Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 2.15.22

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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. Environmental Quality Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building.  See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: Laura Griffin, Regulatory Coordinator,  laurgriffi@pa.gov, 717-772-3277.  [Oil & Gas Program Fee Report  Read more here.]

TODAY 10:00: House Appropriations Committee state budget hearings begin. 10:00-Dept. Of Revenue.  House Floor.  Click Here to watch live.

TODAY Noon: Virtual. Protect PT Webinar On Proposed Increase In Oil & Gas Well Bond Amounts So Taxpayers Don’t Have To Pay To Plug Wells Conventional, Unconventional Drillers Abandon.

TODAY 12:30: Agenda Posted. DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: Keith Salador, Executive Director, ksalador@pa.gov. [Chesapeake Bay Program Update  Read more here.]


-- DCNR Discusses Infrastructure Needs At Gifford Pinchot State Park, All State Parks & Forests  [PaEN]


-- PA Cap-Star: ‘We’re Almost At A Crisis Point’: DCNR Reiterates $1.4 Billion In Infrastructure Needs At State Parks, Forests


-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: From Pit Latrines To Poorly Rated Bridges, PA State Parks, Forests Showing Their Age, Officials Say


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Pandemic Brought Unexpected Changes In Outdoor Recreation, Penn State Study Says


-- ​​PA American Water Now Accepting Entries To Protect Our Watershed Student Art Contest [PaEN]


-- WBTimes: Feb. 24 Virtual Community Information Forum In Nanticoke By Action Together NEP On Natural Gas To Gasoline Refinery Project


-- ScrantonT Editorial: Electrify State, Local Vehicle Fleets


-- PennLive Guest Essay: We Should Only Ban PFAS When There’s Evidence Of A Health Risk - Consumer Choice Center, A Project Of Students of Liberty


-- WBTimes Editorial: Farm Preservation is Self-Preservation


-- AP: Woman Dies After Fall At Closed Unsafe Glen Onoko Hiking Trail In Carbon County


-- PG: Kayak Rentals To Move To The Convention Center Waterfront Park In Pittsburgh


-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Philly Kids Need More Places To Play


-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: Join February Virtual Programs To Connect With Nature!


-- PG: Hays Bald Eagles Greet 2nd Egg Of The Season In Pittsburgh


-- Game Commission: Check On Snow Geese Migration At Middle Creek Wildlife Area


-- TribLive: DNA Test Confirms Animal At Westmoreland Rehab Center Was A Coyote


-- Help Wanted: Audubon Society Of Western PA Facility Steward Succop Nature Park [PaEN]


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?


Other States/National/International

-- Financial Times: Oil’s Price Climb Towards $100 Tempts U.S. Shale Companies To Shed Restraint

-- AP: Megadrought In Western U.S. Worsens To Driest In At Least 1,200 Years

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- City & State PA: Barletta, Mastriano Lead In Early Republican Polls For Governor

-- Inquirer: Several Staffers Have Left Republican Sen. Corman’s Campaign For Governor

-- PA Cap-Star: Democratic Group Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Barletta-Linked PAC

-- ScrantonT: Republican Candidate For Governor David White Portrayed Himself As The Blue-Collar Candidate

-- AP: Fmr Rep. Davidson Fined All Of $150 Over Campaign Law Violations [Does That Seem Right To Anyone Else?]

-- Independent Fiscal Office Budget Hearing Materials: Federal PA Pandemic Relief: $30.7 Billion Direct Aid To Businesses; $26.5 Billion Aid To State/Local Governments

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Taverns, Restaurants Raise Questions On Proposed Republican Liquor Privatization Constitutional Amendment

-- MCall - Ford Turner: Lawmakers Want State Approval Of Hospital Deals After 2 Chester County Hospital Closures

-- PG: Increased Investment In Schools Could Help Resolve Social-Emotional Issues, Says State Education Secretary

-- WHYY: University Of Pennsylvania Receives $125 Million Gift To Train Nurse Practitioners For Free

-- Spotlight PA: U.S. Justice Dept. Finds PA Courts Discriminated Against People With Opioid Use Disorder

-- AP: Commonwealth Court Rules Against Philadelphia Lost-Gun Reporting Law

-- ABC27: Philly DA Blames Republicans For Spike In City Violence

-- Reuters: School Boards Get Death Threats Amid Rage Over Race, Gender, Mask Policies  [PA Schools Featured]

-- Inquirer: Chester County H.S. Shuts Doors For A Day After ‘Threatening Statements’ Made Over Masking

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: McCaskey H.S. Response To Investigation Of Name-Calling Incident During Basketball Game In Lebanon ‘Wonderful’

-- WESA: New Doula Program Designed To Help Pregnant People In PA State Prisons

-- Inquirer Editorial: Term Limits For Philly City Council Will Bring New Voices To Local Politics

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[Posted: February 15, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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