Thursday, June 22, 2023

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 6.22.23

Are You Telling Your Story?

House holds Regular Session June 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

Senate holds Regular Session June 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 10:30: Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 507 (Laughlin-R-Erie) further providing for liability protection for landowners opening their land for recreation.  Room 8E-A East Wing. 10:30 a.m.  Click Here to watch live.

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.

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

-- Senate Republicans Pass Bill To Significantly Narrow The Grounds For Appealing DEP Environmental Permit Actions  [PaEN]

-- Senate Environmental Committee Reports Out Bills Letting Polluters Decide When To Report Spills And CO2 Injection Well Primacy By Party-Line Votes  [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette/ - Robert Swift: PA Senate Committee Passes Carbon Sequester Guideline Bill

-- EPA Issues Permit For Class IID Oil & Gas Waste Underground Injection Well In Jefferson County  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Grant Twp., Indiana County Community’s Fight To Stop An Oil & Gas Waste Injection Well

-- TribLive: Murrysville, Plum Officials Deal With Oil & Gas Waste Injection Well Issues In Allegheny County 

-- WTAE: Washington County Homeowner Takes On Gas Drilling Companies In Court 

-- KDKA: Washington County Family Takes 2 Gas Companies To Court Over Fracking Health Concerns 

-- 3 Days That Shook Washington County: Natural Gas Plant Explosion; Pipeline Leak Of 1.1 Million Cubic Feet Of Gas; 10,000 Gallon Spill At Compressor Station  [PaEN]  

-- Observer-Reporter: Washington, Greene Counties Lead State In Receiving Act 13 Drilling Impact Fee Money 

-- Post-Gazette: Opponents Fear Deal To Fast-Track Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline Could ‘Open The Floodgates’

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Great American Power Energy Telemarketer Faces Litany Of Allegations By PUC, After Trying To Market To PUC Official 

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Utilities Should Lobby On Their Own Dime

-- Central Penn Business Journal: Lancaster Clean Hydrogen Startup Activates First Reactor System To Power Businesses

-- DEP Took Action On 908 Permits, 97% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,516 Inspections; Responded to 6 Environmental Emergencies Last Week

-- Citizens Voice: Earth Conservancy Receives $1.96 Million EPA Brownfields Grant To Restore Creek In Luzerne County

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Earth Conservancy Plan Would Restore Section Of Nanticoke Creek Buried Under Abandoned Coal Breaker Site In Luzerne County

-- Damascus Citizens, Delaware River Coalition Urges Delaware River Basin Commission To Allow Remote Participation At Meetings During Open Public Comment Period

-- Citizens Voice: Hurricane Agnes Film About 1972 Flood Returns To Kirby Center Friday

-- Delaware Currents Guest Essay: Threats To Lehigh River Grow While PA Underfunds Water Protection Measures - By PennFuture

-- LancasterOnline: Outdoor Burn Ban Officially Lifted In Lancaster County

-- PASA Sustainable Agriculture Line-up Of Summer Educational Events

-- Stroud Water Research Center: Bug Whisperer Dave Funk Decodes Mysteries Of Mayflies, Other Clean Water Lovers

-- On Summer Solstice, Diverse People Gather To Celebrate Sacred Ground, Water And Air We All Share

-- NRCS-PA Awards Grants To 4 Community Gardens In Philadelphia

-- DCNR Blog: Campground Hosts - Lesser Known Heroes Of State Park Campgrounds

-- TribLive: Grueling Rachel Carson Trail Challenge Entices Hikers: ‘So Satisfying’

-- Agriculture Invests $10.2 Million To Protect 29 Farms, 2,044 Acres In 15 Counties  [PaEN]

-- Natural Lands, Borough Of Chester Heights Partner To Preserve 40 Acres Of Open Space In Delaware County  [PaEN]

-- Willistown Conservation Trust To Establish 90-Acre Public Preserve On Recently Sold Kirkwood Farm Property In Chester County

-- Post-Gazette - Mary Ann Thomas: Where To See Fireflies In Pittsburgh And How You Can Help Keep Their Lights On

I-95 Collapse In Philadelphia

-- Inquirer: I-95 Live Cam Is The Sleeper Hit Of The Season

Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- WESA/WCPN: Norfolk Southern To Spend More Than $25 Million To Renovate East Palestine OH City Park

-- AP: New PHMSA Rule Would Make All Railroads Alert First Responders Within 10 Miles Of Derailed Train Cargo 

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: U.S. Shale’s Muted Response To OPEC+ Oil Production Cuts To Limit Supply, Executive Says

-- Bloomberg: Texas Natural Gas Prices Increase 27% Amid Heat Wave

-- Bloomberg: Drought Impact On Panama Canal Threatens Disruption In U.S. LNG Natural Gas Shipments 

Other States/National/International

-- WPost - Timothy Puko: In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley,’ A Key Biden Climate Push On Carbon Capture Storage Draws Fire From Environmentalists

-- Inquirer: First Foundation For New Jersey Wind Turbine Is Complete, But Its Maker Sees Trouble Ahead On Tax Credits

-- The Guardian: Rightwing War On Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance Partly Driven By Fossil Fuel Interests And Allies

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Gov. Shapiro: Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms Nominations For Departments Of Drug & Alcohol Programs, Labor & Industry

-- Gov. Shapiro: All Cabinet Members, Senior Executive Staff Have Completed Mandatory Ethics Training

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Senators Boscola, Williams Join Andrew Yang’s New Forward Party

-- MCall:  Sen. Boscola Joins Forward Party, What Does It Mean For The Lehigh Democrat’s Future?

-- PA Capital-Star: Push To Repeal PA’s Closed Primary Elections Up For Discussion (Again) In Harrisburg

-- PennLive - John Baer: Republican Race For President Could Get More Bizarre

-- The Center Square: Mental Health, Drug Addiction Fuel PA’s Crime Problems

-- Inquirer: Sen. Casey Worries Nursing Homes Are ‘Uninspected And Neglected’

-- Inquirer: Commonwealth Court Judge Thwarts Effort By Republicans To Overturn PA’s Landmark Education Funding Lawsuit Decision

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[Posted: June 22, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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