Saturday, January 27, 2024

Saturday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 1.27.24

“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.

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - January 27  [PaEN]

-- PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council Win Record $42 Million Air Pollution Settlement Covering 3 US Steel Facilities In The Mon Valley, Pittsburgh  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: US Steel Settles Lawsuit Over 2018 Fire, Power Outages In 2019, 2022 That Caused Air Pollution Episodes At 3 Facilities In Mon Valley

-- The Allegheny Front - Reid Frazier: US Steel Reaches Landmark Deal With Allegheny County, Environmental Groups Over Air Pollution From 3 Pittsburgh Facilities

-- Post-Gazette: US Steel Settles Environmental Lawsuit, Pledging Millions In Mon Valley Improvements

-- Environmental Hearing Board Denies Lackawanna Energy Center Power Plant Motion To Dismiss Boro Of Jessup’s Appeal Of DEP Air Permit  [PaEN]

-- If Requested, DEP Will Hold Feb. 28 Hearing On Air Quality Permit For Keystone Station Coal-Fired Power Plant In Armstrong County  [PaEN]

-- DEP, If Requested, Will Hold Feb. 28 Hearing On Air Quality Permit For Homer City Generation Station In Indiana County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Will Hold A Hearing Feb. 28, If Requested, On Air Quality Permit For Conemaugh Coal-Fired Power Plant In Indiana County  [PaEN] 

-- DEP To Require Unconventional Shale Gas Operators To Disclose Chemicals Used In Drilling, Fracking Operations Earlier In Well Drilling Process Thru PPC Emergency Plan Changes  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Tells Frackers To Disclose Chemicals, But It’s Not  Clear Exactly What Changes The Public Will See

-- WKBN27: Environmental Advocate Appeal Of Tri-County Landfill Permit Denied By EHB, Citizens Concerned About Disposal Of Radioactive Oil & Gas Waste

-- DEP Posted 84 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In January 27 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

-- Altoona Mirror: Solar Energy Facility In Greenfield Twp. Gets Favorable Review By Blair County Planning Commission

-- Bay Journal: Abandoned Mine Land Getting Makeover In Northeastern PA - By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Coal Artifacts Mined For McDade Park Display

-- Agriculture Invests In Research Critical To Growing Ag Industry, Reducing Environmental Impacts, Controlling Invasive Species; Promoting Regenerative Agriculture  [PaEN]

-- Hazleton Standard Speaker: Almost 50,000 Students Participating In PA Trout In The Classroom Program 

-- PennLive: What Killed Hundreds Of Fish In The Susquehanna River Near Brunner Island Power Plant In York County?

-- York Daily Record: State Investigating Susquehanna River Fish Kill Near Brunner Island

-- DEP Drought Update: Clinton & Franklin Counties Remain In Drought Warning; 6 Counties In Drought Watch; 8 Counties Return To Normal Status  [PaEN]

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: PA To Spend Nearly $200 Million On Lead Pipe Replacement, Water Upgrades  [Mostly Federal Funds]

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Sues Manheim Twp. Over Stormwater Flows Into City’s Sewer System

-- Citizens Voice: State, Local Officials Push For Biden To Approve Flood Recovery Money After FEMA Denial

-- PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals Host Feb. 15 Webinar On Evaluating Ecological Risk Under PA's Land Recycling Program  [PaEN]

-- Republican Herald: Odor Control System Installed In Natural Soil Products Biosolids Composting Facility

-- WTAE: Road Closed In Moon Twp, Butler County Due To Landslide, Threatening Homes

-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: Regulatory Overreach Meets Definition Of ‘Nightmare’

-- Registration Now Open!  PA Recreation & Park Society Conference & Expo March 12-15 In Seven Springs  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension Hosts Feb. 20 Webinar On DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Grants And Community Forest Projects  [PaEN] 

-- TribLive: Mysterious Notes Reported In Food Items, State Parks, Trails Across PA

-- Lebanon Valley Conservancy Accepting Applications For Richard H. And Karen R. Light College Scholarship 

-- Warren Times: Open For Use: New State Game Lands In Spring Creek Open For Hunting, Trapping, Fishing Access

Train Derailments

-- The Allegheny Front: Norfolk Southern Train Derailment: Leaving East Palestine, A Mother’s Story

-- TribLive: US DOT Secretary Pushes For Rail Safety, Touts Federal Infrastructur Bill In Pittsburgh Visit

-- Reuters: Norfolk Southern Misses Profit Estimates, Says It Took $1.1 Billion Hit From Train Derailment In 2023

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- $3.10  Ohio- $2.99

-- Baker Hughes: PA Natural Gas Drilling Rigs Same As Last Week - 21

-- Reuters: Texas Freeport LNG Natural Gas Export Unit Faces Month-Long Outage After Winter Storm

-- Bloomberg: Natural Gas-Addicted Europe Trades One Energy Risk [Russia] For Another [United States]

-- AP: Liquefied Natural Gas: What To Know About LNG And Biden’s Decision To Delay Gas Export Proposals  [No Impact On LNG Now Going To Europe, Asia, DOE Can Allow Exemptions On Natural Security Grounds]

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- TribLive: Shapiro’s Higher Education Overhaul Plan, $1,000 Tuition/Fee Cap Proposal For State Universities Draws Intrigue, Skepticism

-- PA Capital-Star: Gov. Shapiro Criticizes Alabama Execution Of Inmate By Nitrogen Gas

-- TribLive/PennLive: PA Republican Senate Leaders Back Texas Governor’s Immigration Fight, Blast Biden

-- TribLive/Inquirer: Casey Acknowledges ‘Long, Tough Race,’ Ahead Of Him In Race With Republican Candidate McCormick

-- LancasterOnline: Republican Challenger To Cong. Smucker Arrested On Parole Violations, Federal Court Says

-- Reading Eagle: Rep. Jozwiak Will Not Run For Reelection

-- House Members Not Running For Their Positions: Reps. Joe Adams (R-Wayne), George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks); Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), Dawn Keefer (R-York) [running for Senate], Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) [running for Senate], Steve Kinsey (D-Philadelphia), Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh), Jim Marshall (R-Beaver), Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion), Nick Pisciottano (D-Allegheny), Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), and Paul Schemel (R-Franklin); 

--State Senators Not Running For Their Positions: Sens. Jim Brewser (D-Allegheny), John DiSanto (R-Dauphin), and Mike Regan (R-York).

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[Posted: January 27, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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