Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 4.26.22

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House returns to session April 26, 27

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session May 23, 24, 25

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY At Call Of Chair:  House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to meet on House Bill 2104 (Rapp-R-Forest) setting statewide bonding and decommissioning requirements for solar and wind energy facilities.  The bill also preempts local governments from adopting their own regulations; House Bill 2367 (Mako-R-Northampton) prohibiting the construction of wind energy facilities that negatively affect military installation’s airspace, flight paths or training.  Room G-50 of the Irvis Building starting at the Call of the Chair-- sometime after the House convenes.  Click Here to watch online.   Click Here to read more on the agenda.


-- DEP: Latest Penn State Report On Environmental Impact Of Road Dumping Conventional Drilling Wastewater Will Have ‘Immediate,’ ‘Large,’ ‘Intense’ Impact In PA, Nationally [PaEN]


-- Financial Assurance, Plugging Regulations To Be Reviewed To Prevent New Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells Under Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Plugging Program  [PaEN]


-- DEP: Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Prompting Review Of On-Site Disposal Options For Oil & Gas Well Plugging Wastes; Radioactive Waste Disposal  [PaEN]


-- DEP: Draft Updates Coming To Regs. On Conventional Oil & Gas Waste Disposal As Early As July; Waste Reporting Changes Invited  [PaEN]


-- DEP Not Seeing Uptick In Oil & Gas Drilling; Expects $8 Million Deficit In Funding Oil & Gas Regulatory Program  [PaEN]


-- PA Professional Geologists April 26 Webinar Comparing Factors Affecting Groundwater Drinking Water Quality In Areas Where Shale Gas Has Been Developed In NC PA And Has Not Been Developed In The Delaware Watershed  [PaEN]


-- WFMZ: Hopes Rise Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Dollars Will Go Towards Addressing Contamination Of Catawissa Creek In Schuylkill County


-- Register Now For May 2 Tour, May 5 Virtual Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium  [PaEN]


-- Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay Accepting Presentation Proposals For Nov. 4-6 Chesapeake Watershed Forum  [PaEN]


-- Chesapeake Bay Journal 2021 Annual Report - Independent Environmental News For Chesapeake Region


-- Reading Eagle: Reading Preparing For Drawdown At Unsafe Bernhart Lake Dam


-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper: Watersheds, Regulations And Rights - How It All Flows And Our Duty to Promote, Protect These Resources


-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper: Research Looks Into Ways To Better Gauge, Curb Pharmaceutical Impacts On Region’s Aquatic Resources


-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper: Consider The Potential Carbon Footprint Of The Food You Eat - Kathy Snavel, Owner Of Kathy’s Cuisine


-- AP: Coal Interests Sue To Block Pennsylvania’s Final Reg. Reducing Carbon Pollution From Power Plants [RGGI]


-- Penn State Task Force Unveils Recommendations To Eliminate 100% Of Carbon Emissions By 2035  [PaEN]


-- Warren Times: Be Part Of Audubon Spring Roadside Cleanup May 7


-- TribLive: Communities Across Pittsburgh Region Participate In Drug Take Back Day April 30 


-- Republican Herald: With Prevalence Of Overdoses, Drug Take Back Day Important, Schuylkill County Sheriff Says


-- PA Business Report: Lawmakers Visit Eco Material’s Danville Plant To Celebrate Removal Of 150,000 Tons Of Landfill Ask Recycled Into Concrete


-- Penn State Awarded Manufacturing PA Grant To Improve Glass Recycling Technology


-- Southern Maryland Chronicle: FEMA To Evaluate PA, MD Readiness To Respond To Radiological Emergency At Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station


-- DCNR Dedicates Trailhead Signs In Lebanon, Schuylkill Counties To Honor George H. Kaufman, Former Jonestown Mayor, Longtime DCNR Employee  [PaEN]


-- Patch: New Stretch Of Schuylkill River Trail Opens In Chester County


-- MCall: How South Whitehall Twp. Plans To Use $1 Million To Improve Jordan Creek Greenway Trail To Improve Biodiversity, Environmental Health 


-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Awarded $56.8 Million In State RCAP Funding For Parks, Infrastructure, Affordable Housing


