Sunday, September 24, 2023

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--


-- Stroud Water Research Center Partner Hillendale Elementary School Awarded U.S. Green Ribbon School Award For Environmental Education, Sustainability In Chester County  [PaEN]

-- PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators Now Accepting Nominations For 2024 Meaningful Watershed Education, PA Environmental Educator Awards  [PaEN] 

-- Erie-based Asbury Woods Environmental Ed Center Welcomes New Board Members


-- Fish & Boat Commission Now Accepting Applications For Erie Access Improvement Grants  [PaEN] 

-- PA Environmental Council Now Accepting Applications For Water Trails Mini-Grants  [PaEN]

Upcoming Events

-- Warren Times: Allegheny National Forest Announces Schedule Of Events For Sept. 24 Centennial Celebration

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Celebrate World Rivers Day By Supporting Investment In PA’s Water Infrastructure - By Kelly Heffner Means, Former DEP Deputy For Water Management  [Sept. 24]

-- Washington & Jefferson College To Host Sept. 27 Webinar On Hydropower From The Three Rivers  [PaEN] 

-- Clean Air Council, FracTracker Alliance Sept. 28 Webinar Updates Public On Efforts To Reduce Methane, Other Air Pollution From Oil & Gas Industry Infrastructure - Shale Gas & Conventional Wells  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: ‘Ezell: Ballad Of A Land Man’ Performance About Fracking And Belonging Coming To Pittsburgh  [Sept. 28 to Oct. 1]

-- Communitopia: Pedaltopia Bike Ride For Climate Action Sept. 30 In Pittsburgh

-- Game Commission Hosts 8 State Game Land Tours Across PA Starting Oct. 1

-- Warren Times: Oct. 1 Audubon Community Nature Center First Sunday Story Time

-- Dickinson College Will Host An Evening With Environmental & Indigenous Rights Advocate Tara Houska On Her Groundbreaking Advocacy Work Oct. 4  [PaEN]

-- Lancaster Theological Seminary: Re-Imagining A Christian Response To A Changing Climate Oct. 6 Online Program  [PaEN]

-- Warren Times: Oct. 9 Audubon Community Nature Center Camp For Ages 4-12

-- PennDOT To Hold 6 Regional Outreach Sessions On Electric Vehicle Charging And How EVs Can Best Fit In Your Community  [PaEN]

-- Brodhead Watershed Assn. Annual Members & Friends Celebration Oct. 19, Monroe County 

-- Register Now!  PA Statewide Watershed Conference Oct. 29-30 In Altoona  [PaEN]

-- Lehigh Valley’s Wildlands Conservancy Highlights Upcoming October Programs; Photo Contest; Cheers To Conservancy’s 50th Anniversary

-- PA Municipal League, Sustainable Pittsburgh Host Sustainable PA Annual Conference Set For Nov. 1-3 In Gettysburg  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension: In-Person, Virtual Creating A Garden That Welcomes Wildlife Workshop Nov. 11 At Olewine Nature Center, Dauphin County  [PaEN]

Public Participation

-- DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council Meets Sept. 27 At Tiadaghton State Forest Center, Lycoming County  [PaEN] 

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - September 23 [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments At Oct. 25 Hearings On NPDES Stormwater Permits For Two Warehouse Projects In Lowhill Twp., Lehigh County  [PaEN]

-- Warren Times: Allegheny National Forest Seeking Resource Advisory Council Members


-- Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Sept. 16 to 22 -  2nd Abandoned Shale Gas Well Pad?  5 More Abandoned Conventional Wells; Failure To Comply With Order  [PaEN] 

-- Williamsport Sun: Locals Help Give Hellbenders A Voice

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 8 Shale Gas Drilling Water Withdrawals - 1 In Exceptional Value Loyalsock Creek, Home To The Hellbender  [PaEN] 

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 34 Shale Gas Well Pad Water Use General Permits In  Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga Counties  [PaEN] 

-- Game Commission Board OKs More Shale Gas Drilling In Lycoming County, Home To The Hellbender, And Sullivan County  [PaEN]

-- Williamsport Sun: Locals Help Give Hellbenders A Voice

-- ReImagine Appalachia Hails Announcement Of American Climate Corps  [PaEN] 

-- The Allegheny Front: PA Groups Thrilled By Launch Of American Climate Corps, But Wish It Were Bigger

-- WITF/NPR: Biden Unveiling The American Climate Corps, A Program With Echoes Of The New Deal

-- PA Council Of Trout Unlimited: 2022-23 Annual Report: Trout In The Classroom; STREAM Girls/Keepers; Inclusion; Coldwater Heritage Partnership; Much More!

