Sunday, January 21, 2024

101 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 101 new stories in the
PA Environment Digest about individuals, groups, local governments, farmers, businesses, watershed groups and many more working all across Pennsylvania to restore and protect the environment and show others the beauty that surrounds us.

Thank you for your leadership!

-- From Trees To Teaching, Master Watershed Steward Cindy Pizziketti Makes A Difference In York County; Sign Up Now For Master Steward Spring Training  [PaEN] 

-- TribLive: Saint Vincent College Eyes Next Step In Wetlands Rehab, Improved Stream Quality In Westmoreland County 

-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: Hughesville H.S. Fly Fishing Club Truly An ‘Absolute Joy’ In Offering Teenagers Opportunities To Become Well-Rounded Citizens

-- TribLive Editorial: What Is Your Dream?

-- Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake: Embracing The Sankofa Spirit On The Path Forward

-- DEP Awards $101.1 Million In Federally-Funded Grants To Support Local Abandoned Mine-Related Restoration; Deadline For Next Round Of Grants Feb. 19  [PaEN] 

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Feds Send $100 Million To PA For Abandoned Mine Land Remediation, Acid Drainage Treatment

-- Scranton Times: Giant Coal Waste Culm Bank In Middle Of Dickson City To Be Removed

-- Apply Now For Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grants, Deadline Feb. 15  [PaEN] 

-- Trout Unlimited: Bipartisan Abandoned Mine Cleanup 'Good Samaritan' Bill Reported Unanimously From US Senate Committee  [PaEN]

-- The Energy Age Blog  - Bob Donnan: Massive Methane Emissions From Coal Mining Detected From Space

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Knox Mine Disaster Documentary To Be Shown At King’s College Jan. 22

-- Republican Herald: 74th Anniversary Of Morea Mine Cave-In: Valiant Effort Rescues One Brother, Recovers Body Of Another

-- Wilkes-Barre Times Editorial: Diamonds To Events That Celebrate Our Coal Mining Heritage

-- DEP Releases Final Guidance On Environmental Considerations In Using Trenchless Technology To Construct Natural Gas, Other Pipelines  [PaEN] 

-- PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Jan. 13 to 19;  9 Abandoned Conventional Wells; 4 Abandoned Shale Gas Wells; Freshwater Pipeline Break; Ice & Snow  [PaEN] 

-- 4 Months Later, XTO Energy, Inc. Said They Will Plug 4 Shale Gas Wells DEP Found To Be Abandoned And Not Plugged In September  [PaEN]

-- WJAC - Stoker Wieczorek: Equitrans Rager Mountain Gas Storage Area Leak Site Not Cleaned Up Over A Year Later In Cambria County 

-- The Energy Age - Bob Donnan: PA Environmental Hearing Board Allows Appeal Of Shale Gas Well Permits

-- TribLive Letter: Proliferation Of Natural Gas Operations In Bell Township, Westmoreland County Raise Concerns - Cody Deluisio

-- Health Effects Institute Hosts Annual Conference April 28-30 In Philadelphia; Call For Abstracts  [PaEN] 

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Sets Feb. 1 Hearing On Water Withdrawal Requests, Including 8 Related To Shale Gas Development; And On Cooperative Fish Nursery General Permit  [PaEN]

-- Senate Environmental Committee To Hold 2nd Joint Hearing With Ohio Legislature On Electric Grid Reliability Feb. 1;  Will It Address Natural Gas Infrastructure Vulnerabilities?  [PaEN] 

-- PA Cong. Thompson, Deluzio Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Provide Flexibility To States Implementing The Federal Conventional Orphan Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program  [PaEN] 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: EPA Announces It Will Set Fee On Waste Natural Gas Emissions

-- DEP Hosts In-Person, Virtual Q/A Sessions On Applying For $5 Million Shell Petrochemical Plant Mitigation Grants In Beaver County  [PaEN]

-- Capital & Main - Audrey Carleton: Gov. Shapiro Promised 30% Renewable Electricity By 2030, Will That Happen? 

