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WPSU to do call-in natural gas program

WPSU will hold a one-hour, live call-in program on issues associated with natural gas exploration, mineral rights leasing and the Marcellus Shale formation at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The program also will be simulcast statewide on the Pennsylvania Cable Network and Webcast at http://wpsu.org/gasrush/.

People with questions can call in during the broadcast or submit questions online from 7 to 8 p.m. The program will offer advice for Pennsylvanians about drilling and exploration development on leased land, the process of negotiating with gas companies, signing leases and creating addenda, and information about financial, environmental and infrastructure impacts.

Hosted by Patty Satalia, it will feature a panel of experts that include a lawyer who specializes in mineral right leases, a representative of the state Department of Environmental Protection, a representative of Penn State Cooperative Extension and a gas industry representative. A phone bank of experts also will be available.

Centre County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jon Eich said the huge gas reserves that have been identified in the state have generated major interest in the subject. About 250 people turned out for an informational meeting Cooperative Extension held Tuesday at the Central Pennsylvania Institute for Science and Technology.

Skills gets permit to recycle tech waste

Skills of Central PA Inc. has received a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to recycle and process computers, fax machines, scanners and printers.

Skills collects donated electronics in Centre, Blair, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties and processes them at its vocational training center in Lewistown.

Obtaining the permit was a year-long process that involved safety inspections and implementation of a documentation process, intended to ensure that Skills’ program keeps hazardous materials found in computers out of the environment, according to a news release from Skills.

The computers and related electronics are dismantled at the Lewistown center, and the components are collected and shipped to recyclers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida.

For information and donation drop-off locations, visit www.skillsofcentralpa.org.杧

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