is estimated at $329,330.
Two of the 11 systems are online and running.
Elk County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine recently reported applying for an $88,000 grant through the Elk County Community Foundation to continue the Elk County Monitoring Project.
If accepted, the grant will extend the duration of the monitoring project for a couple years.
The Elk County Community Foundation provides scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations in Elk County and the surrounding communities.
ST. MARYS â€“ Filling out financial aid forms for college can be nerve-wracking, but the Community Education Council is offering some help for college-bound students and parents who want to get it right the first time.
Students from Elk County who will be attending college for the first time this year and their parents are invited to attend one of two free sessions held in the computer lab at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) in downtown St. Marys on Monday, Jan. 30. The first session will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second from 5 to 7 p.m.
With the possibility of funding cuts in the future at the federal and state levels, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] pushed ahead with a 3-percent cost-of-living adjustment for its employees.
The measure, however, was not without opposition.
William H. Bogart, Small Business Consultant for Cameron County, had concerns with the raise, which will take effect retroactive Jan. 1, 2012.
Elk County Waterways Conservation Officer Thomas McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission attended Monday night's Elk County Conservation District [ECCD] meeting to report on a bentonite spill that occurred along Silver Creek near Johnsonburg in November 2011.
On Nov. 15, the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company spilled a large amount of bentonite into the stream. The bentonite quickly made its way into a reservoir controlled by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority.
Bentonite is a form of impure clay that easily absorbs water and is often used to facilitate gas drilling.
BROOKVILLE â€” In his closing statement of Steven P. Rebert's double murder trial Tuesday, District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett invoked the voice of one of the victims, Wayne Shugar, and asked that the jury hear it, too.
"The blood of Wayne Shugar cries out in this courtroom," Burkett said, citing evidence that showed that four spots of Shugar's blood was found on the bottom of Rebert's work boots.
"Your DNA is the content of your person: It's responsible for your eye color, your personality, your height," he said.