-- Celebrate Riparian Buffers Month In October!  With Penn State Extension, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center  [PaEN]

-- Master Watershed Stewards Celebrate 10 Years Of Making A Difference  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Master Watershed Steward Coordinator Erin Frederick Honored By Lehigh Valley Business Council  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension Future Master Watershed Steward Program Scaling Up  [PaEN]

-- Introduce Students Ages 8-10 On How They Can Be Stream Doctors In The New Book -- Brooke Meets A Stream Doctor  [PaEN]

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill County Residents Complete Penn State Extension Training To Become PA Volunteer Forest Stewards

-- Rodale Institute: Apply Now For Training On How To Be A Regenerative Organic Farmer

-- EPA And Lincoln University Expand Partnership To Include Department Of Environmental Protection  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Experts Offer Fall Foliage Tips; Weekly Fall Foliage Reports Begin Sept. 28  [PaEN]

-- PennLive: PA’s Fall Foliage Is Unique In The World, But It’s At Risk: ‘I Dare Say We Take It For Granted’

-- Observer-Reporter: This Year’s Leaf-Peeping Season Should Be Spectacular

-- PennLive: PA’s Fall Foliage Is Unique In The World, But It’s At Risk: ‘I Dare Say We Take It For Granted’

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: Here’s Why And Where You Should See Eye-Popping Colorful Foliage In PA This Fall 

--  PA Parks & Forests Blog: Finding Awe In The Outdoors - By Jessica Aiello

-- Republican Herald Editorial: Investing In Penn’s Woods For Tourism

-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: Promoting Recreation Is Important, But What’s The Best Way?

-- Bay Journal - Ad Crable: A Ferry, Art-Nature Center, Susquehanna River And Quaint Town - All In A Day’s Visit In Millersburg, Dauphin County

-- PA Resources Council: Registration Open For Weekday Electronics Waste Collection In Allegheny County  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Allegheny County Man Does His Part To Remove Litter From Ohio River 

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics To Target Litter In Dozens Of City Neighborhoods This Weekend

-- KDKA: Pittsburgh’s Garbage Olympics Bring Out Competitive Nature In Communities Across City

-- DEP Announced $38.76 Million In Funding For 6 Abandoned Mine Reclamation Projects In 5 Counties; Next Round Of Applications Due Dec. 2  [PaEN]

-- Tribune-Democrat: DEP Awards Funds For Mine Reclamation Projects In Cambria, Somerset Counties

-- Shenandoah Sentinel: DEP Awards $38 Million For Abandoned Mine Reclamation, $0 Awarded In Schuylkill County

-- KDKA: DEP Investigating 6+ Fayette County Homes For Damage By Underground Coal Mine Subsidence

-- DEP Blog: Abandoned Coal Mine Reforestation Initiatives Healing The Land  [PaEN]

-- PA Natural Heritage Program Spotlights Conservation Genetics; Rare Plant Mysteries; Be A Good Bee Collaborator; Old Growth Forest Field Work; Moth List Updates  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette: Spotted Lanternfly Life Cycle Provides Opportunity To Curb The Pest This Fall

-- Post-Gazette: How And Why A Carnegie Coffee Roasting Company Is Lifting Coffee Farmers In Honduras

-- Forbes Trail Chapter Trout Unlimited Host Military Veterans And First Responders At Trout Fishing Event In Westmoreland County  [PaEN] 

-- The Daily Item: State’s Aging Population Means Fewer Hunters

-- WITF: Sen. Casey Urges Federal Money Be Restored To Hunter Safety, Archery Courses

-- TribLive: Input Sought On How American Marten Will Return To PA Woods

-- Game Commission Dissolves Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Management Area In Fayette County

-- Williamsport Sun: Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature: Animals Have Always Worn Paths To Salt Licks

