Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 11.14.23

House next voting day Nov. 14, 15, Dec. 11, 12, 13

-- Committee Schedule

Senate next voting day Nov. 14, 15, Dec. 11, 12, 13

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 9:00: PA League Of Women Voters, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health Shale Gas & Public Health Conference. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

TODAY 12:30: Agenda Posted.  DEP Citizens Advisory Council / Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 12:30 p.m. Visit the Council webpage for options to join the meeting remotely.  Contact: Ian Irvin, Executive Director, by sending email to iirvin@pa.gov or call 717-787-8771.  Read more here.  [Note: University of Pittsburgh shale gas health studies on the joint meeting agenda.]

TODAY 10:00:  House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee holds hearing on appliance energy efficiency legislation - House Bill 1615 (O’Mara-D-Delaware). Room G-50 Irvis Building. 10:00 a.m.  Click Here to watch live.   Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 10:00: House Local Government Committee meets to consider House Bill 223 (Isaacson-D-Philadelphia) increasing the recycling fee on municipal waste disposed in the state to $5/ton from $2/ton (sponsor summary); House Resolution 224 (Rabb-D-Philadelphia) directing the Joint State Government commission to do a study and establish an advisory committee to analyze opportunities for solar energy facilities on farms (sponsor summary).  Room 205 Ryan Building. 10:00 a.m. Click Here to watch live.   Read more here.

-- DEP Issued At Least 435 Violations To 87 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] 

-- DEP Releases 2022 Oil & Gas Program Annual Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- Coalition Applauds Introduction Of Bipartisan Community Solar Energy Legislation  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Hearing On Solar Energy Facilities Draws Out Concerns In Clinton Twp.

-- TribLive Guest Essay: RGGI Court Decision And Executive Overreach - By Rep. Bryan Cutler, PA House Republican Leader

-- DEP Collects $62,475 Penalty From Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill Under Agreement To Correct Violations, Improve Environmental Protections At The Facility  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Westmoreland Landfill Fined More Than $62,000 For Violations

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

-- DEP: Penalties Collected From Air Pollution Violations At Webco's Oil City Facility Funds Local Park Projects In Venango County  [PaEN]

-- MCall: Residents urge DEP To Deny Environmental Permits For Massive Lehigh Valley Industrial Warehouse Site

-- Warren Times: Minister Creek In Sheffield Twp. Deemed Water Quality Impaired

-- WHYY: A Levee Could Be Built In Flood-Prone Eastwick Neighborhood Of Philadelphia, But Delaware County Has Concerns

-- US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Award $7.4 Million In Grants To Restore Chesapeake Bay Watershed Habitats; $1.8 Million+ To Benefit PA  [PaEN]

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

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

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

-- DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Council Meets Nov. 15 On Game Commission Collaboration; Inclusion, Diversity Initiatives; Next Gen Council  [PaEN] 

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

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

Other States/National/International

-- US Global Change Research Program Releases 5th National Climate Assessment

-- White House: Fact Sheet On 4th National Climate Assessment, Announces $6 Billion To Strengthen Climate Resilience Across The Country

-- WSJ: Climate Change’s $150 Billion Hit To US Economy

-- Reuters: US Climate Assessment Lays Out Growing Threats, Opportunities As Temperatures Rise

-- Bloomberg: Five Takeaways From Sweeping Report On Climate Change In US

-- Bloomberg: Nowhere Is Safe From Worsening Climate Change, New US Report Warns

-- NPR: Climate Change Affects Your Life In 3 Big Ways, New Report Warns

-- USA Today: ‘Every Sector Of Human And Natural Society’: Federal Report Details Climate Change’s Impact

-- Inside Climate News: Report Charts Climate Change’s Growing Impact In US, While Stressing Benefits Of Action

-- The Guardian: US Warming Faster Than Global Average, New Report Says: ‘The Science Is Irrefutable’

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- TribLive Editorial: WV’s Manchin’s Decision Not To Run Could Mean More Political Ads In PA

-- WITF: CeaseFirePA, Democrat Lawmakers Call For Gun Safety Legislation

-- PA Capital-Star: PA House Committee Advances Bill Changing How State Handles Pardons

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Democrats Win Control Of Dauphin County Commissioners Board For First Time In 100 Years

-- WITF: Latino Entrepreneurship On Rise In PA For Many Reasons

-- WVIA: Lewisburg Residents Turn To ACLU To Protect Their Right To Privacy Against Local Social Gathering Ordinance

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[Posted: November 14, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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