Thursday, January 25, 2024

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 1.25.24

“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 Website: DEP continues to experience problems with its website; Has not posted any of its press releases since January 5.

-- 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.

-- 66 Months Later, DEP Worked With Conventional Well Owner, But Multiple Spills At A Well  Site Have Still Not Been Cleaned Up; No Protections In Place For Operators Or Taxpayers  [PaEN]

-- PennVEST Invests $194.3 Million In 28 Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Water Quality Improvement Projects In 20 Counties  [PaEN]

-- National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Now Accepting Applications For Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund Grants; Webinar Jan. 30; Project Coaching  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Awards $573,000 To 10 Projects To Protect Delaware Estuary Coastal Zone; $268,000 To 5 Projects To Protect Lake Erie Coastal Zone  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension - Farm Conservation Success Story Series: First Stop Westmoreland County - John Kitz's Mount Pleasant Farm  [PaEN] 

-- Chesapeake Bay Program Shares Latest Progress On Watershed Restoration: Stream Health; Protected Lands; Forest Buffers; Wetlands; Blue Crabs; Aquatic Vegetation

-- USDA Rural Development Funds 3 More Clean Energy Projects In Huntingdon, Lancaster, Perry Counties  [PaEN]

-- Registration Now Open For PA Brownfields Conference March 25-27 In State College  [PaEN] 

-- Penn State College Of Engineering: Scholarship Fund Endowed By Mitchell Family For Engineering Students From Schuylkill, Carbon, Columbia, Northumberland Counties

-- DCNR Blog: Heritage Areas Draw Visitors, Boost Economy

-- Game Commission Board Of Commissioners To Meet In Harrisburg Jan. 26-27

-- WITF/WPSU: Volunteers Rescue Birds Making Emergency Snow Landings In Central PA 

-- LancasterOnline: Injured Hawk To Be Released After Rehab In Lancaster County Animal Sanctuary

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

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

-- Reuters: White House Pauses Decision On Louisiana LNG Natural Gas Export Terminal

-- The Guardian: Biden Administration Reportedly Pauses Approval Of ‘Carbon Mega Bomb’ LNG Natural Gas Export Hub

-- Bloomberg: Biden’s Natural Gas Export Plan Coming Soon As Industry Mounts Lobbying Blitz

Other States/National/International

-- The Guardian: Bumblebee Among Species US Wildlife Officials Consider Listing As Endangered

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Politics PA: House Speaker McClinton Talks About Goals, Accomplishments And School Choice

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Tees Up Another Special Election For Control Of House Amid Gripes About Cost, Disruptiveness

-- PennLive - John Baer: Media’s Big Challenge In 2024 Election Season

-- Post-Gazette: Israel Remains Flashpoint In Critical PA US Senate Race

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Private Fiscal Watchdogs Warn Of Medicaid-Induced State Budget Deficit

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Gov. Shapiro Wants To Double Funding For First-Responder Grant Program

-- WITF: County Commissioners Detail Legislative Priorities For 2024

-- Spotlight PA: Justice Department Expands Claims Against PA Courts In Opioid Addiction Treatment Case

-- WESA: Nearly 50% Of Pittsburgh School Buildings Are Only Half Full

-- Observer-Reporter: Washington County Government Hit by Cyberattack

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[Posted: January 25, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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