-- LancasterOnline: White Ibis Bird Spotted In Lancaster County, Typically Found In Southern States

-- Post-Gazette - Mary Ann Thomas: Tens Of Thousands Of ‘Fat Birds’ Moving Through Western PA For Fall Migration

-- PennLive: Flamingo In Franklin County Flies Home, Leaving Injured Mate Behind

-- TribLive: Kayaker Videotapes Another Alligator Swimming In Kiski River Near Apollo

-- WESA/Lehigh Valley News: Deer Danger: PA No. 1 In US For Car Crashes With Animals

-- Republican Herald Editorial: Wildlife Corridors Would Help Drivers, Animals

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Expedite Wildlife Corridors

Background On Issues

-- Senators Santarsiero, Comitta To Introduce Bill Increasing Setback Safety Zones From Shale Natural Gas Drilling Sites From 500 To 2,500 Feet, Based On Latest Science  [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Senators To Introduce Bill To Increase Setbacks On Gas Drilling

-- Tribune-Democrat Guest Editorial: Natural Gas Development Making Pennsylvanians Sick, Lawmakers Must Act

-- EPA Approves Permit For Oil, Gas Wastewater Injection Well In Plum Boro, Allegheny County; 30 Days To File Appeal  [PaEN]

-- Inside Climate News: EPA Approves Permit For Oil, Gas Wastewater Injection Well In Plum Boro, Allegheny County

-- Post-Gazette - Salena Zito: A Place Where Young People Actually Go To Church [Plum Boro, Allegheny County]

-- What It’s Like To Raise A Family In The Most Fracked County In PA - Washington County: PA Physicians For Social Responsibility [Video]

-- Uncontrolled Natural Gas Emissions From Equitrans Steelhead Compressor Station, Washington County: PA Physicians For Social Responsibility [Video]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: IFO Report: PA Natural Gas Prices Down, Shale Gas Drilling Falls

-- TribLive Guest Essay: EPA/DOE Money Should Be Spent Wisely On Plugging Conventional Oil & Gas Wells - By Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council

-- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, NERC Final Report On Winter Storm Elliott Says Legislative Action Needed To Establish Reliability Rules For Natural Gas Infrastructure  [PaEN]

-- Reuters: US Energy Regulator Recommends Revising Reliability Standards For Natural Gas, Power Grid Infrastructure During Extreme Weather

-- Utility Dive: Record 13% Of Eastern US Electric Generation Capacity Failed - 63% Natural Gas-Fired During Winter Storm Elliott  [70% In PJM Were Natural Gas Failures]

-- Financial Times: Bets On Energy Transition Spark Rise In North American Pipeline Deals

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: New FERC Rule Aims To Ease Connection Between New Renewable Power Generation And Electric Grid

-- PUC Invites Comments On Proposed Policy Statement On Use Of Electric Storage To Enhance Grid Reliability And Resilience  [PaEN] 

-- PUC To Seek Public Comment On Proposed $100,000 Penalty Settlement With Mifflin Energy Corp. For Natural Gas Explosion Destroying Home/Business In Greene County  [PaEN] 

-- PUC Responds To NTSB Actions Regarding Reading Factory Natural Gas Explosion

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: NTSB Kicks PUC Out Of Investigation Into Deadly Natural Gas Explosion At A Chocolate Factory In Reading

-- Reading Eagle: West Reading Chocolate Factory Explosion: Feds Demand PUC Hand Over UGI Inspection Reports

-- AP: NTSB Investigators Subpoena PUC Records Related To Reading Factory Natural Gas Explosion

-- PennLive: Lancaster County House Explosion Leaves 1 Man Dead: Police

-- 6ABC News: 100 Residents In Delaware County Evacuated After Natural Gas From A Ruptured Gas Line Leaked, Caused 2 Houses To Explode

-- MCall: Natural Gas Leak In Lehigh Valley Prompts Brief Shelter-In-Place Order Wednesday

-- DEP Publishes Final Air Quality General Permit For Installation Of Coal-Mine Methane Enclosed Flares  [PaEN]

-- Petro Erie, Inc. Appeals 2nd DEP Order Requiring The Operator To Restore The Village Of Reno’s Water Supply Contaminated By A Spill Of Conventional Oil Well Wastewater In Venango County  [PaEN]  

