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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bolivar Native Is First Married Catholic Priest In Buffalo Diocese

Diocese of Buffalo Has First Married Catholic Priest

By Rachel Elzufon

Read more at WKBW

No Injuries In Morning Crash On Rt. 219

Two York Haven, PA, residents were unhurt at 9:35 on Saturday morning when their 2000 Ford Explorer hit an icy patch on the roadway and went out of control, striking a guide rail on Rt. 219 in Lafayette Township.

John D. Shoff, 65, and Monique M. Shoff, 53, of York Haven, PA, were traveling south on Rt. 219 when the crash occurred. Trooper Leslie Barr said Lafayette Township Fire Dept. and PennDOT assisted at the scene.

Michael C. “Mike” Foy, 57, of Port Allegany, PA

Michael C. Foy

Michael C. “Mike” Foy, 57, of Port Allegany, PA, passed away with his loving family at his side on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born December 4, 1955 in Philadelphia, he was a son of Thomas J. and Anna M. Morris Foy, Sr.

Mike served with the U.S. Marines for four years. He attended UCLA for computer programming.
A resident of Port Allegany since 1995, he had previously lived in Philadelphia.

Mike was a member of the 5M Hunting Club in Smethport. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to play shuffleboard, pool, and darts. He loved to drive his convertible.

Surviving are two daughters, Michele G. Foy and Christina M. (Stacy Cobb) Foy, both of Coudersport; a son Michael T. (Jessica) Foy of Greensboro, NC; and four grandchildren, Zachary, Victoria, McKayla, and Brianna.

In addition to his parents, Mike was predeceased by a granddaughter, Adara Lynn Cobb; a brother, Anthony Foy; and a sister, Teresa Foy.

A private celebration of Mike’s life will held with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christmas House, 1 Water Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
A fond memory of Mike may be expressed at

New Regulation For Emergency Response Planning at Unconventional Well Sites

The following final regulation was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on 1/26/2013:
Emergency Response Planning at Unconventional Well Sites .

Please access the Pennsylvania Bulletin for copies of the final regulation. The Pennsylvania Bulletin is the official version of the final regulation until the regulation is codified in Title 25 of the Pennsylvania Code.

DCNR Taking Bids For Pool Liner Replacements At 3 Area Parks

 The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is soliciting bids for the following projects. Bid documents can be obtained from the Administrative Services Section, Bureau of Facility Design and Construction at (717) 787-5055:

 FDC-020-7550.1—Structure Replacement—Bridge No. 20-0050, Little Bear over Red Run, Forest District 20, Loyalsock State Forest, Plunketts Creek Township, Lycoming County. Work included under this contract consists of demolition of the existing structure and installation of a new precast reinforced concrete box culvert (11` span and a 4`-6" underclearance). Replacement shall include driving surface aggregate, rip-rap and architectural surface treatment. Bid documents will be available on or after January 31, 2013. The bid opening will be held on February 28, 2013.

 FDC-100-7857.1—Replace Three Pool Liners, State Parks Engineering Region 1, Sizerville State Park, Portage Township, Cameron County, Bendigo State Park, Jones Township, Elk County and Hyner Run State Park, Chapman Township, Clinton County. Work included under this contract consists of, but is not limited to, removal and disposal of complete liner assemblies in both the main and wading pools located at Sizerville, Hyner Run and Bendigo State Parks. Bid documents will be available on or after January 31, 2013. The bid opening will be held on February 28, 2013.

 FDC-132-7830.1—Replace Pool Liner, Mt. Pisgah State Park, West Burlington Township, Bradford County. Work included under this contract consists of, but is not limited to, removal and disposal of the existing liner assemblies in and installation of a new complete pvc liner system at Mt. Pisgah State Park. Bid documents will be available on or after January 31, 2013. The bid opening will be held on February 28, 2013.


MVA On Million Dollar Highway In Fox Township

City: FOX
1/26/2013 6:28:04 PM

Buchsenschultz Charged Again With Scam

A Harrison Valley man has been charged with Theft By Deception again by State Police when another man came forward after being scammed.

Robert Lance Buchsenschultz, 66, of 220 Lot 1, Iva-Gen Rd., Harrison Valley, PA, is accused by State Police with scamming Clifton Wayne Saulter of Peet BrookRoad, Coudersport, PA, out of $50.00.

Trooper Matthew Montag, said Buchsenschultz approached Saulter at his residence on January 8 at 9:00 AM and asked for money to help bury his wife who had recently died. Saulter gave Buchsenschultz $50. Saulter later discovered it was a scam and that Buchsenschultz had done this several times before.

Buchsenschultz will be charged with one count of Theft by Deception (M3).

Buchsenschultz was previously charged in January with scamming two men with the same ruse for $60.00 on Pusher Siding Road.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To West Academy Street

At 4:04 PM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance was called to West Academy Street for a fall victim with a laceration.

Two Injured In Friday Crash South Of Port Allegany

Eldred/Emporium Residents Injured In Crash
The sister of an Eldred woman who died in a fiery crash October 24, 2012 in Clover Township, Jefferson County, was flown by Mercyflight to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo after the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier in which she was a passenger crashed on Rt. 155 south of Port Allegany Friday at 6:12 PM.

Kristen M. Stahli, 22, an Eldred native, listed on the police report as being from Johnsonburg, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by John P. Richards, 31, of Emporium, PA.She was lifeflighted to ECMC.

Richards was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport for treatment of his injuries. 

Trooper Leslie Barr, who investigated, was unable to say how badly either victim was injured. Neither victim was wearing a seat belt. People at the scene who saw the wrecked car said they were surprised anyone survived the crash.

Kristen Stahli was also listed as the victim of an assault at 3:45 AM on Friday morning in another police report from State Police in Emporium. That report by Trooper Michael W. Smith at Emporium, said that Stahli was assaulted byJames Clinger, 20, of Emporium, PA at 226 W. 4th Street in Emporium Boro. Clinger is charged with Simple Assault. Stahli suffered minor injuries in that incident.

