Friday, October 28, 2022

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 10.28.22

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Senate returns to session November 15 [Adjourn for year]

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session November 14, 15, 16 [Adjourn for year]

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- Bill Goes To Governor Creating Well Plugging Grant Program; Senate, House Again Fail To Address Woefully Inadequate Conventional Well Plugging Bonding  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA: PA’s Natural Gas Industry Set To Benefit From Billions In State Tax Credits

-- AP: PA Lawmakers Send Gov. Wolf Large Package Of Energy Tax Credits

-- Citizens Voice Editorial: State Insists On Paying Polluters  [PaEN]

-- Public Herald: Public Records Show PA Has 10,543 Injection Wells Where Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Wastewater Is Often Used For Enhanced Recovery Of Oil & Gas

-- Penn State Research: PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Persist Through Wastewater Treatment, May Enter Crops - By Penn State News  [PaEN]

-- PUC Approves 9% Increase In The Basic Monthly Bill For Typical PECO Natural Gas Division Customers; On Top Of An 103.2% Increase In Cost Of Natural Gas [PaEN]

-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: PUC Approves 9% Increase For PECO Natural Gas Customers

-- Senator Yaw: LNG Exports Critical In Preventing Emissions Backslide  [Real Story Is LNG Exports Keep PA Natural Gas Prices High, Which Is Where Industry Wants Them As Business Media Keeps Reporting]

-- Reuters: Column: Higher LNG Exports May Turbocharge U.S. Energy Transition By Driving Higher Natural Gas Prices

-- CNBC: Wave Of 60 LNG Tankers Waiting To Unload Is Overwhelming Europe, Hitting Natural Gas Prices 

-- Reuters: LNG Ships Play Waiting Game Off Spain’s Coast As Higher Prices Eyed

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Glut To Help Ease Winter LNG Crunch In Asia

-- Bloomberg: Two Massive LNG Plants Start Construction In Texas


-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: EQT, CNX See Bright Future For Appalachian Natural Gas, But Energy Agency Says Russia’s War Has Caused Many To Rethink Use Of Gas  


-- Pittsburgh Business Times: EQT Drilling Points To Pipeline Maintenance, Drought For 30% Slowdown In New Wells

-- DCNR Notice Of 176 Acre Susquehanna River Streambed Lease To SWN Natural Gas Production Company In Great Bend Twp., Susquehanna County - Value: $704,000

-- Williamsport Sun: Legislation On Oil & Gas Royalty Payment Transparency To Hit Gov’s Desk

-- WHYY: 7 Arrested At ‘People’s Decommissioning’ Of Oil Tank Farm At Former Philadelphia Refinery In Southwest Philly

-- Citizens Voice: DEP Will Monitor Culm Bank Site For Possible Underground Coal Mine Fire In Newport Twp. Near Proposed Natural Gas To Gasoline Plant Site In Luzerne 

-- Scranton Times: Coal Mine Subsidence Closes Portion Of Keystone Ave. In Blakely, Lackawanna County

-- State Conservation Commission Accepting REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Applications Until Nov. 18  [PaEN]

-- PA Parks & Forests Foundation Blog: What Is A Riparian Forest Buffer And Why Should You Care?  -  By Teddi Stark, DCNR Watershed Forestry Program Manager  [PaEN]

-- Sen. Gordner Announces $200,000 Grant For Shamokin Creek Restoration Project In Northumberland County  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Officials Highlight Federal, State Investments In Conservation, Environment, Urban Revitalization

-- Clean Water Is Up To You: The Family Forest Carbon Program - By Carol Hillestad for Brodhead Watershed Association, Monroe County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Notice Of Stream Redesignation Evaluations For 4 Streams In Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Greene Counties

-- Keep PA Beautiful: Final Report On 2021 Healing The Planet Grants Supported By The Giant Company

-- Nominations Now Being Accepted For 2023 Pennsylvania River Of The Year  [PaEN]

-- Delaware River Basin Commission Holds Nov. 9 Hearing On Water Requests; Dec. 7 Quarterly Business Meeting  [PaEN]

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Oct. 28 RiverWatch Video Report

-- CEOs For Sustainability Nov. 2 C-Suite Summit In Pittsburgh To Highlight Business Action Around Climate Change, Share New Insights On Regional Decarbonization Strategy [PaEN]

-- PA Solar Center Nov. 18 Webinar: PA Solar Guidebooks: Helping Landowners and Municipalities Navigate Solar Growth  [PaEN]

-- PennTAP: Get A Free Pollution Prevention & Energy Efficiency Assessment For Your PA Manufacturing Business  [PaEN]

-- Southwestern PA Energy Efficiency Roundtable Nov. 15 Webinar: Unraveling The Ins And Outs Of Retro-Commissioning And Saving Energy. 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

-- University of Pittsburgh Prof. Shanti Gamper-Rabindram On America’s Energy Future Nov. 15 At Riverstone Books In Pittsburgh, 6:00 p.m.

