“Lindsey M. Herr was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Bloomsburg University, where she is a sophomore majoring in speech pathology. A 2010 graduate of Penn Manor High School, she is the daughter of Larry and Sharon Herr of Washington Boro. – The following area students were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Columbia: Morgan Elizabeth Difenderfer, Read the rest of this entry »
“Last week several media outlets obtained the federal Bureau of Land Management’s draft of proposed rules requiring fracking companies to disclose the chemicals they pump into the ground. Such disclosure requirements have been championed by environmentalists for years and were endorsed by President Obama in the State of the Union, but critics say the rules may not go far enough.
“In the process of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, millions of gallons of highly pressurized water, mixed with sand and other chemicals, are injected into the ground to extract natural gas from rock. As we’ve noted before, some of these chemicals are toxic to humans and have contaminated nearby groundwater. Some energy companies have voluntarily made their chemical information public, but others have fought to keep them secret.
“Though the BLM’s proposed rules are more stringent than most state laws, environmental and health advocates say drillers could circumvent some of the requirements. For instance, the rules would only apply to drilling on federal lands. Also, companies could request that certain chemicals be exempted from disclosure if they are deemed a ‘trade secret.’ The trade secret exemptions ‘could potentially make the rules meaningless if applied broadly,’ Dusty Horwitt, senior counsel at a public health advocacy group told InsideClimate.
This is a reminder of another era; who did not get a thrill when you chucked the old Barbasol can into the burning barrel? The folks at ListVerse have come up with this list: Top 10 Nearly Extinct Household Items. We admit that we’re starting out with No. 1, because it’s something of which most people just have no recollection.
“Of all the old household items I miss from my childhood, this is #1. The backyard burn barrel. It was a rusty old empty 55-gallon drum dad brought home from work or found at a junkyard, or God knows where he got it. In the autumn, my favorite time of the year, you knew winter was coming because the geese were flying south, you were playing football, school had started, and the smell of burning leaves was in the air (oh yeah, mom had the Halloween decorations up too). Everyone had one of these in their backyards to burn their fallen leaves. There were no curbside pick-ups to recycle the leaves back then. You just raked them up, and burned them. My mom loved it. She would stand there with an old broom stick handle, blackened at one end, and stir the smoldering leaves to get more air to them so they would combust better. We would rake up the leaves and walk over and dump arm fulls [sic] into the burning barrel. Then my mom would stir it like a witch attending her cauldron. There was just nothing like the smell of burning Read the rest of this entry »