Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Capital RC&D Equine Pasture Management Field Day June 25, Columbia County

Assessing pasture health can feel challenging any time but may be especially difficult during seasonal transitions and weather extremes. 

There are tools available that horse owners can use to determine pasture health and management techniques that can be adopted to improve the health and survival of pasture forages. 

These tools and techniques will be the focus of the equine pasture management field day hosted by Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council on June 25 at Quodomine Veterinary Services, 70 Schoolhouse Road, Bloomsburg, Columbia County from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 

Dr. Linda Quodomine, DVM, event co-host and owner of Quodomine Veterinary Services will provide information about new protocols for parasite management. 

Donna Foulk, Grazing Advisor with Capital RC&D, will demonstrate how to evaluate pasture quality, will discuss the biology of forage growth and health, will highlight practices that can enhance forage survival, and will help participants identify major forages and weeds. 

She will be joined by Suzette Truax, Grazing Specialist with USDA-NRCS, who will focus on how to develop rotational grazing systems and heavy use areas that can be beneficial in maintaining forage survival throughout the year.  

Suzette will also discuss resources that are available to make pasture improvements.

There is no charge for the event but registration is requested and can be made online at the Capital Area RC&D Events webpage, by emailing info@capitalrcd.org,  or by calling 717-241-4361- please leave a message for extension 15.

This event is sponsored by Capital RC&D through partnership with the Stroud Water Research Center and with funding through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed grant.

For more information contact Cheryl Burns at Capital RC&D at 717-241-4361 or via email at cburns@capitalrcd.org.  

Visit the Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council website for more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and more.

Take Action Now!

-- Tell Your Legislator NOW To Set Aside $500 Million From Federal American Rescue Funds To Support Local Environmental, State Park & Forest Projects

[Posted: May 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

Slippery Rock Creek Watershed Coalition Highlights Jennings Environmental Center Day Camps; Lake Arthur Regatta; One Room Schoolhouse Restoration

The
May Catalyst newsletter from the Butler County-based Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition highlights several events this month.

DiscoverE Day Camps At Jennings!

Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County is excited to announce the return of their DiscoverE Day Camps!

Children ages 4 through 12 will love spending time exploring outside and learning some awesome information about our forests and more! Sessions are broken into 3 age categories:

-- Hide-N-Seekers (4 & 5 year olds) Tuesdays from June 14 - July 5, explore Fantastic Forests (choose an AM or PM session, $2 per session)

-- Outdoor Explorers (6-8 year olds) Thursdays from June 16 - July 7, Seeing the Forest AND the Tree (choose an AM or PM session, $5 per session)

-- Penn's Adventurers (9-12 year olds) on Wednesdays from July 13 - July 27 (one session each day) will be announced soon!

Registration and payment are required in advance: (for both Hide-N-Seekers and Outdoor Explorers) 

Lake Arthur Regatta

Mark your calendars for the Moraine State Park Regatta on August 5-7 and plan for some summertime fun! A full weekend of free family fun at the shores of beautiful Lake Arthur will have something to offer everyone. 

Schoolhouse Restoration

Turns out there is more to restore in the Slippery Rock Creek Watershed than just land and streams impacted by abandoned mine drainage! 

This particular location was impacted by time and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (the law of increasing entropy — as time goes by, everything decays, breaks down, etc.) 

We’re talking about the Foltz Schoolhouse, located in Slippery Rock and under the care of Jennings Environmental Education Center. 

Click Here to read the entire newsletter.   Click Here to sign up for your own copy.

For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition website.

Take Action Now!

-- Tell Your Legislator NOW To Set Aside $500 Million From Federal American Rescue Funds To Support Local Environmental, State Park & Forest Projects

[Posted: May 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

University Of Pittsburgh European Studies Center: Just Energy Transition Workshop Online Event June 3-4

The Just Energy Transition Workshop is a timely workshop to examine the progress of the EU member countries, as well as the United States and Canada, following the COP-26 in Glasgow in 2021 and the IPCC Sixth Assessment Reports published in 2022.

