Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 8.17.22

Are You Telling Your Story?

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


THURSDAY 10:00:  Agenda Posted. DCED PA Grade Crude [Oil] Development Advisory Council meeting. State College.  Remote Access via Microsoft Teams.   Conference Call: +1 267-332-8737. Phone Conference ID: 518 218 645#    Contact: Adam Walters, or call 717-214-6548.  Read more here on the agenda.

THURSDAY 9:15: Agenda Posted. DEP Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building, Harrisburg.  See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: Kirit Dalai, [Note: There will be an update on RGGI implementation.]

THURSDAY 1:00: Agenda Posted. DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting.  Cambria County Library, 248 Main Street, Johnstown.  1:00 p.m. See webpage for remote options to join the meeting.  Contact: John Brakeall jbrakeall@pa.govRead more here on the agenda.

-- PA PUC: Cost Of Natural Gas Provided By Major Utilities In PA Increased As Much As 154% Over Last Year  [PaEN]


-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: Philadelphia Natural Gas Works Proposes To Cap Its Weather Normalization Charge To Prevent Future Billing Mayhem


-- Yale School Of Public Health Study Found PA Children 2 To 3 Times More Likely To Be Diagnosed With Leukemia If They Live Near Unconventional Shale Gas Facilities  [PaEN]


-- University Of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Conservation District Study Links Pittsburgh Urban Soil Contamination To Historical Air Pollution, Inversions  [PaEN]


-- New Federal Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Signed Into Law; PA Groups React  [PaEN]


-- TribLive: PA Lawmakers Tout Increased State, Federal Funding To Fight Climate Change


-- Poconos Region Special Protection Streams Deliver $3 Billion In Economic Benefits [PaEN]


-- Environmental, Watershed Groups Appeal Stormwater Permit For Proposed Swiftwater Solar Project In Monroe County  [PaEN]


-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Water Authority Supervisor Gets Probation For Role In Dumping Sludge In Allegheny River


-- PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals Awards Environmental Science Scholarships To Molly Hoffman And Megan Kownurko  [PaEN]


-- Covanta Delaware Valley, Chester Environmental Partnership To Award $20,000 In Scholarships To Local Students


-- Scranton Times: With Water Levels Dropping, Abington Heights School District Students Rescue, Relocate Fish From Pond In Lackawanna County


-- PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Hosts Sept. 14 Webinar On Outreach & Marketing To New, Existing Members, Donors  [PaEN]


-- U.S. Steel, Equinor, Shell To Explore PA-OH-WV Regional Clean Energy Hub To Create New Jobs, Stimulate Economic Growth, Reduce Carbon Emissions


-- Citizens Voice: Construction Of Bitcoin Mining Facility Suspended Near Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant In Luzerne County


-- WESA: How Allegheny County Is Trying To Make Air Quality Easier To Understand


-- MCall Guest Essay: Green Investments Position Lehigh Valley For Success - Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh) + Molly Parzen, Conservation Voters Of PA


-- DEP Took Action On 846 Permits, 98% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,389 Inspections Last Week


-- Scranton Times: West Nile Virus Detected In Mosquitoes In Throop, Lackawanna County


-- TribLive Editorial: Preventing Tick-Borne Illness Requires Research And Acceptance


-- TribLive - Mary Ann Thomas: Experts To Discuss Spotted Lanternfly Invasion At North Park, Allegheny County Aug. 22


-- Spotlight PA: Spotted Lanternfly Squashing Was Once All The Rage In PA, Is That Zeal Fading?


-- Post-Gazette: How 62 Acres Slated For Development In Allegheny County Became A Conservation Success Story [Allegheny Land Trust]


-- U.S. Forest Service Accepting Applications For Landscape Scale Restoration Grants  [PaEN]


-- DCNR Prohibits Hunting With Firearms In Four State Parks In Southeast PA


-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: New Hunting Restrictions Go Into Effect For Some PA State Parks


-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Official Wants Electric Bike Policy For Wyoming Valley Levee Trails


-- Carnegie Museum Of Natural History: Chimney Swift Conservation In Southwest PA; Contribute Your Sightings  [PaEN]


-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hosts Sept. 17 Native Plant Sale 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


-- Stroud Water Research Center Roaring Twenties Soiree For Rivers Sept. 16 The Navy Yard, Philadelphia

U.S. Senate Climate, Energy Bill


-- New Federal Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Signed Into Law; PA Groups React  [PaEN]


-- White House: Climate, Energy, Healthcare Law - By The Numbers


-- AP: What’s In New Federal Climate, Energy, Healthcare Law?


-- Financial Times: A Guide To The U.S. Climate, Health And Tax Package


-- Financial Times: U.S. Climate Law’s Solar And Wind Boom Applause Muted By Cost, Permit Concerns


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

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


-- PA PUC: Cost Of Natural Gas Provided By Major Utilities In PA Increased As Much As 154% Over Last Year  [PaEN]


-- Bloomberg: Asia Natural Gas Prices At Highest Since Russian War Began On Fuel Crunch


-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Prices Surge Again As Higher Demand Compounds Supply Pain


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

-- Capital & Main: FracTracker Alliance Infrared Video Shows Widespread Oil & Gas Methane Leaks In Los Angeles

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- AP: Ex-President’s Angry Words Spur Death Threats And Real Violence [PA Connections Included] 

-- Post-Gazette: Mercer County Man Charged In FBI Threats Split Online Personas Between Adventure Photographer, Right-Wing Ranter 

-- MCall: PA Man Who Rammed U.S. Capitol Barricade Before Killing Himself Lived In Lehigh Valley, Had Lengthy Criminal History

-- Inquirer: A QAnon Follower Who Drove To Philly’s 2020 Vote Count In A Hummer Filled With Guns Now Facing Criminal Charges Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol 

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Mercer County Man Charged With Threatening The FBI On The Social Media Site Gab Another Warning 

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Challenges Shapiro To 2 Debates, But Only On His Terms

-- Post-Gazette - Julian Routh: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Challenges Democrat Shapiro To 2 Debates, But With Conditions

-- York Daily Record: Poll Shows Republican Cong. Scott Perry Losing To Democratic Opponent

-- York Daily Record: Did Overturning Roe v. Wade Lead To Spike In New PA Voters?  It’s Complicated

-- MCall - Ford Turner: Lawmakers Hear Calls To Open PA Primary Elections To All Voters

-- LancasterOnline: PA Lawmakers In Line For Largest Automatic Pay Raise Ever, Pushing Base Pay Over $100,000

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: As Pennsylvanians Struggle, State Lawmakers Set To Receive Automatic Pay Raise That Will Push Their Base Pay Above $100,000  

-- WITF: PA Works To Tackle Unemployment Compensation Problems, Advocates Want Job  Done Right

-- AG Shapiro Takes Lead Role In Multistate Lawsuit Against Predatory Personal Lending Company

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Lawmakers Need To Address The Growing Threat Posed By Illegal Skill Gambling Games - Pete Shelly

-- Post-Gazette: Wolf Signs Executive Order To Protect LGBTQ Pennsylvanians From Conversion Therapy

-- Centre Daily Times: Centre County Schools Face Staff Shortages: ‘The Worst I’ve Ever Seen It’

-- MCall: Debate Continues Over Proposed Pennridge School District Policies Banning ‘Advocacy’

-- WITF/AP: Little League World Series Is Back In Williamsport With 4 More Teams

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[Posted: August 17, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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