Trooper Barr said the crash occurred as the red Chevy Cavalier was traveling north on Rt. 155 when Richards lost control of the vehicle. It crossed the southbound lane and continued north along the west roadside where it struck an embankment and overturned onto it's roof, coming to rest along the west roadside. 

Richards will be cited for Driving Vehicle At Safe Speed. Travelers reported the roadway was very slippery at the time of the crash. The area had received about an inch of snow Friday afternoon. 

Stahli's sister, Kelsey Stahli, died in a violent fiery crash on October 24, 2012 in Jefferson County, along with two other occupants of that car.

Port Allegany and Roulette Fire Departments and Port Allegany and Roulette EMS, along with Medic 16 and Medic 6 extricated the victims from the vehicle and transported to the hospital and to a landing zone next to the VFW, a short distance from the crash scene at the intersection with Roosevelt Avenue in Liberty Township. PennDOT also assisted at the scene.

Jack Alviti, 84, of 657 West Corydon Street, Bradford, PA

Jack Alviti, 84, a loving husband, father and grandfather, of 657 West Corydon Street, Bradford, PA, passed away Friday, January 25, 2013, at Bradford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

Rose M. Varone, 87, of Bradford, PA

Rose M. Varone
Rose M. Varone, 87, of Bradford, PA, went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on December 4, 1925, the daughter of the late Alfred and Josephine Minucci Rizzo.

On June 21, 1953 in Naples, Italy, she married Philip Varone; who preceded her in death on August 28, 1985.

She was a 1943 graduate of the St. Bernard High School.

She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church; where she volunteered for various church functions.

She owned and ran her own Beauty Shop out of her home for a number of years and she also had been a Nurse’s Aide at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center for a time.

She is survived by two sons, Philip (Barbara) Varone, Greenville, TX, Anthony Varone, Lewis Run, one daughter, Freda Carletta, Bradford, one brother, Louis (Martha) Rizzo, Lewis Run, four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by one brother, Leo Rizzo.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant.

Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her memory can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

Head On Crash On Rt. 275 In Richburg

Head On Crash On Rt. 275 In Richburg
At 2:22 PM on Saturday, Bolivar and Richburg Fire Septs. have been dispatched to a 2 vehicle head on crash in front of 3097 Rt. 275 near the Pangburn Road.

Fun Times At 11th Annual Winterfest In Roulette

Vehicle Fire W/Exposure In Johnsonburg

Address: 120 HARRISON AVE
1/26/2013 1:45:07 PM

Friday, January 25, 2013

11th Annual Winterfest At Kaple's Farm on Main Street In Roulette

File photo
 Southern Tier Polaris donating trophy Best of Show.
People's Choice

Rollover Crash In St. Marys On Bucktail Road

1/25/2013 11:18:34 PM

Police Investigating Sexual Assault Of 4 Year Old Girl In Genesee Township

The sexual assault of a known 4 year old female at a residence in Genesee Township, that is believed to have occurred between 7-15-2012 and 8-15-2012, is the subject of an ongoing investigation by Pennsylvania State Police in Coudersport according to a news release today by Trooper Chad E. Savannah.

Police Investigating An Internet Pet Scam

State Police are investigating a Theft by Deception internet scam that beat a Harrison Township woman out of $479.00.

Trooper Gerg of the Coudersport barracks, reports that the 35 year old woman was looking for a puppy online and observed an ad on a website for a free Siberian Husky puppy. She made an agreement with the alleged owner and eventually was scammed out of $479.00.

The investigatiion is ongoing.

Pennsylvania State Police wants the public to be aware of thei internet pet scam and urges that the public not wire transfer money to an overseas location involving a pet purchase. 

Roulette Ambulance To Main Street

At 9:04 pm on Friday, Roulette Ambulance & Medic 6 have been dispatched to the 100 block of Main Street for a possible diabetic emergency.

Mutual Aid To Woodhull For Garage Fire

Elkland and Osceola have been requested to send tankers and manpower to 6120 Herrington Road in Woodhull for a garage fire there.

MVA On I-86 In Allegany

MVA On I-86 In Allegany
At 8:03 PM on Friday, MVA reported in Allegany, NY on the eastbound lane of Interstate 86, just past exit 24.

MVA In Front of McDonalds In Coudersport

MVA In Front of McDonalds In Coudersport
At 7:57 PM on Friday, Coudersport Dept. 48 and Medic 6 have been dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in front of McDonalds in Coudersport. Report 3 vehicles, 1 injury.

Structure Fire In Machias

Structure Fire In Machias
At 7:54 PM on Friday, Olean Medic 10 has been dispatched to 9380 Rt. 16 in Machias at the scene of a structure fire there.


Gab Halal Foods, a Troy, Mich. retail store, is recalling approximately 550 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium

01/25/2013 10:59 PM EST
Advance Pierre Foods, an Enid, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,200 pounds of chicken fried chicken breasts that may contain small pieces of metal.

Rollover Crash With Injuries & Entrapment South Of Port Allegany

Rollover Crash With Injuries & Entrapment
At 6:22 PM on Friday, Port Allegany Fire Rescue and Ambulance, Medic 16,  along with Roulette Ambulance  and Medic 6 to a rollover crash on Rt. 155 South of Port Allegany at Roosevelt Avenue. Report 2 persons injured with entrapment.
6:50 PM-Medic 6 on scene
7:00--pm-2nd person extricated
7:03 PM-Roulette Ambulance en route to Charles Cole Hospital 

Howard R. Thompson, 89, of Clarendon, PA

Howard R. Thompson, 89, of Clarendon, PA. died Thursday evening, January 24, 2013 at the Warren Manor Nursing Home.