-- TribLive: Enjoy Nature At Allegheny Land Trust’s Barking Slopes Conservation Area In Plum


-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections On Nature: Leeks Grow Wild Throughout Northern PA


-- TribLive: PA Garden Centers, Landscapers Begin Phasing Out Newly Banned Plants


-- Fish & Boat Commission Awards Grants For Boating Access In Erie, Takes Steps Against Spread Of Invasive Species, Other Actions At Quarterly Meeting


-- LancasterOnline: Kayaker Reported Missing In Conestoga River Found Dead


-- York Dispatch: Coroner IDs Man Who Died After Falling Into Codorus Creek 


PA Politics


-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Democratic Candidates For U.S. Senate Divide On Energy, Government Reforms, More In Debate


-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: State Republican Candidates Reassuring On Energy Policies


True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[Listen To What European Allies Need, Not To What Our Natural Gas Industry Wants]

-- USA Today: Expect An ‘Extremely Volatile’ Year For Natural Gas 

-- TribLive: Oil Market Volatility Brings End To Declining Gasoline Prices, Analysts Say  

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: Europe Faces Critical Shortage Of Metals Needed For Clean Energy

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- WHYY/BillyPenn: 1 In 5 Young PA Voters Can’t Participate In Big U.S. Senate, Governor Races Because Of Closed Primaries

-- Warren Times Editorial: Unsecured Voting Must Go Away

-- WESA: Allegheny County In ‘Desperate’ Need of Poll Workers To Run The Upcoming Primary

-- PennLive: Lebanon County Democrat Seeks To Join Federal Court Fight To Keep Republican Candidate For Governor Sen. Mastriano Off Primary Ballot

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: Fighting For Less Government, More Individual Liberty - Charlie Gerow, Republican Candidate For Governor

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: Delivering Real Results For Pennsylvanians - Josh Shapiro, Democratic Candidate For Governor

-- Inquirer: Josh Shapiro Spends Big To Tell His Story Now, With No Democratic Primary Rival For Governor

-- WESA: Lots Of Jabs, But Few Policy Differences In First Full Debate Of Republican U.S. Senate Candidates

-- PA Capital-Star: ‘Carpetbagger’ Accusations Continue In PA’s Republican U.S. Senate Race

-- PennLive Editorial: Kudos To Republican Candidates For Governor Who Respect PA Voters By Showing Up At Debate

-- TribLive: Democratic Candidates For U.S. Senate Square Off In 2nd Primetime Debate

-- Post-Gazette: Democratic U.S. Senate Debate Brings Out Candidates’ Key Points With Single Question

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Democratic Candidates For U.S. Senate Divide On Energy, Government Reforms, More In Debate

-- Inquirer: 4 Takeaways From Monday’s Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates’ Debate

-- MCall: PA Democrats Running For U.S. Senate Push For All-Hands Approach To Gun Violence

-- AP: Ex-President’s Endorsements Hovers Over Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Debate

-- TribLive: Survey: 93% Of Pittsburgh Hospital Workers Are Thinking About Leaving Profession

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Why Is Sen. Schwank Making It Harder To Obtain Buprenorphine When It Saves Lives In Opioid Epidemic

-- TribLive Editorial: Nursing, Teaching, Trucking - A Trifecta Of Burnout

-- WHYY: Study Used By Republicans Revised, Now Shows Low-Income Students Get Less State Funding

-- Post-Gazette: Penn State Surpasses Fundraising Goal, Raising More Than $2 Billion

-- Altoona Mirror: Students, Faculty Protest PSU-Altoona Cuts, Layoffs

-- PA Capital-Star: Community College Of Philadelphia, Philly Housing Authority Team Up To Offer Student Housing

-- Courier Times: ‘Video Vigilantes’ Have Come To Bucks County, Are They Catching Predators Or Jeopardizing Justice?

-- PA Capital-Star: Biden Taps Openly LGBTQ Attorney As Top Federal Prosecutor For Philly Region

-- WITF: Your Mass Transit Ride In PA May Get Better, Thanks To New Federal Funding

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny, Indiana, Fayette Lead A 10-County Region In Slow Internet Connections

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[Posted: April 26, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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