Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 9.21.22

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Senate returns to session September 21, October 17, 18, 19

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session September 21, October 24, 25, 26

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 9:30: House Children & Youth Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 522 (Baker-R-Luzerne) universal lead testing for children and pregnant women.  Room B-31 Main Capitol.  Click Here to watch online.

-- DEP Tells Citizens Advisory Council Road Dumping Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Still Does Not Meet Residual Waste Regulations; Remains Illegal  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Research Links Groundwater Contamination To Areas Of Unconventional Shale Gas And Conventional Oil And Gas Drilling  [PaEN]

-- House Committee Fails To Address $70 Million In Penalties On Natural Gas Pipelines Or Real Concerns Of People Living Near Gas Production & Distribution Facilities  [PaEN]

-- U.S. Dept. Of Interior Notified DEP A Republican Bill Allowed To Become Law In July May Block Funding For New Federal Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]

-- UPDATED: DEP Finalizing First Bid Packages To Plug 249 Conventional Oil & Gas Wells Under New Federal Taxpayer Funded Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette: University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health Seeks Participants In Study On Fracking And Childhood Cancers

-- WLBT: Mowing Accident Causes Natural Gas Pipeline Leak In Warren County 

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill County Heating Oil Dealers Advise Customers To Stock Up Now, Prices Expected To Rise 

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Zero In On ‘Super Emitters’ Of Methane - Conventional, Unconventional Oil & Gas Facilities

-- Education, DEP, DCNR Honor Green Ribbon Schools For Environmental Sustainability Efforts In PA; Nominations Open  [PaEN]

-- Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Announces 2022 Milestones Watershed Heroes  [PaEN]

-- Senate, House Climate Caucus Calls On General Assembly To Act On Meaningful Climate Legislation, Protect Public Health  [PaEN]

-- Clean Energy Justice Convergence: Citizen Activist Events Related To Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal: Judge Deals New Setback To 75 MW Solar Energy Project In Adams County - By Ad Crable

-- PennEnvironment, 160+ Advocacy PA Groups Call On Biden Administration To Cut Climate Pollution In Half By 2030 

-- Inquirer: Constitutional Amendments Bill Could Undermine Climate Rules, Advocates Fear

-- Better Path Coalition Sept. 21 Webinar How Green Is Blue Hydrogen? With Robert Howarth, Cornell University, 7:00 p.m. 

-- Courier Times Guest Essay: New Federal Climate, Energy Law Will Boost PA’s ‘Hydrogen Economy’ - Team Pennsylvania Foundation

-- Daily Item Guest Essay: Embrace The Future Now Before It’s Too Late - Responsible Decarbonization Alliance, Williamsport

-- The Hill Guest Essay: Should Taxpayers Gamble On Blue Hydrogen And Carbon Capture? - By Shanti Gamper-Rabindrain, University Of Pittsburgh, Author Of “America’s Energy Gamble: People, Economy And Planet

-- Penn State Researchers Part Of $540 Million U.S. DOE Initiative To Invest In Clean Energy Technologies, Low-Carbon Manufacturing To Help Achieve U.S. Net-Zero Emissions By 2050

-- Pennsylvania Receives $240 Million In Water Infrastructure Funding Under Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law  [PaEN]

-- CFA Announces Investment Of $18.2 Million In 130 Recreation, Flood Protection, Environmental Restoration Projects Funded By Act 13 Impact Fee  [PaEN]

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal Forum: Re-Wilding Our Streams To Save The Chesapeake Bay - By Robert Siegried, Resource Environmental Solutions 

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Revises Enforcement, Penalty Policies  [PaEN]

-- PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Hosts Oct. 18 Lunch & Learn Webinar On How To Make Instagram Work For You  [PaEN]

-- DEP Takes Action On 744 Permits, 97% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducts 1,434 Inspections; Responded To 4 Environmental Emergencies Last Week

-- TribLive Editorial: Volunteers Vital To Southwestern PA

-- Oct. 15 PA Resources Council Pittsburgh Reuse Fest Provides Opportunity To Donate Items. To Nonprofits For Reuse  [PaEN]

-- 16th Annual Tire Collection Challenge In Huntingdon, Mifflin, Perry Counties Collects 2,003 Tires

-- Register Now For Pike County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Oct. 29 

-- Warren Times: Audubon Community Nature Center Hosts Roadside Cleanup Oct. 1 On Route 60

-- Western PA Conservancy Protects 348 Acres Of Forest, Wetland Communities In French Creek Watershed, Erie County  [PaEN]

-- York Daily Record Guest Essay: Here’s What Lancaster Conservancy Is Doing With Its 3,000 Acres In York County - By Jim McClure

-- DCNR Pennsylvania Fall Foliage Reports To Start Soon, Get A Headstart On Planning Your Leaf Viewing Trips [Kinzua Bridge State Park Skywalk]

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Elk-Watching ‘Spectacle’ In PA Accessible Via Scenic Driver, Live Stream

-- TribLive: Improvements Eyed At Flight 93 Memorial’s Western Overlook

-- TribLive: Upstream Pittsburgh Gets $120,000 Grant For Fern Hollow Bridge Restoration, Frick Park Rehab

-- TribLive: Plans For $1.3 Million Renovation Of Overlook Park In Pittsburgh Released

-- Western PA Conservancy: Meet Fallingwater’s Summer Internship Class, Learn About Intern Opportunities  

-- Western PA Conservancy Fallingwater Oct. 25 Webinar: Artisans To Share Inspiration At 50th Anniversary Of Touchstone Center For Crafts School. Noon.