He was born May 17, 1923 in Warren, PA to the late Dewey and Ella Bradway Thompson. 

Howard was a longtime resident of Clarendon and a 1941 graduate of Youngsville High School. Howard had served with the U.S. Army during World War II as Technical Sergeant, serving with the 3rd Infantry Regiment, serving in Northern France. He earned a American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal. He was entered into the WWII Memorial Registry of Remembrance.

He was employed with former National Forge Co., as a general foreman retiring after 43 years service.

He was a former member of St. Clara’s R.C. Church and a member of their former parish council and a member of St. Anthony of Peduca R.C. Church, Tiona, PA. where he served as a commentator. Knights of Columbus member. Served as Past Commander of the Clarendon V.F.W. Post 314 and treasurer of the Clarendon V.F.W. Home Association, a member of the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department, past secretary of the Clarendon Borough Council. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his 4 children – Candy Wescott of Youngsville, PA., Robert Thompson and wife, Mary of Pittsburgh, PA., Penny Moore and husband, Don of Warren, PA., Kerry Thompson of Clarendon, PA., 10 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Christina R. Pusateri Thompson who died August 15, 2008 whom he married August 14, 1943, 2 Sisters – Edna Hultman, Marilyn Jordan, 3 Brothers – Ronald, Bob and his twin brother, Harold Thompson.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. where a vigil service will be conducted at Sunday at 3:45 P.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Monday, January 28, 2013 at St. Joseph R.C. Church at 10:00 A.M. by Fr. Richard J. Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum of the Ascension in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery where full military honors will be conducted by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield V.F.W. funeral honor guards and the U.S. Army personnel. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016 or the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department,

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Cindy Lou Brown Horner, 49, of Panama, N.Y. and formerly of Warren, PA

Cindy Lou Brown Horner, 49, of Panama, N.Y. and formerly of Warren, PA. died at her residence, Thursday evening, January 24, 2013. 

She was born August 15, 1963 in Warren, PA. and was a 1981 graduate of Eisenhower High School. She has resided for the past 3 years in Panama and resided most of her life in the Sugar Grove, PA. area. 

She was a lifelong animal lover, she enjoyed gardening and was very artistic. Cindy Lou was a member of the Starbrick Community Church and will be missed be all who knew her.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Siliano Highhouse and her stepfather, Fred Highhouse of Starbrick, PA., 4 Children – Scott Brown and wife, Wanda of Pittsburgh, PA., Sean Brown, Shane Horner, Austin Horner all of Sugar Grove, PA., 2 Sisters – Carol McMillen of Warren, PA., Cathy Ostrom of Ashville, N.Y., several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

She was preceded in death by her father, Glen McMillen, 1 Brother – Chris L. McMillen.

Friends may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 6 to 8 P.M. when a funeral and committal service will be conducted at 8:00 P.M. by Rev. Donald Wells, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park. 

Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Paws Along the River, 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA. 16365 or a charity of one’s choice. 

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

Cole Memorial Confirms Non-Usage of Insulin Pens

Cole Memorial Confirms Non-Usage of Insulin Pens

Coudersport, PA-- This week, news agencies are reporting that a second western New York hospital is notifying their diabetic patients about potential exposure to blood-borne pathogens from the improper re-usage of insulin pens at their healthcare organizations.

“In response to questions we have received from the community, we have validated that we do not utilize insulin pens at Cole Memorial,” said Cynthia Hardesty, CNO and vice president of Clinical Operations at Cole Memorial. “They are not something that we stock in our pharmacy.”

We would also advise our patients who use insulin pens at home of the following ways to prevent the risk of infection:
• Insulin pens containing multiple doses of insulin are meant for use on a single person only, and should never be used for more than one person, even when the needle is changed.
• The owner of the pen should use a new needle for each injection.
• Keep needles away from children and pets.
• Do not place needles in the trash. Dispose of all medical needles in a puncture resistant “sharps” container that may be received from pharmacies, medical supply stores or other suppliers. Take full containers to a proper drop-off site or send to a medical mail back service.

Additional information about this subject is located at
or the PA Department of Health’s site at

One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 248 In Willing

One Vehicle Crash On Rt. 248 In Willing
At 4:00 PM on Friday,  Willing and Wellsville have been dispatched to a MVA in front of 21`99 Rt. 248 in the Town of Willing.

MVA On Rt. 15 N, South of Rt. 49 Exit

MVA On Rt. 15 N, South of Rt. 49 Exit
At 3:55 PM on Friday, Lawrenceville, Tioga ans Lindley, NY have been dispatched to Rt. 15 northbound, south of the Rt.49 exit for an MVA.

Michael Wennin To Present "Wood on Glass" At Sinnemahoning State Park On February 2nd

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

1:00 PM - Big Woods and Box Cameras: 
The Technique and Equipment of
“Wood on Glass”

Sinnemahoning State Park is pleased to host Michael Wennin, Executive Director of the Lumber Heritage Region, who will present a program about the “Wood on Glass” Exhibit at the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning on Saturday, February 2, at 1:00 PM.

“Wood on Glass,” an exhibit on display at the Wildlife Center through February 28th, 2013, consists of photographs by little known and long forgotten itinerant photographer William T. Clarke (1859-1930), a Rochester, NY native who chronicled the lumber industry and its dramatic impact on north central Pennsylvania during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Clarke’s evocative legacy is showcased in “Wood on Glass” with custom prints made from glass plate negatives, most now housed at the Pennsylvania State Archives and others in private hands.

In addition, Mr. Wennin will explain the workings of a 1901 Korona Dry Plate Camera- the process used by Clarke to take these exquisite photographs.

