Tuesday September 4, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 65; .03” rain (late afternoon thunderstorm)

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Bradford house fire caused by blaze in vehicle…..Husband and wife both cited after altercation in Otto Township….Some 50 American Flags stolen from Ulysses Cemetery…..Teenage passenger slightly hurt in one-vehicle crash in Cameron county……Cell phone stolen from Tioga County mailbox….Otto Township woman cited after her dog allegedly bit a child…….

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The state police fire marshal has found that a fire which cause $150,000 to a West Washington Street home in Bradford Friday afternoon accidentally began inside a vehicle parked in a detached garage. The home was owned by 77 year old Sandra McClintick. She and a witness were home at the time flames were discovered at around 4:00 pm. Vehicles owned by Thomas Gilmour, Holly Furman and Wilbur Furman were destroyed in the fire. There were no injuries.
Area police are looking for thieves who stole approximately 50 American flags from the Ulysses Cemetery prior to this past weekend.

Both people involved in a domestic violence fight Friday morning have been cited for harassment. State police say 30 year old Jessica Pearce and 31 year old Cody Pearce were arguing in their home on Sweitzer Drive in Otto Township at around 7:30when things got out of hand and each attacked the other.

A teenage passenger was slightly hurt in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning on the CCC Memorial Highway in Portage Township, Cameron County. According to state police at Emporium Nicole Bricker of Emporium was going west when her Toyota Highlander traveled to the other side, hit a guard rail and a drainage culvert before rolling onto its side. The driver and two six year old girls were not hurt but a 15 year old girl was slightly injured, but did not require medical attention.

Coudersport based state police late last night released details about a minor collision occurring last Tuesday on the First Fork Road in Sylvania Township. Clarence Confer of Coudersport and Lloyd Penrose of Austin were traveling in opposite directions when Confer’s GMC Sierra’s driver’s side mirror scraped the driver’s side mirror on Penrose’s Dodge Ram in a narrow stretch of the road .Confer told police he would drive himself to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries. Penrose was not hurt.

Troopers at Emporium did not release the name of a 22 year old Emporium woman facing DUI charges. Ste police report the woman was traveling north on Clear Creek Road and failed to stop her 2010 Chevy Impala at the stop sign at the intersection with Rich Valley Road in Shippen Township. The car crossed both lanes on the Rich Valley stuck a PennDot sign, causing front end damage and then a flat tire. The vehicle went into a field and then re-entered the highway before stopping on the eastern shoulder. Authorities believe the suspect was driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance. Charges are pending lab results.

A Bradford man was arrested by state police on the afternoon of August 5 for DUI . State police allege Justin Ostrander was driving his 2012 Chevrolet under the influence of alcohol when they pulled him over at the intersection of High and Main Streets in Lewis Run.

Mansfield based state police are looking for the thief who stole a SafeLink LifeLink cell phone from a mailbox on Connelly Mountain Road in Sullivan Township between August 13 and 28.Thephone belonged to William Knapp of a Mainesburg and was removed from his mailbox after delivery.

Burglars apparently left empty-handed after breaking into a camp on Painter Run Road in Rutland Township, Tioga County sometime last week. Criminals forced their way into the camp owned by two Massachusetts men and also broke into an adjacent shed.

Someone stole two $100 bills from a home on the Oil Valley Road inc Otto Township late last week or over the weekend.

Two metal trash cans were taken from under a pavilion in the Genesee park last Tuesday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. The cans are valued at $46. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Kane based state police have cited 23 year old Stacey Lamberton of Otto Township for a dog law violation. Troopers claim Lamberton’s dog attacked a juvenile on Sweitzer Drive on the afternoon of Saturday August 25.

Faster form submission for operators, progress on improved e-permitting options, and increased efficiency and number of site inspections are among program advances detailed in the 2017 Oil and Gas Annual Report, released last week by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The report notes that total inspections, as well as inspections of unconventional Marcellus Shale wells, were both at record levels in 2017, with over 36,000 compliance inspections conducted during the year. Through the first three years of the Wolf administration, DEP has averaged 35,483 total inspections per year, up from an average of 26,230 in the prior four years, in keeping with the Wolf administration’s commitment to provide consistent, fair and timely enforcement of Pennsylvania’s environmental regulations.

DEP expanded electronic form submission options for operators, enabling well records, pre-drill survey sample results, site restoration reports, and other forms to be submitted online. These upgrades save operators time and increase the public transparency of the regulatory process. A 2017 update of the DEP compliance and enforcement tracking database to show the number of days a company is in violation also increased public transparency.

Site inspections increased 2 percent over 2016, for a total of 36,288 inspections. Development of a tablet-based electronic tool in 2017 has greatly streamlined the process for field and office staff and for operators and made inspection results more quickly available to the public—in days rather than weeks.

The agency made significant progress in upgrading its current well-drilling online permit to be part of the new department-wide e-permitting system for enhanced functionality. Work also progressed on converting the Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit from a paper application to an e-permit. Both e-permits are expected to launch in fall 2018.

DEP issued 2,028 unconventional well permits last year, 707 more than in 2016. An interactive map shows the locations. Operators produced 5.36 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about a quarter-trillion increase over 2016.

New tools and initiatives were launched last year to step up efforts, in the face of great funding need, to address the statewide problem of orphan and abandoned wells left by oil and gas drilling operations before regulations were put in place in the 1980s. DEP increased inspections of these potentially hazardous wells; created online mapping and video educational tools; and started a Good Samaritan program to encourage and train the private sector to help plug them.

The interactive, multimedia annual report offers several levels of data: the year in review; deeper detail and historical data; and educational overviews of drilling and the regulatory process statewide. For example, users can see how much gas was produced in Pennsylvania in 2017, compare this to production since 2010, or drill down to see production by individual wells.

The annual report also features a section on the many ways the public can stay up-to-date on regulations, for example, by signing up for email notifications or attending Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board Meetings in person or by webinar.