Friday, December 12, 2014

Dec. 15 PA Environment Digest Now Available

Dec. 15 PA Environment Digest now available.  Click Here to print entire Digest.

Wolf Announces Transition Agency Review Leaders For DEP, DCNR, Other Agencies
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf Thursday announced the individuals tasked with reviewing state agencies, commissions, and various issue areas. These individuals will work with the outgoing administration to better understand the issues and challenges that face the executive branch.

Gov.-Elect Wolf Names Former DEP Secretary John Hanger Secretary Of Policy
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf Wednesday announced key staff that will join him in the Office of the Governor. Wolf announced that John Hanger will serve as secretary of planning and policy, Mary Isenhour will serve as secretary of legislative affairs, and Obra S. Kernodle IV will serve as deputy chief of staff and director, Office of Public Liaison.

John Dawes Recognized With Federal Office Of Surface Mining ECHO Award
If Pennsylvania has a patron saint when it comes to abandoned mine reclamation, it would be John Dawes, the executive director of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.

PA Budget Policy Center: Severance Tax Would Bring In At Least 3x Drilling Impact Fee
A severance tax on natural gas, which every other major gas-producing state already has in place, will generate significantly more revenue for Pennsylvania than the current impact fee, even at lower gas prices, according to an updated analysis by the PA Budget and Policy Center.

Allegheny Institute: Assessing The Impact Of A Severance Tax For PA
The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy in Pittsburgh Friday released another in a series of public policy briefs, this one entitled, “Assessing The Impact Of A Severance Tax For PA.”  The policy brief is reprinted below--

Groups Urge Gov.-Elect Wolf To Reinstate Moratorium On Drilling More DCNR Lands
PennEnvironment Thursday released a new study which showed what it said is the far-reaching threat that gas drilling poses to parks, forests and public lands across Pennsylvania.

12,809 Volunteers Keep PA Beautiful During 2014 International Coastal Cleanup
This year 12,809 volunteers from 50 counties across Pennsylvania canvassed their communities to remove 646,210 pounds of trash and debris from Pennsylvania’s waterways and coastal regions during the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup event, according to Keep PA Beautiful.

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