Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClilps - 1.24.24

“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.

TODAY 1:00: Agenda Posted. DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 1:00 p.m. Remote access will be available.  Contact: Gretchen Leslie 717-772-9084 or notice)   Read more here.

-- Senators Santarsiero, Comitta Introduce SB 581 Increasing Setback Safety Zones From Natural Gas Drilling Sites, Other Infrastructure, Based On Latest Science  [PaEN]

-- XTO Energy Begins Plugging First Of 4 Abandoned Shale Gas Wells At Butler County Well Pad [PaEN]

-- Bloomberg: Diversified Energy Faces Short-Seller Attack From ESG-Focused Snowcap; Faults Environmental, Asset-Retirement Practices  [Largest Conventional Oil & Gas Operator In PA]

-- WITF - The Spark - Scott LaMar: PA Is A Leading Fossil Energy Producer, Will It Transition To Renewable Energies?

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Largest Solar Energy Facility In PA Begins Producing Power In Franklin, Fulton Counties

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: USDA Sends PA $5.2 Million For Solar, Energy Efficiency Projects 

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Receives $2.1 Million In USDA Grants For Solar Energy Projects On Farms, Schools, Businesses 

-- PennDOT: Electric Vehicle Charging Station In Luzerne County First Completed With Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding In PA  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Heavy Duty Diesel Vehicles To Be Replaced With Electric Thru Grant Program Funded By Volkswagen Settlement 

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Reached Milestone With First Electric Vehicle Charging Station Under Federal Infrastructure Law

-- Post-Gazette: Electric School Busses Coming To Pittsburgh Public Schools  

-- PUC PA OneCall Underground Utility Damage Prevention Committee Levied $235,625 In Penalties Against 154 Violators

-- PJM Interconnection Begins Review Of 46,000 MW Of New, Mostly Renewable Electric Generation Projects Under New Evaluation Process  [PaEN]

-- Broad+Liberty Guest Essay: RGGI Is A Bad Deal For Pennsylvanians - By Keystone Contractors Assn.

-- Scranton Times: DEP Sues Property Owner Who Cleared Land In Jefferson Twp. In 2021 Without Permits, Stormwater Runoff Controls, Did Not Comply With March 2022 Order

-- Sen. Yaw Elected Chair Of PA Delegation To Interstate Chesapeake Bay  Commission

-- The Center Square: Voter Referendum For New Warehouses Proposed

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Lawmakers Hear Complaints About Soaring Water, Sewer Rates From Private Water, Wastewater Companies

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Private Water, Wastewater Companies Help Keep PA’s Water Safe - By PA Chamber Of Business & Industry

-- Global Links, UPMC Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh Redirect 129 Tons Of Surplus Medical Supplies For Reuse  [PaEN]

-- Republican Herald: Illegal Dumping Rampant On Property Near Pine Grove

-- TribLive: Carnegie Science Center Receives $65 Million Gift, Will Change Name To The Daniel G. Kamin and Carole L. Kamin Science Center

-- Republican Herald Blog: DCNR State Parks Environmental Ed Newsletter Has Winter Teaching Ideas

-- Dept. Of Health Now Accepting Applications For WalkWorks Grant Program To Make Communities More Pedestrian-Friendly

-- Save The Dates: Forest Health In-Person Briefing, March 12; Virtual Forest Health Briefing, March 14; Forest Snapshot; More! [PaEN]

-- Inquirer: A Rare Painted Bunting Bird Stirs Awe In Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia 

-- Reading Eagle: Berks Christmas Bird Counts Record New Highs And Lows

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: 250+ Citations For Illegal Steelhead Fishing Near Lake Erie Increase, May Be Tip Of Iceberg

-- Fish & Boat Commission Encourages Safety While Enjoying Winter Fishing, Boating Activities; Recruiting New Class Of Conservation Officers; Moves To Protect Wild Trout

-- TribLive: Animal Rights Group Wants To Replace Punxsutawney Phil With Giant Gold Coin Toss

Other States/National/International

-- The Guardian: US Needs 22 Million Acres For Solar Energy Transition, Here’s What That Looks Like

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Gov. Shapiro: Unemployment Compensation System Back On Track With Enhanced Customer Service

-- Gov. Shapiro: Commonwealth Adops First Debt Management Policy

-- AP: PA State Police, Pension Agency Lost Some Online Records, Officials Say

-- Reps. Joe Adams (R-Wayne/Pike) and Steve Kinsey (D-Philadelphia) announced they will not be seeking re-election.

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: Susquehanna Polling Has Biden Holding 7.5% Lead Over Ex-President

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Have Suburban PA Voters Finally Had Enough? - By Commonwealth Foundation

-- Inquirer: Coalition Launches Effort To Help School Boards Across The State Fight ‘Extremist’ Policies

-- Spotlight PA: Long-Sought Private Charter School Changes On The Table As Lawmakers Plot Education Funding Overhaul

-- Inquirer: Bucks County Emergency Dispatch Computer System Downed By Cyberattack

-- PennLive: Philadelphia Has Highest STD Rates In US

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council Weighs Formally Opposing US Steel Acquisition

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[Posted: January 24, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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