This is the only planned venue in Cameron County to display the exhibit as the collection tours around the region, so do not missed this opportunity to see the collection.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks: (888) PA-PARKS (voice), (888) 537-7294 (TTY), (717) 558-2711 (local or international TTY), (800) 654-5984 (PA AT&T Relay Service). With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs. For more information visit our web site at

Fire/Waterflow Alarm At AM&T in St. Marys

Address: 441 HALL AVE, Morgan A M & T
Cross Streets: 4TH ST * JOHN ST

1/25/2013 3:46:22 PM


Fire Police Dispatched To Crash On Rt. 6 East Of Roulette

Vehicle Crash East of Roulette
At 3:35 PM on Friday, Fire Police have been dispatched for traffic control at a motor vehicle accident on Route 6, 1/4 mile east Roulette. Port Allegany Ambulance is on scene reporting no injuries.

Severe Weather Alerts in effect for much of Central PA


Vehicle On Roof On Route 249 In Westfield Township

At 3:19 PM on Friday, Westfield,Clymer and Medic 1 have been dispatched to this accident. Vehicle is reported on it's roof.

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Road

At 2:51 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been called to Honeoye Road for a woman to go to CCMH.

MVA On Rt. 646 In Keating Township

MVA On Rt. 646 In Keating Township
At 2:51 pm on Friday, emergency responders have been dispatched to Route 646 in Keating Township, 1/4 mile before Route 59 for a vehicle crash. Vehicle off the roadwaay, one elderly occupant, possibly not injured. No entrapment.

Eleanor M. 'Squirt' Carpenter, 84, formerly of 183 East Main St., Bradford, a resident of Wellsboro PA,

Eleanor M. 'Squirt' Carpenter, 84, formerly of 183 East Main St., Bradford, a resident of Wellsboro PA, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.

Born June 19, 1929 in Minia, she was a daughter of the late Frederick M. and Susie (Martindale) Troutman.
She attended Bradford Schools.
She worked for Bradford Regional Medical Center, and was a waitress at the Congress Street Diner and Nick's Red Hots.

She is survived by three brothers, Tony Troutman, of Wellsboro, Bill Troutman, of Clarence, NY, and Gary Troutman, of Roulette; five grandchildren, Rhonda Colts, Robin Perez, Jessica Lynn Baker, Robert Joseph "Bob" Baker and Ryan Joseph Baker, five great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Irwin Joseph "Joe" Baker, five brothers, Mayhlon Troutman, Claire Troutman, Medford Troutman, Guernie "Joe" Troutman, and Neil Troutman, and one sister, Marion Baker.

Friends are invited to call Tuesday January 29, 2013, from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., at which time funeral services will be held at 1:00pm with Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Winter Weather Expected through Monday; Motorists Advised to Monitor Conditions


Austin Police Seek Information On Missing Person

Austin Police Seek Information On Missing Person
I would like to thank everyone for their tips today. Scott Butler has been located and is OK. Again thanks.

Chief Kyle Day
Austin Borough Police

Fish & Boat Commission Presents Inaugural Resource First Award

Commission Presents Inaugural Resource First Award
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 25) – As part of its quarterly business meeting held here Wednesday and Thursday, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) presented various awards to staff and partners. (Photo captions appear below.)
Inaugural Resource First Award
Before the start of Wednesday evening’s trout seminar, Executive Director John Arway presented the agency’s inaugural Resource First Award to Rod Cross, a resident of Chambersburg, Franklin County. (Photo, from left - Judy Cross, Board President Steve Ketterer, Rod Cross, Executive Director John Arway)
“Rod is committed to conservation ethics, youth education, habitat improvement, partnerships and, most of all, to the resource,” said Arway. “He has devoted his life to partnering with and leading conservation groups for the improvement and protection of natural resources—both for public recreation and the environment. The Commission is honored to recognize Rod and to present him with the inaugural Resource First award.”
During a seven-year term as president of Pennsylvania’s Falling Spring Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Mr. Cross helped to secure $1 million in grant money to overhaul four half-mile sections of Falling Spring Branch near Chambersburg, Franklin County. He has served as operations director for the Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, for 16 years, and previously he helped found a TU chapter in western Pennsylvania.
In 2012, Rod was acknowledged for his conservation service and volunteerism by becoming one of Field & Stream’s selected finalists in its “Heroes of Conservation” national recognition program. 
“Rod Cross is the kind of individual who keeps the outdoor sports alive and thriving for all us,” said Field & Stream Executive Editor Mike Toth. “Not only is he making Pennsylvania a better place for sportsmen now, he also is working to create and nurture more sportsmen for tomorrow.”
Among his many achievements, Rod is most proud of his leadership in operating the Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp. 
“The resource starts to make sense for these kids, and they get fired up about fishing and the health of the earth,” he said.
At the start of Thursday’s formal business meeting, Director Arway presented several additional awards.
Lifesaving Award
Executive Director Arway presented a Lifesaving Award to PFBC employee Russell “Rusty” Rupp for heroic efforts. On June 11, 2012, Rusty assisted Pennsylvania State Police during a fatal accident in Penn Township, Cumberland County. Russell helped a man who had a severe arm injury, saving the man’s arm and his life. Through the turmoil of the accident, he took the initiative to help the injured. Rusty is a seasonal employee at the PFBC’s maintenance area in Lancaster County. (Photo, below, from left - Tom Kocher, PFBC Area 4 Maintence Manager; Rusty Rupp; Fred Keeney, Assistant Chief of Construction and Maintenance; Executive Director John Arway; Board President Steve Ketterer)
2012 Regional Dam Safety Award
The PFBC’s Engineering Section received the 2012 Northeast Regional Award of Merit from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). The section includes PFBC employees Gerald Woomer, Jason Anderson, and Paul Urbanik and former employee Jack Rokavec. Each year the ASDSO selects one candidate from each of its four regions across the country to receive its Regional Award of Merit. ASDSO’s Northeast Region is comprised of 11 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. The award is given to individuals, companies, organizations, municipalities, or other entities working in the dam safety field that have made outstanding contributions to dam safety on a regional level. The award was formally presented in September during the association’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado. (Photo, from left - Paul Urbanik, Executive Director John Arway, Gerald Woomer, Jason Alexander, Board President Steve Ketterer, Jack Rokavec, Deputy Director of Field Operations Andy Shiels)
“Wave of Excellence” Award
In keeping with Executive Director Arway’s interest in recognizing a job well done, the PFBC in July created a new employee recognition award entitled the “Wave of Excellence.” The award allows employees to recognize other employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in performing their work or who have provided extraordinary customer service.
“I am pleased to announce that Teresa Erdman is the second recipient to receive the Wave of Excellence Award or the ‘WE’ Award,” Arway said. “Teresa was nominated by a fellow co-worker and the first recipient of the award, Amos Ferguson. Teresa is known to put ‘we’ - the PFBC - above ‘me.’” Teresa works in the Executive Office at the Harrisburg headquarters.
As winner of the “Wave of Excellence” Award, Teresa will be permitted to keep the award for six months before passing it on. The Pennsylvania brook trout sculpture is extremely unique and was specially designed by local artist Brad Gebhart. The base is made of blue river rock and is meant to simulate a brook trout swimming in water. (Photo, from left - Amos Ferguson, Teresa Erdman, Board President Steve Ketterer, Executive Director John Arway)
Pennsylvania Angler & Boater Confluence Award
Linda and Bob Steiner are the recipients of the second Pennsylvania Angler & Boater Confluence Award. This award recognizes contributors to the magazine who have exhibited a long-term commitment to promoting recreational fishing or boating within the pages of the magazine and beyond.
Linda Steiner’s start as a contributor to Pennsylvania Angler predates Bob's. Her pen-and-ink drawing of a jumping trout was published in June 1972. Bob Steiner's first article for Pennsylvania Angler magazine was published in June 1973.  It was entitled, "When Johnny Came Marching Home" and was about a young Vietnam War veteran who returns home, but doesn't feel truly "home" until he goes wild brook trout fishing. Linda illustrated the article.
Bob and Linda co-authored "Once a year, every year, at Tidioute-Fishing is King," an article with photos about the "state champion" fishing contest, for the September 1976 issue. Linda's first single-author article, with illustrations, was "The Beginning Fly Tyer's Bane." It was published in the March 1979. Linda also wrote the Commission’s "Pennsylvania Fishes” book.
Bob started working for the Fish Commission in 1972, as a fish culturist in the salmon program, and in 1974 went into law enforcement. He contributed numerous "Notes from the Streams" during his tenure as a Waterways Conservation Officer.
Both Bob and Linda have received award recognition for their photos and their writing in the Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazine, from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

