Sunday, December 24, 2023

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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


-- Observer-Reporter: Greene Conservation District Honors 9 At Annual Awards Ceremony

-- Tioga County Couple Honored By Susquehanna River Basin Commission For Unwavering Efforts To Restore Tioga River Watershed  [PaEN]


-- WeConservePA: Williamson Student Scholarship To PA Land Conservation Conference 

Help Wanted

-- Help Wanted: ClearWater Conservancy - Communications Director  [PaEN]

-- Help Wanted: Allegheny Land Trust - Field Coordinator  [PaEN]

Upcoming Events

-- Philadelphia Solar Energy Assn. Offers Free Solar Sprint Student Competition Teacher Training Jan. 13

-- PA Farm Link: Jan. 23 Farm Succession Workshop. York HACC Campus, 2010 Pennsylvania Ave.   9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

-- Save The Date! North Branch Land Trust To Hold Annual Dinner May 1


-- PAcast: Santa’s Reindeer Cleared For Christmas Travel By PA Dept. of Agriculture

-- WITF/AP: As Climate Warms, That Perfect Christmas Tree May Depend On Growers’ Ability To Adapt

-- TribLive: Holiday Tree-Cycling Offered At 15 Westmoreland Sites 

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Parks, City Of Pittsburgh Will Take Christmas Trees For Recycling

-- DCNR Blog: Red In The Winter Woods 

-- Shippensburg University Slate: Profile Of DCNR Deputy Secretary Claire Jantz  

-- Dept. Of Agriculture Protects Another 2,553 Acres Of Farmland; 13,663 Acres Protected In 2023  [PaEN]  

-- Western PA Conservancy Protects 460 Acres In McKean County To Create New Nature Reserve [PaEN]

-- ClearWater Conservancy Protects 35 Acre Ecological Gem In Little Sugar Valley Centre County  [PaEN]

-- Observer-Report: Wildlife Conservancy Of South Connellsville Promoting Love Of The Outdoors

-- National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Awards $1.8 Million In Chesapeake WILD Grants To Restore Freshwater Mussels, Other PA Projects  [PaEN] 

-- Lock Haven Express: NFWF Grant Awarded To Restore Freshwater Mussels Near Tidlow Dam

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Grants Awarded To Restore Freshwater Mussels In West Branch Of Susquehanna 

-- Waste360: Covanta Partners With Lancaster County On Electronics Waste Recycling

-- Keep PA Beautiful Beautiful Newsletter: Litter Hawk Youth Awards; Open Your Eyes To Litter; Community Pride Award

Public Participation

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

-- DEP Posted 56 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In Dec. 23 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Invites Comments On Cooperative Fish Nursery General Permit; Hearing Set For Feb. 1  [PaEN] 

-- PUC Invites Public Comments On Proposed Policy Statement On Electric Utility Rate Design For Electric Vehicle Charging In Pennsylvania  [PaEN]  

-- DEP Environmental Justice Update: Comments On Revised EJ Permit Review Policy; Funding & Comment Opportunities; Much More  [PaEN]

-- Governor’s Office Releases List Of DEP, Other Agency Permits Included In PAyback Permit Fee Refund Program And Review Deadlines  [PaEN]

-- WITF/WVIA: Community Leaders Prepare Priority Climate Action Plan For Federal Funding

-- WHYY: Top Climate Stories Of 2023 In Philadelphia Region

-- WITF/AP: Locked Out Of PA Local Government: Residents Decry Increased Secrecy Among Towns, Counties, School Districts

Background On Issues

-- AP: Drilling Under Pennsylvania's 'Gasland' Town Has Been Banned Since 2010, It's Coming Back  [PaEN]

-- WNEP: Residents Awaiting Water React To Return Of Shale Gas Drilling In Dimock, Susquehanna County: ‘Stab In The Back’

-- PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Dec. 16 to 22 - 46% More Conventional NOVs; More Abandoned Wells; Conventional Well Fire; Venting Gas, Spills, Plugging Mess  [PaEN]

-- Conventional Oil Well Storage Tanks Burn In McKean County, 6 Local Fire Companies Respond  [PaEN] 

-- CNX Resources Begins Disclosing General Information On Fracking Chemicals, Air Monitoring Results Online At 2 Shale Gas Well Pads  [PaEN]

-- PA Capital-Star: CNX Gas Company Begins Self-Reporting Air Quality Data As Part Of Shapiro Partnership

-- Oil & Gas Facilities Self-Reported 13,432,713 Tons Of Air Pollution In PA In 2022; 101,741,616 Tons Total Since 2012  [PaEN]

-- Bob Donnan Blog: Oil & Gas Industry Air Pollution In Pennsylvania

-- Fox News Guest Essay: Pennsylvania’s Radical Plan To Produce Energy And Protect Our Environment - By Gov. Josh Shapiro & Nick Deiuliis, CEO CNX Resources

-- The Allegheny Front: Environmental Groups Pressure Gov. Shapiro To Crack Down On Shale Gas Industry 

-- ABC27: PA Environmental Groups Hold Press Conferences Asking Shapiro To Take Action On Fracking 

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves Water Withdrawal Requests For Shale Gas Drilling In Loyalsock, Pine Creek Exceptional Value Watersheds  [PaEN]

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 32 Shale Gas Well Pad Water Use General Permits In Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming Counties  [PaEN]

-- HEI Energy, Penn State Study Uses 28,500 Water Sample Results To Help Identify Oil & Gas Industry Groundwater Pollution  [PaEN] 

-- Bob Donnan Blog: Oil & Gas Industry Groundwater Pollution

-- TribLive Letter: More Natural Gas Production, More Consumer Savings - By Marcellus Shale Gas Industry  [Forgot About 2021-22 Price Spikes Already? Tied To LNG Shipments?]

