Friday, June 17, 2022

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 6.17.22

Are You Telling Your Story?

Senate returns to session June 20, 21, 22 [Budget Time!]

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session June 20, 21, 22  [Budget Time!]

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 11:00: Seven State Agencies To Celebrate First PA Native Species Day June 17 At Stream Restoration Site On Grounds Of Fish & Boat Commission Office in Harrisburg.  [Will Be Livestreamed]


-- Who’s Protecting Taxpayers?  House To Take Up Bill Exempting Conventional Oil & Gas Wells From Plugging Bonds Sticking Taxpayers With $5.1 Billion In Cleanup Liability  [PaEN]


-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Republican Lawmakers Poised To Cost PA Billions In Highway Funding At Behest Of Oil & Gas Industry  [PaEN]


-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: PUC Fines Sunoco’s Mariner East Pipeline $51,000 More For Violations In Delaware County 


-- Penn State Beaver Seeking Volunteers For June 23 Focus Group On Energy Development, Groundwater Quality & Public Health In Western PA  [PaEN]


-- DEP Citizens Advisory Council To Hear Update June 21 On Oil & Gas Advisory Board Activities; Discuss Legacy Issues Report; Transition Paper  [PaEN]


-- PennLive: Natural Gas Royalty Payments On The Rise In Shale Gas Regions Of PA


-- Penns Valley Bridge Highlights Infrastructure Needs Of DCNR’s State Parks, Forests


-- Game Commission: Conservation Heritage Museum To Open June 25 At Middle Wildlife Management Area, Lebanon County  [PaEN]


-- WESA: 1 In 3 PA Drinking Water Systems Exceed New EPA Limits For PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’


-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: PA American Water Seeks A 25% Increase In Water, Sewer Bills


-- Republican Rep. Metcalfe This Week Began Circulating A Resolution To Impeach DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell


-- Senate Environmental Committee Meets June 20 On Bill To Extend Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Programs  [PaEN]


-- Huntingdon Daily News: Huntingdon Conservation District, County Library Team Up To Teach Youth About Importance Of Healthy Streams 


-- Schuylkill Action Network Summer Newsletter: Perkiomen Floating Classroom, Farms For Clean Water, Delaware Urban Waters Partnership, Much More


-- Delaware Currents: PA Portion Of Upper Delaware Blessed With Pristine Streams, But They Draw Little Notice From State Officials


-- Delaware RiverKeeper June 17 RiverWatch Video Report


-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Could We See Another Hurricane Agnes?  [Spoiler - Yes]


-- Courier Times: Forecasters: Bucks Should Prepare For Another Summer Of Tornadoes, Storms & Flash Floods


-- PennLive: State Seeks Innovators To Solve Farm Problem - Waste Plastics


-- Williamsport Sun: Old Lycoming Twp Cracks Down On Illegal Dumping


-- WITF: PA lost 4.2 Million Chickens As Bird Flu Outbreak Wanes, But Threat Lingers


-- DEP Publishes Revised Residual Waste General Permit WMGR096 - Beneficial Use Of Regulated Fill In June 18 PA Bulletin


-- June 18 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available


-- WHYY: South Philly Refinery Redevelopment Features Trucking, Despite Calls For Carbon-Free Development


-- PUC Seeks Comments On Proposed Settlement With Columbia Gas Concerning Washington County House Explosion In 2019; $990,000 Penalty Included


-- PUC Approves Plans By 5 Electric, Natural Gas Utilities To Return $64 Million In Federal Tax Savings To Customers


-- PUC Issues Management Audit Of Met-Ed, Penn Power, West Penn Power, Penelec With Estimated $39 Million In Cost Savings


-- TribLive: Westmoreland Volunteers Assemble Bicycles For Kids In Need


-- WHYY: Network Of Philly Walking Groups Prioritizing Self-Care And Community


-- PA Master Naturalists: Celebrating PA Native Species Day June 17


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: PA Town Pushes Bee City USA To 300 Communities 


-- Inquirer: West Nile Virus Found In Philadelphia Mosquitoes For First Time This Summer


-- Dept. Of Agriculture Protects 2,264 Acres Of Farmland In 18 Counties; 613,884 Acres Protected  [PaEN]


-- TribLive - Mary Ann Thomas: Hays Bald Eagle Juveniles Take Flight, Share The Skies With Young Hawk

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

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

-- WLVR: Trucking Industry Sounds Alarm On Rising Diesel Prices: ‘Shortages On Everything Will Be Exacerbated’

-- Scranton Times: Sen. Flynn To Introduce Bill To Temporarily Suspend State Gasoline Tax

-- US EIA Expects Significant Increases In Wholesale Electricity Prices Due To Natural Gas Price Spikes

-- Natural Gas Intelligence: U.S. Natural Gas Prices Jump Back Up After Decline Related To Texas LNG Plant Explosion

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Prices Surge 60% This Week

-- Bloomberg: Global Energy Shortage Is Making Natural Gas Too Pricey For Asian Buyers

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

-- WPost: String Of Climate Disasters Strike Before Summer Even Starts

-- Reuters: Biden To Lead Major Economies In Push For More Urgent Action On Climate

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Man Charged With Crimes Related To Assaulting U.S. Capitol Police Objects To Not Being Able To Use Self-Defense Claim

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Republican Austerity Is Literally Killing Pennsylvanians, Leaving Our Young People In Debt - PA Budget & Policy Center

-- PA Gaming Control Board Reports May Revenue $447.4 Million, Down From $461.6 Million In April

-- LancasterOnline: Class-Action Lawsuit Seeking Up To $45 Million In Refunds From Liquor Control Board Gets Big Win

-- The Center Square: Fewer Students, Bigger Budget Requests For State-Owned Universities

-- Bloomberg: Wall Street Secrets Pit $75 Billion PA Pension Fund Against Trustee Tasked With Protecting It

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Hey, PA Legislature - Where’s Our Property Tax Relief? - Cumberland County Commissioner

-- Spotlight PA: PA House Eyes Expanding Who Can Bring Sexual Misconduct Complaints Against Lawmakers

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny County’s COVID Level Drops To ‘Low’ As Hospitalizations Fall By Half

-- WHYY: Delaware County Leaders Debut Bills Aimed To Protect PA From For-Profit Health Care

-- Post-Gazette: State Awarded $3 Million Grant To Assist Families In Navigating State Unemployment Compensation System

-- Inquirer: 8 Philly Employees Charged With Collecting COVID Unemployment While Working For City

-- Inquirer: PA’s Controversial Marijuana Vape Recall Is Overturned By Appeals Court

-- PA Capital-Star: Bill Regulating Herbal Stimulant Kratom Amended By House Panel

-- PA Capital-Star: Want To Really Honor Veterans?  Pass A Red Flag Gun Law

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: What Happens When A City’s Chief Prosecutor Refuses To Prosecute?

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Ranked In Top 5 For Emerging Startup Ecosystems, Report

-- Inquirer: Philadelphia Will Host 2026 World Cup Soccer Games

-- Post-Gazette: PA Bill Could Reel In Fireworks Use After Increased Concern

-- TribLive: State Police Seeking Information On Theft Of 8,000 Golf Balls In Somerset County

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[Posted: June 17, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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