Sunday, January 21, 2024

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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


-- TribLive Editorial: What Is Your Dream?

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

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

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


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

Help Wanted

-- Help Wanted: Fish & Boat Commission Waterways Conservation Officer Trainee  [PaEN]

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

-- Help Wanted: Sign-Up Beings Jan. 29 For Pittsburgh-based Landforce Crew Member Workforce Training Program; Projects Also Wanted  [PaEN] 

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

-- Penn State EarthTalk: Jan. 22 Building SURE (Sustainable And Resilient) Communities Webinar  [PaEN]

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

-- Better Path Coalition: Norfolk Southern Train Derailment - One Year Later, Feb. 1 Virtual Brown Bag Briefing  [PaEN] 

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

-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Hosts 10 Winter Artisan Workshops Starting Feb. 3  [PaEN]

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

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

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

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

-- North Branch Land Trust, DiscoverNEPA: Apply Now For Outdoor Educator Certification Bootcamp In Luzerne County March 9, 10, 23  [PaEN]

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

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

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

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


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

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

-- 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 

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

Public Participation

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - January 20  [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

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

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

-- DEP Sets Feb. 21 Meeting/Hearing On Proposed Expansion Of Pierson Rheems Quarry In Donegal Creek Watershed, Lancaster County  [PaEN] 

-- PUC To Hold Hearings On Community Utilities Of PA Water, Wastewater Proposed Rate Increase Affecting Customers In Multiple Counties

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

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

-- DEP Posted 41 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In January 20 PA Bulletin  [PaEN] 

Background On Issues

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

-- 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]

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

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 25 Shale Gas Well Pad Water Use General Permits In Bradford, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming Counties  [PaEN]

-- 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 

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

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

-- 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

-- 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)

-- PennLive Guest Essay: 2024 Will Be A Critical Election Year For Pennsylvania Energy - By Fmr Rep. Mike Puskaric (R)

-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: State Of Energy Comes With Good And Bad News

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

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

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

-- TribLive: Water Conservation To Continue As Beaver Run Reservoir Level Rebounds In Westmoreland; Ban On Using Water For Fracking Gas Wells Continues 

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

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

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

-- 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]

-- York Dispatch: York County May Be Under Blanket Of Snow, But Drought Conditions Persist

-- York Dispatch: Recent Rain And Snow Finally Ends Abnormally Dry Conditions In York County, According To US Drought Monitor Data

-- WHYY: Drexel University Researches Alternative To Road Salt

-- DCNR Blog: Geohazard Preparedness - Sinkholes

-- TribLive: Repair Planned For Sinkhole Along Route 30 In Unity, Westmoreland County

-- 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 

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Jan. 19 RiverWatch Video Report

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

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

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

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

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

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bowers: Reflections In Nature - Nature Is Truly Amazing 

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: January 21, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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