Sunday, February 11, 2024

87 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 87 new stories in the
PA Environment Digest about individuals, groups, local governments, farmers, businesses, watershed groups and many more working all across Pennsylvania to restore and protect the environment and show others the beauty that surrounds us.

Thank you for your leadership!

-- Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Presents Mira Lloyd Dock Diversity Awards To Marlisa Yoder-Bontrager Of Lancaster, And Twin Sisters Keisha & Tarsha Scovens Of Lancaster & Philadelphia; Forestry Assn. Honors Nancy Baker  [PaEN] 

-- Keep PA Beautiful Announces Recipients Of 2023 Volunteer And Community Partners Awards  [PaEN]

-- TribLive: Aspinwall, Allegheny County Teen’s Passion For Conservation Earns Him Spot On Western PA Junior Achievement’s 18 Under Eighteen List

-- Gov. Shapiro’s Proposed 2024-25 Budget Includes DEP Permit Modernization Initiative, Expands PFAS ‘Forever Chemical’ Testing; Expands DCNR Trails Program, PA Outdoor Corp  [PaEN] 

-- DCNR Blog: Gov. Shapiro’s Budget Supports Park & Forest Trails, PA Outdoor Corps Job Training Program

-- WESA/WHYY - Sophia Schmidt: Whole-House Repairs Program Resucitated In Shapiro’s PA Budget Proposal

-- DEP Begins Emergency Project To Plug Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells In Scott Twp., Allegheny County; DEP Tried To Get Well Operators To Stop The Leaks For Nearly 9 Years  [PaEN] 

-- WPXI: DEP Starting Emergency Project To Plug 2 Leaking Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells In Allegheny County

-- TribLive: Work Underway To Plug 2 Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells In Scott Twp., Allegheny County

-- The Energy Age Blog: PA DEP Begins Emergency Project To Plug Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells [Video From Plugging Site] 

-- Guest Essay: DEP Ignored Abandoned Wells During Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Permitting Process - By Laurie Barr, Save Our Streams PA  [PaEN]  

-- Bradford Era: Feb. 10 Town Hall In Cyclone, McKean County To Discuss Appeal Of Catalyst Energy, Inc. Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Permit 

-- Just 14 Days: PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Jan. 27 to Feb. 9 - More Abandoned Conventional, Shale Gas Wells; Spills, Venting Gas, Contaminated Water Supplies  [PaEN]

-- DEP OKs Cameron Energy Applications For Plugging 3 Orphan Conventional Wells Under Blanket Bond Increase Waiver Program; Denied 1 Plugged Well Leaking Crude Oil  [PaEN]

-- PA Utility Law Project, Public Citizen Host Feb. 16 Webinar Exploring The Impact Of LNG Natural Gas Exports On Pennsylvania Families  [PaEN]

-- Environmental Hearing Board Narrows, But Allows Protect PT Appeal Of Shale Gas Well Permit Renewals In Westmoreland County To Move Forward   [PaEN]

-- Inside Climate News: Q&A: New Rules In PA Require Drillers To Disclose Toxic Chemicals Used In Fracking 

-- TribLive: Environmentalists, Natural Gas Drillers’ Group Divided On Transparency On Fracking Fluid Disclosures 

-- Inside Climate News: In His First Year As Governor, Josh Shapiro Forged Alliances With The Natural Gas Industry, Angering Environmentalists Who Support Him 

-- Physicians For Social Responsibility Pennsylvania: Fact Sheet On Deal Between Gov. Shapiro, CNX Natural Gas Driller Allows Voluntary Self-Regulation Of A Fracking Company

-- Markets Insider: New Study Questions LNG Natural Gas As A ‘Bridge Fuel’ In Decarbonization

-- Forbes Guest Essay: US Natural Gas Prices Could Spike 14% Without Biden’s Pause On New LNG Export Terminal Permits Costing Consumers $18 Billion

-- Environmental Integrity Project: Biden’s Pause In New Permits For LNG Natural Gas Facilities Won’t Slow The Flow Of US Natural Gas Abroad 

-- Philadelphia Medicine Magazine: Pitt Drops A Bombshell - The PA Health And Environment Studies On Fracking - By Dr. Ned Ketyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania

