Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 12.15.21

returns to session Dec. 15, Jan. 4, 18, 19

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session Dec. 15, Jan. 4, 10, 11, 12

     -- Committee Schedule

-- Updated 2022 Voting Session Day Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


-- TODAY 9:00 A.M.: House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on bonding and decommissioning solar and wind energy facilities-- Senate Bill 284 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) and House Bill 2104 (Rapp-R-Warren).  Room G-50 Irvis Building.  Click Here to watch the hearing live onlineRead more here.


-- TODAY 6:30 P.M.: Group Against Smog & Pollution Webinar: Making The Connection - The Link Between Pollution & Mental Illness.  6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


-- THURSDAY 10:00 A.M.: Agenda Posted. DCED PA Grade Crude [Oil] Development Advisory Council meeting. Penn State Technology Center, Room 243, 200 Innovation Blvd., State College. 10:00 a.m.  Contact: Adam Walters, or call 717-214-6548.  Conference Call dial 712-770-8026 and use Conference Code: 915098.  [Includes discussion of road spreading conventional oil and gas wastewater, latest draft of DEP conventional oil and gas regulations.]

-- Millions Of Gallons Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Spread Illegally On Dirt Roads, Companies Fail To Comply With DEP Waste Regulations [PaEN]


-- THURSDAY 10:00 A.M.:  Agenda Posted. DEP Joint Recycling Fund & Solid Waste Advisory Committees meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00 a.m.  Contact: Laura Henry or 717-772-5713.  [Note: Includes discussion of DEP’s recommendations for changing Act 101 Recycling Act and Electronic Waste Recycling Act.]


-- PA Environmental Defense Foundation Files Lawsuit To Stop Northcentral Regional ATV Trail Connector Project As Violation Of Public Trust Responsibilities  [PaEN]

-- PA Wilds Finalist In National Build Back Better Regional Challenge For Up To $100 Million  [PaEN]

-- Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Executive Director Julie Slavet Honored By Wyncote Audubon Society  [PaEN]

-- Rodale Institute Urges Farmers, Families To Learn More About How To Grow Clean Water  [PaEN]

-- WITF: PA Organic Farmers Face Uncertain 2022 As They Battle Inflation

-- PA Horticultural Society Webinar: January 25 Starting From Scratch - A Guide To Creating A New Garden With Author Page Dickey. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

-- PA Master Naturalist To Offer Spring Training Courses In Allegheny, Northern Chester,  Washington Counties  [PaEN]

-- EPA Accepting Nominations For Presidential Innovation Award For Environmental Educators  [PaEN]

-- Nominations For President’s K-12 Environmental Youth Award Now Being Accepted By EPA  [PaEN]

-- WHYY: The PFAS Exposure Study For Bucks, Montgomery Counties Has Started, Here’s How To Join

-- TribLive Editorial: Why Doesn’t PUC Monitor More Water Authorities?

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: House To Take Up Resolution To Block Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Regulations

-- WHYY: How Climate Scientists Are Decoding Philly’s Warm Weather

-- DEP Encourage Pennsylvanians To Winterize Their Homes For Savings On Utility Bills 

-- PUC: Highlights Ways Consumers Can Manage Energy Use, Cost To Help Control Size Of Winter Energy Bills 

-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: Natural Gas Heating Bills Higher, But Natural Gas Jobs, Impact Fee Benefit Region 

-- ScrantonT: Couple Who Sold Flood-Ravaged Home To Luzerne County Wants $200/Month Lease-Back

-- PA-Based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Keeping Up The Pressure Following Historic Rights Of Nature Victory In Ecuador  [PaEN]

-- Now On Demand: Physicians For Social Responsibility-PA Host Virtual Conference On Health Hazards Of Oil & Gas Industry In Pennsylvania  [PaEN]

-- FirstEnergy Invests In Venture Capital Fund To Help Advance Sustainable Energy Innovation

-- EPA Awards PA Company XCMR, Inc. Innovative Technology Grant For Pathogen Killer

-- Delaware River Basin Commission: Highlights Of Dec. 8 Business Meeting

-- DEP Acts On 866 Permits, 79% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducts 1,380 Inspections; Responded To 5 Environmental Emergencies Last Week 

