Saturday, January 20, 2024

Saturday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 1.20.24

“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 28 9:00 a.m. will disable some DEP database functions.  Click Here for more.

-- DEP Website: DEP continues to experience problems with its website and problems with distributing press releases.

-- 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]

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

-- DEP: From Jan. 1 to 12: DEP Received 31 New Permits For Shale Gas Wells And issued 22 so far; received 0 conventional oil & gas well permits and issued 12:  Click Here for Workload Report

-- 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]

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

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

-- Post-Gazette Guest Essay: To Keep Money From Dominating Our Politics For Our Freedom Amendment Should Be Added To Our Constitution - By Mitchell Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network 

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

-- 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

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

-- 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] 

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

-- 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

-- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- DCNR Blog: Geohazard Preparedness - Sinkholes

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

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

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

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

-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: PA Hunters Shot Fewer Bears In 2023, But Research Continues 

Train Derailments

-- PA Capital-Star: One Year After Norfolk Southern Train Derailment, Is East Palestine, OH Safe?  Depends On Whom You Ask

-- The Allegheny Front: Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Reveals Need For More First Responder Training

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

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

-- AAA Gasoline Prices:  PA- $3.34   National- $3.08   Ohio- $3.10 

-- Baker Hughes: PA Natural Gas Drilling Rigs Increase By 2 To 21

-- Bloomberg: US Oil Production Falls By 10 Million Barrels Amid Cold Snap

Other States/National/International

-- Biden Administration Takes Steps To Cut Electric Vehicle Costs And Continues Build Out Of Made-In-America Electric Vehicle Charging Network

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- WITF: Lebanon County Removes Its only Ballot Drop Box

-- Post-Gazette Guest Essay: To Keep Money From Dominating Our Politics For Our Freedom Amendment Should Be Added To Our Constitution - By Mitchell Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network

-- Dept. Of Labor & Industry Reports PA December Unemployment Rate 3.5%, Up 0.1% From November

-- City & State PA: PA Among The States Vying For Leadership Role On AI

-- TribLive: Carnegie Mellon University Hit By Cyberattack, Informs 7,300 People Possibly Affected

-- TribLive: Norwin Senior Citizens Could Get Property Tax Break For Volunteering At Schools

-- Scranton Times: COVID Cases On The Rise In Many Areas Of NE PA

-- AP: York County School District Votes To Reinstate Native American Logo Criticized As Insensitive

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[Posted: January 20, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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