Sunday, November 19, 2023

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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


-- WGAL: Liz Winand From Shank’s Mare Outfitters Introduced Thousands Of Young People To The Great Outdoors

-- Shapiro Administration Now Accepting Nominations For 2024 Governor's Award For Environmental Excellence  [PaEN]

Upcoming Events

-- Mark America Recycles Day Nov. 15th With Free PA Resources Council Webinar

-- PUC Highlights Nov. 15 Utility & Resources Fair In Delaware County

-- Planet Philadelphia Radio: Nov. 17 - Sustainability For The Built Environment, 4:00 p.m.

-- Warren Times: Audubon Community Nature Center To Host Natural Investigators Education Program Nov. 25

-- Delaware Highlands Conservancy Offers Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Dec. 9

-- Penn State Extension Hosts Dec. 13 Webinar On Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure  [PaEN]

-- Registration Open! PA Recycling Markets Center’s PA ReMaDE Conference Jan. 18-19  [PaEN]

-- Call For Proposals, Student Posters By 2024 Keystone Coldwater Conference On Feb. 23-24 In State College  [PaEN]

-- Registration Open!  PA Assn. Of Environmental Educators Annual Conference March 17-19 Pocono Environmental Ed Center


-- DCNR State Parks Environmental Education Newsletter Is Back With Lots Of Teaching Ideas For Fall! 

-- Penn State Extension Ag Conservation Currents Newsletter: News That Infiltrates & Transpires

-- Courier Times: ‘Leave The Leaves:’ What’s Behind The Campaign

-- Keep PA Beautiful Local Affiliates Make Nov. 15 America Recycles Day Every Day Thru Permanent  Drop-Off Sites In Your Community  [PaEN]

-- State Fire Commissioner: Improper Disposal Of Rechargeable Batteries Is Leading To More, And More Dangerous Fires  [PaEN]

-- EPA Awards Clean Air Council Recycling Education Grant To Support Composting In Allegheny County  [PaEN]

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: What I Learned From My Compost Heap

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Red Cross Volunteers Train For Disasters, Which Are Increasing With Climate Change

-- Spotlight PA: PA Leads The Nation For Lyme Disease Cases; Oil & Gas Development, Fragmentation In Forests Boosts The Risk 

-- TribLive: PA Leads Nation In Lyme Disease Cases, Oil & Gas Development, Other Forest Fragmentation Boosting The Risk

-- Williamsport Sun: PA Leads The Nation For Lyme Disease Cases; Oil & Gas Development, Fragmentation In Forests Boosts The Risk 

-- Stroud Water Research Center Partners With Amazon Web Services On Watershed Restoration To Help Achieve Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Goals  [PaEN] 

-- Reading Eagle: Berks Nature Reviews Environmental Progress In 15th State Of Environment Report

-- PennLive: Sunday Hunting And Other Upcoming Dates For Hunters, Non-Hunters To Know 

-- LancasterOnline - Ad Crable: Beware Of Love-Struck Deer Crossing The Road This Time Of Year 

-- Republican Herald - Rick Hynick: Study Shows Temperature Primary Factor In Whitetail Buck Movement

-- Centre Daily Times: Afield: PA Is Home To A Healthy Elk Herd

-- TribLive - John Hayes: Bear Season Forecast Shows Optimal Conditions

-- Republican Herald - Tyler Frantz: Hunters Play Important Role In Game Commission Bear Management

-- TribLive: Wild Turkey Population ‘Unbelievable’ This Year, With Wooded Areas Of Allegheny County Popular Spots For Birds

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Video Update On Osprey Populations Along The Delaware River & Bay  

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature: There Are Only A Few Native Maples Trees Here In PA

-- DCNR Blog: A Bumper Crop Of Red Oak Acorns

-- LehighValleyLive: Introducing Penn’s Woods, Your Guide To Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors

-- York Daily Record: Smoke From Wildfires In Virginia Drifting Into Central PA 

-- WNEP: Wildfire Smoke From Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia In The Air Above PA

Public Participation

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - November 18 [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On Chapter 105 Permit For 400MW Solar Energy & Battery Storage Project On Reclaimed Abandoned Mine Land In Clearfield County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Accepting Comments On Two Proposed COAs Involving The Easton Road PFC And Cross Keys PFAS ‘Forever Chemical’ Contamination Sites In Bucks County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On Renewal Of Danco Industries Petroleum Contaminated Wastewater Treatment Facility In Venango County  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Sets Dec. 18 Hearing On Air Quality Permit For Waste Tire Fuel At Panther Creek Power Plant In Carbon County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Posted 66 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In November 18 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

Background On Issues

-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: Conservation Groups May Be Vulnerable To Litigation On Mine Drainage Treatment Projects Without Federal Good Samaritan Law

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Democrats Seek Balance Between Environmental Policy, Loyalty To Labor

-- State Dept. Of Health Pushing For Changes To Reduce Adverse Health Impacts From Natural Gas Development  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Issued At Least 472 Violations To 90 Conventional Oil & Gas Operators; 20 NOVs To 10 Shale Gas Operators For Abandoning Their Wells Without Plugging Them So Far In 2023  [PaEN]

-- DEP Issues Record 5,653 Notices Of Violation To Conventional Oil & Gas Operators So Far In 2023; ‘Culture Of Non-Compliance’ Continues  [PaEN] 

-- Shale Gas Operators On Track To Have More Violations In 2023 - Frozen Gas Infrastructure; Explosion; Pad Fire; Uncontrolled Gas Venting; Frack Outs; Major Spills;  Pipeline Crashing Thru A Home Highlight 2023 So Far  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Releases 2022 Oil & Gas Program Annual Report

