Saturday, September 30, 2023

Saturday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 9.30.23

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 October 2, 3, 4, 16 [Unless Sooner Recalled]

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- Gov. Shapiro’s Work Group Concludes A Cap-And-Invest Carbon Pollution Regulation Program Would Be Optimal Approach To Reducing Greenhouse Emissions From Power Plants; Scale Up Solar Energy  [PaEN]

-- AP: Gov. Shapiro Noncommittal On Greenhouse Gas Strategy As Climate Task Force Finishes Work

-- House/Senate Legislative Climate Caucus Announces Climate Week Activities In PA Oct. 1-7; PA Climate Convergence Oct. 1-2  [PaEN]

-- DEP Updates Times Of 2 Hearings On Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy To Accept Comments In Erie, Philadelphia  [PaEN] 

-- Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Sept. 23 to 29; More Abandoned Wells; Oil & Gas Doesn’t Typically Issue NOVs For ‘Routine’ Venting Of Natural Gas, Will Air Quality Under New Regs?  [PaEN]

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - September 30   [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On Title V Air Quality Permit For Eastern Gas Transmission Compressor Station In Westmoreland County At Oct. 31 Hearing  [PaEN]

-- Grist - Will Peischel: Inside The Rough-And-Tumble Race To Clean Up America’s Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells [PA Highlighted]

-- Planet Philadelphia Radio: Cleaning Up Our Energy Systems, Oct. 5 At 4:00 p.m.

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: Marcellus Shale Gas Coalition Wraps Up Conference In Erie - Natural Gas Delivers For All Pennsylvanians

-- PJM Interconnection Files Proposed Winter Storm Elliot Settlement With Non-Performing Electric Generators With FERC, Requests Final Action By Dec. 29  [PaEN]

-- Observer-Reporter: Hydropower Makes Splash As Washington & Jefferson College Center Resumes Series

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Duquesne Light Reaches Last-Minute Deal With Union To Avoid Strike

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Manufacturers Need Pragmatism From EPA On Ozone Pollution Rule - By Former Rep. Jason Altmire

-- WNEP: Mine Subsidence Sinkhole Filled In Luzerne County Under Emergency DEP Contract

-- DEP Posted 54 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In September 30 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

-- Save The Date: Keystone Coldwater Conference Feb. 23-24 In State College  [PaEN]

-- PA Forestry Assn. Annual Symposium & Awards Program Set For Nov. 4 In State College  [PaEN] 

-- Penn State College Of Agricultural Sciences Hosts Nov. 15 Webinar: A Walk In The Woods - A Look Into Private Forests In PA And Beyond  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Communities Get Influx Of Federal Cash To Plant Trees 

-- Volunteers Needed To Assist Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewards In Schuylkill County

-- The Highlands At Wyomissing In Berks County Joins Statewide Partnership To Plant 10 Million Trees 

-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Blog: Back To School For Students Means Back Into PA’s Creeks And Rivers In PA’s Rivers & Streams Environmental Ed Program 

-- County Of Berks: US Small Business Administration Declares Disaster In Berks County Offers Disaster Relief Loans

-- Reading Eagle: Berks County Gets US Small Business Administration Emergency Declaration Related To Flood Damages After Disaster Declaration Denied By FEMA

-- PUC PA One Call Underground Utility Damage Prevention Committee Issues $174,950 In Penalties To 150 Companies For Violations

-- Still Time To Submit Entries For PA Resources Council's Gene Capaldi Lens On Litter Photo Contest  [PaEN]

-- Gettysburg Times: DCNR Secretary Dunn Stresses Connection Between Community And Protection Of Natural Resources Giving People ‘A Sense Of Place’ That Makes PA Unique  [PaEN]

-- DCNR: Additional State Forest Roads Opening For Hunting Seasons, Other Outdoor Activities; Use Caution In Areas Of Natural Gas Drilling

-- WNEP: 436 Acres Of Scranton Woodland Added To Pinchot State Forest

-- Inquirer: We Were Wrong About Spotted Lanternflies [In Some Ways] Research Shows, Kill Them Anyway

-- Sept. 29 Take Five Friday With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation  [PaEN]

-- WeConservePA, Manada Conservancy Host Site Visit To Kittatinny Ridge Land Conservation Projects

Train Derailments

-- Altoona Mirror Editorial: Railroad Industry Making Strides To Better Safety

-- TribLive Guest Essay: $200 Million In Public Money To Upgrade PA Rail Line To Increase Passenger Service A Great Deal For…. Norfolk Southern - By Colin McNickle, Allegheny Institute for Public Policy

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Boosting Pittsburgh’s Economy With A 2nd Train To New York

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

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

-- AAA Gasoline Prices: PA Average- $3.89; National Average- $3.82; Ohio- $3.44

-- Reuters: US Crude Oil Production Climbs To Near Record High In July [Global Oil Prices Still Pushing Up]

-- Baker Hughes: PA Natural Gas Drill Rigs Down 1 From Last Week to 20

Other States/National/International

-- USDA Makes $3 Billion Available For Climate-Smart Practices On Agricultural Lands

-- Bloomberg: Climate Disasters Drain US Emergency Fund, Adding To Government Shutdown Risk

-- DOE Finalizes Energy Efficiency Standards For Residential Furnaces To Save $1.5 Billion In Annual Utility Bills

-- Reuters: US Power Grids Must Adapt To Rapid Electrification, Operators Say

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Post-Gazette: Gov. Shapiro Is Going To New Hampshire, With 2028 (far) On The Horizon, Here’s What To Watch

-- WITF: Gettysburg College Students Express Concerns Over PA Elections During Democracy Week

-- LancasterOnline: Media Coalition Renews Request To Unseal Criminal Records Of Lancaster County Man Related To Assault On US Capitol

-- WHYY: PA Lawmakers Push For State Funding For School Monitoring Program In Hopes Of Slowing Gun Violence

-- WHYY: Philly Considering Drones For Community Policing

-- KYW: West Philadelphia Business Owner Says Positive As Restaurant Hit Twice After Looting

-- PA Gaming Control Board Releases 2022-23 Annual Report

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill County Sees COVID Uptick, Mimicking Flu Trends

-- Post-Gazette: David McCall Takes Helm At United Steel Workers

-- TribLive: Pitt Trustees OK $100 Million In Campus Renovations, Hear From New Chancellor

-- TribLive: How A Federal Government Shutdown Would Impact Western PA

-- Post-Gazette: Federal Government Is Careening Toward A Shutdown, Here’s What It Will Cost PA - And What Happens Next

-- WHYY: Possible Government Shutdown Draws Closer, Here’s How Millions of Pennsylvanians Could Be Impacted

-- York Dispatch: On Eve Of Potential Federal Government Shutdown, What Can PA Expect?

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[Posted: September 30, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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