Coudersport Ambulance To North Main Street

At 2:04 PM on Friday, Coudersport Ambulance and Medic 6 have been called to North Main Street near the Courthouse for a person in a vehicle having difficulty breathing.

Committee Approves Tax Easing Legislation

Committee Approves Tax Easing Legislation
Rep. Causer
The House Finance Committee approved legislation this week aimed at easing the tax burden on Pennsylvania small business owners. 

House Bill 48 would eliminate the Pennsylvania inheritance tax on assets of family-owned business enterprises transferred upon death to other family members. People who inherit a family business are sometimes forced to sell it off because of the substantial inheritance tax burden, and this law would help keep that from happening. 

This is an important step in our ongoing efforts to promote the creation and retention of jobs and to make the Commonwealth more business friendly.

Causer Outlines Priorities For Hunting And Fishing In Pennsylvania

Outlining Priorities for the House Game and Fisheries Committee

PA Representative Martin Causer recently was named chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee. Here’s a preview of some of the issues he plans to address in the 2013-14 legislative session.

Army Spec. Shawn J. Foster has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

Army Spec. Shawn J. Foster has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training
and advanced individual training (AIT). During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.

During AIT, the soldier completed the military police specialist course to acquire skills to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations
The trainee performed as a team member in support of battlefield operations, installation law and order operations and security of Army resources and installations.
Additional training included providing peacetime support to the military community through security of resources, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order.

Foster is the son of Susan Foster of Route 417, Bolivar, and William Foster of Richburg.
He is a 2007 graduate of Bolivar Richburg High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from Houghton College.

Blossburg Water Is Safe/Conservation Urged

Bloss water is safe for now

by Jason Przybycien 
Wellsboro Gazette
UPDATE 12:45 - Borough Manager George Lloyd says the Blossburg Municipal Authority's current water source, a well near the Rod & Gun Club, is free from mercury. The Department of Environmental Protection is allowing Blossburg to lift the water advisory, but Lloyd asks that customers in Blossburg and Hamilton conserve water until the main source, the Bellman Filter Plant, is back online. 

Read more at Wellsboro Gazette...

One Vehicle MVA At Bottom Of James City Hill

One Vehicle MVA At Bottom Of James City Hill
At 12:46 PM on Friday, Kane Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to a one vehicle crash at the bottom of James City Hill. Unknown injuries or entrapment.



PENNVEST, DEP Announce First 2013 Nutrient Credit Trading Auction

PENNVEST, DEP Announce First 2013 Nutrient Credit Trading Auction

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection announced today they will host an auction March 20, 2013, for the sale and purchase of nutrient credits in the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds.

The auction, intended to encourage and facilitate the trading of nutrient credits, will be a “forward” auction, where certified credits will be sold at auction; delivered later; and applied to 2013 and future compliance years. It will afford wastewater treatment plants in the two watersheds the opportunity to purchase credits to meet their nitrogen and phosphorus discharge limits for the compliance years.

DEP’s nutrient credit trading program provides a cost-effective way for facilities that are subject to nitrogen and phosphorus limits to meet those limits by working with other facilities, non-point sources or both.