-- NextPittsburgh: New Plan Could Revive Carrie Furnace Mill Site, The Stakes Are High For Rankin  

-- YorkDR: New CRCD Global Plant In York Turns Plastic Waste Into Concrete Enhancing Mix [Video]

-- PennLive Guest Essay: We Need To Repair, Restore And Reuse More Things To Save Planet Earth - Christina Ciocirlan, Fulbright Scholar, Elizabethtown College

-- Lancaster Conservancy Preserves 155 Acres Along Conewago Recreation Trail  [PaEN]

-- LancasterOnline - Sean Sauro: Environmental, Recreational Benefits Celebrated As Lancaster Conservancy Announces 50th Preserve

-- ReadingE: 200 Acres Preserved In 5 Recent Conservation Deals In Berks County

-- DCNR Receives $250,000 Grant For Outdoor Recreation Concierge Program

-- GantNews: You Can Improve Health With Outdoor Recreation In PA’s Parks & Forests

-- DCNR Announces $237,500 Grant For Penn Hills Community & Universal Parks In Allegheny County 

-- PA Cap-Star: SW PA Trail Council Maintains Its Portion Of Great Allegheny Passage Trail Thru Donations, Volunteers

-- WBTimes: Parks And Rec To The Rescue In West Wyoming, Luzerne County

-- YorkDR Editorial:  Can Kindness And Compassion Make A Comeback In 2022?

-- PennLive: Public Reports Of Spotted Lanternflies Down 50% In 2021, But That Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story: Researcher 

-- Pocono Record - Brain Whipkey: Deer Camp Owner In Pocono Mountains Introduces People To The Outdoors 

-- PennLive: Washington County Residents Call 911 On 100-Pound Tortoise ‘Walking Down The Street’ 

-- PennLive: Game Commission Warns Of Possible Rabid Fox In Cumberland County

Tornado Recovery

-- Inquirer: Philly Area Nonprofits Deploy To Kentucky After Deadly Tornadoes

American Rescue Plan Funding 

-- YorkDR: York Mayor To Present Plans To Spend $35 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding

-- NYT: Republicans Who Assailed Biden’s Stimulus Bill Are Embracing The Money

Bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Law

-- CourierT: Why $4.4 Billion In Federal Infrastructure Funds Isn’t Enough To Fix PA Roads

Build Back Better Budget Bill

-- PA Wilds Finalist In National Build Back Better Regional Challenge For Up To $100 Million  [PaEN]

-- WESA: Southwestern PA Named Finalist For Up To $100 Million In Build Back Better Money

-- PennLive Guest Essay: The Grinch Will Steal Christmas If Congress Doesn’t Pass Build Back Better Budget - By Jill Sunday Bartoli, Professor Emerita, Elizabethtown College


-- WPost: Climate Change Has Destabilized The Earth’s Poles, Putting The Rest Of The Planet In peril

-- NPR: U.N. Verified New Record High Temperature For The Arctic

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- WHYY: PA Republicans Moving New Draft Congressional Voting Districts Map, But It’s Still Mostly A Mystery

-- WESA/AP: Commission Members Face Vote On Redrawn Senate, House Voting Districts Thursday

-- Gov. Wolf Urging Pennsylvanians To Submit Their Own Congressional Voting District Mays By Dec. 15 

-- AP: AP Investigation Finds Far Too Little Vote Fraud To Tip Election To Former President [PA Included]

-- AP: Vote Fraud Investigation - State By State Details [PA Included]

-- PG: AG Shapiro Heading To Court Over Republican Legislators’ Subpoena For Personal Voter Information

-- PA Cap-Star: Why We’re Fighting In Court To Protect Your Voting Information

-- MCall: House Republicans Pass Bill To Ban Nonprofit Funding From PA Elections Amid Heated Debate [Note: The state provides no funding to counties to run elections.]

