Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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Senate returns to session Jan. 4, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

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TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


-- DEP Draft Rule Does Not Ban Road Spreading Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater; Industry Objects To Waste Reporting Provisions 


-- Conventional Oil & Gas Well Drillers Press DEP To Reduce Environmental Safeguards For Drilling And Treat Them The Same As Wind, Solar Energy Facilities 


-- Environmental Health Project: Feb. 22 Shale Gas & Public Health: Translating Science Into Policy Public Health Summit  [PaEN]


-- PA Cap-Star: Wolf Administration Used State Grant Funding As Leverage During Votes On RGGI In General Assembly


-- WNEP: Residents React To Proposed $6 Billion Natural Gas To Gasoline Refinery In Luzerne County


-- CitizensV: Newport Twp. Commissioners Voice Support For $6 Billion Natural Gas To Gasoline Refinery In Luzerne County


-- WBTimes: Proposed Natural Gas To Gasoline Refinery In Luzerne County Draws Questions In Newport Twp.


-- BioMass: Archaea Energy Announces Startup Of Landfill Gas Project At Keystone Landfill, Lackawanna County


-- ScrantonT: Landfill Gas Facility Opens At Keystone Landfill


-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper: Shale Gas Companies Drill Under Publicly-Owned Rivers, Streams To Extract Gas Thru Streambed Leases With DCNR 


-- Dept. Of Revenue Reports December Revenues $464.3 Million Over Estimate; Fiscal Year To Date $1.5 Billion Over Estimates  [How About The $500 Million Promised For Conservation Please] 


-- Dept. Of Human Services: Drinking Water, Wastewater Assistance Program Begins Accepting Applications Jan. 4


-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Assistance Program Opens To Help Low-Income Pennsylvanians Retain Drinking Water, Sewer Services


-- DCED Awards $79,200 For Environmental Assessment Of Shopping Center In Luzerne County


-- DCED Awards Stormwater Project Grants In Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland Counties


-- PennLive: Attending The PA Farm Show Jan. 8-15? Ag Secretary Urges You To Consider Rising COVID Risk


-- PG Guest Essay: Stargazing: Why Pittsburgh Needs Darker Skies - By Carnegie Science Center


-- Wildwood Park, Dauphin County: Jan. 25 Virtual Winter Lecture - Geology Of The Susquehanna River


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Where Did PA State Agencies Add Nearly 7,400 Acres In 2021?


-- LancasterOnline - Sean Sauro: Hundreds Of Birds Tallied By Lancaster County Birders During Christmas Bird Count


Build Back Better Budget Bill

-- E&E News: Energy, Environment Issues To Watch In Every Federal Spending Bill

Other States/National/International

-- NYT: An Evangelical Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe For The Nature Conservancy Wonders What Went Wrong

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: How To Comment On Pennsylvania’s Proposed Voting District Maps

-- PennLive: How Do PA’s Proposed Voting District Maps Affect You?  See Interactive Map

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Stop Accusations Of Retaliation And Partisanship Over New PA Voting District Maps

-- YorkDR Guest Essay: Gerrymandering Won’t Save Unpopular Candidates - Commonwealth Foundation

-- ScrantonT Editorial: Every Day Is Christmas At The Capitol In Harrisburg

-- WESA: Western PA Republican Melissa Hart Joins Governor’s Race

-- Inquirer: Democrat Josh Shapiro Wants Rep. Austin Davis To Be His Lt. Governor

-- YorkDR: Fmr Auditor General DePasquale Protects Woman During Peach Bowl Brawl - Viral Video

-- PA Cap-Star: Republican U.S. Senate Hopeful Bartos Tees Off On ‘Carpet Baggers’ In Nominating Race

-- AP: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate McCormick Resigns Hedge Fund Job

-- WHYY: Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Val Arkoosh Tests Positive For COVID

-- WHYY: 1 Year, 6 Arrests Later, Bucks County Still Debating Its Part In Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- ScrantonT: Supporters Ask Federal Judge To Go Easy On Lackawanna County Man Charged In Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- ErieT: Members Of Congress Reveal Details Of Their Escape From Assault On U.S. Capitol [PA Included]

-- MCall: Judge Disqualifies Allentown Constable-Elect Who Was Convicted Of Impersonating A Police Officer

-- PennLive: Northumberland DA Tries To Bar Newly Elected Shamokin From Council Post Because Of A Criminal Record

-- MCall: Commonwealth Court: Flawed Lehigh County Mail Ballots Should Not Be Counted In Close Judge Race, But Not Final Word

-- Dept. Of Revenue Reports December Revenues $464.3 Million Over Estimate; Fiscal Year To Date $1.5 Billion Over Estimates 

-- Independent Fiscal Office: Reports December Revenues $564.4 Million Above Its Estimates; Fiscal Year To Date $1.76 Billion Over Estimates

-- PA Cap-Star: Republican Senate Leader Says Bill To Extend Legal Window For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Unlikely To See Vote

-- PG Guest Essay: How Officials Use Tax Dollars In Lobbying Efforts - Commonwealth Foundation

-- ScrantonT Editorial: Ban Smoking In Casinos

-- ScrantonT: PA Recorded 200,000 New COVID Cases In Last 2 Weeks Setting New Record

-- PennLive: COVID Infections, Hospitalizations Spike Over Holidays In PA

-- ErieT: Erie Hospitals Prepare Following Record Surge In New COVID Cases

-- YorkD: Federal Team Arrives To Aid York Hospital As County Reports 2,000 More COVID Cases

-- Inquirer: Philly Officials Warn Residents Against Using Pop Up COVID Testing Sites In Center City

-- CourierT: Bucks County Pharmacies Overwhelmed As Omicron Drives COVID Cases

-- WESA: 17 Pittsburgh Public Schools Close Due To Staff Shortages Caused By COVID

-- MCall: Catasauqua H.S. Going Virtual Due To COVID Cases

--KYW: 81 Philly Schools Going Virtual Due To COVID-Related Staff Absences

-- CourierT: How COVID Surge, Staff Shortages Impacting Bucks County Schools

-- PG: COVID Surge Causing Gaps In Pittsburgh Transit Trips Due To Operator Illness

-- MCall: Lehigh Valley Transit Forced To Cancel Bus Trips Again Amid COVID Driver Shortage

-- PG: Elizabethtown College President Resigns, Citing COVID Demands Among Reasons

-- PG: Pittsburgh Office Market Struggles To Overcome Impacts Of COVID Pandemic

-- PA Cap-Star: Report: Unaffordable Cash Bail Is ‘A Statewide Crisis’ In PA

-- WHYY: Philly DA Focuses On Gun Violence During 2nd Inauguration Ceremony

-- Inquirer: What Does It Mean To Take A Public Health Approach To Reducing Gun Violence?

-- Inquirer Editorial: A New Year Requires A Better Plan To Tackle Gun Violence Crisis

-- TribLive: Leechburg Schools Placed On Lockdown After Threat Made On Social Media

-- TribLive: Allegheny County Medical Examiner Rules Jim Rogers’ Death Was Accidental After Being Tased Repeatedly By Pittsburgh Police

-- AP: Federal Judge Vacates 1984 Philadelphia Murder Conviction

-- ErieT: First Women Take Office To Serve As DAs In Erie, Crawford Counties

-- YorkDR: Enrollment In PA Colleges Continue To Decline

-- PG Editorial: PA Turnpike Testing The Limits With Its Tolls

-- MCall: Matt Tuerk, Grandson Of Cuban Immigrant, Sworn In As Allentown Mayor

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[Posted: January 4, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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