-- PUC Seeks Comments On Proposed Settlement With National Gas & Electric LLC Over Sales And Marketing Practices

-- PUC: 2021-22 Audit Investigations Identified Over $60 Million In Savings For Utilities & Consumers

-- PUC Directs Allegheny County Contractor To Pay $2,500 Penalty For PA One Call Violations

-- PUC Notice Seeks Members For PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee

-- PUC Recognizes National Critical Infrastructure Security Month

-- PUC Notice Extending Comment Period On Use Of Fully Projected Future Test Year Proposed Rulemaking

-- PUC Elects Newly Confirmed Commissioner Stephen DeFrank As Vice Chairman

-- October 29 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- WHYY: North, West Philly Continue To See Higher Concentration Of Lead Exposures, Despite Citywide Decline

-- DEP Notice Of Proposed Revised Radon Mitigation Standards Technical Guidance

-- Environmental Quality Board Publishes Final Regulation On Municipal Waste Rural Transfer Facility Permit-By-Rule 

-- Keep PA Beautiful Litter Hawk Youth Award Program Now Open!  Fun, Prizes & Litter Awareness For Grades K To 6  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Westmoreland Police Departments, Sheriff’s Office Collecting Unused Meds Saturday

-- Help Wanted: PA Resources Council - Zero Waste PA Program Manager; Events Coordinator  

-- Warren Times: Audubon Nature Center First Sunday Storytime Nov. 6 Is Free

-- DCNR: State, Local Officials Join In Dedication Of Enola Low Grade Rail Trail Bridge In Lancaster County

-- DCNR Issues 5th Weekly Fall Foliage Report - Sightseers Should Target SE PA For Best Color  [PaEN]

-- TribLive - Mary Ann Thomas: Butler-Freeport ‘The Little Trail That Could’ Celebrates 30th Anniversary Saturday 

-- Altoona Mirror: Altoona Acquires Wooded Lots For Trails At Garfield Park

-- DCNR Notice Of Revised State Forest Schedule Of Fees

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Fish & Boat Commission Takes Emergency Steps After Invasive Species Found At Hatcheries

-- Erie Times: Spooky Species: Don’t Let These Real PA Creatures Cross Into The Cryptid Class

-- Erie Times: Crowded Out? Stream Access Builds Concern Despite Erie-Area Steelhead Fishery Successes

-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Announces New Senior Education Internship [PaEN]

-- Nature At Risk: The American Bald Eagle Flies High Once More - By Carol Hillestad for Brodhead Watershed Association, Monroe 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]


-- Reuters: Column: Higher LNG Exports May Turbocharge U.S. Energy Transition By Driving Higher Natural Gas Prices


-- AP: Global Energy Crisis, Spiraling Energy Costs Can Speed Up Move To Clean Energy


-- Bloomberg: Europe Can’t Rely On U.S. Natural Gas To Plug Growing Gap Next Year


-- Reuters: Biden Says Shell Is Misusing Its Profits By Not Cutting Gasoline Prices


-- Bloomberg: Exxon Profit Surpasses Expectations On Natural Gas Export Surge


-- Financial Times: ExxonMobil Profit Triples To Record $20 Billion On Higher Energy Prices


-- WSJ: Exxon Hits Record Profits Again As Oil Industry Sees Banner Quarter


-- NYT: Exxon And Chevron Rack Up Giant Profits


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

-- The Guardian: New Prime Minister Will Keep Ban On Fracking In UK 

-- The Economist: Vehicle Battery-Makers Are Being Designed To Recycle Raw Materials

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- AP: In PA Governor’s Race, Faith Surfaces In Contrasting Ways

-- WHYY: Philadelphia’s Suburbs Will Be Key For Dr. Oz, Fetterman, What Do Voters Think?

-- AXIOS: PA Republican Cong. Scott Perry Drops Lawsuit Against Dept. Of Justice Over Phone Data

-- AP: Anti-Semitism Decried 4 Years After Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

-- Erie Times: The Keystone Party Is PA’s Newest Political Body, Here’s What Members Are Pushing For 

-- WHYY: ‘Trend That Jawn’ Highlights Political Issues that Matter To Young Philadelphians: ‘I Can’t Just Not Do Anything’

-- Inquirer: What To Do If You Mess Up Your PA Mail-In Ballot

-- Gov. Wolf: Legislature Leaves Town Failing To Act On Issues To Support, Protect Pennsylvanians

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh’s Soaring Homicide Rate Leaves Officials Baffled

-- WHYY: Guns Used In Philly H.S. Shooting Later Sold By Philadelphia Sheriff’s Deputy

-- Citizens Voice: Luzerne County DA Seeks Public’s Help To Gather Info On 5 Armed Men In Wilkes-Barre School Incident

-- Wilkes-Barre Times Editorial: Quick Action Averted Serious Violence, Harm At Wilkes-Barre High School From 5 Armed Men

-- Inquirer: PA Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Fentanyl Testing Strips, While Fight For Syringe Exchanges Continues

-- MCall - Paul Muschick: How Thousands Were Wrongly Shut Out Of PA’s Marijuana Pardon Program

-- MCall/PennLive: PA Stopped Selling Russian-Made Vodka In Protest Of Ukraine Invasion, What To Do With The 7,000 Bottles In Storage?

-- Spotlight PA: Penn State Cancels Its Center For Racial Justice After Faculty Push For Funding Decision

-- TribLive: State Employees To Get 20% Tuition Discount For Online Courses From State-Owned PennWest University

-- Scranton Times: COVID Cases Still On The Decline, Deaths Dropping Too

-- Spotlight PA: Washington County Charging To Search Court Documents, An Unusual And Undue Burden, Experts Say

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[Posted: October 28, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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