Friday, June 23, 2023

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 6.23.23

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House holds Regular Session June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

Senate holds Regular Session June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 10:00: House Republican Policy Committee hearing on Pennsylvania’s Energy Policy: Boom or Bust. Homer City Fire Hall, 25 W. Church St., Homer City, Indiana County.  10:00 a.m.  Click Here to watch onlineRead more on agenda.

June 26-- House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee to hold hearing on Pennsylvania Waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 10:00 a.m.  Click Here to watch live.

June 27-- House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets to consider House Bill 170 (Otten-D-Chester) establishing 2,500 foot setbacks from natural gas compressor stations, well pads, pits, storage tanks, wastewater, chemicals, condensate and other waste as recommended in Attorney General Shapiro’s Grand Jury Report (sponsor summary); House Bill 1476 (Vitali-D-Delaware) establishing a 2-year moratorium on issuing air quality permits to cryptocurrency data mining facilities (sponsor summary).  Room G-50 Irvis Building. 9:30 a.m.   Click Here to watch live.

NOTE: June 28 Is Last Day For Senate Action On Nomination Of Richard Negrin As DEP Secretary

-- House Environmental Committee Holds June 27 Meeting On Bills Increasing Setback Distances From Natural Gas Infrastructure, 2-Year Moratorium On Cryptocurrency Air Permits  [PaEN]

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves Water Withdrawal Projects, Including 12 Related To Shale Natural Gas Drilling  [PaEN]

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 32 Shale Gas Well Pad Water Use Permits In Bradford, Clearfield, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming Counties  [PaEN] 

-- Marcellus Drilling News: Punxsutawney Phil Getting A New Neighbor - Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well  [EPA OKs injection well permit]  

-- TribLive: West Deer Township Approves Olympus Energy Shale Gas Drilling Well Pad; Neighbors Plan To Appeal In Allegheny County

-- Children’s Health Defense News: Washington County Family Sickened By PFAS Chemicals Used In Chevron’s Shale Gas Fracking Wells, Lawsuit Alleges

-- Protect PT Hosts June 24 In-Person Community Workshop - Living Near Shale Gas In Westmoreland County, 10:00 a.m.

-- Legislative Report On Proposed Changes To Biosolids Permits Finds No Approved Method Of PFAS ‘Forever Chemical' Testing, No Standards For PFAS In Biosolids; DEP Says Changes Needed To Protect Health, Environment  [PaEN]

-- PA Solar Center Accepting Applications For GET Solar Communities Technical Assistance Program  [PaEN] 

-- Spotlight PA: Safety, Oversight Concerns Raised As PA Lawmakers Pursue Billions For Hydrogen Hubs

-- Post-Gazette/ PA Senate Approves Electric Vehicle Fee Bill, Exemptions From Vehicle Emissions Testing

-- DEP Now Accepting Applications For Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants Starting June 30  [PaEN]

-- PA Business Report: PA House Hearing Examines Integrity, Reliability Of Electric Grid In Luzerne County

-- TribLive: Owner Of Cheswick Coal-Fired Power Plant Property Urges Township To Keep Industrial Use Zoning For Site

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal: Debate Resumes On Conowingo Dam Impact On Chesapeake Bay Pollution Problems

-- Chesapeake Bay Program: A Dry Spring Brings Small Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone, According To Annual Forecast

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal: Smallest ‘Dead Zone’ On Record Predicted For Bay This Summer

-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement On Bay Dead Zone Forecast

-- Help Wanted: Susquehanna River Basin Commission - Mine Drainage Coordinator

-- PA American Water’s Clarion Team Recognized For Outstanding Employee Safety And Water Quality Milestones

-- Delaware RiverKeeper June 23 RiverWatch Video Report

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Permitting Reform Is Unsexy, But More Important Than Ever

-- June 24 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- Observer-Reporter: Glass Recycling Coming To Washington, PA

-- Southeast PA Transportation Authority Receives 2 Sustainability Awards For Environmental Excellence

-- EPA Invites Youth To Serve On Agency's First-Ever National Environmental Youth Advisory Council - Webinars Set For June 30, Aug. 7

-- DCNR: Shapiro Administration Celebrates 2023 DCNR Ranger Trainee Graduates; Applications Now Being Accepted

-- Courier Times: Harmful Algal Blooms In Lakes Galena, Towhee Disrupt Park Activities In Bucks County

-- Bicycle Coalition Of Greater Philadelphia:  We Traveled To Pittsburgh For The Collaboration Of Regional Trail Initiatives Conference

-- Observer-Reporter: Southpointe Trail Connector Links Business District, Montour Trail

-- Altoona Mirror: Bedford’s 4-Mile Long Shuster Way Heritage Trail Nearing Completion

-- Natural Lands: PECO Awards 23 SE PA Municipalities And Nonprofits $150,000 In Green Region Open Space Grants

-- MCall: Five Lehigh Valley Farms Saved From Development

-- June 27 Meeting Of Governor’s Advisory Council For Hunting, Fishing And Conservation. 10:00 a.m.

-- TribLive: Hays Eaglets Take Flight, Could Settle Anywhere In Western PA

-- PA Natural Heritage Program 2022 Annual Report Now Available  [PaEN]

I-95 Collapse In Philadelphia

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Pocono Raceway Jet Dryer Deployed To Philly For I-95 Work

Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- AP: Response To Fiery Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Frustrated By Poor Communication, Incomplete Information

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: DOE Will Not Rehear Request By Energy Transfer To Extend Deadline For Lake Charles LNG Natural Gas Export Project

Other States/National/International

-- Post-Gazette: 3M Makes $10.5 Billion National Settlement In PFAS ‘Forever Chemical’ Cases Involving Drinking Water

-- Inside Climate News: Virtual Power Plants Of Thousands Of Home-Based Batteries Are Coming To Save The Electric Grid Sooner Than You Might Think

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- PA Capital-Star: House Republicans Warn State Budget Could Be Late As They Push Back On Democrats’ Proposal

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: Partisan Fighting Over Funding For University Of Pittsburgh Reveals Tensions In PA Budget Negotiations

-- PA Capital-Star: House Committee Hears Testimony On Changing State’s Closed Primary Election: ‘Why  Can’t Pennsylvania?’

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Some County Election Officials Wary Of Open Primary Logistics

-- Post-Gazette: Opioid Settlement Payouts Include Pennsylvania’s $2.2 Billion

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[Posted: June 23, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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