Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 5.25.22

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House returns to session May 25, June 7, 8, 9 [Budget Time!]

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session May 25, June 6, 7, 8 [Budget Time!]

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events

TODAY Call of Chair:  House Local Government Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 275 (Yaw-R- Lycoming) which limits the ability of communities to offer new and clean energy sources and energy efficiency programs by locking in the status quo, in particular natural gas. Room 515 Irvis Building.  Call of Chair. Click Here to watch live onlineClick Here for more on the agenda.

-- DCNR Highlights Need To Allocate Federal American Rescue Fund Monies To Pay For Repairs At Facilities Like Memorial Lake State Park, Lebanon County  [PaEN]

-- Natural Lands: A Chance For $500 Million To Invest In Growing Greener Statewide, With Your Help

-- PA American Water Announces $10,000 Sponsorship Of Pennsylvania Envirothon; Statewide Competition May 25  [PaEN]

-- Centre County Commissioners Recognize Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority's 50th Anniversary  [PaEN]

-- Stroud Water Research Center Celebrates 10 Years Of Watershed Restoration - 1,000 Acres Of Riparian Buffers, 41,000 Acres Of Improved Soil Health  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension Watershed Winds: Meadow Planting At Spring Creek In Dauphin County  [PaEN]

-- Sign Up Now! LandHealth Institute's ProFESS - Future Environmental Scientists & Stewards - For Students Grades 9-12 In Philadelphia  [PaEN]

-- Stroud Water Research Center Latest UpStream Newsletter

-- Delaware River Basin Commission Notice Of Program, Water Charges Fee Increases

-- WPost: In Coal Country, A New Chance To Clean Up A Toxic Legacy - Extracting Critical Minerals From Abandoned Mine Drainage

-- The Derrick: Scrubgrass Creek Watershed Assn. Works To Offset Effects Of Acid Mine Drainage

-- WHYY: Chester Receiver Floats Monetizing Water Authority As ‘Only Realistic Way’ Out Of Potential Bankruptcy

-- Earthworks, FracTracker Alliance Release New Online Oil & Gas Threat Map; Find Natural Gas Facilities, Wells Near You  [PaEN]

-- Evangelical Environmental Network: Caring For Creation Together - A West Virginia Interfaith Conference On Climate Change June 4 In Charleston  [PaEN]

-- Green Building Alliance: Pittsburgh 2030 District 2021 Annual Report Of Accomplishments - 10 Years Of Impact [$267 Million Saved; 38.3% CO2 Reduction/382,000 tons; 37.1% Water Reduction]

-- Clean Air Council Announces Voluntary Settlement With Energy Transfer Over Air Permits For Marcus Hook Natural Gas Liquids Plant  [PaEN]

-- DEP Took Action On 703 Permits, 94% Within Permit Decisions Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,342 Inspections; Responded To 6 Environmental Emergencies Last Week 

-- PUC Reminds Consumers Of Upcoming Hearings On Proposed 10% Rate Increase By Columbia Gas

-- PUC Reminds Consumers Of Hearing On Proposed 9.1% Increase By PECO Gas

-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: Aqua PA Details 12% Rate Increase And Hits Sewer Users Hardest

-- WESA: Pittsburgh Officials Want City’s Other Water Companies To Be As Transparent As Pittsburgh  Water Authority

-- Inquirer: Residents Navigate Heaps Of Trash As College Students Move Out In Philadelphia; Current Mitigation Efforts Aren’t Working

-- Inquirer: Philadelphia Urged To Buy Back $10 Million In Liens To Protect Community Gardens

-- Warren Times: Mobile Lab Brings ‘Agriculture To The Kids’

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Here’s How The Pandemic Gave Us Skyrocketing Wood Prices

-- PennLive: How Reading Deals With Illegal ATVs And Dirt Bikes: It Crushes Them

-- Williamsport Sun: Basin Street Riverwalk Connector Funding Plan Given Early Nod

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Build Streets For Humans First, Not Cars

-- Republican Herald: Celebration Will Return As Pioneer Mine Tunnel Marks 60th Anniversary

-- LancasterOnline - Sean Sauro: Lancaster Conservancy Seeks $5 Million In Public Donations, Hopes To Preserve Thousands More Acres

-- Susquehanna Greenway Outdoor Expo To Be Held June 4 At Shikellamy State Park, Northumberland County  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Fern Hollow Nature Center Holding Gala In The Garden

