Friday, January 27, 2023

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 1.27.23

Are You Telling Your Story?

Senate returns to voting session Feb. 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7, 8

     -- Committee Schedule

-- March 7-- Governor’s Budget Address

House returns to voting session ??????

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- Damascus Citizens For Sustainability Files Lawsuit Challenging The Delaware River Basin Commission Fracking Wastewater Rule Generally And For Allowing Road Dumping Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Creating Widespread Pollution  [PaEN]

-- House Republicans Name Advocate For Conventional Oil & Gas Industry Rep. Martin Causer Chair Of House Environmental Committee  [PaEN]  

-- PUC: Act 13 Per Well Drilling Impact Fee To Increase For Calendar Year 2022 Nearly 28% For Unconventional Shale Gas Wells  [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Why Solar Energy Is Set To Boom In The Pittsburgh Region

-- WJAC: Environmentalists Question Elk County Crypto-Mining Proposal: ‘Nobody Heats Their Home With Crypto’

-- DEP Invites Comments On Revised Post-Construction Stormwater Management Manual  [PaEN] 

-- Guest Essay: Cooperation, Not Partisanship, Will Solve Pennsylvania’s Environmental Challenges - Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), Chair Interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission

-- KDKA: Washington County Country Club Fined For Chartiers Creek Fish Kill

-- Shippensburg News-Chronicle: Stream Of Consciousness - What Is A Watershed? [Generated By ChatGPT - Even An A.I. Knows The Value Of Protecting Watersheds]

-- USDA NRCS Accepting Applications For Urban Agriculture & Innovative Production Grants, March 27 Deadline

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: CNX Natural Gas Will Continue Stock Buyback Program Which Already Spent $868 Million: ‘And We’re Potentially Just Getting Started’ [DEP Compliance Database Shows CNX had 214 environmental violations over last 2 years, including abandoning wells without plugging them]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: CNX To See Return To Normal Natural Gas Production This Year After failure Of Well In Central PA

-- U.S. EIA: Over The Last 20 Years, Natural Gas Displaced Most Coal-Fired Electric Generation In PA [From 2% Of Generation To 52% In 2021] 

-- PennFuture Blog: What We Learned During Christmas Deep Freeze - You Can’t Rely On Natural Gas To Generate Electric Power When It’s Cold - By Rob Altenburg 

-- PJM’s Preliminary Review Of Christmas Storm Electric Generation Failures Shows Natural Gas Units Failed To Provide Power At Over Triple The Rate Of Other Generation [PaEN]

-- Reuters: Winter Storm Elliot In December Hit Oil Production, Refinery Sites With Freeze-Ins, Equipment Failures

-- DEP Issues Revised Air Quality General Permit For Natural Gas, Oil-Fired Small Combustion Units Up To 100 Million Btu/Hour  [Final Document Not Yet Posted]

-- Scranton Times: UGI Files Request To Raise Electric Rates Again

-- MCall: PPL Electric Customers Seeing Shocking Bill Increases; Here’s What The Company Says Is To Blame

-- Scranton Times: PPL Customers Shocked By Sky-High Electric Bills

-- PennLive: PPL Says It Fixed Problems That Led To Shocking Bills For Electricity Customers

-- Spotlight PA: How PA Homeowners Can Apply For Utility And Mortgage Assistance

-- PA Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance Host Feb. 15 Webinar On What Can PA Hope To Achieve Or Make Progress On Climate Issues This Year?  7:00 p.m.

-- Group Against Smog & Pollution: U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Steel Plant Consent Decree Explained

-- DEP Now Accepting Applications For 2023 Underground Mine Map Grant Program

-- Keep PA Beautiful, PalmettoPride Present Multi-State Litter Law Enforcement Study [PaEN]

-- Keep PA Beautiful Community News & Resources: Sign Up For These Anti-Litter Programs; Land & Water Stewards; Road & Area Adoption Programs

-- January 27 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: 106-Acre Chester County Golf Course Is Becoming A Public Park

-- Scranton Times: Keystone Tree Fund Helps Plant Trees

-- Warren Times: Warren Public Library To Host Bee-Focused Events In March

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: Freeport, Texas LNG Natural Gas Export Plant Gets OK To Take Early Steps To Restart

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Extends Weekly Loss With Eyes On Weather, Texas LNG Export Plant Might Resume Shipments

-- Bloomberg: Chevron Posts Record 2022 Profit, Bolstering $75 Billion Stock Buyback Plan

Other States/National/International

-- The Guardian: U.S. Renters Worry About Living With Natural Gas Stoves Amid Health Concerns, Lack Choice Of Which Appliances To Use

-- Bloomberg: Amazon Climate Disaster Could Cascade Across Earth, New Study Shows

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- MCall - Paul Muschick: PA House Closed For Business, But Lawmakers Still Getting Paid; Here’s How Much Gridlock Is Costing Taxpayers

-- Politics PA: Has Time Run Out For Child Sexual Abuse Survivors, Again?  Jan. 27 Deadline For May 16 Primary Election

-- Inquirer: Rep. Joanna McClinton Unsure If She’ll Be PA’s First Female House Speaker

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: To Really Fix Harrisburg We Need To Fix The PA Constitution To Make Permanent Reforms In Operating Rules Of Senate, House - By Patrick Beaty

-- PA Capital-Star: PA House Republicans File Appeal Seeking Senate Impeachment Trial Of Philly DA

-- Inquirer: Fetterman Gets Committee Assignments On Agriculture, Banking And Environment

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: PA’s Job Market Distances Itself From Pandemic Effects

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Report: PA’s Slashed Corporate Tax Rate Still Lags

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[Posted: January 27, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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