Thursday, June 29, 2023

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 6.29.23

Are You Telling Your Story?

House holds Regular Session June 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

Senate holds Regular Session June 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY Off the Floor: Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets to consider Senate Bill 382 (Laughlin-R-Erie) exempting Lake Erie coastal property owners from annual groin structure fees.  Rules Room.  Off the Floor.  No video coverage.  [Question: Is this Committee spending time on the most important environmental issues Pennsylvania faces?]

-- DEP Declares Code RED Air Quality Day For Entire State Of PA THURSDAY, June 29 due to Smoke From Canadian Wildfires

-- TribLive: Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Prompts Events To Move Indoors

-- TribLive: Doctors Emphasize Caution Amidst Poor Air Quality In Western PA

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County’s Industry Told To Cut Back On Emissions As Smoke Hits Region

-- Al Dia: PA Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms Secretary Negrin To Lead DEP

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Senate Confirms Negrin To Be DEP Secretary

-- DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets July 11 On Programs To Promote Use Of Electric Vehicles; Chapter 105 Environmental Assessment Alternatives Analysis  [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Inside PA DEP’s Efforts To Cut Red Tape On Environmental Permitting

-- Capital & Main - Audrey Carleton: Who Is Blocking Climate, Oil & Gas Bills In Pennsylvania? 

-- PA Sustainable Community Development Network: July 25 Webinar On Activating Municipal Sustainability Teams To Attract Funding  [PaEN] 

-- Penn State Extension Sept. 26 Webinar: How Community Forests Provide Critical Environmental & Societal Services, Buffer Local Heat And Moisture Swings  [PaEN]

-- EPA Seeking Applications For $7 Billion In Funding To Bring Residential Solar Energy To Low-Income, Disadvantaged Communities, Deadline Sept. 26 

-- Williamsport Sun: Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Boom Year May Go Bust [Act 13 Drilling Impact Fee Revenue]

-- Natural Gas Intelligence: Federal Court Voids Chesapeake Energy Settlement In PA Natural Gas Royalty Dispute

-- TribLive: Opposition Continues On Proposed Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant On Yough River

-- WESA: Report: Utility Assistance In PA Should Be Available In The Summer, Not Just The Winter

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: PECO, Philly’s Energy Provider, Relies On Fossil Fuels And Aging Infrastructure, Adding More Renewables Would Cut Utility Bills - By Vote Solar

-- TribLive Letter: Proposed Name Change For DEP A Threat To Puppet Masters, Environmental Special Interest Groups That Control Our DEP

-- PUC PA One Call Damage Prevention Committee Imposes $203,000 In Penalties For Underground Utility, Pipeline Violations

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: Get Soaked The Last Few Days?  Philly’s Extreme Rains Might Be Just Getting Started, According To New Report

-- Observer-Reporter: PA American Water To Acquire Troubled East Dunkard Water Authority

-- Registration Open! PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals 2023 Annual Conference Sept. 20-22 In State College  [PaEN]

-- Capital RC&D, PA Grazing Lands Coalition To Host July 18 Rotational Grazing Pasture Walk In Northampton County  [PaEN]

-- Inquirer: ‘Aggressive’ Runaway Cow On The Loose At Kutztown University, Police Warn Not To Go Near

-- Scranton Times: Clarks Summit Council Hears Details, Costs Of Regional Stormwater Plan In Lackawanna County

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: 3 Agencies Partner To Raise, Stock Freshwater Mussels In Pennsylvania 

-- Manada Conservancy Aug. 26 Aquatic Bugs & Other Stream Life Kids Program, Camp Catherine, Hershey, Dauphin County 

-- Warren Times: Audubon Nature Center Little Explorers To Study Amphibians July 8

-- Delaware Currents: Sojourning On The Schuylkill River - Celebrating The River And How Much Outdoor Recreation Contributes To PA’s Economy 

-- NextPittsburgh: Rail Trail Expansion Builds Dreams That Freeport And Kittanning Could Rival Great Allegheny Passage Trail Destinations

-- Reading Eagle: Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory Issued At Blue Marsh Recreation Area

-- Scranton Times: Scranton Planning Commission Plans To Weigh In On Walkability Plan

-- Natural Lands Adding Acres To Sadsbury Woods Preserve In Chester County [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette/ Swift: PA House Panel Hears About Troubled Deer License Online Rollout

-- TribLive: Hampton Resident Promotes Coexisting With Coyotes In Allegheny County

Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- AP: Safety Concerns Dominate Norfolk Southern Railroad CEO’s Job Since Ohio Derailment

6th Oil/Natural Gas Spike: True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[There Is No Limit To What Oil/Natural Gas Industry Can Make You Pay]

-- Vermont State Police: Joint Investigation Into June 1 Natural Gas Tanker Fire Finds Truck Was Destroyed And Damaged U.S. Route 7 In Ferrisburgh Was The Result Of Mechanical Failure 

Other States/National/International

-- WHYY: $393 Million Settlement Reached To Clean Up PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Contamination In South Jersey

-- Reuters: Jobs In US Energy Grew 3.8% In 2022, Led By Work In Clean Energy

-- Wall Street Journal: Ask Big Oil Executives How Much Oil The World Will Need By 2050 And You Will Get Very Different Opinions

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- AP: What To Watch: PA Budget Talks Near Deadline, And Get Contentious 

-- PennLive - John Baer: Hey, PA Lawmakers, Opportunity’s Knocking In Land Of Low Expectations

-- Politics PA: Shapiro’s Nominees For State, DHS, Revenue Become Official Without Senate Vote; Health Nominee Withdrawn; Banking & Insurance Nominee Left Agency

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: 3 Shapiro Cabinet Nominees To Assume Their Positions Without A Confirmation Vote - Browne (former Senator), Schmidt, Arkoosh

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: Shapiro Withdraws His Nominee For Secretary Of Health 

-- Inquirer: Shapiro Quietly Recalls Pick For Health Dept. Secretary; Republicans Expressed Concerns About How She Ran Allegheny Health Dept.

-- City And State PA: Tracking Who’s Joining The Shapiro Administration Cabinet

-- Inquirer: PA House Approves Bill To Require Nurse Staffing Minimums In Hospitals

-- Quinnipiac Poll: Presidential Race Toss Up In PA; Shapiro Gets High Marks; Fetterman Not So Much

-- Inquirer: Tens Of Thousands Of PA Mail-In Ballots Will Be Thrown Out In 2024 Presidential Election For Defects

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Here’s What U.S. Supreme Court’s New Election Law Ruling Means For PA - By Patrick Beaty

-- Spotlight PA: Penn State, Pitt And Other Colleges Get Hundreds Of Millions In Taxpayer Funds, Tracking It Is A Challenge

-- TribLive: Student Fees To Rise At Pitt’s Greensburg, Johnstown Campuses

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[Posted: June 29, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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