Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 6.28.23

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House holds Regular Session June 28, 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

Senate holds Regular Session June 28, 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 9:30: Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets to consider Senate Resolution 116 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the issue of consolidated electricity billing + amendment.  Room 461. 9:30 a.m.  Click Here to watch online.

-- Senate Overwhelmingly Confirms Richard Negrin As Secretary Of DEP  [PaEN]

-- UPDATED: -- DEP Declares Code RED Air Quality Action Day For All Of Pennsylvania TODAY, June 28 Due To Smoke From Canadian Wildfires 

-- The Allegheny Front: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Wildfire Smoke

-- AP: Canadian Wildfires Causing Unhealthy Air Quality Again In Chicago, Other Parts Of US

-- AP: Billions Are Being Spent To Turn The Tide On The U.S. West’s Wildfires - It Won’t Be Enough

-- Environmental Quality Board Meets July 11 To Consider Changes To Water Quality Standards; DEP Reports Law Limiting Its Authority To Change Conventional Oil & Gas Well Bonding May Be Unconstitutional [PaEN]

-- House Democratic Leadership Blocks Environmental Committee Action On Bills Increasing Safety Zones Around Natural Gas Facilities, Cryptocurrency Permit Moratorium  [PaEN] 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: PA House Committee Unexpectedly Drops Gas Infrastructure Safety Zone Expansion, Cryptocurrency Permit Moratorium Bills

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: PA’s Natural Gas Act 13 Impact Fee Boom Year May Go Bust Next Year

-- Making Cryptocurrency: How Waste From Old Coal Mine Is Powering Bitcoin Mine In Carbon County

-- TribLive: North Huntingdon Twp. Gives Preliminary OK For Lithium-Ion Battery Farm 

-- WeConservePA Webinar: Pennsylvania's Solar Future - Utility Scale Facilities, Oct. 25  [PaEN] 

-- USDA NRCS Announce $500 Million In Funding To Expand Conservation Reserve, Workings Lands For Wildlife, Environmental Quality Incentives Programs

-- Explore Jefferson County: PA Great Outdoors - Improvements To Gallagher Run

-- Observer-Reporter: Archie Trader Remembered For Pushing Conservation Efforts As Greene County Commissioner

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Extends Deadline To Apply For Groundwater Level Monitoring Grants To July 24 

-- MCall: Tornado Touched Down In Northampton County June 26

-- PA Resources Council, City Of Washington Partner On Permanent Glass Recycling Station In Washington County  [PaEN]

-- WHYY: Company Turns Food Scraps Into Compost For Community Gardens At Old Philly City Building

-- Call For Presentations: PA State Association Of Township Supervisors 2024 Conference On April 14-17 In Hershey  [PaEN] 

-- PA Wilds Center: Explore PA Wilds Made Products, Services, Branded Goods, Local Shops In 2023 Buyer’s Guide

-- Delaware River Watershed Land Protection Group In-Person Summer Meeting July 21 In Bucks County  [PaEN]

-- PennLive: Where Are The Spotted Lanternflies? Just Wait, Expert Says

-- Reading Eagle: USDA Fighting The Spotted Lanternfly With New 5-Year Plan

-- Penn State Extension Woods & Wildlife News: Eastern Hemlock Health Update; Restoring PA’s Game Birds; Fire In The Woods; More!

-- Warren Times: Allegheny 100 Challenge Draws Hikers From Across The Country

-- Lehigh Valley-based Wildlands Conservancy Highlights Bushkill Creek, Tunkhannock Creek Restorations; Seeking Volunteers For Stream Team! June Is Rivers Month

-- OnlyInYour State: One Of PA’s Most Underrated Nature Areas - Vincent DeFilippo Nature Preserve In Cumberland County

Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- Dept. Of Agriculture: Results Of Crop Samples Show No Contamination On PA Farms Near Norfolk Southern Train 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]

-- Wall Street Journal: Cheaper Natural Gas Prices In Store This Summer; Earlier Price Spikes Driven By Europe’s LNG Imports

-- The Guardian: Solar Helps Texas Carry Energy Load As Heatwave Puts Power Grid To Test; Atypically Large Number Of Coal, Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants Have Failed Amid Temperature Spikes

Other States/National/International

-- WPost: Climate Change Is Fueling An Insurance Crisis And There’s No Easy Fix

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Environmental Groups Challenge Potential Dismissal Of Equitrans Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline Lawsuit

-- Bloomberg: Why Won’t Companies Use This Quick Fix To Reduce Cow Methane Emissions?

-- Inside Climate News: Study Details Efforts By Makers Of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ To Hide Their Harms: ‘Profit Over The Public’s Health’

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- AP: PA’s Mail-In Voting Law Upheld Again As Commonwealth Court Rules Against Republican Challenge 

-- WITF: Philadelphia’s Communities Of Color Disproportionately Affected When Mail-In Ballots Are Rejected Over Small Errors

-- PA Capital-Star: Can PA Finally Pass Real Campaign Finance Reform: These Democrats Think So

-- PennLive: PA Senate Panel Clears Phone Tax Cut, Housing Rebate Expansion Bills As House Tees Up Corporate Tax Bills

-- AP: PA Senate Advances Bill To Overhaul Probation System

-- Erie Times: At Funeral, Gov. Shapiro Praises Fallen State Trooper As A Hero With ‘A Servant’s Heart’

-- Spotlight PA: Advocates Fear Some Could Lose Their Homes Waiting On Backlogged Mortgage Relief Program

-- Erie Times: Crawford County Man Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- Inquirer: Why Moms For Liberty Was Designated An ‘Extremist’ Group By Southern Poverty Law Center

-- Erie Times: Young Voters Consider Moving Out Of PA, Wanting Lower Taxes, Poll Says

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[Posted: June 28, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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