It brings together scholars from North America and Europe to explore the equity aspects of the energy transition, within the context of their countries’ historical patterns of energy production and consumption. 

For countries that have made significant adoption of renewable energy, how can policies be designed to further expand renewable energy adoption, while ensuring broader sharing of benefits, both as a valuable end in itself and in order to sustain political support for the energy transition. 

For countries that continue to have a strong reliance on fossil fuel extraction, how can policies help the shift towards renewable energy while assisting workers and communities, which have been reliant on fossil fuel extraction, to diversify their economies?

The keynote speaker will be: Jim Skea (Ph.D. Cambridge) is the Co-chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental  Panel on Climate Change. He was the Research Director of the interdisciplinary UK Energy Research  Centre until 2012, leading the Phase I Energy 2050 project. 

Other speakers include--

-- Patrice Geoffron (Ph.D. Paris-Dauphine University) is a Research Fellow of the Centre on Regulation in Europe, member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Management and Network Economics, and co-editor of the Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment journal.

-- Pablo del Rio Gonzalez (Ph.D. Autonomous University of Madrid) is the head scientist of the Environmental Economics group of the Institute of Policies and Public Goods of the Higher Council for Scientific Research.

-- Shanti Gamper-Rabindran (Ph.D. MIT) is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her book America’s Energy Gamble (Cambridge University Press 2022) details how political, financial and legal institutions entrench fossil fuel dependency, but how efforts to shift to renewable energy are gaining traction.

-- Espen Moe (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles) is a professor in the Department of  Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

-- Andrea Prontera (Ph.D. University of Florence) is assistant professor of international relations in  the Department of Political Science, Communication and International Relations at the University of  Macerata, Italy. 

-- Nancy Olewiler (Ph.D. University of British Columbia) is a professor at the School of Public  Policy at Simon Fraser University, affiliated with organizations such as Powertech Labs Inc. and the Center for Public Research.

-- Mogens R├╝diger (Dr.Phil. Aalborg University, Ph.D. Copenhagen University) is a professor at Aalborg University, research coordinator for the Contemporary History research unit, and a member of various academic boards and councils.

-- Miranda Schreurs (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is Chair of Climate and Environmental Policy at the Technical University of Munich.

Click Here to register and for more information on the agenda.

[Posted: May 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

PA Soil Health Coalition Learning Challenge - 'Soil Your Undies' To Learn More About Soil Health

The
Chesapeake Bay Foundation has joined the Pennsylvania Soil Health Coalition, undergarments brand “The Big Favorite,” and other organizations to launch a brief campaign challenging everyone to learn about the health of their soil and neighborhood microbes, by planting underwear.

A series of digital activities will invite anyone with a field (row crop or grazing), backyard garden, or lawn to plant a pair of 100 percent cotton underpants. 

Once the undies are planted, microbes in the soil will feast for 60 days before participants dig the undies back up and report their findings to organizations, and document them on social media. 

Based on the level of decomposition, the challenge partners will share tips on how to improve soil quality. 

The bottom line is the more the underwear decomposes, the healthier the soils are.

Also leading the “Soil Your Undies” challenge is the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, All Together Now PA, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Stroud Water Research Center, and Lancaster Water Week. 

The planting campaign continues through early June leading up to Lancaster Water Week, held June 5-11.

“The ‘Soil Your Undies’ campaign is a fun way for people to see if their soil has a healthy population of microbes that do amazing work,” said Kelly O’Neill, CBF Agricultural Policy Analyst in Pennsylvania. “In addition to breaking down fabric, some microbes work to recycle dead plant material into nutrients that the plants can use, to reduce crop fertilizer needs. Others form networks among plant roots, to hold soil and nutrients in place. This keeps them where needed and prevents nutrients and soil from polluting local waterways.”

“As we improve our soils, it changes the way that water flows across the land,” said Lisa Blazure, Soil Health Coordinator at Stroud Water Research Center. “Healthy soils soak in more water, allowing plants to thrive, adding to the groundwater, and keeping local streams flowing with clean, cool water.”

