Friday, September 22, 2023

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 9.22.23

Pursue Your Constitutional Right To A Clean Environment In Pennsylvania!

Senate next voting day October 2, 3, 4  [Unless Sooner Recalled]

-- Committee Schedule

House next voting day September 26, 27; October 2, 3, 4, 16 [Unless Sooner Recalled]

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- 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

-- 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] 

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

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

-- 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]

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

-- DEP Publishes Notice Of Availability Of Final Air Quality General Permit For Installation Of Coal Mine Methane Enclosed Flares

-- 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

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

-- 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]

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

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

-- ClearWater Conservancy’s Deb Nardone Resigns As Executive Director To Step Into The Role Of Executive Director For Foundation For PA Watersheds  [PaEN]

-- Tribune-Democrat: New Executive Director Named For Foundation For PA Watersheds

-- EPA Awards Carnegie Mellon $1.8 Million Grant To Study Protecting Water Quality During Enhanced Aquifer Recharge

-- Penn State Research: 87% Of Rivers, Streams Rapidly Warming, 70% Losing Oxygen; Aquatic Life May Be At Risk, Study Finds  [PaEN]

-- 17 PA Farmers, Organizations, Businesses Call On Congress To Expand Support For Agroforestry  [PaEN]

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Sept. 22 RiverWatch Video Report

-- Scranton Times: Multi-Agency Response Center Opens In Lackawanna County To Assist Sept. 9 Flood Victims

-- Scranton Times: Dalton Officials Assessing Flood Damage To Borough Buildings

-- AP: US East Coast Under Tropical Storm Warning With Landfall Forecast In North Carolina

-- Williamsport Sun: Lycoming County Approves 2nd Round Of Federal American Rescue Fund Grants For Sewer, Water Projects

-- DEP Took Action On 827 Permits, 95% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,381 Inspections; Responded To 7 Environmental Emergencies During Week Ending Sept. 17 

-- September 23 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- PUC Approves 5.6% Rate Increase For UGI Electric Division

-- PUC 2022-23 Audit Investigations Identified Over $50 Million In Savings For Utilities, Customers

-- PUC Appoints David E. Screven As Chief Counsel

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

-- DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council Meets Sept. 27

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

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

-- Inquirer: Five (More) Fall Hikes Near And Far From Philadelphia

-- Erie Times: DCNR Extends Presque Isle Weekend Swim Season Thru Oct. 1

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

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Hays Woods Park Has A Bright Future, But URA Transaction Merits Further Review

-- DCNR Publishes Final Regulation Making Changes To Native Wild Plant List

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

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

Train Derailments

-- WESA/AP: Biden Says Norfolk Southern Must Be Held Accountable For Ohio Train Derailment, But Won’t Declare Disaster

-- WITF/AP: Railroads Working To Make Sure Firefighters Can Quickly Look Up What Is On A Train After A 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]

-- The Economist: Why Uranium Prices Are Soaring

Other States/National/International

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

-- The Economist: Parts Of America Are Becoming Uninsurable

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

--Spotlight PA: Judge Rules Delaware County Must Accept In-Person Votes From Residents Whose Flawed Mail Ballots Were Rejected

-- AP: Republican David McCormick Launches 2nd  US Senate Bid In PA

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Fetterman Owes The People A Decent Outfit

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: PA House Democrats Fire Director Of Campaign Committee Over Money Mismanagement

-- WESA: PA Republicans, Democrats Like Their Own Schools, But Believe Other Districts Are Failing Kids

-- WESA: Class Of 2028 Will Be Last To Receive Pittsburgh Promise College Scholarships

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[Posted: September 22, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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