Friday, March 25, 2022

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 3.25.22

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House returns to session March 28 (NV), 29. 30, April 11, 12, 13

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session March 30, April 4, 5, 6

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events

-- Lancaster Farming: EPA Leader Says PA’s Budget A Moment Of Truth For Water Pollution Cleanup, Chesapeake Bay Water Quality  

-- Dept. Of Agriculture Expands Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area Requirements To 11 More Counties  [PaEN]

-- PA Cap-Star: Federal American Rescue Funds ‘Critical’ To State Park Repair Needs, DCNR Says

-- Republican House Bill Contains Natural Gas Industry Wish List Of Measures To Expand Natural Gas Drilling, Subsidize Pipeline Expansion, Automatically Approve Well Permits, Preempt Local Governments  [PaEN]

-- Republican Rep. Fritz Introduces Bills To Unilaterally Amend Delaware River Basin Commission Compact To End Fracking Moratorium  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Reid Frazier: Sulfuric Acid Spills From Storage Tank At Shell Ethane Plant In Beaver County

-- Group Against Smog And Pollution: Allegheny County Fines Clairton Coke (Coal) Works $4.6 Million For Air Pollution Violations

-- TribLive: U.S. Steel Hit With $4.5 Million Fine For Alleged Clairton Coke (Coal) Works Air Pollution Violations

-- PG: Allegheny County Fines U.S. Steel $4.5 Million For Clairton Emissions Violations

-- PA Solar Center Hosts April 28 Solar Soiree In The Covestro Brightspace At The Energy Innovation Center In Pittsburgh  [PaEN]

-- WLVR: Fertilizer Costs, Availability Worry Some PA Farmers

-- Pasa Sustainable Agriculture Hosts March 29 Virtual New Soil Health Tools, Insights & Opportunities For Experienced Farmers Program  [PaEN]

-- Penn State College Of Agriculture April 20 Webinar - Follow The Carbon: Re-Envisioning The Bioeconomy [PaEN]

-- North American Manure Expo To Feature Stream Tour July 13-14 In Franklin County [PaEN]

-- April 11 Chester County Water Resources Authority Municipal Stormwater Summit.  Chester County Government Services Center, West Chester.  1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

-- Environmental Quality Board Publishes Final Regulations On Phasing Out Stage I & II VOC Controls At Service Stations

-- March 26 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- PA Environmental Council, Partners Host Wild & Scenic Film Festival April 28 For In-Person Experience At Loyalhanna Watershed Assn., Westmoreland County 

-- Dept. Of Health Hosts 2 Virtual Focus Groups In April To Learn More About Private Well Water Use In PA [PaEN]

-- DEP Promotes Environmental Education, Showcases Riverbend Environmental Education Center In Montgomery County  [PaEN]

-- PA American Water Revamps Workforce Readiness To Include Summer Internships, Stream Of Learning Scholarships  [PaEN]

-- Delaware RiverKeeper March 25 RiverWatch Video Report

-- WESA: PA, Pittsburgh-Area Officials Hustling To Land Businesses That Transition Economy To A Low-Carbon, Digitized Future

-- The Pitt News: Students Fight Environmental Injustice In Pittsburgh Through Advocacy Project

-- Keep PA Beautiful Invites Local Residents To Partner With Municipalities To Adopt A Road Or Area To Reduce Litter, Cleanup Costs  [PaEN]

-- PA Resources Council, Partners Offer Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Collection Locations In Allegheny, Mercer Counties In April  [PaEN]

-- ScrantonT: Dozens Of Illegally Dumped Tires At Nay Aug Park Removed

-- Republican Herald: Traps And Bands Free To Schuylkill County Residents Who Want To Combat Spotted Lanternflies

-- Master Watershed Stewards: A Reawakening - Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers Near Streams [PaEN]

-- WeConservePA April 27 Webinar - Updating The Conservation Status Of Rare & Endangered Plants In PA  [PaEN]

-- Lancaster Conservancy Moves To Protect 1,066 Acres In York County Hellam Hills Conservation Area  [PaEN]

-- York Daily Record: ‘A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity:’ Forest, Land To Be Saved Along Susquehanna River

-- French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Partners With Robert Berry To Preserve 71.6 Acres In Chester County  [PaEN]

-- Join the PA Parks & Forests Foundation And #GetMovingPA!  Share Your Experiences On Social Media  [PaEN]

-- Wildlands Conservancy Accepting Registrations For Lehigh River Sojourn June 11 & 12

-- NextPittsburgh: North Park’s Iconic Water Tower Finds New Purpose As Public Observation Site In Allegheny County

-- LancasterOnline - Sean Sauro: New Bridge Replaced Wooden Span Washed Away By Floodwaters At Climbers Run Nature Preserve

-- Wildlands Conservancy 2022 Summer Camp Registration Now Open

-- WeConservePA: The Value Of Land Trusts & Land Conservation In PA  [PaEN]

-- Lehigh Valley-Based Wildlands Conservancy Highlights Activities Coming Up In April

-- MCall: Allentown Cracking Down On Dirt Bikes, ATVs On City Streets,  Here’s What Other Cities Are Doing

-- Game Commission: 2021-22 Deer Harvest Estimates Down 13% From Previous Year

-- PG - John Hayes: A Day On The Water With The Fish & Boat Commission’s First Black Commissioner: ‘It’s Not About Race, It’s About Fishing’

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Coyote Hunts Or Wildlife Killing Contests?  Answer Depends On Which Side You’re On

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: After Last Year’s Cicada Invasion, What Should We Expect This Year?

