Thursday, May 25, 2023

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 5.25.23

Are You Telling Your Story?

House holds Regular Session June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22

-- Committee Schedule

Senate holds Regular Session June 5, 6, 7, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 10:00: Agenda. DCED PA Grade Crude [Oil] Development Advisory Council [conventional oil/gas well operators] meeting. Desert Room Plaza Level, Keystone Building, Harrisburg. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Click Here for options to join the meeting remotely.  Contact: Adam Walters, 717-214-6548,   [Note: Contact DCED to speak during public comment time.]  Read more here.

June 5-- Tentative. House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on House Bill 652 (Bullock-D-Philadelphia) on environmental justice and permitting. LTBA.

June 20-- Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee hearing on solar energy’s impact on Pennsylvania ratepayers.  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. 9:00 a.m.  

-- NOTE: Governor’s nomination of Richard Negrin as DEP Secretary and Cindy Adams Dunn as DCNR Secretary will be on legislative Day 16 of 25 when the Senate returns to session on June 5.  June 27 is the last day for action.  No Committee action scheduled yet.

-- NOTE: Rodney R. Akers, Esq. has been nominated to the Environmental Hearing Board as a placeholder to replace Thomas Renwand who retired.

-- Choose Clean Water Coalition Recognizes 2023 Clean Water Champions  [PaEN]

-- DEP Signs Consent Order Including $10 Million In Penalties, Local Payments With Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County To Resolve Air Quality Violations; Plant To Restart May 24  [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Environmental Groups Say Shell Should Have Done More At Petrochemical Plant

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Shell Agrees To Pay $10 Million To Resolve Air Emission Violations At Beaver County Petrochemical Plant

-- Beaver Times: Shell To Pay $10 Million For Air Violations And Restart Petrochemical Plant

-- TribLive: Shall Appalachia Find $10 Million For Air Quality Violations At Beaver County Petrochemical Plant

-- WESA/The Allegheny Front - Reid Frazier: Shell’s Air Pollution Violations Result In $10 Million Find For Beaver County Petrochemical Plant

-- AP: Shell Agrees To Pay $10 Million For Air Pollution Violations At Massive New Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Shell To Pay $10 Million To Settle Emission Violations At Beaver County Petrochemical Plant

-- EPA/DEP: Eastman Chemical Resins, Inc. To Pay $2.4 Million Penalty For Multiple Environmental Violations In Allegheny County  [PaEN]

-- Things Are Different In The House: Hearing On Hydrogen Hubs Became ‘Democracy’ vs. ‘Open Mic Night’  [PaEN] 

-- Warren Times Editorial: Keeping A Natural Lifeline Pure With Environmental Rights Amendment - Environmental Quality A Right Not A Luxury [The Heart Of The Conventional Oil & Gas Drilling Industry]  [PaEN]

-- Observer-Reporter Editorial: Court Drills Down On Environment - Environmental Quality A Right Not A Luxury [The Heart Of The Unconventional Shale Gas Drilling Industry]  [PaEN]

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Attorney General Files Natural Gas Pipeline Malfeasance Charges Ranging From Fraud To Risking Catastrophe 

-- Forbes - Cyrus Farivar: How PA Politics Are Shaking Up The State’s Cryptocurrency Scene - Tax Credits, Energy Options To Power Bitcoin Data Mining Operations 

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Cryptocurrency Data Mining In PA Must Be Regulated - By Rep. Greg Vitali, Charles McPhedran, Earthjustice

-- Responsible Decarbonization Alliance Hosts May 25 Webinar On Climate Change And Penn’s Woods: What Does the Future Hold  [PaEN] 

-- AP: PA Supreme Court Appears Split Over PA Plan To Force Power Plants To Pay For Carbon Emissions [RGGI] 

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Order Halting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

-- Politics PA: PA Supreme Court Considers Whether Power Plants Should Pay For Greenhouse Gas Emissions

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: Philly Will Have More Heat Waves, Delaware River Projected To Rise More Than A Foot Over Next 25 Years Due To Climate Change 

-- Brown Institute For Environment & Society Conference: Climate Obstruction In 2023 May 31 to June 2 