-- Inquirer - Will Bunch: Democracy Dies When PA Pols Tell Their Own Voters To Drop Dead On Fracking  [Proposed LNG Plant In Chester, Delaware County] 

-- TribLive: Penn Township Board Will Visit Proposed Hyperion [Olympus Energy] Natural Gas Compressor Site 

-- Liberty Twp., Citizens Group Appeal EHB Decision On Permit For Tri-County Landfill In Mercer County Over Threats Posed By Birds, Radioactive Oil & Gas Waste  [PaEN]

-- WFMJ: Citizens Against Grove City Landfill Appeal Environmental Hearing Board Ruling To Commonwealth Court  [Radioactive shale gas drilling waste one concern]

-- PA Environmental Council, Environmental Defense Fund, PA League Of Women Voters Oppose Senate Bill Abrogating Final Rule Reducing Carbon Pollution From Power Plants [RGGI]  [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh To Host World Affairs Institute Navigating Climate Intersections March 5; Adult And Student Leaders Welcome  [PaEN] 

-- Solar Power World: CPV Completes 100 MW Solar Project On Former PA Coal Mine In Cambria County  [EPCAMR PA Solar On Mined Lands Project ]

-- Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority To Switch To Solar Energy Saving An Estimated $2 Million Over Next 25 Years  [PaEN]

-- Scranton Times: Lackawanna Court Overturns Denial Of Solar Energy Facility In Taylor, Sends Case Back To Zoning Board

-- Erie Times: Wattsburg Solar Energy Facility Battle Not Done Yet, Developer Appeals Township Decision Blocking Construction 

-- Penn State Growing Impact Podcast Explores Effect Of Solar Energy’s Expansion On Land Use  [PaEN]

-- PennLive Letter: HB 1467 Community Solar Bill Would Help Solar Energy Become More Affordable, Increase Grid Resiliency In PA - By Don Umberger

-- Warren Times: Fresh Approach Proposed For Community Solar Legislation In PA

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Let The Sun Shine In - Boost Solar Farms In NE PA

-- PA Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance Feb. 21 State Of Renewable Energy In PA Webinar [PaEN]

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Heinz Endowments Invests $10 Million To Leverage Federal Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Funds

-- AP: Jury Awards PA Climate Scientist Michael Mann $1 Million In Defamation Lawsuit Against 2 Conservative Writers

-- PennLive Letter: Pennsylvanians Favor Climate Action - By Richard W. Jones

-- PA Mayors Urge Biden Administration To Finalize The Strongest Possible Emissions Standards For Heavy-Duty Vehicles  [PaEN] 

-- TribLive: Saint Vincent College To Install Electric Vehicle Charging Station In Westmoreland

-- TribLive: EPA Grant Sends 75 Electric School Buses To Pittsburgh, Southwest PA 

-- EPA Finalizes Stronger Standards For Harmful Soot Pollution, Increasing Health, Clean Air Protections For Families, Workers, Communities  [PaEN] 

-- WESA/The Allegheny Front: New EPA Rule Could Reign In Air Pollution In Western PA

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: EPA’s New Rules On Soot Could Have Impact In Pittsburgh Region

-- Warren Times - Josh Cotton: Cause For Concern -  Wildfire Smoke Last Summer Wasn’t A First For Warren County 

-- PennVEST Announces Award Of $14.8 Million To Purchase Verified Nutrient, Sediment Reduction Credits From 5 Successful Bidders In Chesapeake Bay Watershed  [PaEN]

-- WPCAMR: Watershed Groups Statewide Can Qualify For Quick Response Mine Drainage Treatment System, Watershed Restoration Project Repair Funding - By Andy McAllister, Western PA Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation  [PaEN]

-- Conservation Coordinators Join CBF To Accelerate The Renewal Project For The Pequea And Halfmoon Watersheds In Central PA  [PaEN]

-- Lancaster Clean Water Partners: Local Church Congregations Are Stewarding Clean Water  [PaEN]

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Blog: People Encouraged To Use Their Talents And Passions To Give A ‘Voice To The Vulnerable’ Across Watershed - By John Zaktansky

-- Penn State Extension Ag Conservation Currents: Strayer Farm Conservation Success Story; Integrating Grazing Into No-Till; Upcoming Educational Opportunities

-- Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy To Host March 8 Perkiomen Stormwater Management Symposium In Montgomery County [PaEN]

-- Forests For Chesapeake Bay - A Healthy Woodlands Partnership: Livestaking 101; Amphibians Surviving Winter; Yellow Birch; Much More!