-- The Derrick - Makayla Keating: Petro Erie Appeals DEP July Order To Clean Up Conventional Oil Well Wastewater Spill That Contaminated The Village Of Reno’s Water Supply In Venango County  [PDF of Article]

-- DEP Issues NOVs To Roulette Oil & Gas LLC For Abandoning Another Conventional Well In Potter County; Roulette Applying For Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Permit  [PaEN]

-- Evangelical Environmental Network: Over 33,000 Pro-Life Evangelicals Support Efforts To Modernize Federal Oil & Gas Leasing On Public Lands 

-- DEP To Increase Monitoring, Develop Surface Water Standard For PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' After Study Shows 76% Of Streams, Rivers Contained At Least One Of These Chemicals  [PaEN]

-- DEP: Widespread Presence Of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Fresh Water Leading Shale Gas Operators To Use Contaminated Water In Fracking Operations; DEP Doesn’t Require Routine PFAS Testing  [PaEN]

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: Study Finding Rampant PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Leads To Increased Water Monitoring Across PA

-- Altoona Mirror: Martinsburg Files Federal Lawsuit Against Chemical Companies For PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Contamination Of Borough’s Water Supply

-- Inquirer: Why Worries About PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ And Injuries Might Push NFL To Ditch Artificial Turf

-- WITF/AP: Firefighters Fear PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Their Gear Could Be Contributing To Rising Cancer Cases

-- DEP Hears Concerns, Some Support From Water Resources Committee On Draft Reg. On Reporting Unauthorized Spills, Releases  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Black Lung Cases On The Rise, Advocates Eye New Federal Dust Standard To Stem Resurgence Among Coal Miners

-- Scranton Times: Rain Didn’t Dampen Spirit Of Lackawanna RiverFest 2023

-- House Environmental Committee Meets Sept. 26 On Cryptocurrency Mining Moratorium Bill [PaEN]

-- The Derrick: Venango County Planning Commission Approves Solar Energy Facility In Cranberry Twp. 

-- Federal Inflation Reduction Act Helped Lewisburg Church Save Money By Upgrading To Solar Energy

-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: Federal Green Energy, Electric Vehicle Goals Too Unrealistic

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Carbon Capture Potential Reliant On Tax Credits, Like Green Energy

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Pittsburgh Innovation Could End Up Decarbonizing US Steel’s Mon Valley Works

-- PA Turnpike Gets First Federal Grants To Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations At Service Plazas

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: What Can I Do About Climate Change? Part 7: Speak Up 

-- Lancaster Farming: Will New DEP Environmental Justice Permit Policy Pose Challenges For Rural Ag Groups?

-- Lancaster Farming: DEP Responds To Ag Concerns Regarding Updated Environmental Justice Policy

-- DEP Starts Air Monitoring Study Near Rausch Creek Coal Waste-fired Electric Generation Facility, Schuylkill County In Response To Citizen Concerns In An EJ Area  [PaEN]

-- Republican Herald: DEP To Conduct Air Monitoring In Greater Tremont Area Over Flyash Concerns

-- TruthDig - Justin Nobel: Abandoned Radioactive Oil, Gas Wastewater Treatment Facility Has Become A Party Spot In Marion County, West Virginia

-- Erie Times: DEP Launching Taxpayer-Funded $1.3 Million Plan To Clean Up American Biodiesel Site Gutted In 2011 Fire

-- PennLive: PA Among States That ‘Need To Improve’ Their Drinking Water Systems, Report

-- EPA Kicks Off 11th Annual SepticSmart Week On How To Maintain Septic Systems

-- PennLive: Thousands Of Mink Escape Northumberland County Fur Farm After Fence Is Cut, Pens Opened: State Police

-- PennLive: Minks Missing From PA Fur Farm Now Believed To Be In Hundreds, Not Thousands

-- Bloomberg: Companies Get Renewed Pressure To Disclose Nature-Related Risks

-- The Economist: Parts Of America Are Becoming Uninsurable

Visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation’s Events webpage and DCNR’s Calendar of Events for activities happening near you.

Visit DEP’s Teaching Green webpage to learn about more environmental education resources.

Visit the PA Environment Digest Calendar Of Events for more opportunities.

[Posted: September 24, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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