PENNVEST has chosen Markit Inc. to provide the platform for enrollment and eligibility, auctions and registry services. For more information, visit Markit Inc. at

PENNVEST anticipates charging buyers and sellers 2.5 cents per credit to offset administrative costs.

For more information, visit and click on “nutrient credit trading” on the left side of the page, or call Robert Boos at 717-783-4493 (PENNVEST) or Veronica Kasi at 717-772-4053 (DEP).

Northern Potter 41 - Port Allegany 19

Aaron Olney drives to the bucket against Port Allegany.

Photos Courtesy Of Paul Burdick
Paul Burdick Sports Images Phone (H) - 814-274-8772                               (C) - 814-598-7915

Boys basketball

Boys basketball
Northern Potter vs Port Allegany
JV 27-50 Varsity 41-19

Photos Courtesy Of Leo Szczesny

Correction For Potter County Historical Society

Would you please post the following correction to our Sunday quarterly meeting.

The program for the Potter Co. Historical Society’s quarterly meeting on January 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm will be “THE STUCKEY-PERREN Site” A Mystery in the South Woods.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you there for this interesting topic. David Castano, president, will be presenting a talk on the above. In late Februry of 2011 the Historical Society was contacted by Oren Stuckey of Costello, PA, inquiring about a section of woodlands along a hillside in South Woods. The site had at least a dozen stone piles, neatly stacked, containing 30 to 40 field stones each.

Hunters, foresters and woodsmen have known of their existence for at least one hundred years.

The Historical society, through maps, genealogy and notes from on-site research will present some theories on the site’s history and the origin of these manmade cairns. Light refreshments will be available after the meeting. Even though you are not a member we urge visitors to attend our meetings.

A thank you goes out to Bryan and Linda Perrin for this correction.

Andover Firefighters Checking Out Possible Structure Fire

Possible Structure Fire
At 11:37 AM on Friday, Andover Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to 3 Fairview Avenue for a possible structure fire. Caller reports smelling something burning in the residence.

Fun, Food And Trophies At 11th Annual Winterfest & Vintage Snowmobile Show Saturday In Roulette, Potter County, PA

Jim Coast Sales & Service donating trophy for 1977-1981

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Wanted For Emporium, PA

Rollover Crash With Injuries On I-86 Near Almond

Rollover Crash On I-86 With Injuries
At 12:23 AM on Friday, Almond Fire Dept. has been dispatched to a one vehicle rollover crash on I-86 in the Eastbound lane, at the Almond/West Almond town line. 2 passengers in the vehicle are injured.

Sagewood Seeking Candidates In McKean & Potter County

Check Out Hazel's For Good Buys On Used Vehicles

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Smethport Fire Call False Alarm

A fire call at 11:28 PM on Thursday in Smethport for a possible structure fire on West Main Street was a false alarm. There was no fire found.

DEP Issues Violations For Drillers

PA Permit Violation Issued to Arg Resources Inc in Highland Twp, Elk County

Administrative violation issued on 2013-01-17 to Arg Resources Inc in Highland Twp, Elk county. 78.60B - Tophole water discharged improperly
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Xto Energy Inc in Chapman Twp, Clinton County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-01-14 to Xto Energy Inc in Chapman Twp, Clinton county. SWMA301 - Failure to properly store, transport, process or dispose of a residual waste.
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Permit Violation Issued to Remington Capital Holdings Inc in Keating Twp, McKean County

Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2013-01-22 to Remington Capital Holdings Inc in Keating Twp, McKean county. 102.4 - Failure to minimize accelerated erosion, implement E&S plan, maintain E&S controls. Failure to stabilize site until total site restoration under OGA Sec 206(c)(d)
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

The above SkyTruth Alerts incidents have been reported in your selected geographical area since the last update was sent.

Automatic Fire Alarm On Monmorenci Road

Cross Streets: DAY ST * COMMONS LN
1/24/2013 10:14:08 PM


State Police Probing Child Pornography

Investigation of a child pornography incident 
 at a Canada Hollow Road address in the Shinglehouse, PA, area is continuing.

Trooper Bryan Uhl, said the incident occurred on Tuesday at 8:00 pm and involved a known 16 year old male juvenile who sent a sexual image to a known 16 year old female juvenile.


16 Year Old Unhurt In Sharon Township Crash

A known 16 year old girl was not injured in a crash at the intersection of Plank Road and Wheeler Hill Road in Sharon Township on Wednesday at 3:00 PM.

Trooper Bryan Uhl said the crash occurred as the 16 year old was traveling west on Plank Road negotiating a right hand curve, when she suddenly lost control of her vehicle. The 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo went into a counterclockwise spin and impacted a traffic sign. Trooper Uhl said the juvenile will be cited for Driving Vehicle at Safe Speed in District Court 55-4-01.


01/24/2013 09:28 PM EST
Stallings Head Cheese Co., Inc., a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling 4,700 pounds of hog head cheese that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

01/24/2013 11:17 PM EST
Jouni Meats, Inc., a Sterling Heights, Mich. retail store, is recalling approximately 500 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium

WESB Reports Drug Arrests In Bradford

Several Bradford residents were arraigned today for allegedly selling a variety of drugs.

38-year-old Timothy Kloss allegedly sold 30.7 grams of marijuana to a confidential informant on one occasion in May, and 28.1 grams in another incident a couple of days later.

38-year-old Anita Hubbart is accused of selling fake Ecstasy and cocaine to a confidential informant with the McKean County Drug Task Force back in April, and of selling 34 dihydrocodeine pills to a confidential informant in September of 2011.

51-year-old Daniel Skaggs is accused of selling Dilaudid pills to an informant in July and August on Pike and West Washington streets.

40-year-old Randy Lee Gourley is accused of delivering seven methadone pills to an informant in September at the Hotel Holley. 
31-year-old Amber McKinney allegedly sold Ritalin pills in August at a Bank Street home.
 30-year-old Steven Devitt allegedly delivered marijuana to an informant in June on Elm Street.

