Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 11.18.21

returns to session Dec. 13, 14, 15

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session Dec. 13, 14, 15

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 9:30: Agenda Posted. DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  9:30 a.m.  Contact: Bob Haines 717-705-4090 or notice[Note: Proposed Manganese Water Quality Standard is on the agenda.]


-- PG - Laura Legere: DEP To Study Raising Oil And Gas Well Plugging Bonds; DEP Has Less Than $15 Per Well Available To Plug Conventional Wells


-- Marcellus Shale Coalition Challenges EQB Authority To Increase Bond Amounts For Conventional Oil & Gas Wells; Majority Of 100,508 Conventional Wells Not Required To Have Any Bonds  [PaEN]

-- NFWF, EPA Announce $2.5 Million In Conservation Grants In Pennsylvania To Help Restore The Chesapeake Bay Watershed  [PaEN]

-- PennLive: Susquehanna River Contamination Is Getting Worse, And Harrisburg’s Sewer System Is Being Blamed

-- Family Forest Carbon Program Now Open Across Pennsylvania Provides New Revenue Opportunities For Forest Landowners; 60 Enrolled So Far Covering 10,000 Acres  [PaEN]

-- Senate Environmental Committee Hearing On Philadelphia Refinery Cleanup Efforts

-- The Center Square: Senate Environmental Committee Hearing Focuses On Philadelphia Refinery Cleanup Efforts

-- BeaverT: Company Plans To Power Bitcoin Mining With Natural Gas In Beaver County

-- PEC Podcast: Talen Energy Looks To Use Its Nuclear Power Plant For Bitcoin Mining, Battery Storage

-- The Guardian: Environmentalists Sound Alarm On Huge Power Consumption As U.S. Politicians’ Embrace Cryptocurrency

-- PG: Pittsburgh Council Considers Investment In Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

-- PUC Reaches Out To Utility Leaders #CallUtilitiesNow Campaign To Help Consumers With Energy Bills

-- DEP Blog: Ten Tools To Take On Climate Change In Pennsylvania

-- NBC10: Going Green To Fight Environmental Injustice In Philadelphia

-- MCall: Plan To Dispose Of Processed Sewage On Lehigh Valley Preserved Farmland Raises Concerns

-- Keeping PA Beautiful Accepting Art, Essay, Video Entries For Litter Hawk Youth Awards Program  [PaEN]

-- WHYY/PlanPhilly: After A Junkyard Fire Pollutes Philly With Smoke, City Has Few Avenues For Accountability

-- MCall: $21 Million Federal Grant To Help Connect D&L Trail In Lehigh Valley, Build New Road 

-- DCNR Honors Boy Scout Troop That Visited 120 State Parks In Honor Of Late Scoutmaster [PaEN]

-- CitizensV: Delaware Water Gap Could Soon Be A National Park And It’s Closer Than You Think

-- PA Cap-Star: Black Clergy Of Philadelphia Not Satisfied With City’s Progress On Rebuilding Recreation Centers

-- WeConservePA: PA Land Conservation Conference Keynote Speakers Authors Of Full Ecology, Gary Ferguson & Mary M. Clare - March 16-18 

-- WeConservePA: Virtual Environmental Advisory Council Network Conference February 26 

-- ErieT: Struggling With Blight, American Chestnut Tree Faces New Disease Identified By Erie County Researchers

-- WeConservePA Webinar: Jan. 25 - Updating Conservation Status Of Rare Plants In PA With Dr. Tanisha M. Williams, Bucknell University.  10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

-- PA Natural Heritage Program: Wild Heritage News Fall 2021 Newsletter

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Primary Bear Hunting Season Opens Saturday, With Nearly 1,200 Already Harvested Across PA

-- ErieT - Brian Whipkey: Volunteers Give A ‘Hoot’ To Document Migrating Owls In PA

-- Help Wanted: Berks Nature - 2 Positions Open  [PaEN]

Bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Bill

-- Bay Journal: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Boosts Chesapeake Bay Funding, Other Environmental Needs [Forgot cleaning up abandoned coal mines-PA’s #1 water quality problem, plugging oil & gas wells]

-- PG: Unions, Democrats Say Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill A Boost For Western PA

-- CourierT: Republican Cong. Fitzpatrick Hails Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill As A Win For PA

-- Inquirer: The Infrastructure Bill Is Big, But It Won’t Transform America’s Focus On Cars


-- The Guardian: Military Deployed As Canadian Pacific North-West Grapples With Devastating Floods  [Is PA Ready?]

-- The Guardian: U.S. Mountain States Battle Wildfires Despite Impending Winter: ‘We Are Struggling’

PA Politics

-- AP: State Lawmakers, Officials, Judges Get Big Automatic Pay Raises In 2022

-- MCall - Ford Turner: House Republicans Threaten To Remove Lehigh County Elections Board Unless It Rescinds Counting Of 260 Undated Mail-In Ballots

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster Judge Accepts Write-In Misspellings Changing Some Election Outcomes

-- WESA: PA’s Fmr Top Election Official Debunks Misinformation In Real Time At Election Forum

-- ErieT: PA Voting Rights: What We Know About Republican Efforts To Change Laws, Create Barriers To Voting

-- WHYY: As PA’s Republicans Get More Conservative, Labor Unions Are Back In The Crosshairs

-- PennLive - John Baer: Fetterman, Lamb, PA Democrats Face Big Challenges In 2020 U.S. Senate Race

-- TribLive: Ties In 39 Election Races To Be Broken Friday In Westmoreland County 

-- ErieT Guest Essay: Erie County United Is Fighting For A New Kind Of Politics In PA

-- ErieT: PA Man Who Led A Dozen Fully Armed Men To White Supremacist March In Charlottesville, Virginia Wants To Change Image Of Paramilitary Militia Forces In The State

-- WITF: Police, Constables In PA Joined ‘Anti-Government’ Oath Keepers Part Of Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- Spotlight PA: Monroe County Teen Had His Hands Up When Killed By State Police, New Videos Show

-- Spotlight PA: Who Investigates Killings By Police In PA, And Why There Are Few Checks And Balances

-- PG: Pittsburgh Council Considers Ordinance To Reduce Traffic Stops For Minor Violations

-- ScrantonT Editorial: Republican ‘Posing’ To Fire Up Republican Voters Tops Public Welfare

-- State Treasurer Garrity Unveils Webpage Highlighting Non-Budgeted Expenditures  [No Information Posted]

-- ABC27: State Treasurer Unveils Website To Let Public See When State Spends Beyond Its Budget

-- WHYY: Philadelphia Health Officials Concerned About Winter COVID Surge

-- WESA: ‘Hundreds’ Of UPMC Hospital Workers In Pittsburgh Set To Walk Off Job Today

-- PA Gaming Control Board Reports Record Overall Gambling Revenue In October

-- TribLive: Report - PA Casinos Shatter Record, Generate $425 Million In Revenue

-- AP: Lawmakers Try Again To Toughen Penalty For Repeat DUI Drivers

-- Inquirer: Judge Puts Liquor Control Board On Hot Seat For Its Wine Fees To Restaurants

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Gov. Wolf: Make PA School Pension Fund Investigation Results Public

-- AP: Lancaster County School District Went Too Far When It Expelled A Student Over Memes, PA Supreme Court Rules

-- Financial Times: Pittsburgh Penguins Valued At More Than $850 Million In Fenway Sports Deal

-- PA Chamber Of Business & Industry: CEO Gene Barr To Retire

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[Posted: November 18, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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