“Soil Your Undies” challenges have been taken worldwide, from the United States to Australia. 

CBF and partner organizations organized the campaign to reinforce the collective goal of educating communities on the importance of soil health and emphasizing its connection to ecosystems and clean water.

For more information, visit the  Soil Your Undies Campaign webpage.

Take Action Now!

-- Tell Your Legislator NOW To Set Aside $500 Million From Federal American Rescue Funds To Support Local Environmental, State Park & Forest Projects

Related Article:

-- Guest Essay: Pennsylvania's Lawmakers Must Invest More In Outdoor Recreation, Cleaning Up Polluted Waters, Restoring Habitat - By Alexandra Kozak, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership [PaEN]

[Posted: May 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

PA Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance June 15 Webinar - Proposed EPA Rule Reducing Oil & Gas Methane Emissions

The
PA Interfaith Power & Light and Jewish Earth Alliance are hosting a June 15 webinar on EPA proposed regulation reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations starting at 7:00 p.m.

Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry threaten the climate and waste natural resources. For over a decade, the Environmental Defense Fund has researched O&G methane emissions and advocated for strong regulations and other solutions to reduce emissions. 

John Rutecki and David Lyon from EDF will provide an overview of EPA’s proposed methane rule that would regulate hundreds of thousands of existing sites, plus a summary of EDF’s recent research into the detection, quantification, and mitigation of emissions.

The inspirational speaker will be Arthur Gershkoff.

The goal of this program is to encourage citizens interested in this issue to contact federal officials to support this initiative.

Click Here for more information and to register.

Visit the PA Interfaith Power & Light and Jewish Earth Alliance websites to learn more about their initiatives, programs, upcoming events and how you can get involved.

[Posted: May 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

DEP Advises 18 Municipalities Where Road Dumping Of Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Wastewater Is Occurring The Practice Is Illegal And Considered Waste Disposal

On April 13, the Department of Environmental Protection advised 18 municipalities in four counties the road dumping of conventional oil and gas drilling wastewater is illegal and considered waste disposal.

DEP’s letters were advising the municipalities because they were locations where conventional drilling operators reported they disposed of their wastewater by indiscriminately dumping it on dirt and gravel roads.

DEP said coproduct determinations submitted by CRS Energy, LLC, DJR Well Services, Energy Resources of America, Inc., Robert Heiter, Howard Drilling, JMB Energy, JMG Energy, LLC, L&B Energy, LHS Production, McComb Oil  and Vista Resources, Inc. failed to meet the requirements in the Residual Waste Regulations and the production wastewater dumped on the roads in these townships must be considered waste and waste disposal.

“Disposal of waste without approval from DEP is unlawful conduct under the Solid Waste Management Act, Act of July 7, 1980, P.L. 380, as amended, 35 P.S. Sections 6018.101-6018.1003,” the letter said.

The townships provided this information by DEP include--

-- Athens Twp., Crawford County: CRS Energy, Howard Drilling

-- Fairfield Twp., Crawford County: CRS Energy, JMG Energy, Vista Resources

-- Greenwood Twp., Crawford County: Vista Resources

-- Union Twp., Crawford County: Energy Resources Of America

-- Venango Twp., Crawford County: Energy Resources of America

-- Vernon Twp., Crawford County: CRS Energy, JMB Energy, Vista Resources, Energy Resources of America

-- Wayne Twp., Crawford County: DJR Well Services, JMB Energy, McComb Oil

-- Union Twp., Erie County: L&B Energy

-- Venango Twp., Erie County: Robert Heiter

-- Fairview Twp., Mercer County: CRS Energy, Vista Resources

-- French Creek Twp., Mercer County: CRS Energy, Howard Drilling, JMG Energy

-- Greene Twp., Mercer County: Vista Resources

-- Lake Twp., Mercer County: CRS Energy

-- New Vernon Twp., Mercer County: CRS Energy

-- Perry Twp., Mercer County: CRS Energy, Howard Drilling, McComb Oil

-- Canal Twp., Venango County: Howard Drilling

-- Cranberry Twp., Venango County: Howard Drilling

-- Richland Twp., Venango County: CRS Energy, Howard Drilling, LHS Production

DEP said, “This letter is provided for your information and is neither an order nor any other final action of DEP.  It neither imposes nor waives any action available to the DEP under any of its statutes."