-- Spotlight PA - Lilly Riddle: Companies Behind Mariner East II Pipeline Paid $42 Million In Pollution Fines To Pennsylvania  

-- Spotlight PA: Did Mariner East Pipeline Construction Affect Your Water?  Contact Spotlight PA

-- Mariner East Pipeline Penalties Could Set Precedent For Environmental Enforcement; Attorney General’s Office Cited For Lack Of Transparency On Remediation Efforts

-- Beaver County Residents Call For Accountability, Emergency Preparedness After Dozens Of Malfunctions, Pollution From Shell Petrochemical Plant  [PaEN]

-- Beaver County Times: Citizen Watchdogs, Activists Mark One Year Of Shell Petrochemical Plant Operations

-- Observer-Reporter Editorial: Is Shapiro’s Voluntary Agreement With CNX The Right Move For Gas Well Safety?  ‘We Do Not Trust Foxes To Guard Henhouses’ 

-- Warren Times Editorial: Right Partnership On Gas Wells?  ‘We Do Not Trust Foxes To Guard Henhouses’ [Shapiro-CNX Statement of Mutual Interests]

-- TribLive: DEP Fines Companies Involved In Implosion Of Smokestacks At Cheswick Power Plant

-- Post-Gazette: DEP Hits Demolition Company Of Cheswick Power Plant Smokestacks With $39,000 Fine

-- TribLive: Expert Testifies As Effort Continues To Halt Implosion Of Cheswick Coal-Fired Power Plant: ‘It’s Not Just Everyday House Dust’

-- WHYY: American Lung Association Calls For Increased Radon Testing In PA

-- PUC Winter Natural Gas Reliability Overview Reports Now Available; But Do Not Address Winter Storm Elliot Issues  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Winter Storm Elliot’s Natural Gas Infrastructure Failures Not An Isolated Event; Report Says Electric Grid Still Vulnerable: ‘Winter Is Coming’ 

-- TribLive: International Natural Gas Commodities Market, Milder Weather Predictions Could Ease Winter Heating Costs

-- Utility Dive: FERC Projects Winter Wholesale Power Prices To Drop 5% In PJM, New York And Southeast

-- Utility Dive: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Investigating Possible Winter Storm Elliott Market Manipulation By Natural Gas Pipelines, Power Plants, Marketers

-- PUC Alert: Dec. 1 Utility Prices Are Changing - Natural Gas (+149% to -64.2%); Electric (+18.8% to -25.7%)  [PaEN] 

-- PA Capital-Star: Everything You Need To Know About Applying For Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

-- Inquirer: Philadelphia Natural Gas Bills Going Up, But Lower Than PGW Wanted

-- PA Capital-Star: PA’s Natural Gas Development Is Hurting Its Oldest Residents

-- Williamsport Sun Letter: Fracking Falsehood Spread By Sen. Yaw, Others - By Dean Marshall, Lock Haven

-- TribLive: Westmoreland Water Authority Warns Of Mandatory Water Restrictions As Dry Autumn Persists, Beaver Run Reservoir Continues To Fall [Shale Gas Drillers Withdrawn Water From The Reservoir For Fracking] 

-- TribLive: Westmoreland Water Authority Halts Fracking Water Withdrawals By CNX, Olympus Energy At Beaver Run Reservoir As Part Of Water Conservation Plan [Shale Gas Operators Took 301 Million Gallons From Reservoir This Year]

-- York Dispatch: No Relief In Sight As York County’s Drought Continues Into The Fall

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Nov. 16 RiverWatch Video Report

-- TribLive/AP: Ohio Commission Approves Natural Gas Drilling In State Parks, Wildlife Areas Despite Fraud Investigation

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: After 8-Year Effort, Another Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant In Allegheny County Is Nixed; Due To ‘Current Market Conditions’ 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Invenergy Drops Plans To Build Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant In Allegheny County

-- TribLive: Invenergy Scraps Plan For Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant In Allegheny County

-- WHYY: Amtrak Backs Off Plan To Install Natural Gas Boilers At 30th Street Station In Philadelphia, Crediting New Climate Goals 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Stronghold Digital Cryptocurrency Mining Company Plans Big Carbon Capture Project At Scrubgrass Power Plant In Venango County

-- PA Capital-Star: PA House Panel Considers How Hydrogen Hubs Can Help Meet Climate Goals 

-- Hydrogen Insight: Plug Power Share Price Plunges 40% After Firm Admits It Could Fold In Next 12 Months [Key Player In Western PA Hydrogen Hub] 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Examining PA’s Hydrogen Revolution: Q/A With K&L Gates

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Three Things Pennsylvania Needs To Be Ready For Hydrogen - By Three Penn State Professors

-- New York State: Massive Southern Tier Gas Drilling Spree Proposed - 6,500 Land Leases Sought For Plan To Extract Shale Gas, Store Carbon Dioxide

-- New York State: NY DEC, State Legislators Muted On Massive Plan To Extract Natural Gas, Store Carbon Dioxide In Southern Tier; But Green Groups Outraged

-- Financial Times: S&P Finds Investors Ignore ESG When Lending To Some Oil And Gas Companies

-- Reuters: Tougher EU Methane Rules Mean US Natural Gas Sector Must Clean Up Its Act

-- Financial Times: New EU Rules On Methane Leaks To Hit Oil And Gas Importers

-- Reuters: EU Agrees To Law To Hit Fossil Fuel, LNG Natural Gas Imports With Methane Emissions Limits 

-- Bloomberg: EU Sets New Rules On LNG Natural Gas Imports - Production, Transportation

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: November 19, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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