Friday, January 28, 2022

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 1.28.22

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Senate returns to session Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session Feb. 7, 8, 9

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 10:30 [New Time]: Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing on $300 Million Anthracite Ridge Wind Farm Project. Live Stream.  Read more here.


-- Registration Now Open! Keep PA Beautiful's Pick Up Pennsylvania Initiative; In 2021 60,505 Volunteers Cleaned Up 2.2 Million Pounds Of Trash  [PaEN]


-- CFA Begins Accepting Applications For Act 13 Watershed Restoration, Mine Reclamation, Sewage, Flood Mitigation, Recreation Grants Feb. 1  [PaEN]


-- PA Chesapeake Bay Implementation Plan State Team Virtual Meeting Feb. 3.  9:00 a.m. to Noon. 


-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog: Pennsylvania’s Steep Road To Clean Water - By B.J. Small, CBF-PA


-- Save The Date!  DCNR, Western PA Conservancy Virtual Watershed Forestry Summit March 2-3; Watch For More Information 


-- PA Conservation Districts Assn. Highlights Of Conservation District Activities In 2021 Now Available  [PaEN]


-- ConnectFM: Jefferson County Twp Gets $276,000 Growing Greener Grant To Reduce Rattlesnake Creek Flooding


-- DEP: Latest Chesapeake Bay Program Healthy Waters Newsletter Update


-- Blair County Conservation District, DCNR Hosting 4-Part Riparian Buffer Webinar Series Starting Feb. 2  [PaEN]


-- Penn State Extension 5-Part Making Cover Crops Pay Webinar Series Starts Feb. 11 


-- Delaware RiverKeeper Jan. 28 RiverWatch Video Report


-- At The Request Of The Natural Gas Industry, House Republicans Pass Bill To Stop Communities From Adopting All-Electric Building Codes  [PaEN]


-- The Center Square: State Lawmakers Looking To Stop PA Municipalities From Banning Natural Gas Use


-- Pike County Courier: Warming Centers Available For 2,400 Milford Customers Affected By Natural Gas Outage, Temps In Single Digits


-- WNEP: Natural Gas Outage In Pike County Left Thousands Without Heat On Another Bitterly Cold Day

-- PG: Bridge Collapses Along Forbes Avenue In Pittsburgh Near Frick Park [Strong Smell Of Natural Gas In The Area, Public Asked To Stay Away]


-- AltoonaM: Bedford Valley Petroleum Distribution Center Catches Fire, 150 Firefighters Battle Blaze


-- AP: Study: Natural Gas Stoves Worse For Climate Than Previously Thought


-- PG/Inside Climate News: Harvard Study Links Air Pollution From Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling To Early Deaths Among Nearby Residents


-- The Guardian: Living Near Unconventional Natural Gas Drilling Sites Raises Risk Of Premature Death For Elderly, U.S. Study Finds


-- PG: Cong. Lamb Bill To Research Conventional Oil And Gas Wells Abandoned By Drilling Companies Advances Out Of Committee


-- S&P Global: PA Shale Gas Production Broke 21 Bcf/d Mark In November As Prices Spiked


-- WSJ: Natural Gas Futures Spike In Latest International Energy Market Turmoil, Prices Shoot Up 46%


-- U.S. Natural Gas Prices Climb Most Ever In Single Day


-- Financial Times: Chevron Reports $5 Billion Profit Amid Surging Crude Oil, Natural Gas Prices


-- PG - Anya Litvak: Hedging Is CNX’s Bet On Itself, Not The Price Of Natural Gas


-- PA Cap-Star: Interim Head Of Conservation Voters Of PA Looks To Big Year - Build Back Better To PA Budget


-- Green Building Alliance: Pittsburgh Housing Authority Joins Pittsburgh 2030 District To Reduce Energy, Water Use


-- StateImpactPA: Join Reporter Rachel MCDevitt In Her Texting Club About Climate Change


-- PUC: PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Meets Virtually Feb. 8


-- Penn State Technical Assistance Program Feb. 24 Energy & Waste Reduction Thru Continuous Improvement Webinar. 11:00 to Noon.


-- January 29 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available


-- Public News Service: PA Groups Concerned About Maryland National Guard Combat Training Flights Over PA Wilds


-- Ben Franklin Technology Partners, PA Wilds $50,000 Big Idea Contest For Developing New Products 


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: U.S. Forest Service Launches Climate Hubs, Including One In PA


-- Williamsport Sun: Invasive Species A Growing Problem For Forests In Region


-- 41.9-Acre Buehner Farm In Bucks County Permanently Preserved By Heritage Conservancy, Partners  [PaEN]


-- Reminder! PA Master Naturalist Training Registration Deadline Feb. 4: Allegheny, Chester, Dauphin, Montour, Philadelphia, Washington Counties 


-- Jeffersonian: Brookville Trail Hub Discusses Economic Impact of Closing Trail Loop


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Middle Creek Preparing For Snow Geese Return, Reopening Of Visitors Center


-- LancasterOnline: Snow Geese May Have Later Migration In 2022, As Middle Creek Lake Remains Frozen


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: How To Winterize Your Backyard For Birds


-- ErieT - Brian Whipkey: Ice Fishing Season Picks Up In Erie, Especially On Presque Isle Bay


-- ErieT: Before We Went Fishing For Fun, It Was A Major Industry In Erie From 1850 To Mid-1920s


-- Game Commission Board Meeting January 28-29


-- Game Commission: Seeks Applicants For Eastern PA Commissioner


-- DCED: Feb. 2 Groundhog Day 2022 - 7:15 a.m. Live Stream


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Other PA Groundhogs Not Named Phil Prepare To Go Live Again In 2022


-- TribLive Guest Essay: Get PA Game Commission Agents Off Private Land - Joshua Windham & Daryl James