McKinney is jailed in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. The others are free on bail. They are all scheduled for preliminary hearings on January 31.

Blossburg Water Authority Says-Don't Drink The Water

Bloss has elevated mercury in water; borough to use auxiliary source

 Wellsboro Gazette
The Blossburg Water Authority, in conjunction with Blossburg Borough and Hamilton Township, is notifying all customers that elevated levels of mercury were discovered in routine water sampling.

Samples on Thursday, Jan. 24, showed mercury at 0.0038 mg/L, exceeding the EPA health advisory level of 0.002 mg/L. According to EPA, consuming water that contains a contaminant above this health advisory level may be a serious health concern and consumers may incur kidney damage even if the water is drank for a relatively short period of time. Read more at the Wellsboro Gazette

Snowfall Forecast For Friday Afternoon & Evening

Here's the latest snowfall forecast for tomorrow. This will be a light, fluffy snow with low water content. Most the snow will fall over just a few hours during the afternoon or very early evening.

Tractor Trailer Fire Closed I-80 For 4 Hours On January 16th

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Coudersport Ambulance To North East Street

At 6:49 PM on Thursday, Coudersport Ambulance  and Medic 6 have been dispatched to North East Street for a medical emergency.

Teen Not Hurt When Vehicle HIts Porch While Adjusting Heat

An Emporium teenager was unhurt when the 2003 Volkswagen Passat he was driving on Nickler Road went off the road and struck the front porch of a residence.

Damien A. Barton, 19, of Emporium, PA, was traveling south on Nickler Road when he became distracted when he looked down to adjust the heat at 12:55 AM on January 12, 2013. His vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck the front porch at 87 Nickler Road. The vehicle then traveled west across Nickler Road where it came to final rest. 

Trooper Craig Heim said damage to the front porch and the vehicle was minor. He's citing Barton for Careless Driving.

Criminal Mischief To Vehicle At Lakeview Motel

Unknown actor(s) damaged a vehicle at the Lakeview Motel on Rt. 872 in Grove Township, Cameron County.

Trooper Eric Farabaugh said the criminal mischief occurred between 4:30 PM on January 16 and 4:30 PM on January 17, 2013. A total estimate of damage is not known at this time. Anyone with any information relative to this crime are encouraged to contact the PSP at Emporium at 814-486-3321.


Address: 103 SONGER LN
Cross Streets: OLD PORTAGE RD

1/24/2013 5:16:39 PM


C&N Declares Dividend

C&N Declares Dividend

WELLSBORO, PA - Directors of Citizens & Northern Corporation, parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank, have declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share. The record date is February 4, 2013 and it is payable on February 15, 2013 to shareholders of record. The amount is increased from the previous dividend of $0.24 per share, which was paid in November, 2012.

Declaration of the dividend was made at the January 24, 2013 meeting of the C&N Board of Directors.

Citizens & Northern Corporation is the parent company of Citizens & Northern Bank. Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices throughout Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, Potter, McKean, Steuben, Sullivan and Tioga Counties. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at The Corporation’s stock is listed on NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Jacqueline L. Belliveau, 48, of 179 Jackson Ave, Bradford PA

Jacqueline L. Belliveau, 48, of 179 Jackson Ave., passed away, Wednesday, January 23rd, at her residence.

Born May 23, 1964, she was a daughter of Harold D. Skaggs of Bradford and Grace Skaggs of Olean.

Ms. Belliveau attended Bradford Area Schools and the Bolivar Drive Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with family, camping, and the outdoors.

She is survived by her longtime companion, Bruce Bielat, with whom she resided, a daughter, Paige (Kody) Belliveau-Clark, of Bradford, a son, Jeremy Belliveau, of Bradford, two sisters, Verda Ott, Sharon Skaggs, one step sister Karen Beckwith, two brothers, Daniel Skaggs, Sr., Harold D. Skaggs, Jr., one step brother Harold K. Skaggs. 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 11:00 to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St. at which time funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00pm, with Rev. Max Miller, pastor, of the Bradford Area Parish officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA ,PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

Susanne M. Dilker Gray, 68, of Sugar Grove, PA.

Susanne M. Dilker Gray, 68, of Sugar Grove, PA. died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at her residence. 

She was born June 11, 1944 in Sugar Grove, PA. to the late Byron and Ethel Fiscus Dilker.
Susanne was a longtime resident of Sugar Grove, PA. and was a graduate of Eisenhower High School. She was very artistic.

She is survived by 3 Daughters – Charlene Gray of Tidioute, PA., Christine Donahue and husband, Michael Sean, of Youngsville, PA., Connie Gray, 2 Grandchildren – Maria and Michael Donahue of Youngsville, PA., 5 Siblings – Kay Dilker of Holland, N.Y., Douglas Dilker and wife, Marlene of Bemus Point, N.Y., Sally Pillittieri of Flagler Beach, FL., Jean O’Shell and husband, Dewey of Palm Coast, FL., Byron “Bobby” Dilker of Jamestown, N.Y.,
Longtime friends, Vincent and Lanna Baran of Sugar Grove, PA.
several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 Brothers – Chuck and Denny Dilker.

A private memorial service will be conducted at the convenience of the family at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc.


I'll say it again

Good by old friend
You’ve got gas
With this disease
You can not last

100 years ago
you gave us your pine
your hemlock and even some oil
Somehow you survived
Though we scared your soils.
This country was built from your uncommon wealth.
With no regard for your beauty or your health

You brought forth great hardwoods that loomed
Generating jobs with a second timber boom.
We have finally learned sustainable ways
To harvest your timber for years to come
Although some still to practice harvesting dumb

We’ve sunk our plow deep in your soil
Harvested crops from your hillsides and flats
Poisoned your water to accomplish that.