-- Rodale Institute: 5 Year, 5 State, 500 Farm Climate-Smart Practice Trial Tests Environmental, Economic Benefits Of Cover Crops And Other Regenerative Farming Methods

-- TribLive: Women For A Healthy Environment Study Finds Elevated Levels Of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Rivers Near Western PA Wastewater Plants

-- DEP: Commonwealth Court Issues Order Appointing PA American Water Company Receiver For East Dunkard Water System Authority In Greene County Due To Compliance Issues  [PaEN]

-- KDKA: Help On Way For East Dunkard Water System Customers With Unsafe Water

-- Observer-Reporter: DEP, East Dunkard Water Authority Agree On Receivership Plan With PA American Water 

-- Beaver County Times: DEP Continues To Pursue Legal Action To Recover $2.4 Million In Cleanup Costs At Fmr Rochester Pool Doctor Site 

-- PennLive: TCE Chemical Linked To Cancer Found In Groundwater At Proposed Wawa Site In Williamsport

-- The Allegheny Front: Reporters Roundtable: What We Learned About Norfolk Southern Train Derailment In East Palestine, OH

-- PA Resources Council Announces 40th Anniversary Of Lens On Litter Photo Contest; Pick-Up PA Resources Available For Litter Clean-Ups  [PaEN]

-- WTAE: Pennsylvania Among Top States With High Radon Levels

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: 1,203 Housing Units Proposed For One Of Montgomery County’s Last Big Open Spaces, Riling Residents

-- Western PA Conservancy Staff - Our Favorite Moments Of 2023

-- Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County Maple Producers To Hold Tree-Tapping Ceremony Feb. 24

-- TribLive: Too Warm: Plants, Insects, People Likely To Pay The Price For Warm Winters

-- Williamsport Sun: Building Nature Forts With Kids - By Bethany Marcello, Certified Nature Teacher At Fern Hill School In Milton

-- The Schuylkill Center For Environmental Education Hosts Feb. 9 Opening Of Slow-Burning Rapture, Artists As Storytellers Exhibition  [PaEN] 

-- DCNR Blog: PA Heritage Geology Sites - What Does Heritage Mean To A Geologist? 

-- Warren Times Editorial: Reminder Of Natural Wonder - Allegheny River Named River Of The Year; Trails At Jakes Rocks In Allegheny National Forest Named Trail Of The Year And Economic Benefits Of Recreation 

-- PA Wilds Center, Keystone Trails Assn. Seek Public Input On Memorable Trails In PA Wilds For Hiking Guide Book Project  [PaEN] 

-- York Daily Record - Brian Whipkey: Experience Physical And Mental Benefits Of A Trail Run

-- PA Wilds Center Selected For ERC Fellow Placement To Help Advance Rural PA’s Outdoor Recreation Sector 

-- Williamsport Sun: Top Of The World - PA Woman Reaches All Seven Summits

-- Citizens Voice: Miller Mountain Trail Runs Attract Loyal Following

-- Altoona Mirror: Blair County Commissioners Seek Public Comment On Trails

-- York Daily Record: Hike Through Iron Mining History At Raab County Park

-- TribLive: ‘Natural Playground’ Planned At Murrysville Community Park 

-- Reminder: PA Society For Ornithology Seeking Conservation Partners For Fourth Annual Breeding Bird Blitz For Conservation  [PaEN] 

-- Annual Audubon Society Bird Count Reveals Climate Change Through Migratory Patterns 

-- Warren Times: Audubon Nature Center Encourages Participation In Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16 to 19 

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Nescopeck State Park Group Looks For, Finds Eagles

-- WHYY: ‘Long Live Sturgeon!’: WHYY, Drexel To Host Discussion On Endangered Species Feb. 15

-- Meadville Tribune: In Memoriam: Jim Lang, Fmr PA Environmental Council Board Member 

Visit the PA Environment Digest website to learn more.

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[Posted: February 11, 2024]   PA Environment Digest

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