-- Kleinman Center For Energy Policy: 2024 Starts With A Grim Climate Milestone, But Hydrogen Policy Hope - By John Quigley, Former DEP/DCNR Secretary

-- PennLive Letter: Climate Change Is Costing Pennsylvanians Plenty, And Someone Has To Pay For It - By Sen. Amanda Cappelletti (D)

-- The Guardian: Lawsuit By University of Pennsylvania Climate Scientist Michael Mann Over Online Attacks Finally Comes To Trial 

-- DEP Extends Deadline For Comments On Proposed Grant Program To Reduce Industrial Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions To Jan. 29  [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: US Steel To Test Carbon Capture At Edgar Thomson Steel Plant

-- The Allegheny Front: Study Finds Fossil Fuel Workers Have Skills For Clean Energy Jobs But Might Have To Move 

-- AES Corporation Announces Completion Of 220 MW Solar Energy Facilities In Franklin, Fulton Counties To Power University Of Pennsylvania  [PaEN]

-- Republican Herald: Solar Energy Facility Proposed In Butler Twp., Schuylkill County

-- PA Solar Center Jan. 26 Webinar On Federal And State Financial Resources For Going Solar  [PaEN] 

-- Penn State Extension Energy Essentials: Feb. 15 Webinar Update On Large-Scale Solar; What Is Agrivoltaics? Latest On Anaerobic Digesters  [PaEN] 

-- WHYY: PowerCorpsPHL Offers Solar Industry Training Program Focused On Justice-Involved Philadelphians 

-- PUC Hosts Feb. 1 Virtual Stakeholders Meeting On Distributed Energy Resources Participation In Wholesale Electricity Markets  [PaEN]

-- PUC Stakeholders Feb. 7-8 Meetings On Act 129 Statewide Energy Efficiency Baseline Studies, 2026 Technical Reference Manual Update

-- Spotlight PA - Stephen Caruso: Utility Shut-Off Protections Would Be Expanded To Summer Months Under Bill

-- DEP Awards $1.28 Million In Grants For Alternative Fuels Charging Stations, Clean Fuel Vehicles  [PaEN]

-- PennDOT Awarded $5 Million In Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding To Repair Or Replace Existing Electric Vehicle Charging Sites

-- PA Gets $5 Million To Update Up To 50 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Crews In Training To Remove Last Of Fuel From Damaged Three Mile Island Unit 2 

-- Juniata County Dairy Farm Turns 1,000 Pound PA Farm Show Butter Sculpture Into Renewable Energy  [PaEN]

-- KDKA: Butter Sculpture At PA Farm Show Dismantled To Be Turned Into Renewable Energy 

-- Farm Progress: EPA Region 3 Administrator Adam Ortiz Pledges Helping Hand To Farmers

-- NRCS-PA: USDA Wetland Reserve Easement Application Deadline March 1  [PaEN]

-- WESA/WVIA: PA Teens Grow A Love For Agriculture In FFA

-- Berks County-based Rodale Institute, Propagate Ag Design, Implementation Firm Form Partnership To Grow Adoption Of Agroforestry  [PaEN] 

-- Agenda Announced!  Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake Bay Faith & Waters Restoration Summit Feb. 19  [PaEN]

-- Registration Open For March 23 Watershed Congress At Montgomery County Community College; Call For Presenters  [PaEN]

-- 2024 Woodland Owners Conference Set For Feb. 10 In Clarion  [PaEN]

-- PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Hosts Feb. 6 Webinar On Creating Stronger Connections: A Communication Best Practices Workshop  [PaEN]

-- WTAE: Study By Women For A Healthy Environment Study Finds PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Pittsburgh Wastewater Plant Discharges

-- Penn State Extension: Homeowner Perspectives Needed For On-Lot Septic System Maintenance Survey; More!  [PaEN] 

-- TribLive: Millions Will Be Spent On Logs, Rocks To Stabilize Allegheny, Westmoreland County Stream Banks

-- Williamsport Sun: Beech Creek A Top Priority For Trout Unlimited Watershed Restoration Efforts 

-- Pittsburgh City Paper: Pittsburgh’s Underground Streams Pose Challenges And Opportunities To Fight Climate Change

-- TribLive: Protect PT Hosts Jan. 25 Turtle Creek Watershed Community Meeting In Monroeville

-- WHYY: Drexel University Researches Alternative To Road Salt

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Rep. Ryncavage, Community Respond To Water Crisis In Ashley Mobile Home Park

-- PA Resources Council, City Of Pittsburgh Partnership Enables Residents To Recycle 62+ Tons Of Electronics Waste In 2023; Continues In 2024  [PaEN]

-- Litter Lifters Of West Vincent Township Volunteers Picked Up 55 Bags Of Litter On Martin Luther King Jr. Day Of Service In Chester County  [PaEN]