You’re an uncommon lady with riches abound
But now they have discovered gas in the ground
They are pumping poison deep in your bowels
For profits untold and good jobs for all are gold diggers howl

The poison comes back to the top with a gush
And down your valley and rivers the poison will rush
When it’s all over and the butchers a gone
I’m afraid this time you won’t last long

With out a doubt I will go first
But you old friend will suffer the worst
Your death will be slow it will not be fast


Possible Structure Fire In Bradford on Williams Street

Possible Structure Fire In Bradford
At 3:51 PM on Thursday, Bradford City Firefighters have been dispatched to 158 Williams Street for a possible structure fire. Caller reports smoke in the structure.

Structure Fire Dispatched In Deerfield Township


Knoxville Fire Sept. and Valley Ambulance have been dispatched to Grandview Lane for a report of a structure fire. Flames & smoke are showing. Some callers reporting a house fire, some reporting a shed. Westfield has also responded.

Stanley G. Black, 78, of 93 Derrick Road, Bradford, PA

Stanley G. Black
Stanley G. Black, 78, of 93 Derrick Road, Bradford, PA, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born July 10, 1934 in Derrick City, he was a son of the late Augustus E. and Caroline (Clark) Black.

On September 2, 1972 in Bradford, he married Shirley (Cicerello) Black, who survives.

He was a 1953 graduate of Bradford High School.

He enlisted in the United States Navy on June 10, 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1956. He then enlisted in United States Air Force and served until he retired as a Master Sargent on February 28, 1977. During his military career, he served in the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts.

After his retirement from the military, he worked for the Bradford Township Police Department, and later was the Operations Manager for Loomis Armored, Inc. in Tucson, AZ.

He was a member of the American Legion, The V.F.W. and the Eagle's Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Verlin L. (Shirley K.) Black, of Bradford, Donald J. Black, of Melbourne, FL and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Black and two sisters, Berna Jean Reynolds and Florence Updegrove.

Friends are invited to call from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, Monday, January 28, 2013 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 11:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 Noon in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as Celebrant. Full military honors will be accorded outside the church following the Mass. Burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the American Legion, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at

DEP Announces Comprehensive Oil and Gas Development Radiation Study

DEP Announces Comprehensive Oil and Gas Development Radiation Study

HARRISBURG -- At the direction of Governor Corbett, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today it will undertake a study to look at naturally occurring levels of radioactivity in by-products associated with oil and natural gas development. 
In the coming weeks, DEP will seek a peer review of its study plan and begin to sample and analyze the naturally occurring radioactivity levels in flowback waters, treatment solids and drill cuttings, as well as associated matters such as the transportation, storage and disposal of drilling wastes.

DEP routinely reviews radioactivity data in wastes the oil and natural gas industry and other industries generate, and the information the agency has obtained to date indicates very low levels of natural radioactivity. This study, which is expected to take 12 to 14 months, is aimed at ensuring that public health and the environment continue to be protected.

“This administration is undertaking what will be the most comprehensive study of its kind anywhere, and Gov. Corbett has directed us to do so in order to be proactive for the future and to continue Pennsylvania’s leadership in responsible development of domestic natural gas resources,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “This thorough and rigorous study, which will focus on conditions here in Pennsylvania, is further demonstration that states are best suited to responsibly oversee the natural gas exploration and production activities taking place in our respective borders.

“DEP’s current regulations and monitoring networks are designed to protect the public from exposure to unsafe levels of radiation, and our regulations in this field have led the nation for years,” Krancer said.
The agency will collect samples of flowback water, rock cuttings, treatment solids and sediments at well pads and wastewater treatment and waste disposal facilities. The study will also analyze the radioactivity levels in pipes and well casings, storage tanks, treatment systems and trucks.

Throughout the study, DEP will provide progress reports to its water, waste, radiation and citizens’ advisory councils.

Pennsylvania is the only state that requires through regulation that landfills monitor for radiation levels in the incoming wastes. Should waste trigger a radiation monitor, the landfill must use a conservative and highly protective protocol that DEP developed to determine if the amount and concentration of the radioactive material can be accepted. This protocol ensures that the materials, such as Marcellus Shale drill cuttings and other sources of naturally occurring radiation in the waste stream, do not pose a risk to public health during disposal.

Drill cuttings and other materials associated with oil and gas have occasionally triggered radiation monitors at landfills. DEP’s data indicates that less than half a percent of all drill cuttings produced by the Marcellus Shale industry in 2012 that were disposed of in landfills triggered radiation monitors. The cuttings did not contain levels of radioactivity that would be harmful to the public, and they were safely disposed of in the landfills.

In 2011, DEP announced the results of in-stream radiation water quality monitoring for seven rivers in Pennsylvania. The monitors were placed downstream of treatment plants that had been discharging treated Marcellus Shale wastewater, a now defunct practice as a direct result of DEP’s call to industry to cease delivery of wastewater to plants that were not equipped to fully treat it. The in-stream monitoring results showed that radioactivity levels in all seven rivers were at or below normal background levels and below federal safe drinking water standards.

In 2011, DEP also required 14 public water suppliers to report early the results of routine monitoring for radioactivity in drinking water. Such monitoring is required as part of the state’s oversight of public water supplies. Most results showed no detectable levels of radioactivity, and the levels that were detectable did not exceed safe drinking water standards.

DEP will work on the study with Perma-Fix Environmental Services of Pittsburgh, which has worked with the agency as a consultant on health physics and radiological issues and has assisted DEP for more than a decade with radioactivity monitoring and assessments.

The agency will consult with independent members of academia to peer review the project’s detailed study plan. Once the peer review is complete, DEP will publish the study plan on its website, where the agency’s proposal for the study is currently viewable.

For more information and to view the study proposal and a summary of the study, visit and click the “Oil and Gas Development Radiation Study” button on the front page.