PA Environment Digest obtained copies of the letters through a Right To Know request.

Basic Text Of DEP Letter

The text of DEP’s letter providing information to these 18 townships on the illegal practice of road dumping conventional oil and gas wastewater follows--

“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) recently completed its review of information submitted by CRS Energy, LLC, JMG Energy, LLC and Vista Resources, Inc. in support of their coproduct determinations dated April 12, 2021, December 19, 2019 and February 11, 2020, respectively, for the use of produced fluids from conventionally drilled oil and gas wells (aka “Brine”) as a dust suppressant for road application in Vernon Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

“Additionally, the DEP has requested information on multiple occasions from Energy Resources of America, Inc. in support of their coproduct determination and to date has not received any information.

“Based on information received by DEP, your Township may have received and/or applied this Brine to roads within your Township for dust suppression.

“Please be advised that, at this time, the DEP has not concurred with the coproduct determinations of CRS Energy, LLC, Energy Resources of America, Inc., JMG Energy, LLC and Vista Resources, Inc.

“DEP has requested more information to support CRS Energy, LLC’s, Energy Resources of America, Inc’s, JMG Energy, LLC’s and Vista Resources, Inc.’s claims that their Brine is a “coproduct” as defined in 25 Pa Code Section 287.8.

“Brine that does not meet the definition of coproduct is still considered a “waste” and the application of waste on roads or land is “disposal” as those terms are defined in 25 Pa Code Section 287.1. 

“Disposal of waste without approval from DEP is unlawful conduct under the Solid Waste Management Act, Act of July 7, 1980, P.L. 380, as amended, 35 P.S. Sections 6018.101-6018.1003.

“Further, in accordance with 25 Pa Code Section 287.8(c), a person claiming that a material is a coproduct is required to provide documentation that supports the coproduct determination to persons selling, transferring, possessing, or using the material.

“Absent documentation that sufficiently supports the coproduct determination, persons selling, transferring, possessing, or using the material should be managing the material as a waste.

“This letter is provided for your information and is neither an order nor any other final action of DEP.  It neither imposes nor waives any action available to the DEP under any of its statutes.

“If you have any further questions about coproduct determinations, please do not hesitate to contact DEP’s Kevin Beer by telephone at 717.787.6051 or by email at kbeer@pa.gov

“Thank you. 

"Sincerely, Christina S. Wilhelm, Program Manager, Waste Management Program"

84 Townships Listed As ‘Waste Facilities’

DEP has listed a total of 84 townships as “waste facilities” where road dumping of conventional oil and gas drilling wastewater has occurred.  Read more here.

Wastewater Exceeds Health Standards

In addition to the practice of road dumping conventional oil and gas wastewater presently being illegal, a new study released by Penn State University demonstrates runoff from road dumping exceeds human health and environmental standards and does not work as a dust suppressant.

On May 26, Penn State University and the Department of Environmental Protection released a new study of spreading conventional oil and gas wastewater on unpaved roads by Penn State researchers, who found the wastewater running off the roadways after spreading contains concentrations of barium, strontium, lithium, iron, manganese that exceed human-health based criteria and levels of radioactive radium that exceed industrial discharge standards.  Read more here.

Related Articles:

-- Millions Of Gallons Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Spread Illegally On Dirt Roads, Companies Fail To Comply With DEP Waste Regulations  [12.13.21]

-- DEP Lists 84 Townships As ‘Waste Facilities’ Where Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Has Been Disposed Of By Road Spreading; Municipalities Need To Do Their Due Diligence [12.27.21]

-- New Penn State Study Finds Runoff From Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Dumped On Unpaved Roads Contains Pollutants That Exceed Human-Health, Environmental Standards  [5.27.22]

[Posted: May 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 5.31.22

Are You Telling Your Story?

