FILE - PA wildlife, elk, Elk State Forest

A bull elk is seen in Elk State Forest in Benezette, Pennsylvania.

Jason Decoskey named Pennsylvania’s wildlife protection director

A veteran employee of the Pennsylvania Game Commission will serve as the Wildlife Protection Director.

Jason Decoskey was serving as Bureau of Wildlife Protection Assistant Director before his appointment. He has worked for the game commission since 2001. In his new role, Decoskey will oversee law enforcement operations for the Game Commission.

“Wildlife protection plays a key role in the agency’s mission, and Jason, with his wide range of experience, is able to step into his new position without breaking stride,” said Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans.

Decoskey takes over from the recently-retired Randy Shoup.

DEP issues warning to company about leaking Lycoming County gas well

Range Resources-Appalachia was ordered to address a leaking gas well in Lycoming County or face enforcement actions from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The well was drilled in early 2011, and since then Range Resources was asked several times by the DEP to address issues, according to a statement from the department.

“We have been working with Range Resources but have been met with sporadic cooperation, which will no longer be tolerated,” DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “Through a rigorous investigation, DEP has determined that Range Resources is responsible for the leak and must take corrective actions as outlined in this order, which seeks to resolve this environmental issue once and for all.”

School safety tip line receives more than 40,000 responses in first year

A tip line that allows students, teachers and others to report potentially unsafe activity in Pennsylvania’s schools had more than 40,000 tips in its first year, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

“Safe2Say” launched Jan. 14, 2019, after it was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2018. Most of the tips were about students with mental health issues and not school violence, Shapiro said.

Bullying was the top topic received, followed by cutting/self-harm and suicide or suicide ideation. Other topics included drug use and depression/anxiety.

More than 6,800 tips were considered “life-safety” issues, according to a statement from Shapiro.

Kail, Struzzi appointed to new committees

Two committee appointments were announced by House Speaker Mike Turzai.

Rep. Josh Kail, R-Monaca, has been appointed to serve on the House Judiciary Committee. He will continue to serve on the House Education, Commerce, Gaming Oversight and Liquor Control committees.

Rep. Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana, is now serving on the House Children and Youth Committee. He will continue to serve on the House Appropriations, Human Services, Insurance and Urban Affairs committees.