-- Penn State Researchers Looking At Using Coal To Store Hydrogen Like Batteries Store Energy 

-- JDSupra: PA Storage Tank Trust Fund Cleanup Eligibility, PA Supreme Court Addresses Registration, Fee Issue 

-- York Dispatch: Lake Williams Reservoir Project Utterly Transformed Dam Eyes November Completion

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Bill Aims To Curb PA Litter Problem With Hefty Fines, Community Service For Offenders

-- Bay Journal - Karl Blankenship: In Major New Report, Scientists Outline Path To Better Chesapeake Bay, But It’s A Slow One

-- Bay Journal Forum: Saving The Chesapeake Bay Means Creating A Future With And For People - By Hilary Harp Falk, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

-- TribLive: Jacobs Creek Watershed Assn. To Host Young Naturalist Camp June 11-13 In Westmoreland County 

-- Daily American: Schools Should Apply Now For Deer Valley YMCA Outdoor Environmental Education Program In Somerset County

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster Conservancy Water Week Connects Land Management To Water Health June 2 to 10

-- Lock Haven Express: $30,000 In Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grants Awarded To Clinton Conservation District, Kettle  Creek Watershed Association For Stream Restoration Projects

-- Tioga Publishing: Penelec Green Team Joins Forces With Volunteers To Plant Trees To Shade Trout Along Pine Creek

-- PA American Water Announces 2023 Wonderful World Of Water Camps In Lackawanna, Luzerne Counties  [PaEN] 

-- U.S. Geological Survey Pennsylvania Water Science Center Spring Newsletter Now Available  [PaEN]

-- MCall: Lehigh Valley Community Speaks Out Against Proposed Massive Slate Belt Warehouse Park

-- LancasterOnline: Park City, Conestoga River Areas Key To Lancaster’s Plan For Development

-- DCNR: Gov. Shapiro Opens New Lehigh Gorge State Park Access Point To Highlight How Proposed Budget Investments In Parks, Forests Will Benefit Public, Economy

-- Citizens Voice: Gov. Shapiro Opens Trail, Boat Access On Lehigh River At White Haven, Luzerne County

-- DCNR Blog: Rock Climbing Adventures In PA State Parks, Forests

-- NextPittsburgh: Latodami Nature Center Offers A Quieter Way To Explore North Park In Allegheny County

-- WeConservePA: Heritage Conservancy Preserves Two Properties With Landowners In Williams, Upper Mt. Bethel Townships, Northampton County

-- House Adopts Bipartisan Resolution To Study Wildlife Habitat Corridors To Protect Wildlife And People  [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: Bear That Attacked Children In Luzerne County May Have Died Days Later In A Traffic Accident

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: European Union Natural Gas Use Expected To Shrink By More Than Its Russian Impacts

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Price Slumps Again As Industries Struggle To Boost Demand

-- Reuters: Shale R&D Cuts Cast Shadow On Future Of U.S. Oil/Natural Gas Production

Other States/National/International

-- WITF/NPR: The U.S. Is Expanding Carbon Dioxide Pipelines, One Poisoned Town In Mississippi Wants You To Know Its Story

-- Bloomberg: Solar Power Investment Set To Surpass Oil Production Spending This Year

-- Bloomberg: Multiplying Solar And Battery Factories Put Net Zero In Closer Reach

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA - Stephen Caruso: How Harrisburg Works: New Caucuses, Special Election Season, The Death Of A Bill

-- PennLive - John Baer: PA’s Primary Election Apathy, Is There No Way Out?

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Shapiro’s Pick For Secretary Of State [Chief State Elections Official] Subjected To Unconventional Confirmation Vetting

-- Independent Fiscal Office Releases Initial Revenue Estimate For FY 2023-24

-- The Center Square: Economic Outlook Projects Modest Growth In Pennsylvania

-- Spotlight PA: PA State Troopers More Likely To Do Optional Searches For Black, Hispanic Drivers Than White Ones

-- TribLive: Allegheny County Man Gets 5-Plus Years For Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

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[Posted: May 25, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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