Thursday, February 17, 2022

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 2.17.22

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House returns to session [Budget Hearings]  March 21, 22, 23

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session [Budget Hearings] March 28, 29, 30

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 9:00: Agenda Posted. DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting.  16th Floor Delaware Room, Rachel Carson Building. See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: John Brakeall 717-783-9731 or


-- Conventional Oil & Gas Drillers Pay Only $46,100 Of The $10,600,000 It Costs DEP To Regulate That Industry; Taxpayers May Be Asked To Pay The Difference  [PaEN]


-- StateImpactPA - Reid Frazier: Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Left PA Full Of 200,000+ Possibly Harmful Old Wells, Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Brings New Hope Wells Will Be Plugged  [Proposal To Increase Bonding]

-- Delaware Valley Journal: Mariner East Pipeline Construction Complete In PA, Company Says  [Article Leaves Out Record $24 Million In DEP Penalties; 48 Environmental Crimes Charges Brought By State Attorney General]


-- WITF - Rachel McDevitt: High-Ranking Oil And Gas Official Resigns From DEP


-- TribLive: Commonwealth Court Denies Murrysville Watch Committee’s Appeal Of Ordinance Allowing Unconventional Drilling 


-- YorkDR Letter: Pro-Life Means Supporting The Environment


-- DEP Posts Budget Documents For Senate/House Hearings


-- NFWF Accepting Applications For Grants To Install Cost-Effective Farm Conservation Practices In Critical Basins In PA's Portion Of Chesapeake Bay Watershed  [PaEN]


-- Public News Service: Regenerative Farming Can Help PA Reach Water Pollution Reduction Goals


-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission’s New StoryMap Showcases Water Quality Monitoring System  [PaEN]


-- WHYY: Researchers Cite Widespread Lead Contamination In Water At Philly Schools


-- Inquirer: 98% Of Philly Schools Tested Had Some Lead In Their Water


-- TribLive Guest Essay: The Story of Pittsburgh’s Water 


-- TribLive: Westmoreland County Authority Taps Into COVID Relief Program To Pay Overdue Water, Sewer Bills


-- TribLive: Franklin Twp Sewer Authority Finalizing Study Of Stormwater Inflow, Infiltration


-- AP: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides $1 Billion For Great Lakes Cleanup


-- ErieT Guest Essay: Supporting The Great Lakes Is Good For The Environment, And For Business - 1% For The Great Lakes


-- Takeaways From PA State Grange Program On Solar Energy Generation And Farming  [PaEN]


-- TribLive: High International Crude Oil Prices, Rising Demand Boosting Pittsburgh Region Gasoline Prices


-- ErieT: Erie Feels The Pain As Gasoline Prices Soar Due To High International Crude Oil Prices [Due To International Energy Markets Setting Prices]


-- WilliamsportS Editorial: Carbon Capture Injection Wells Promising Step


-- DCNR Accepting Applications For Grants To Support Volunteer Fire Companies Protecting Against Wildfires [PaEN]


-- YorkDR: Brian Whipkey: Fish & Boat Commission Creates Public Access To Private Stream Corridors In PA


-- Pocono Record - Brian Whipkey: Game Commission’s Howard Nursery Provides Trees, Shrubs, Habitat Structures Across PA


-- Wildlife For Everyone Foundation: April 8 Soaring Eagle Celebration, State College


-- Interns Wanted: DEP Offering Paid Summer Internship Positions  


-- Interns Wanted: DCNR Offering Paid Summer Internship Positions 


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Maple Sugaring In PA - Where And When You Can Get Your Tastebuds Titillated


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Ready To Count Your Backyard Birds For Science?  Great Backyard Bird Count


-- ScrantonT: Experience Nature Without Leaving Home During Backyard Bird Count


Federal Security Advisory


WHYY/NPR: How To Prepare For Russian Cyberattack; Federal Cyber Security & Infrastructure Agency Issued A ‘Shields Up’ Warning To U.S. Companies


American Rescue Plan Funding


-- $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


-- AP: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Provides $1 Billion For Great Lakes Cleanup


