Friday, January 26, 2024

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 1.26.24

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

-- Article I, Section 27 Pennsylvania Constitution  [It’s Not A Suggestion]

Governor’s Budget Address:  February 6

Senate next voting day February 5, 6, 7, March 18, 19, 20

-- Committee Schedule

-- Senate Agency Budget Hearing Schedule.

House next voting day February 6, March 18, 19, 20

-- Committee Schedule

-- House Agency Budget Hearing Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- DEP Database Advisory: OnBase Scheduled Maintenance Jan. 27 5:00 p.m. to Jan. 28 9:00 a.m. will disable some DEP database functions.  Click Here for more.

-- DCNR Document Server Advisory: DCNR’s document server will be down from 5:00 p.m. Jan. 27 until 9:00 a.m. Jan. 28 for routine upgrade.. Recreation maps and other documents will be unavailable.  Click Here for more.

-- PUC: Act 13 Drilling Impact Fees To Drop By 25% For Fees Due On 2023 Wells; Total Revenue To Drop By Nearly $105 Million  [PaEN] 

-- Marcellus Shale Coalition: Act 13 Drilling Impact Fees Breathe Life Into County & Municipal Projects [Fee Revenue To Drop By Nearly $105 Million In 2024 ]

-- DEP Extends Deadline Of First Methane Pollution Report From Oil & Gas Facilities To June 1, 2024  [PaEN]

-- Marcellus Drilling News: DEP Approves Catalyst Energy Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well In McKean County  [PaEN]

-- Sen. Yaw: Senate Environmental Committee To Join Ohio Legislators For Feb. 1 Hearing On Energy Reliability, Sustainability, Affordability  [Will They Address Natural Gas Infrastructure Vulnerabilities? ]

-- York Dispatch: Hundreds Of Dead Fish Found In Susquehanna River Near Brunner Island Power Plant 

-- DEP Awards Susquehanna River Basin Commission $68.2 Million To Restore Severely Impaired Tioga River Watershed  [PaEN] 

-- Centre County Master Watershed Steward Art Gover Earns Natural Resource Education Award  [PaEN]

-- Altoona Mirror: Floodplain Restoration Project For Beaverdam Branch Of Juniata River Could Cost $5.9 Million

-- Chester County Commissioners Approve New Integrated Water Resources Plan, Watersheds 2045  [PaEN]  

-- Delaware River Basin Commission Feb. 7 Hearing On Water Withdrawals, Other Proposals; March 6 Business Meeting  [PaEN] 

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Jan. 26 RiverWatch Video Report

-- National Assn. Of Counties Announces Participants In Building Resilient Economies In Coal Communities Action Challenge; Somerset And Forest Counties Included In PA  [PaEN] 

-- January 27 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- PA Capital-Star: PA House Lawmakers Propose Restricts On Foreign Ownership Of Farmland And Critical Infrastructure

-- DCNR: Forest Land Manager Should Begin Treatment Operations Now For Spongy [Gypsy] Moth Caterpillars  [PaEN] 

-- Warren Times: Tree Commission Talks Tree Health In City Of Warren

-- Nature By The Numbers: The Economic Impact Of Land Preservation - By Carol Hillestad For Pocono Heritage Land Trust  [PaEN] 

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: New Office Of Outdoor Recreation Director Wants To Improve Bond of Government And Industry

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: State Wants To Bet Big On Outdoor Recreation Economy

-- Inquirer: DCNR Not Considering Camping At This Time In New Big Elk Creek State Park In Chester County

-- NextPittsburgh: Brilliant Branch Rail-To-Trail To Connect Pittsburgh Neighborhoods, And Beyond

-- ClearWater Conservancy Planning Community Conservation Center In Houserville

-- TribLive: Citizen Science Lab Receives Champions In Action Award From Citizens Bank, Trib Total Media

-- Natural Lands: Susan P. Mucciarone Elected Chair Of Board Of Trustees

-- Interns Wanted: US Forest Service Hiring Summer College Interns In Allegheny National Forest, Other Locations

-- TribLive: Lawrence County Men Who Poisoned Protected Birds Found Guilty - 15 Months After Federal Trial

Train Derailments

-- Beaver County Times: PA Farmers, Rescue Owners Reflect One Year After Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- Post-Gazette: Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Leads To New Rule To Protect Train Crews

6th Oil/Natural Gas Spike: True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[There Is No Limit To What Oil/Natural Gas Industry Can Make You Pay]

-- White House Announces Temporary Pause On Pending Approvals Of LNG Natural Gas Exports

-- PA Marcellus Shale Coalition And Natural Gas Industry Partners Urge Biden Administration To Maximize US LNG Economic, Environmental And Security Benefits

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- AP: PA Republican Lawmakers Challenge State, Federal Actions To Boost Voter Registration

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: PA Republican Lawmakers File Federal Lawsuit Against Shapiro, Biden Over Their Use Of Executive Authority To Expand Voter Registration And Outreach

-- Post-Gazette: New Study Debunks Allegations Of Election Fraud In PA

-- WITF/LancasterOnline: Lancaster County: Postal Service Conducted Investigation On Late Mail-In Ballots And Found No Information

-- AP: PA Gov. Shapiro Says He Wants To ‘Get S--- Done,’ He’s Made It His Slogan, Profanity And All

-- WESA: While All Eyes Are On Lee’s Congressional Race, Challengers Preparing To Take On Deluzio, Reschenthaler In Western PA

-- KDKA: State Looking For 16,000 Pennsylvanians Owed $16.4 Million In Back Wages

-- PennLive: PA Human Relations Commission Forms Civil Rights Division To Fight Hate, Racism; Enforce Laws

-- AP: PA Law Shielding Teacher Misconduct Complaints Declared Unconstitutional

-- TribLive: Gov. Shapiro Pitches Plan To Restructure State’s Higher Education To Make It More Efficient, Affordable

-- TribLive: Penn State Branch Campuses Face Large Share Of $94 Million In Proposed Budget Cuts

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Counties Throw Darts To Find Best Use Of Opioid Settlement Funds

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[Posted: January 26, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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