-- WeConservePA: Countryside Conservancy Introduces Sposito Preserve, Lackawanna County

-- LandHealth Institute Highlights Upcoming Wonderwalk Events In Philadelphia’s Natural Areas 

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: More Monarch Butterflies Migrating Back To PA This Spring, But Population Remains Threatened  

-- PA Sea Grant: New Video Shows How Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Thru Aquariums, Water Garden Trades  [PaEN]

-- DEP Blog: Sea Lampreys - Parasitic Predators Of Lake Erie, Great Lakes 


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

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

-- WLVR: How To Protect Yourself From Impending Electricity Rate Hikes [Caused By Natural Gas Spikes]

-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: PA Power Prices Rising June 1 By Up To 46%, There Are Ways To Save [Increases caused by natural gas price spike]

-- U.S. EIA: FERC Approves New Natural Gas Pipeline Projects To Increase U.S. Exports

American Rescue Plan Funding

-- DCNR Highlights Need To Allocate Federal American Rescue Fund Monies To Pay For Repairs At Facilities Like Memorial Lake State Park, Lebanon County  [PaEN]

-- Natural Lands: A Chance For $500 Million To Invest In Growing Greener Statewide, With Your Help

-- $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

-- NOAA Predicts Above-Normal 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- AP: Mastriano Allowed To Rejoin PA Senate Republican Caucus For Meetings

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Voters Wanted To Burn The House And Senate Down This Primary Season - Fletcher McClellan,  Elizabethtown College

-- Post-Gazette - Julian Routh: Dr. Oz’s Lead Over McCormick Shrinks To Fewer Than 1,000 Votes As Automatic Recount Nears

-- City & State PA: State’s Top Election Official Is Required By State Law To Order A Recount By Thursday

-- AP: National, State Republicans Intervene In Lawsuit To Oppose Counting Certain Mail-In Ballots In U.S. Senate Race 

-- Inquirer: Court Battles Over Mail-In Ballots In PA U.S. Senate Race Have Split Republicans

-- Spotlight PA - Stephen Caruso: How Federal Court Ruling On Mail-In Ballots Could Affect 2022 Primary Results

-- TribLive: 200+ Undated Mail-In Ballots In Allegheny County To Be Counted, But Kept Separate

-- TribLive Editorial: Let’s Cut The Politics And Speed Up Vote Counting

-- The Amistad Project: Commonwealth Court Overturns State Decertification Of Voting Machines In Fulton County - Court Opinion

-- Courier Times: What Does PA Republican U.S. Senate Race Tell Us About November’s Election?

-- PA Capital-Star: America’s State Supreme Courts, Including PA, Have A Diversity Problem

-- Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools To Operate On Modified Lockdown In Response To Texas Shooting

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Public Schools In Lockdown After Texas Shooting, Teaches Remotely At Banksville

-- Scranton Times: PA Student Stabbed 9 Times Following Fight In School Bathroom In Coatesville; Hunt On For 16-Year-Old Suspect

-- WHYY/6ABC: Family Identifies Student Stabbed At Coatesville H.S., Suspect Not In Custody

-- PA Capital-Star - John Micek: Legislature’s Utter Inaction On Most Basic Constraints On Gun Violence Is One Of The Great Moral Failures Of Governance Of The Last Decade

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: Massacres Of Schoolchildren Continue To Lead To Anguish, But Not Action

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Pass Red Flag Gun Law

-- TribLive: Rep. DeLuca Seeks Ban On Cellphone Use In Schools Statewide

-- KYW: Central Bucks School District Under Fire For Allegations Of Discrimination Against LGBTQIA+ Students

-- PennLive: Senate Republicans Advance Bill Blocking Trans Female Athletes From Girls, Women’s School Sports

-- KYW: Philadelphia Ordered To Pay 2 Female Ex-Officers $1 Million In Lawsuit Over Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

-- LancasterOnline - Brad Bumsted: Groups Urge PA’s Chief Justice  To Intervene On Access To Criminal Records

-- Citizens Voice Editorial: Bill Builds Confidence In Investigations Of Police-Involved Shootings

-- AP: Man Pleads Guilty To Sending Threatening Email To Dr. Fauci, Dr. Levin

-- MCall: 2nd Emergency Baby Formula Shipment Will Come To Nestle’s Distribution Center In Lehigh Valley

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[Posted: May 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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