Thursday, January 22, 2015

DEP Educates Farm Show Attendees About PA Energy Resources

DEP's exhibit for the 99th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show held January 10-17 in Harrisburg focused on Pennsylvania’s energy resources and featured a van fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), an electric vehicle (EV), an all-new animated unconventional drilling video and the garage from its award-winning DEP at Home exhibit.
The exhibit included a Ford E-350 that has been converted to run on CNG. Visitors were able to “fill up” the van by using a real CNG pump. The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric car, was also on display after making its debut during last year’s farm show. Farm Show visitors were able to use the EV charger to “power” the car.
Produced by Commonwealth Media Services, DEP also featured a new animated video that explains the complex unconventional drilling process in an easy-to-understand and visual format.
The video details how DEP regulates the unconventional drilling process and ensures compliance with strict environmental standards. It is the latest in DEP’s series of educational videos that are available on DEP’s YouTube page.
The DEP at Home garage included flooring made from recycled tires, a green wall covered in living plants, information about proper disposal of household hazardous waste, as well as landscaping with native plants, and tips on proper pest management. Visitors were also able to see a working radon mitigation unit, in honor of Radon Action Month, which is held every January.
DEP created the exhibit through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. The video was funded by the state’s well plugging fund, financed by oil and gas permit fees and penalties.
To view the latest educational video, visit DEP’s YouTube Channel.
(Reprinted from January 22 edition of DEP News.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy and to read back issues.)

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