-- PennEnvironment: Analysis Finds Single-Use Plastic Bag Bans Effective In Reducing Waste, Litter  [PaEN]

-- Berks County-based East Penn Battery Manufacturer Launches Power2Recycle Campaign  [PaEN]

-- Reading Eagle: East Penn Manufacturing Rolls Out Power2Recycle Campaign

-- Encina To Supply Covestro With Chemically Recycled Plastics To Use As Feedstock

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Covestro Signs Deal To Dramatically Increase Amount Of Recycled Plastics In Its Manufacturing

-- DEP Invites Comments On Draft Guidance Manual For Permitting New Commercial Hazardous Waste Treatment & Disposal Facilities  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: Silent Spring Institute Study Finds More Than 900 Common Chemicals Linked To Breast Cancer Risk 

-- DCNR State Parks Environmental Ed Newsletter Features Winter Teaching Ideas  [PaEN]

-- North Branch Land Trust, DiscoverNEPA: Apply Now For Outdoor Educator Certification Bootcamp In Luzerne County  [PaEN]

-- Next Pittsburgh: Parks Conservancy Adding Outdoor Sensory Classroom To Frick Environmental Center

-- Apply Now! Wildlife Leadership Academy Stepping Stones Fly Fishing Program For Students May 10-12  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Blog: Geohazard Preparedness - Sinkholes

-- Northcentral PA Conservancy Partners With Barry & Jane Brucklacher To Preserve 29 Acres In Tioga County  [PaEN]

-- Pocono Heritage Land Trust, Marsha Hallett Partner To Protect 32 Acres In Monroe County  [PaEN]

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill Commissioners Approve Money For Farmland Preservation

-- Centre Daily Times: Proposed Penn State Commonwealth Arboreta Network Would Develop An Arboretum On Every Campus 

-- DCNR Announces Opening Of Community Recreation, Conservation Grant Round

-- CFA Approves $27 Million In Watershed, Recreation Projects Funded By Act 13 Drilling Impact Fees; Fees Dropping $104 Million In 2024; New Grant Round Opening  [PaEN]

-- Jan. 24 DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council To Feature Discussion Of Growing Outdoor Recreation For PA Report, Recommendations   [PaEN]

-- WITF/Spotlight PA: PA’s Outdoor Recreation Office Identifies Early Priorities, But Some Specifics Remain Unclear 

-- MCall: PA’s Outdoor Recreation Office Plans To Form Business Alliance; Strategy Relies On Local Volunteers And Outside Help

-- DCNR Announces Planting Of 255 Acres Of Streamside Buffer At Big Elk Creek State Park, Chester County; April 6 Tree Planting  [PaEN]

-- Warren Times: Windblown - Impact Of High Winds On Trees, Forests -  By Chelsea Jandreau, Audubon Community Nature Center

-- DCNR Announces It Will Operate ATV Regional Trail Connector In Northcentral PA Through 2025 Riding Season

-- PA Environmental Council Awards Over $20,000 In Water Trail Mini-Grants To 5 Projects  [PaEN]

-- Rothrock Trail Alliance Hosts Feb. 20 Meeting On Plans For 53 Miles Of New Trails In Centre County  [PaEN

-- Centre Daily Times: 50+ Miles Of New, Sustainable Trails Planned For Rothrock State Forest, Here’s What To Know

-- Observer-Reporter: Washington County Planning Commission Holds Jan. 17 Meeting On Greenways And Park Plan

-- TribLive: Opportunities Endless At Cheswick’s Rachel Carson Park, Officials Say

--TribLive: Westmoreland Native Completes 8,000 Mile ‘Triple Crown Of Hiking’ 

-- Fish & Boat Commission Accepting Applications For Grants To Inspire Interest In Fishing & Boating  [PaEN] 

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Stream Crossings In PA State Game Lands Will Get Upgrade To Create Wildlife Corridors  

-- Williamsport Sun: Game Commission Looking To Replace Culverts With Bridges To Help Wildlife  

-- WESA/WVIA: Pennsylvania’s Third Bird Atlas Takes Flight

-- Warren Times: Warren County Christmas Bird Count Tallies Over 4,500 Birds, Nearly 60 Species 

-- York Daily Record: West Shore Wildlife Center Helps Injured Animals In A New York County Location

Visit the PA Environment Digest website to learn more.

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[Posted: January 21, 2024]   PA Environment Digest

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