Senate returns to session June 6, 7, 8 [Budget Time!]

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session June 7, 8, 9 [Budget Time!]

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


-- In Memoriam: Walt Pomeroy, Environmental, Wildlife & Wilderness Advocate  [PaEN]

 

-- Guest Essay: Pennsylvania's Lawmakers Must Invest More In Outdoor Recreation, Cleaning Up Polluted Waters, Restoring Habitat - By Alexandra Kozak, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership [PaEN]

 

-- New Penn State Study Finds Runoff From Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Dumped On Unpaved Roads Contains Pollutants That Exceed Human-Health, Environmental Standards  https://bit.ly/3GmH9ZM  [PaEN]


-- DEP Federal ‘Orphan’ Well Plugging List Includes 7,300 Active Conventional Wells With Identified Owners; DEP Says Cost Recovery A Priority  [PaEN]

 

-- WESA: Pittsburgh Preparing For Increasingly Severe Flooding From Climate Change

 

-- Warren Times: Students Receive ‘Watershed Ed’ At Chapman State Park

 

-- Warren Times: Middle Schoolers Help ‘Pay-It-Forward’ By Cleaning Up Roads, Waterways

 

-- WHYY - Susan Phillips: Consumer Advocates In PA Caution Against Switching Electric Suppliers As Utilities Raise Rates

 

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: The Dark Side Of Nuclear Power - Erie Epstein, Three Mile Island Alert

 

-- WESA: Recycle Computers, Cables, Microwaves At Galleria At Pittsburgh Mills June 4

 

-- WHYY: Philly Needs 60 More Lifeguards To Open Most Pools This Summer

 

-- Williamsport Sun: DCNR Environmental Educator’s Service Earns Award


-- PennLive: National Guard Helicopter Crew Helps Rescue Lost Hikers In Dauphin County


-- WESA: With Wildlife At The Backdoor, Pennsylvanians Watch Out For Ticks


-- Inquirer Guest Essay: PA Has More Lyme Disease Cases Than Any Other State


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: ‘Orphaned’ Wildlife Babies Probably Are Not: Game Commission


-- Williamsport Sun - Lycoming Audubon/ Seven Mountains Audubon: May Warblers Abound Throughout PA


-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature: There’s Meaning To Names We Give Plants, Animals


6th Oil/Natural Gas Spike: True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[There Is No Limit On What Oil/Natural Gas Industry Can Make You Pay]


-- Inquirer Editorial: Gasoline Tax Refund Giveaway Presents Big, Inequitable Hit To State Budget


-- AP: In Major Blow, EU Bans Imports Of Most Russian Oil 


-- WPost: EU Agrees To Phase Out Russian Oil But Exempts Pipeline Deliveries


-- Reuters: Russian Natural Gas Flows To Europe Fall As Russia Cuts Exports To Dutch


-- Bloomberg: Oil Headed For Longest Run Of Monthly Gains In More Than A Decade [$124]


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


-- AP: Hurricane Agatha Hits Southern Mexico Coast As Strongest May Hurricane


-- Bloomberg: Miracle Fuel Hydrogen Can Actually Make Climate Change Worse


PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: Gift Ban, Other Good-Government Changes Stall In PA Despite Promises From Leadership 

-- City & State PA: Exit Interviews: Republican Sen. Jake Corman, The Leader

-- York Daily Record: Josh Shapiro Launched His Governor Bid In Johnstown, Why That Might Help The Democrat Win

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Open Primaries For Fairness, Governance

-- AP: Man, Boy 10, Killed In Drive-By Shooting In Philadelphia Over Violent Holiday Weekend

-- Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s Gun Violence Takes Troubling Turn To Younger Victims

-- Inquirer: Carjacking Continues To Plague Philadelphia; Here’s How Young Carjackers Say They Get Away With It

-- York Daily Record: York City Police Offers Registry For Residents With Mental Illness

-- PA Capital-Star: Audit Of Pittsburgh Police Finds Racial Disparities In Marijuana Charges

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