Friday, May 20, 2022

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 5.20.22

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House returns to session May 23, 24, 25

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session May 23, 24, 25

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


-- Guest Essay: Funding Crucial For The Future Of Clean Water In Pennsylvania - By Hilary Falk, Chesapeake Bay Foundation & Allyson Gibson, Lancaster Clean Water Partners  [PaEN]


-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: Point State Park In Pittsburgh Gets A Visit, Boost From DCNR Secretary [Funding To Pay For $1.4 Billion Maintenance Backlog]


-- Three Rivers Waterkeeper Seeking Active River Users For New 3 Rivers Watch Program In Pittsburgh  [PaEN]


-- Penn State Extension Water Team Stormwater BMP Walks May 27: Greensburg; June 9: Cumberland County; Get Outside In May! Programs  [PaEN]


-- Help Celebrate Lancaster County Water Week June 3-11  [PaEN]


-- Delaware RiverKeeper May 20 RiverWatch Video Report


--  Gov. Wolf Awarded More Than $5.2 Million In Community Block Grant Funds For Water, Sewer Projects In 4 Counties


-- House Environmental Committee Meets May 24 On Bills Attempting To Address Local Flooding, Extending Underground Tank Cleanup Programs [PaEN]


-- New Report Finds Solar Energy Installations At PA K-12 Schools Doubled Since 2020; Their Energy Costs Don’t Fluctuate With Energy Markets  [PaEN]


-- Sustainable Pittsburgh Reopens Certification Programs To Support, Recognize Sustainability Progress  [PaEN]


-- StateImpactPA - Jon Hurdle: Eureka Resources Fracking Wastewater Treatment Plant Called A New Threat To Dimock’s Water In Susquehanna County 


-- University Of Houston: Shale Gas Wastewater Could Be Substantial Source Of Lithium To Support Renewable Energy [Eureka Resources]   [PaEN]


-- PA State Treasurer Garrity Supports Lawsuit Opposing RGGI


-- Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund Ad Supporting RGGI PA Climate Initiative


-- WHYY: Philly Council Weighing Citywide Contract To Convert Street Lights To LEDs


-- Dept. Of Human Services Extends Deadline To Apply For Low-Income Home Energy Assistance To June 17  [PaEN]


-- UGI Energy Services Provides $200,000 In Scholarships To Private Schools


-- Utility Dive: PJM Sees Need For Thermal Power Plants To Protect Against Blackout Risks Amid Rising Electrification 


-- Governor Honors PennDOT, DEP Employees For Developing Pennsylvania’s Litter Action Plan  [PaEN]


-- WHYY: Philly Council Passes Bill To Require More Asbestos Inspections In Philly Schools


-- Northeast Recycling Council Call For Papers For Fall Conference Nov. 2-3  [PaEN]


-- May 21 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Your Pollinator Garden’s Success May Depend On Bees You Can’t Identify


-- Warren Times: Spongy Moth Spraying Set For Coming Weeks 


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Forestry Camp Continues To Give PA Inmates Marketable Skills In Arboriculture


-- TribLive: Monroeville Begins Planning For Westmoreland Heritage Trail Connector Bridge


-- PA Environmental Council To Take On Operations Of Philadelphia-Based Bicycle Adventure Company Bikeout


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Beaver Babies, Roaming Snappers, First Fireflies: What’s Happening In Nature Now


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Bird Migration Nights On The Horizon, Says New Public Forecasting Tool


-- LancasterOnline - Erin Negley: Will Cicadas Swarm In PA In 2022?


-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hosts Berks Sinfonietta June 11 For Music On The Mountain


-- Help Wanted: Manada Conservancy Executive Director


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

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

-- Post-Gazette: Record High Gasoline Prices In Pittsburgh, Across U.S. Likely To Remain Elevated As Summer Arrives

-- Reuters: U.S. Power And Natural Gas Prices Soar During Spring Heatwave

“Even before the latest heat, gas futures were trading near a 13-year high as much higher prices in Europe and Asia kept demand for U.S. liquefied natural gas exports strong.

“In Pennsylvania, next-day power at the PJM West hub and gas at the Dominion South hub rose to their highest since the February freeze in 2021.”

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Prices Close At Lowest Since Start Of War In Ukraine

American Rescue Plan Funding


-- Guest Essay: Funding Crucial For The Future Of Clean Water In Pennsylvania - By Hilary Falk, Chesapeake Bay Foundation & Allyson Gibson, Lancaster Clean Water Partners  [PaEN]


-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: Point State Park In Pittsburgh Gets A Visit, Boost From DCNR Secretary [Funding To Pay For $1.4 Billion Maintenance Backlog]


-- $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

-- Reuters: Ukraine War Raises Fears Efforts To Tackle Methane Emissions From Fossil Fuels Will Be Reversed

-- The Economist: War And The Coming Food Catastrophe

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: PA Senate Republican Election Inquiry Continues, Consultant Contract Extended

-- The Guardian: Sen. Mastriano’s Win Prompts Election Fears In Pennsylvania

-- PA Capital-Star: 40 PA Republican Lawmakers Joined Far-Right Facebook Groups 

-- Post-Gazette - Tony Norman: Onward Christian Nationalists, PA Republicans Just Nominated An Unapologetic Theocrat For Governor

-- AP: Dr. Oz, McCormick Tied In PA Republican U.S. Senate Race With 8,700 Ballots To Count

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Republicans Hold Back Challenge From [Far] Right In Midterm Primary

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Lancaster County [Again] Botched Mail-In Ballots, Undermines Voter Confidence

-- Citizens Voice Editorial: Give Counties More Flexibility To Count Mail-In Votes

-- PA Capital-Star: Fetterman’s Lesson For Dems: A Clear Brand And Coherent Message Wins Every Time

-- Williamsport Sun: Group Still Seeking Hand Recount Of 2020 Election Results In Lycoming County

-- PennLive: The Pennsylvania Society Elects First Female President Since Founding In 1899

-- Reading Eagle: Reading Redevelopment Authority Chairman Apologizes For Racial Slur; Council Removes Him From Post

-- WITF: COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Rising In Pennsylvania

-- Post-Gazette: New COVID Variant Of Concern Detected In Western PA

-- KYW: 2 Montgomery County Schools To Require Masks Again Due To Increase In COVID Cases

-- NPR: Counties Supporting Ex-President Continue To Suffer Far Higher COVID Death Tolls

-- WLVR: PA Teen Drug Deaths Are Down But Officials Warn That Could Change

-- WHYY: Teen Committee Conducts Gun Violence Survey To Bring Solutions To Philly Officials

-- Post-Gazette: Texas Trio Admits To Multi-Million-Dollar Ripoff Of Government Meal Programs In PA

-- WPSU: PA Takes First Step To Join Federal ‘Internet For All’ Initiative

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[Posted: May 20, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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