-- Help Wanted: Audubon Society Of Western PA Native Plant Horticultural Apprentice  [PaEN]

True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[Energy Independence Is NOT Letting Wars/Despots Continue To Set The Price For U.S. Oil/Natural Gas]

-- White House: U.S., European Commission Announce Task Force To Reduce Europe’s Dependence On Russian Fossil Fuels [Diversifying LNG Supplies; Reducing Demand For Natural Gas]

-- AP: U.S., EU Announce New Partnership To Undercut Russian Energy

-- Reuters: Biden Seals LNG Deal As EU Grapples With Energy Crunch

-- Bloomberg: U.S., EU Reach LNG Supply Deal To Cut Dependence On Russia

-- Financial Times: U.S. To Boost Supplies Of Liquefied Natural Gas To EU By 15 Billion Cubic Metres By End Of 2022

-- WSJ: U.S. To Boost Natural Gas Deliveries To Europe Amid Scramble For New Supplies

-- NYT: Why The U.S. Can’t Quickly Wean Europe From Russian Gas

-- The Economist: Ukraine War Will Speed Shift From Petrostates To New Electrostates 

-- Reuters: Analysis: When It Comes To Oil, The Global Economy Is Still Hooked

-- Bloomberg Green: Natural Gas Is A Hard Habit To Quit

-- AP: FERC Pulls Back Plan To Assess Climate, Environmental Justice Impacts On Natural Gas Project 

-- WPost: WV Sen. Manchin Launches New Push For ‘All Of The Above’ Energy Bill

-- WBTimes Guest Essay: Blame Greed For Rising Grocery, Gasoline Prices

American Rescue Plan Funding


-- Lancaster Farming: EPA Leader Says PA’s Budget A Moment Of Truth For Water Pollution Cleanup, Chesapeake Bay Water Quality  


-- PA Cap-Star: Federal American Rescue Funds ‘Critical’ To State Park Repair Needs, DCNR Says


-- $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

-- The Guardian: Many Bird Species Nesting And Laying Eggs Nearly A Month Early, Study Says

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- LancasterOnline: Millions Of House Lawmakers’ Expenses Would Be Accessible Online Under New Bill

-- PennLive: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Shapiro Offers $2 Billion+ Tax Elimination And Rebate Plan ‘To Give People Relief Today’

-- PA Cap-Star: Two Republican Lt. Governor Hopefuls Ask Sen. Mastriano; Running Mate Daniels, To Be Civil In 2022 Primary

-- City & State PA: Democratic Candidate For Lt. Governor Looks To Build Momentum

-- WBTimes: Dr. Oz Removed From Biden’s Sports Council

-- Republican Herald: PA Republican, U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial Candidates All Vying For Fmr President’s Endorsement

-- PennLive: PA Legislative Black Caucus Accepting Applications For Roebuck Scholarship

-- Courier Times Guest Essay: Battle For Hispanic Voters Comes To Allentown

-- Gov. Wolf Calls On General Assembly To Invest In Older Pennsylvanians Thru Property Tax Relief Program

-- MCall: PA Senior Citizens, Disabled Would Get Double Property Tax Or Rent Rebate For One Year Under Wolf Plan

-- Spotlight PA: Coalition To Host Debates For PA U.S. Senate With Republican, Democratic Candidates April 25-26 At Dickinson College

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Republican Lawmaker, Ex-Cop Explains His Support For Marijuana Legalization: ‘I Haven’t Lost My Mind’

-- PG: No Matter How Schools Handled Pandemic, Standardized Test Scores Still Fell

-- State Auditor General: Responsibility For School District Audits Will Return To Dept. Of Education, Closes School Audit Office

-- WHYY: Temple’s Public Safety Director Stepping Down Amid Wave Of Violence

-- PG Editorial: Highmark’s Success Should Be Spread Around

-- Gov. Wolf Calls On General Assembly To Provide Immediate Support To Small Businesses

-- York Dispatch: Student Gunned Down Near York High School

-- The Center Square: PA Bill Would Require Gun Locks With Gun Sales: ‘Bring Back Some Law And Order’

-- The Center Square: Almost 1,200 PA Workers Quit AFSCME Union In 2021; 20,000 Members Statewide

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Probation Reform A Solution To PA’s Workforce Crisis - PA Chamber Of Commerce

-- AP: PA Police Agencies Sending Body Armor To Ukraine

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[Posted: March 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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