Friday, December 15, 2023

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 12.15.23

House next voting day January 2, February 6

-- Committee Schedule

Senate next voting day January 2, 16, 17

-- Committee Schedule

-- Click Here for Senate Agency Budget Hearing Schedule.

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- Carbon County Residents Urge DEP To Deny Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc. Request To Burn Tires To Fuel Its Cryptocurrency Mining Operation At The Panther Creek Power Plant  [PaEN] 

-- Utility Dive: US Electricity Load Growth Forecast Jumps 81% Led By Data Centers, Industry 

-- PJM Makes Multiple Reliability-Focused Improvements To Prepare For Winter To Deal With 70% Natural Gas, Other Generator Nonperformance In 2022  [PaEN] 

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Will Have 2 Years To Update Oil & Gas Facility Methane Emission Rules To Match EPA

-- Penn State Extension Webinar Dec. 21: Shale Gas Trends For Landowners, Growth & Land Leasing  [PaEN]

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Legislators Should Come To Table For PA’s Energy Future - Mike Dunleavy & Jackson Morris, Co-Chairs Of Shapiro’s RGGI Work Group 

-- EPA Proposes Water Quality Standards To Protect Aquatic Life In 3 Sections Of The Delaware River Upstream, Downstream Of Chester, Marcus Hook  [PaEN] 

-- WHYY: EPA Proposes New Water Quality Standards For Fish Living In Sections Of Delaware River

-- DEP Assists In Cleanup Of Oil Spill From Stormwater Into Mill Creek, Bucks County

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Dec. 15 RiverWatch Video Report

-- York Dispatch: Officials Crack Down On Water Thieves As York County Drought Continues Into Winter 

-- DEP Issues Violation Notice Against Keystone Landfill For Failure To Control Odors In Lackawanna County  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: DEP: Keystone Landfill Violates Permitting, State Regulations By Failing To Control Odors

-- Observer-Reporter: Residents Air Concerns About Proposed Underground Limestone Mine In Washington County

-- December 16 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- Spotlight PA: Budget Boost To Payments For DCNR-Owned Land Will Benefit Rural PA Counties

-- North Branch Land Trust Announces Stephen Maakesta As New Board Chair  [PaEN]

-- DCNR To Celebrate 'Connecting More in 2024' During First Day Hikes Jan. 1 Across Pennsylvania Public Lands  [PaEN] 

-- PA Wilds: Julie Mader Offers Paint The PA Wilds Watercolor Kits, Paint Your Favorite PA Wilds View 

-- TribLive: Steelers To Build Community Field, Youth Recreation Complex At Hazelwood Green, Former Steel Plant Site

-- Lehigh Valley’s Wildlands Conservancy - January Education Programs, Activities: Stone Soup Stroll; Native Wildlife 

-- Tiadaghton Audubon Society Seeks PA Bird Atlas Volunteers In Tioga, Potter Counties

-- WESA: Audubon Society Expands Christmas Bird Count To Mon Valley This Year [Now Thru Jan. 5

Train Derailments

-- TribLive/AP: EPA Begins Formal Review Of Vinyl Chloride, Toxic Chemical That Burned In Norfolk Southern Train 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]

-- Reuters: Freeport LNG Natural Gas Plant Settles With EPA Over Safety Failures In 2022 Texas Blast

-- Bloomberg: Energy Crisis Grips Pakistan After LNG Natural Gas Traders Left Country In The Cold

Other States/National/International

-- AP: Experts At Odds Over Result Of UN Climate Talks: ‘Historic,’ ‘Pipsqueak’ Or Something Else?

-- Reuters: What Are The Loopholes In COP28 Climate Deal That Could Keep Oil, Gas, Coal Flowing Indefinitely

-- Bloomberg: US Still Needs Fossil Fuels, White House Climate Advisor Says

-- Reuters: US DOE Awards Up To $890 Million To Carbon Capture Projects At Gas, Coal Plants

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- TribLive/AP: PA House Back To 101-101 Partisan Divide With Resignation Of Rep. Galloway 

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: 3 Month Halt Of House Session Has People Asking - Leak Damage Repair Or Political Maneuvers?

-- PA Capital-Star: Feb. 13 Special House Election Set To Fill Rep. Galloway Seat

-- The Center Square: Pennsylvania Budget Done

-- Legislators, State Officials Get Automatic 3.5% Pay Raise In 2024

-- WHYY/AP: PA Passes Laws To Overhaul Probation System, Allow Courts To Seal More Criminal Records

-- WHYY/AP: PA Republican Lawmakers Sink Aid To Penn Veterinary School As Statehouses Watch How Universities Are Handling Israel-Hamas War

-- PA Capital-Star: Spending On PA Supreme Court Race Set Record - $19.5 Million

-- Inquirer: Bomb Threats Made Against Jewish Centers In Philadelphia, Bucks County

-- TribLive: Carnegie Mellon Graduate Alleges ‘Cruel Campaign Of Antisemitic Abuse’

-- TribLive: Weighing In On Social, Political Issues Has Become Minefield For College Presidents

-- TribLive: UPMC To Reinstate Medical Mask Policy Due To Increases In COVID, Flu, Other Illnesses

-- NPR: US Is Unprepared For Growing Threat Of Mosquito And Tick-Borne Viruses

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[Posted: December 15, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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