-- TribLive: Animal Undergoing Testing To Determine Its Species Escapes From Wildlife Rehab Center


American Rescue Plan Funding


-- Public News Service: PA Municipalities Consider Using Federal American Rescue Plan Funds For Outdoor Recreation


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


Bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Law


-- PG: Bridge Collapses Along Forbes Avenue In Pittsburgh Near Frick Park

Other States/National/International

-- PG Editorial: Hazelwood Green Brownfield Redevelopment Site Fitting Backdrop For Biden

-- USA Today: Climate Change Made Rain Estimates Outdated, Now They Put US At Risk For More Flooding

-- AP: Green Energy Firms Face New Push By Republicans In Kansas To Restrict Them [Just Like Republicans In PA]

-- WHYY/AP: Environmental Justice Groups In NJ, CA Sue Over Trash Incinerator Pollution

-- USGS, NOAA: Drought Prediction & Water Availability National Listening Sessions Begin Feb. 9

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- PA Cap-Star: Commonwealth Court Rules Pennsylvania’s Mail-In Voting Law Unconstitutional

-- AP: State Judge Begins Review To Pick New Congressional Voting District Map

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Mappapalooza: Fight Over PA Congressional Voting Districts Map In Court

-- Inquirer: How Different Congressional Maps Would Redistrict Pennsylvania

-- Inquirer: All 14 Proposed PA Congressional Redistricting Maps

-- ErieT: Wolf Says State Redistricting Should Be Above Partisan Bickering

-- Guest Essay: Legislating By Constitutional Amendment Is Not Legislating - Rep. Dan Miller (D)

-- PA Cap-Star: What The Right For Voting Rights And PA School Funding Lawsuit Have In Common

-- AP: Democrats Shapiro, Fetterman, Lamb To Miss Biden Pittsburgh Visit Friday Due To Scheduling Conflicts

-- TribLive Guest Essay: As Governor, Shapiro Will Protect Our Democracy - Rep. Emily Kinkead (D)

-- WESA: Bartos Touts His Business Experience, Derides Other Republican U.S. Senate Candidates For Weak Ties To PA

-- PG Guest Essay: Pittsburgh Knows Biden Agenda Has Failed - Dave McCormick, Republican Candidate For U.S. Senate, Fmr Hedge Fund Manager

-- ErieT Guest Essay: PA Farmers Need Right-To-Repair - Lt. Gov. Fetterman, Democratic Candidate For U.S. Senate

-- MCall: Lehigh, Northampton Counties Need Spanish-Speaking Poll Workers For May Primary

-- Inquirer: Progressives Want To Derail Republican Appointment To Philly’s Elections Board

-- ErieT: Erie Postmaster, Project Veritas Face Off In Court Over 2020 Mail-In Ballot Claims

-- Gov. Wolf: DCED Secretary Dennis Davin To Depart; Neil Weaver Named Acting Secretary

-- TribLive: Federal Court: 2 Different Decisions On School Masks In Pittsburgh, Same Facts

-- ScrantonT: New COVID Cases Trending Upward Again In NE PA

-- CitizensV: NE PA Hospitals Still Stressed As COVID Patient Numbers Level Off

-- TribLive: COVID Surges Through Westmoreland County Prison

-- AG Shapiro: All 67 Counties Join Opioid Settlement

-- Inquirer: Here’s How Much Each PA County Will Get From Opioid Settlement

-- Inquirer: Philadelphia Joins $1 Billion Opioid Settlement And Is Getting At Least $186 Million

-- WESA: Allegheny County Expected To Get $90 Million As Part Of Opioid Settlement

-- PennLive: PA Plans Better Help For Children Born Into Addiction, Including Undoing Pandemic Harms

-- WITF: County Commissioners Push For More Money For Mental Health Services Among Top 2022 PrioritiesClick Here for all priorities.

-- PA State Police: Gun Background Checks Increased 11% In Last Quarter Of 2021

-- ScrantonT: Loaded Gun Stolen From Sen. Marty Flynn’s Car Used In August Shooting By Teenager, Police Say

-- WHYY: Philadelphia Releases Findings After Reviewing Over 2,000 Shootings In City-- 80% Of Shooting Victims, 79% Of Those Arrested For Shootings Are Black  

Inquirer: A Philadelphia Committee Spent 18 Months Examining The City’s Gun Violence Crisis, Here’s What It Found

-- Gov. Wolf Announces $4.5 Million Available For Organizations Targeted By Hate Crimes To Increase Security

-- MCall/TNS: Poconos Resort Under Fire After Video Of Black Guests Wrongly Accused Of Shoplifting Goes Viral

-- WHYY: Philadelphia Man Cleared After 37 Years In Prison Sues City

-- CitizensV: Superintendent Details Funding Hardships At Wilkes-Barre Area Schools In School Funding Trial

-- CitizensV Editorial: Fair School Funding Would Have Huge Impact On Students’ Futures

-- PA Cap-Star: Study PA Private Cyber-Charter Schools Lead On Cost; Lag On Results

-- PG: Pittsburgh Promise Unveils Scholarship Aimed At Increasing Amount Of Black Educators In City

-- TribLive: 2 Teens Charged In Fight Involving Pepper Spray At Pittsburgh H.S.

-- PG: Pittsburgh School Superintendent Says ‘This Is Not Who We Are’ Amid Recent Spate Of Violence

-- YorkDR: York Is A Microcosm Of The Collateral Damage That ‘Just Ripples Out’ From Youth Violence

-- Gov. Wolf: Stop Disrespecting Workers By Finally Raising The Minimum Wage

-- WHYY: Councilmember Introduces Bill To Repeal Philly Soda Tax

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[Posted: January 28, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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