-- Marcellus Shale Gas Industry Coalition: All We Want For Christmas Is - Permit Reform; More Energy Infrastructure

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Shale Gas Drilling Activity, Gas Prices Fall, Report Says  [406 new shale gas wells drilled in 2023 increasing DEP’s workload]

-- US DOE, Treasury Release Proposed Regulations Implementing Clean Hydrogen Production Credit Setting A Sliding Scale For Credits  [PaEN]

-- CNX Ends Coordination On West Virginia Adams Fork Ammonia Energy Project, Anchor Of ARCH2 Hydrogen Hub Application  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette: Clairton Coke [Coal] Workers Quiet Amid Uncertainty of US Steel Sale

-- Post-Gazette: At US Steel, Electric Trains Are Still Coming

-- WESA: With Potential US Steel Sale, A Reckoning Is Coming For The Way Steel Is Made In Mon Valley 

-- PA Enviro Groups File Appeal For Removal Of Coal Ash 'Mountain’ At Stronghold Digital Mining Scrubgrass Cryptocurrency Power Facility In Venango County  [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Cryptocurrency Miner Mawson Infrastructure Group Adds New Cryptocurrency Miner Krypton Technologies LLC At Midland Facility 

-- Inquirer: Stronghold Digital Mining Cryptocurrency Power Plant Owner Wants To Burn Old Tires To Power Bitcoin Mining In Carbon County

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: Storing Carbon Underground Is Risky; Allowing Storage Companies To Shed Liability Makes It Worse - By Joseph Minott, Clean Air Council

-- Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Adams County Solar Energy Facility Project Gets 2nd Blow From Court

-- Project InnerSpace Launches Cross-Collaborative Future of Oil/Gas Well-Based Geothermal In Pennsylvania Study  [PaEN]

-- The Guardian: How US Utilities Keep Fossil Fuels In New Homes

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Child Care Centers To Receive Funding To Improve Indoor Air Quality

-- PA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Closes Year With More Than 82,000 Acres Of Land Enrolled For Conservation Improvements  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension, Partners: Collaborative School Planting Project Creates Lifelong Learners In Chester County - By Megan Hopkins-Doerr, Master Watershed Steward Coordinator Chester, Delaware Counties  [PaEN]

-- Allegheny College: Western PA Conservancy Watershed Mini Grant Supports Creek Connections Program  [PaEN]

-- PA’s Ag Conservation Assistance Helps Strayer Cattle Farm In Cumberland County Improve Water Quality; $140 Million Committed To Projects So Far Statewide  [PaEN]

-- Stroud Water Research Center Update: Scaling Up Outreach To Farmers, Landowners To Improve Water Quality  [PaEN]

-- LancasterOnline - Ad Crable: Remarkable Natural Restoration Of Lititz Run Headed For Finish 

-- WITF/AP: As Climate Warms, That Perfect Christmas Tree May Depend On Growers’ Ability To Adapt

-- PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: More Vulnerable People Live In Philadelphia Neighborhoods That Are Less Green And Get Hotter - By Penn State, Other Professors

-- AP: AP Photos Reveal Intensity, Insecurity And Inequity in 2023 As World Altered By Climate Change 

-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Highlights PA Legislative Priorities For 2024  [PaEN]

-- Partnership For The Delaware Estuary: 2023 State Of The Estuary Report

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Dec. 22 RiverWatch Video Report

-- First Street Foundation: Over 3.2 Million Americans Have Left High Flood Risk Neighborhoods Creating ‘Climate Abandonment Areas’

-- First Street Foundation Flood Abandonment Areas Study

-- AP: Flooding Drives Millions To Move In US As Climate Migration Patterns Emerge

-- Bloomberg: More Than 3 Million Americans Are Already Climate Migrants Moving From Flood Risks, Researchers Say

-- Penn State: Q&A - Why Small Organisms Can Make Big Impacts On Climate, Emissions

-- Feature: Meet Your New Year’s Resolution On The Susquehanna Greenway - By Susquehanna Greenway Partnership  [PaEN]

-- Warren Times - Audubon Community Nature Center: Going Off-Trail In The Winter

-- Republican Herald: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Fall Migration County Tallies Record Number Of Bald Eagles

-- Scranton Times Blog: Birding Schuylkill County 

-- Republican Herald - Tyler Frantz: Winter Wonderland - Quiet Moments In Both Darkness And Light Reveal Nature’s Gifts

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature: Custom Of Using Evergreens Goes Back Almost 2,000 Years

-- Lancaster Farming: Drone Operator Charged With Illegally Locating Wildlife By Game Commission 

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: December 24, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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