Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 7.19.22

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House returns to session September 12, 13, 14

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session September 19, 20, 21

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events

TODAY 12:30: Agenda Posted. DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: Keith Salador, Executive Director, ksalador@pa.govRead more here about agenda.


-- Gov. Wolf, Senate, House Republicans Again Fail To Hold Conventional Oil & Gas Drillers Accountable For Protecting The Environment, Taxpayers On Hook For Billions [PaEN]


-- Post-Gazette - Laura Legere: As PA Faces ‘Looming Crisis’ Of New Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells, State Law Will Freeze Well Bonding Rates For A Decade   

“The [Wolf] administration is currently exploring the next steps to ensure the industry is held accountable in order to protect the environment and that we don't lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding for well plugging.” 


-- Capital & Main - Audrey Carleton: PA Bill Jeopardizing Millions In Oil Well Cleanup Funding To Be Passed By Governor, Say Sources

-- Guest Essay: Gov. Wolf, Don’t Give Money To The Oil Industry - By Rev. Mitchell Hescox & Kim Anderson, Evangelical Environmental Network [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: A Shale Gas Well Met An Abandoned Conventional Well A Mile Away - How Did It Happen? 

-- Environmental Health Project, HealthFirstPA Host July 21 Webinar: PA's Shale Gas Boom: How PA Failed To Protect Public Health And What We Can Do To Correct It  [PaEN]

-- The Center Square: More Transparency Sought In PA Oil & Gas Industry Operations

-- York Daily Record: PA Moves Water Quality And Saving The Chesapeake Bay ‘To The Front Burner’

-- PA AML Campaign: Urge Sen. Toomey To Support Abandoned Mine Remediation STREAM Act  [PaEN]

-- Bradford Era: McKean County Conservation District Held Mine Drainage Tour

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper: Floating Classroom Covers Mining Heritage And Acid Mine Drainage Issues

-- Keep PA Beautiful Newsletter: New Waterway Stewards, Young Ambassadors Programs; Healing The Planet Grants, Cigarette Litter Prevention, More!

-- Altoona Mirror: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Set For July 22-23 In Blair County Municipalities

-- USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center Summer Newsletter Now Available [PaEN]

-- DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council Meets July 27 On State Budget, Forestry Strategic Plan, New E-Bike Policy [PaEN]

-- The Sentinel: Dickinson College Plans $1.5 Million Project To Convert Waste Into Biogas For Cooking And Heating

-- Post-Gazette: Inflation Is Pushing The Cost Of Food To Record Highs, Could Urban Agriculture Help?

-- PUC Urges Consumers To Be Alert For Energy Marketing Scams 

-- Inquirer: Water Shutoffs Resume In Philadelphia This Week But Help Remains Available For Unpaid Bills

-- NextPittsburgh: How You Can Protect Yourself Against West Nile Virus In The Pittsburgh Area 

-- PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals: 2022 Annual Conference Oct. 5-7, Sponsorships, Exhibit Space Available

-- WLVR: Where Will PA’s New State Parks Be Located?

-- Inquirer: You Can Have Nice Bike Lanes, But Only Under These Conditions, Harrisburg Republicans Say

-- TribLive: Cheswick, East Deer Among Municipalities Working To Connect Trails To Three Rivers Heritage Trail 

-- TribLive: Allegheny River Trail Park’s Concert Series A Hit With Families

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Susquehanna River Among Waterways Targeted As U.S.G.S. Takes Closer Look At Blotchy Bass Syndrome 

-- Bay Journal: Deer Caught In The Crosshairs As Their Population Grows In Chesapeake Bay Watershed - Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

-- Williamsport Sun - Julie Cramer-Le: A Little Spite Helped Turn Bird Watching Into A Passionate Hobby

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature - There Are Many Species Of Brambles


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

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

-- TribLive: Gasoline Prices Continue To Fall On Drop In Demand, Declining Oil Prices

-- WESA: Gasoline Prices Falling In Western PA

-- Baker Hughes: No Increase In PA Natural Gas Drill Rigs Last Week And In July

-- Reuters: U.S. Natural Gas Futures Jump 7% To 5-Week High On Hotter Forecasts  

American Rescue Plan Funding


-- Scranton Times: Scranton Opens American Rescue Plan Grant Round For Pandemic-Impacted Nonprofits


-- $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

-- The Guardian: Unprecedented Wildfires Envelop Alaska

-- WPost: Biden Could Declare Climate Emergency As Soon As This Week

-- Bloomberg: More U.S. Public Land Available For Oil Leasing Than Solar, Wind, Geothermal Despite Biden’s Climate Promises

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Inquirer: Extremist Social-Media Site Founder Working With Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano-- “We’re taking back this country for the glory of God and there’s absolutely nothing you can do to stop us.”

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: IRS Complaints Filed Against Cumberland County Church For Screening Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Movie

-- Post-Gazette - Tony Norman: What Did PA Do To Deserve The Likes Of Republican Cong. Mike Kelly Or Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano?

-- Erie Times: Dr. Oz Pumps Another $2.2 Million Into His Campaign, Fetterman Thrives On Small Contributions

-- PennLive: See How Many Democrats Became Republicans In PA In 2022 [Spoiler 35,000+ of 8,745,929 Total Registered Voters]

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Drop The Big Lie On Mail-In Ballot Drop Boxes

-- TribLive Editorial: Westmoreland County Handles Elections Office Like An Afterthought

-- Gov. Wolf Announces $268 Million In New Federal American Rescue Plan Funding To Boost Small Businesses

-- Courier Times: Wolf Traded Private Charter School Reform For Education Funding

-- Post-Gazette: All PA School Districts To Get Safety, Mental Health Grants As Part Of $200 Million Investment

-- MCall/Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf’s Plan To Send $2,000 Checks To Some Residents Has Stalled

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Wolf Administration Unveils Strategy To Recruit, Retain Teachers In PA

-- WHYY: Task Force Tracks Man Accused Of Building Ghost Guns In Philly

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: We Need To Talk About Stop-And-Frisk, Says Philly City Council President

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[Posted: July 19, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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