Friday, January 21, 2022

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 1.21.22


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Senate returns to session Jan. 24, 25, 26; Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session Jan. 24, 25, 26; Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


-- TODAY 11:30 a.m.:  DEP Announces $2.7 Million In Grants For Cleaner Fuel Transportation Projects


-- In Memoriam: Greg Wilson Donegal Chapter Of Trout Unlimited, Lancaster County - ‘One Stream At A Time’  [PaEN]


-- DCNR’s 2022 Application Season Opening For Community Conservation Partnership, Riparian Buffer, Trails, ATV & Snowmobile Grants  [PaEN]


-- Gov. Wolf Highlights Strong Financial Position Of Commonwealth Going Into Next Budget  [Then He Shouldn’t Have Any Problem Supporting Bipartisan $500 Million For Local Conservation, Recreation Improvement Projects In His Budget Address.  Read more here.  He also forgot to thank Biden & Congress for billions in federal aid.]


-- WESA: ‘Seize The Moment’: Gov. Wolf Talks About His Legacy And Sets Table For Budget Speech  [Nothing on the environment]


-- PA Cap-Star: Wolf Touts Multi-Billion State Surplus, Outlines Some Priorities, But Projections Depict Gloomy Fiscal Future 


-- TribLive: Wolf Joins Pittsburgh Leaders To Tout PA’s Fiscal Improvements


-- TribLive: Report Cites Water Quality Problems In Hundreds Of Miles Of Allegheny, Westmoreland Waterways  


-- DEP Announces $3.5 Million In Watershed Restoration Project Funding For Southeast PA  [PaEN]


-- Delaware River Basin Commission Adds Feb. 3 Hearing On Proposed Fracking Wastewater Regulations  [PaEN]


-- U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Baltimore District Receives $62 Million For Infrastructure, Disaster Relief Projects In Chesapeake Bay Region, Including PA  [PaEN]


-- WBTimes: Luzerne County Flood Authority Awarded $11 Million From Federal Infrastructure Funds


-- StateImpactPA - Reid Frazier: West Penn Power Settles With EPA, State Over Coal Ash Pollution In Western PA Streams


-- Independent Fiscal Office Issues Report On Coal Refuse Energy & Reclamation Tax Credit


-- PG - Laura Legere: Last Coal-Fired Power Plant In Allegheny County To Be Demolished, Redeveloped  


-- YorkDR: Solar Farm Proposal: Dover Residents Raise Health, Property Value Concerns In Opposition


-- Energy News Network: A Minnesota Co-Op Credits Transition To Clean Energy For Stabilizing Wholesale Electric Rates - ‘More Wind And Solar Are Just Going To Keep Those Energy Costs Lower And Lower’


-- CitizensV: UGI Official; Release Value Activation Caused Reports Of Possible Gas Explosion


-- WESA: Why Ice Forms Differently On The Monongahela And Allegheny Rivers


-- Partnership for the Delaware Estuary: Latest Gardens For Clean Water Newsletter


-- PA Horticultural Society: Community-Led Greening Efforts Beautify Nicetown-Tioga Neighborhood For Years To Come 


-- Delaware RiverKeeper Jan. 21 RiverWatch Video Report


-- DEP: Public Urged To Take Precautions - Deer Tick Virus (DTV) Detected At High Levels In Clearfield County Park  [PaEN]


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Clearfield County Site Recorded Highest Rate Ever Of Tick-Carried Virus Anywhere In U.S. 


-- EPA Invites Proposals On Research Into Drivers & Environmental Impacts Of Energy Transitions In Underserved Communities  [PaEN]


-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Climate Change Should Be A Consideration In Planning Massive Fishtown Housing Developments In Philadelphia


-- January 22 PA Bulletin Now Available


-- PA Environmental Council: PA Groups Comment On Maryland Air National Guard Proposed Low-level Flyover Training


-- Manada Conservancy Hosts Feb. 10 Webinar On Volunteers In Land Stewardship & Community Outreach  [PaEN]


-- SuburyDI: Boating Season Delayed By Fiber Dam Repairs At Shikellamy State Park


-- Observer-Reporter: Ohiopyle State Park Attendance Returned To Pre-Pandemic Levels In 2021


-- WilliamsportS: Williamsport Parks To Get TLC: Fun Spots, Environmentally Friendly Green Elements


-- ErieT: It’s Owl Nesting Season Around Northwest PA


-- Audubon Accepting Entries To 2022 Photography Awards Thru March 9


Tornado Recovery


-- TribLive: Monroeville Corvette Club Sends Relief Supplies To Kentucky Tornado Victims


American Rescue Plan Funding


-- NextPittsburgh: How Are Allegheny County Municipalities Sending $130 Million Federal American Rescue Plan Money?


