Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 4.27.22

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House returns to session April 27

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session May 23, 24, 25

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 9:00:  House State Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 811 (Cox-R-Berks)  removing future employees of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission from the state employees retirement system.  Room G-50 Irvis Building. Click Here to watch online.


TODAY 9:30: House Local Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 1462 (T.Davis-D-Bucks) requiring municipalities to notify property owners of changes in FEMA special flood hazard area maps. Room 523 Irvis Building.  Click Here to watch online.


-- 15 Projects Recognized With 2022 Governor's Awards For Environmental Excellence [PaEN]


-- DEP:  99% Of 707 Permit Decisions Met Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,329 Inspections; Responded To 5 Environmental Emergencies Last Week


-- House Republicans Move Solar, Wind Bonding Bill; Fail To Plug The $1.8 Billion Hole In Conventional Oil & Gas Well Bonding; Opposed Regs Making Natural Gas Pipelines Safer, Reducing Methane Emissions  [PaEN]

-- WESA: Allegheny County Council To Reconsider Ban On Fracking In County Parks

-- Williamsport Sun: Stream Restoration Project To Help Reduce Pollution Loads In Old Lycoming Twp


-- Register Now For Pike Conservation District May 14 Wetlands Are Wonderful Identification Workshop  [PaEN]


-- Met-Ed Green Team To Celebrate Arbor Day April 29 With Tree Planting In Reading


-- Register Now For American Society For Reclamation Sciences Annual Meeting June 12-16 In Duluth, MN; Research Findings, Film Festival Videos & Student Posters Invited  [PaEN]


-- Post-Gazette - Laura Legere: Coal Industry, Workers Sue To Halt PA’s Program To Reduce Carbon Pollution From Power Plants


-- Green Building Alliance Receives Grant From Henry L. Hillman Foundation To Lead Higher Education Climate Consortium Of Pittsburgh  [PaEN]


-- MCall Guest Essay: How Lehigh University’s Solar Energy Project Went Wrong


-- PUC PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Announces Penalties Against Violators


-- PUC Offers Tips On Door-To-Door, In-Person Energy Sales; Urges Consumers To Be Aware Of Their Rights, Options


-- Penn State Virtual G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture In Mineral Engineering April 29 On Mining Safety & Health Research For A Rapidly Changing Industry.  3:00 p.m.


-- TribLive: Penn Twp. Police To Take Outdated Meds In Drug Take Back Day April 30


-- Register Now! PA Environmental Council Western PA Dinner May 18 Celebrating The PA Outdoor Recreation Economy.  Pittsburgh


-- DCNR Celebrates Induction Of Boyd Big Tree Preserve In Dauphin County Into The Old-Growth Forest Network  [PaEN]


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Boyd Big Tree Preserve In Dauphin County Added To National Old-Growth Network


-- Musser Gap To Valleylands Conservation Plan Moving Forward With Community Input In State College  [PaEN]


-- Bedford Gazette: Broad Top Twp. Discusses Recreation Development, Trail Work


-- NextPittsburgh: Pittsburgh’s 800 City Steps Bring Joy To The People Who Discover Them


-- Warren Times: Experience Bird Banding First-Hand At Audubon Community Nature Center Saturdays Thru May 21


True Energy Independence Means Renewables

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

-- NYT: Why U.S. Oil Companies Aren’t Riding To Europe’s Rescue [“Executives Fear That Oil And (Natural) Gas Prices Won’t Stay High”]

-- Financial Times: European Natural Gas Prices Soar After Russia Halts Supplies To Poland, Bulgaria  [Yours Will Too]

-- WPost: EU Accuses Russia Of ‘Blackmail’ After Natural Gas Cut To Poland, Bulgaria  [The penalty we pay for being lashed to natural gas.]

-- Reuters: Russia Stops Natural Gas To Poland, Bulgaria, Opens New Front In Economic War   

-- AP: Russia Cuts Off Natural Gas Supplies To Poland, Bulgaria In War Escalation

-- Bloomberg: How Russia’s Natural Gas Ban Rips Thru Core Of European Industry

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


-- Reuters: U.S. To Boost Green Jobs, Curb Emissions By Plugging Old Oil & Gas Wells


-- Gov. Wolf Highlights Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Funded PennDOT Projects In Western  PA


Other States/National/International

-- Utility Dive: Looking To Start A Hydrogen Hub?  Here’s What Experts Say It’s Going To Take

-- AP: Climate Activist’s Self-Immolation Stirs Questions On Faith, Protest

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- TribLive: Anti-Defamation League: 82% Increase In Antisemitic Incidents In Western PA In 2021

-- MCall/Reading Eagle: PA Republican Congressional Candidate Haunted By Antisemitic, Racially Tinged Social Media Messages

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: How A Shuttered Bathroom At A Pittsburgh Grocery Store Explains Structural Racism

-- WITF: Texts Show Details Of Republican Cong. Scott Perry’s Role In Plan To Overturn 2020 Election 

-- PennLive: Federal Judge Recommends Dismissal Of Lawsuits Seeking To Take Republicans Mastriano, Perry Off Primary Ballot 

-- TribLive: Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Meet In Debate, Without Front-Runners

-- Spotlight PA: Why Independents Can’t Vote In May Primary

-- MCall: Lehigh County Detectives To Watch Election Drop Boxes, Could Prosecute Anyone Who Deposits More Than One Ballot

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: PA Republicans Should Spend Money On Improving Our Elections, Not Trying to Expose Problems That Don’t Exist

-- TribLive Editorial: Existing Resources Easily Available For Ballot Drop-Off

-- PA Capital-Star: Senate Republican Budget Chair Has Primary Opposition

-- AP: Billions In Surplus Have PA Lawmakers Thinking Business Tax Cut

-- Gov. Wolf Stands Against Gun Violence, Calls For Life-Saving Legislative Action

-- PA Capital-Star: As Deaths Rise, A New Call For Gun Reform, Will Republicans Listen?

-- PennLive: Beaver County Firearms Maker Disputes Federal Crackdown On ‘Ghost Guns’

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Lawmakers Look To Curb Online Sales Of Stolen Goods By Imposing Disclosure Rules

-- PA Capital-Star: House Passes Bill Limiting Philly DA To Two Terms

-- Scranton Times: Bench Warrant Issued For Fmr AG Kathleen Kane On DUI Charges

-- Inquirer: PA Nursing Home Buyers Would Face More Scrutiny Under State Health Proposal

-- Inquirer: Massive Philly School Planning Process Will Decide Future Of Its Infrastructure

-- York Dispatch: Billboard Latest Step In One Aunt’s Quest for Justice In Child’s Death

-- Post-Gazette: State-Owned Universities Call On Legislature For More Funding

-- City & State PA: State-Owned Universities Embarked On Groundbreaking, Fraught Quest To Redesign System

-- Citizens Voice: Salary For Luzerne Community College President Up To $196,711

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Flirting With Disaster: Bridge Inspections Must Stay Public

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[Posted: April 27, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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