Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 5.24.23

PA Environment Digest Will Be Closed Through Wednesday, May 24.  Publication Will Resume On May 25.

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House holds Regular Session May 24, 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 

THURSDAY 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.  

-- Democrats On House Environmental Committee Report Out Bill To Help Prevent The Routine Abandonment Of 561 Conventional Oil/Gas Wells A Year  [PaEN]

-- The Daily Item:  Conventional Well Plugging Bill Amended To Give It Better Shot At Passing Through House - Rep. Vitali

-- Spotlight PA: PA Limited A Board’s Power To Regulate Oil & Gas Wells, Democrats Want To Restore It

-- House Committee Unanimously Reports Out Bill Creating Solar Energy Grant Program For Schools; Also Moves Resolution Urging Hydrogen Hub In PA  [PaEN] 

-- Evangelical Environmental Network Supports Legislation Creating Solar Energy Grant Program For Schools - Bills Will Defend Children’s Health  [HB 1032, SB 230]

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Bill Would Fund More PA Schools To Tap Sunshine To Power Their Buildings

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Solar Energy Facility Better Than Nothing For Toxic Coal Waste Site

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: How Appalachia Is Vying For Big Hydrogen And What It Will Mean To Win

-- AP: PA Supreme Court To Consider Plan To Make Power Plants Pay For Greenhouse Gas Emissions

-- MCall: Allentown’s Climate Change Failures And How The New 3-City Coalition Could Help

-- MCall Guest Essay: Proposed Federal Oil & Gas Methane Rule Intended To Help Stop Climate Changes Needs More Flexibility - By T.J. Rooney, Lobbyist

-- Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Holiday Cold-Snap Emergency Raises Questions About Power Generation 

-- PUC PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Imposes $296,475 In Penalties At May Meeting Relating To Pipelines, Underground Utilities

-- DEP Took Action On 820 Permits, 99% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadline; Conducted 1,465 Inspections; Responded To 8 Environmental Emergencies Last Week 

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Four Steps To Keep Water Affordable In Pennsylvania

-- WHYY: Water Shutoffs Resume In Philly May 31, But New Categories Of Residents Are Exempt

-- Scranton Times: Forest City Students Visit Keystone College To Learn About Nature

-- Warren Times - Josh Cotton: First Allegheny National Forest Supervisor Makes The Economic Case For The National Forest 

-- DCNR Expands Program To Provide Free Sunscreen At State Parks Throughout PA

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Levee Authority Receives First Sponsor To Spruce Up Recreational Trail Features

-- Observer-Reporter: Montour Trail Tunnel To Reopen By Memorial Day

-- Scranton Times: Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority Plans To Expand Popular Walking Trail In Mayfield

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: Senate Game & Fisheries Committee Chair Questions New PA Fishing License Increase

-- Scranton Times: Children Ages 5 And 14 Months Injured In Mountain Top Bear Attack At Their Home

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 Prices Fall Further As Traders Eye Weaker Demand Prospects  

Other States/National/International

-- The Guardian: Maine Plans Removal Of PFAS From Sewage Sludge Used As Fertilizer

-- TribLive: Climate Protesters Dragged From Shell Shareholder Meeting As They Rush Stage

-- The Guardian: Chevron’s Carbon Offsets Are ‘Mostly Junk And Some May Harm

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: Republicans Need To Stop The Blame Game And Work With Use For The People - Rep. Ryan Bizzarro

-- Scranton Times: Attorney: Feds Retaliated Against Olyphant Woman After Plea Deal Related To Crimes Committed During Assault On U.S. Capitol Rejected

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[Posted: May 24, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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