-- Game Commission: Schedule Of Game Land Tours In October


-- In Memoriam: Dr. Ralph Heister Former Executive Director, Green Valleys Watershed Association, Chester County


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

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


-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Price Jumps On Winter Risks As Putin Steps Up Ukraine War


-- WSJ: High Natural Gas Prices Push European Manufacturers To Shift To U.S., Green-Energy Incentives Luring Companies


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?


Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law


-- U.S. Dept. Of Interior Notified DEP A Republican Bill Allowed To Become Law In July May Block Funding For New Federal Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]

-- UPDATED: DEP Finalizing First Bid Packages To Plug 249 Conventional Oil & Gas Wells Under New Federal Taxpayer Funded Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]


Other States/National/International

-- Reuters: U.S. Sen. Manchin To Unveil Energy Permitting Measure Wednesday

-- Financial Times: Clean Energy Bosses Urge Permit Reforms To Meet U.S. Climate Goals

-- Reuters: Biden Administration To Fund Community Education On Nuclear Waste

-- The Guardian: UN Chief Calls For Windfall Profits Tax On Fossil Fuel Companies: ‘Polluters Must Pay’

-- The Guardian: Vulnerable Countries Demand Global Tax To Pay For Climate-Led Loss And Damage

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Scranton Times Editorial: How PA Lawmakers Spent Their Summer Vacation [Spoiler - Free Trips To Wyoming Rodeo]

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: Gifts To Lawmakers Promote Distrust In Government And Should Be Banned

-- Inquirer: New ‘Prophet’ On Campaign Trail With Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Is A Prayer-Coin Salesman

-- Erie Times: Moral Decay, Civilian Bombings, Exploiting Division: 7 Takeaways From Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Writing

-- WESA: Dr. Oz Announces Support For Reducing Prison Sentences, After Criticizing Fetterman For Releasing Prisoners

-- Post-Gazette - Julian Routh: Fetterman Reaffirms Commitment To Rural PA Communities During IUP Rally

-- Inquirer: Dr. Oz Is Barely Advertising On Facebook, Fetterman’s Ads Seen Millions Of Times

-- Spotlight PA: Basic Guide To Vetting Candidates For Governor, U.S. Senate, More

-- Politics PA: Republican Campaign Fund Releases New Ad, Allocates $7.2 Million Against Democratic Cong. Wild

-- PennLive: PA Republican Lawmakers Push Bill With Language Broader Than Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law

-- Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Summit: Shooting Survivors Stress Education As Key To Eradicating Hate

-- AP: Mail Ballot Fight Persists In Key States, Sure To Slow Count [Starts With PA]

-- Post-Gazette: Midterm Election Ballots For Allegheny County May Hit The Mail In 2 Weeks

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: False Claims Of Voter Fraud Threaten Disabled Pennsylvanians’ Right To Vote

-- Inquirer: Will Inflation Push Legislature To Give Cost-Of-Living Raises To State And School Retirees?

-- Inquirer: Biden Said The Pandemic Is Over, Here’s Where The Cases Stand In PA, NJ

-- PennLive: Bucknell University Resuming Indoor Masking Mandate Due To Rising COVID Risk

-- TribLive: Fall Allergies Share Symptoms With COVID; Ragweed A Leading Trigger

-- AP: Dauphin County DA: 10 Students Face Juvenile Court Charges In Middletown School Hazing Case  

-- PennLive: Students Criticize Middletown’s Hazing Response As School Board Moves To Expel Another Student

-- WITF: Lawmakers Want To Improve Conditions For Women In Prison

-- PA Capital-Star: Former ‘Lifers’ Call On Lawmakers To End ‘Death By Incarceration’

-- PennLive: Shootings Didn’t End These Harrisburg Men’s Lives, But They’ll Never Be The Same

-- Inquirer: Republicans Try To Make Philly DA Boogeyman, Some Democrats Keeping Their Distance

-- PA Capital-Star: PA National Leader As An ‘Unprecedented Flood’ Of Book Bans Engulfs U.S. School Districts

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny College President Leaving, Interim Leader Named

-- Post-Gazette: University Of Pittsburgh Announces Search Committee For New Chancellor

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Penn State’s Executive Committee’s Private Meetings Are Shameful

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[Posted: September 21, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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