Other States/National/International

-- U.S. Power Sector Natural Gas Consumption Has Likely Hit Its Peak

-- U.S. Dept. Of Energy Seeks Public Input On New Hydrogen Hubs, Clean Hydrogen Manufacturing To Decarbonize Industry Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 

-- Financial Times: U.S. Coal Companies Defy Obituaries With ‘Amazing’ Results

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- WITF: Reading, Allentown Highlight How Redistricting Can Impact Latino Communities For Better, Worse

-- YorkD Guest Essay: A Fair Congressional Voting Districts Map Awaits Final Approval - House Republicans

-- AP: Republican Commonwealth Court Judge Issues Order Blocking Mail-In Voting For Primary Election; PA Supreme Court Reviewing Underlying Decision

-- PennLive - John Baer: Republican Race For Governor A Hot Mess, And It’s Just Starting To Bubble

-- Inquirer Pro/Con: Should PA Governors, Lt. Governors Run On Same Ticket?

-- City & State PA: Endorsements In PA’s U.S. Senate Race Keep Stacking Up

-- MCall - Paul Muschick: Talk About Getting Off Easy: A $150 Fine For A State Officials Who Ripped Off Taxpayers

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Progressive Activists Ask Wolf Administration To Bar Republicans Involved In Trying To Overturn The Nov. 2020 Election, Assault On U.S. Capitol From Primary Ballot

-- YorkD: ‘Subpoena Was Long Overdue:’ For Republican Sen. Mastriano From U.S. House Committee Investigating Assault On U.S. Capitol 

-- PA Cap-Star: Who In PA The U.S. House Committee Investigating The Assault On U.S. Capitol Wants To Hear From And Why

-- YorkDR: York County Commissioners Name New Elections Director; Democrats Say She Has No Elections Experience

-- MCall - Bill White: Will PA’s Government Go Full MAGA Next Year?

-- WITF/AP: Democrats Fear Extinction In Rural PA And Across The Country

-- CourierT: PA Law Mandates Judges Retire At Age 75, Here’s How They Can Avoid It

-- The Center Square: State Revenue Estimate Discrepancies Focus Of PA House Budget Hearing

-- PA Gaming Board: $68 Million In Wagers Placed On Super Bowl, 27% Increase Over Last Year

-- Dept. Of Health Weekly Update On COVID Cases, Vaccinations, Hospitalizations

-- Inquirer: More Than 9,000 Pennsylvanians Died In COVID Omicron Surge

-- WHYY: Philly Drops COVID Vaccine Mandate For Indoor Dining

-- TribLive: Allegheny County’s COVID Stats ‘Headed In A Favorable Direction

-- Spotlight PA: As COVID Surged, Few PA Schools Signed Up For Free COVID Testing

-- Inquirer: Final Republican Witness In PA School Funding Trial Disputes $4.6 Billion Spending Gap

- Gov. Wolf Outlines $200 Million Plan To Make College Affordable

-- AP: Wolf Renews High-Ed Scholarship Idea, Amid Worker Shortage

-- PennLive: Middletown Schools To Require Students To Use Clear Backpacks After Gun Found In Middle School

-- TribLive: White Students ‘No Longer Members’ Of Winchester Thurston School In Pittsburgh After Video Mocking George Floyd

-- Inquirer: 12-Year-Old Is Charged With Murder In Beating Death Of 70-Year Old Man During Carjacking

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: 7 Moms Whose Kids Were Killed By Gun Violence Share What They’ve Lost

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: ‘Please Take Pictures:’ Philadelphia Moms Who Lost Children To Gun Violence Don’t Want Us To Look Away

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster DA No Longer Using Civil Forfeiture Funds To Help Pay Drug Task Force Salaries

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Activists, Officials Hope Legislation Will End ‘Systemic Racism’ In Traffic Stops

-- CitizensV Editorial: Remington Settlement Warning Shot For Insurers

-- AG Shapiro Charges 5 Out-Of-State Residents For Defrauding PA’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

-- TribLive: What’s The Post-Pandemic Future Of Downtown Pittsburgh Development?

-- WHYY/NPR: How To Prepare For Russian Cyberattack; Federal Cyber Security & Infrastructure Agency Issued A ‘Shields Up’ Warning To U.S. Companies

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[Posted: February 17, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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