-- AP: Pennsylvania Tries Again To Move Up 2024 Presidential Primary

-- PA Cap-Star: Rep. Austin Davis To Enter Lt. Gov. Race With AG Josh Shapiro’s Backing

--AP: District Of Columbia Prosecutor Sues Proud Boys, Oath Keepers Over Assault on U.S. Capitol Seeking Harsh Penalties   [Philadelphia Has An Active Proud Boys Chapter

-- Inquirer: 3 More Philadelphia Proud Boys Charged In Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- ScrantonT: Feds Want PA Man Jailed For Charges Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- Inquirer: Gunfire Tears Thru Offices Of Philly State Sen. Street, NAACP, Leaving One Man In Critical Condition 

-- WHYY: Man Injured, Offices Of PA Senator, NAACP Damaged By Gunfire In Philadelphia

-- WHYY: Philly Police, AG Shapiro Tout Reductions In Shootings In Some Parts Of West Philly

-- TribLive: Shots Fired Outside Walmart In Pittsburgh, Police Looking For 4 Suspects

-- MCall Guest Essay: Why PA Should Immediately Repeal Its Stand Your Ground Gun Laws - Mark Pensley, U.S. Army Veteran

-- PG Editorial: Young People Need A Purpose To Cut Gun Violence

-- TribLive: Allegheny County Man Gets Federal Prison For Throwing Concrete, Pipes At Police During George Floyd Protests 

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Republicans Move Another Constitutional Amendment To Cut Governor Out Of Amendment Process

-- Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania Revises Confederate Markers, Recasts Forces As ‘Enemy’ Soldiers

-- Dept. Of Health: Weekly Update On COVID Trends In Deaths, Cases, Hospitalizations, Vaccinations

-- PennLive: COVID Killing Younger People In PA

-- ScrantonT: 3 NE PA Counties Hit COVID Case Milestones As Virus Surge Continues

-- TribLive: COVID Cases Create ‘Desperate’ Situation At Westmoreland Hospitals

-- LancasterOnline: Parents Share Fears As Surgical Procedures Delayed Due To COVID Surge

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Sets Pandemic Record For COVID Hospitalizations

-- LancasterOnline: Fulton Theatre Cancels Cinderella Performances After Actors Test Positive For COVID

-- ErieT: Erie Hospital Sees 2 Young Adult Patients Die From COVID On Same Day

-- ErieT: Wolf: PA Has No Plans To Issue New Mask Mandate, ‘Vaccines Are Our Strategy’

-- Fox43: Republicans Rally Against Vaccine, Mask, Other COVID Medical Mandates

-- WHYY: How Philly’s Indoor Dining COVID Vaccine Mandate Will Work

-- YorkD: COVID Patient Dies After Winning Court Order To Be Treated With Ivermectin

-- PG: She Was The First Vaccinated In Pittsburgh, One Year Later, Has Anything Changed?

-- PennLive - Joyce Davis: Truly Good People May Give You The Shirts Off Their Backs, But They Keep Their Masks Firmly In Place

-- MCall: Ex-Chief Of Cardiac Surgery At Doylestown Health Mounts Campaign To Get His Job Back After Refusing COVID Vaccine

-- PG: Warren Hospital Strike Called Off After Workers, Company Reach Tentative Contract

-- MCall - Paul Muschick: Why I Think PA Republican Lawmakers Are Phonies When They Act Concerned About COVID  

-- TribLive Editorial: Pandemic Is No Time For Polarization; 650 Pennsylvanians Died Of COVID Last Week Alone  [“They were people who needed to have their leaders working toward solutions instead of positioning for a win.”] 

-- YorkDR Editorial:  Can Kindness And Compassion Make A Comeback In 2022?

-- CitizensV: Flu Cases Rising Sharply In Pennsylvania

-- PA Cap-Star: Senate Committee Advances Republican Fetal Remains Legislation

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: Lawmakers Need To Pass Legislation To Ensure Access To Telemedicine

-- PG: FBI: PA Led Nation In Data Breach Losses In 2020; Cyber Ransom Attacks Costing PA Victims Millions 

-- WHYY: Number Of Women Doing Gig Work In Philly Region Surged During Pandemic

-- Inquirer: Philly Business Owner Pleaded Guilty To Using Nearly $1 Million In PPP Aid To Buy A House, Cars, Jewelry

-- ErieT: Erie Restaurant Remains Closed Despite $500,000 Federal Aid, Here’s Why

-- ErieT: Feds Give More Than $10 Million To Erie County Restaurants

-- TribLive: Leechburg School District To Monitor Student Emails Via Google App

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[Posted: December 15, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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