-- $11 Billion In Federal American Rescue Plan Funding To PA State Government, Local Governments Has Yet To Be Invested.  What’s Your Community Doing?

Other States/National/International

-- PA Cap-Star: Tougher Federal Pipeline Standards Backed By FERC, Gov. Wolf After Colonial Pipeline Hack

-- AP: Long-Sought Great Lakes Projects Get Funding, Including Protecting Lakes From Asian Carp

-- U.S. EIA Expects U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions To Increase In 2022, 2023, Including From Natural Gas

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- PA Cap-Star: Lawsuit Asks State Court to Clean Up PA’s Political Calendar Disrupted By Redrawing Voting Districts

-- WilliamsportS Editorial: Gerrymandering Truest Form Of Election Fraud

-- YorkD: Amending The State Constitution Is An Easy Trick For Republicans, It Shouldn’t Be

-- WPost: As Giuliani Coordinated Plan To Get Fmr President Electoral Votes In States Biden Won, Some Electors Balked [PA Republican Actions]

-- ScrantonT: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Oz Visits Lackawanna County

-- AP: Democrats’ No. 1 Issue In PA’s U.S. Senate Race?  Kill The Filibuster

-- PA Cap-Star: Casey, Toomey Split Vote On U.S. Senate Filibuster Change For Voting Rights Bill

-- ReadingE: Rep. Knowles Announces He Will Not Run For Reelection

-- CourierT Guest Essay: Can PA Republicans Ride A Republican Wave?

-- Gov. Wolf Highlights Strong Financial Position Of Commonwealth Going Into Next Budget  [He forgot to thank Biden & Congress for billions in federal aid]  

-- PA Cap-Star: Wolf Touts Multi-Billion State Surplus, But Projections Depict Gloomy Fiscal Future 

-- TribLive: Wolf Joins Pittsburgh Leaders To Tout PA’s Fiscal Improvements

-- WESA: ‘Seize The Moment’: Gov. Wolf Talks About His Legacy And Sets Table For Budget Speech

-- Gaming Control Board Reports 2021 Revenue Of $4.7 Billion, All-Time Calendar Year High

-- PG: PA Casinos Had Record-Breaking Year In 2021

-- Gaming Control Board Reports $406.3 Million In December Gaming Revenue

-- CentreDT: Female Truck Driver Wins $1 Million+ In Discrimination Lawsuit Against Dept. Of Corrections; ‘We Are No Longer Living In The 1950s’

-- TribLive: COVID Hospitalizations High Among Young Children In Allegheny County

-- ErieT: Erie County Set COVID Case Record For January After Just 16 Days

-- TribLive: Parents Sue Upper St. Clair School District Over Lifting Mask Mandate

-- CentreDT: Patton Township Puts Indoor Masking Requirement Back In Place

-- WHYY: Company That Opened Pop-Up COVID Testing Site In Philly Faces Lawsuit

-- Reuters: Is COVID Retreating In U.S.?  Data Paints Encouraging Scenario

-- Dept. Of Health Update On Flu Season, Urges Pennsylvanians To Get Flu Vaccine

-- ScrantonT: Proposed Legislation Would Pay Retention Bonuses To Long Term Care Facility Employees

-- PennLive: PA’s Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program’s Popularity Outstrips Available Funding

-- Gov. Wolf Announces $15 Million In Grants For Gun Violence Prevention

-- TribLive: Judge Denies Motion To Suppress Statements Made By Defendant In Pittsburgh Synagogue Murders

-- Inquirer: A Temple Trauma Surgeon’s Tweet On Gun Violence: ‘Last Night Was An Abomination In Our City. Our Community Is Dying. Where Is The Outrage… From Everyone?’

-- PG Editorial: Pittsburgh School Van Shooting A Call For Action

-- ScrantonT Editorial: Republican Senators Should Stop Accommodating Gun Traffickers

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit Jan. 21 Goes Virtual Again For ‘Equity In Action’ Program

-- PG Editorial: Don’t Play Politics With Antisemitism

-- Inquirer: Lawmakers Mull Pension Reforms As School Pension Fund Remains Under Scrutiny

-- ScrantonT Editorial: No Excuse To Withhold School Pension Fund Investigation

-- YorkD Guest Essay: It’s Long Past Time For Legislature To Pass Private Charter School Reform - Rep. Bernie O’Neill (R)  and Fmr Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D)

-- AP: Penn Pledges To Work With NCAA, Support Transgender Swimmer

-- CentreDT: Why State College Ranks Among The Best For LGBTQ Community Protections

-- PG: Western PA Hotels Could Bounce Back To Near Pre-Pandemic Levels In 2022

-- YorkDR: Fmr Auditor General’s Official Portrait Pays Homage To Star Wars, Football

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[Posted: January 21, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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