Sunday, February 25, 2024

91 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 91 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!

-- Centre County Recycling Coordinator Joanne Shafer To Retire; Longest Serving Recycling Coordinator In Pennsylvania  [PaEN] 

-- Keep PA Beautiful: Sheila Shea, Fayette County Recycling Coordinator Recognized With Community Pride Award  [PaEN] 

-- Master Watershed Steward Cindy Rogers Strengthens Partnerships In Indiana County [PaEN] 

-- Interfaith Partners For Chesapeake Faith & Waters Restoration Summit Attracts Nearly 200, Executive Director Jodi Rose Leaving For New Position  [PaEN]

-- Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake: Lancaster Congregations For Clean Water 

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: PA American Water To Receive 2024 North Branch Land Trust Community Stewardship Award

-- The Allegheny Front: New Report Gathers Priorities From Ohio River Watershed Communities For Addressing Water Quality Problems [Western Third Of PA Is In The Ohio Watershed]

-- Penn State Study: Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Fails To Meet Beneficial Reuse Recommendations For Use As A Dust Suppressant  [PaEN]

-- Citizen Complaint Leads DEP To Breakout Of Mariner East Pipeline Drilling Mud That Contaminated The Lake At Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County; Sunoco Pipeline Starts Cleanup [PaEN] 

-- 2.23.24: Drone Video Of Mariner East Pipeline Spill Remediation In Marsh Creek Watershed, Chester County.  Updated Background

-- WHYY - Susan Phillips: Marsh Creek State Park Once Again Site Of Cleanup Due To Mariner East Pipeline Construction In Chester County

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: Material Leaks Into Tributary Of Marsh Creek State Park At Site Of Mariner East Pipeline Spill In 2020

-- DEP Publishes Final Guidance On Environmental Consideration In Using Trenchless Technology To Construct Natural Gas, Other Pipelines  [PaEN]

-- PUC Adopts Final Regulations Strengthening Operation, Construction Requirements For Intrastate Hazardous Liquids Pipelines  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Gains New Abandoned Conventional Oil & Gas Wells As It Sets Records Capping Old Ones

-- Capital & Main: The Rising Cost Of The Oil & Gas Industry’s Slow Death - Unplugged Oil & Gas Wells  [PA Included]

-- Protect PT Hosts Feb. 27 Online Lunch & Learn With Laurie Barr About Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells  [PaEN]

-- Inside Climate News - Jake Bolster: New Demands To Measure Emissions From Oil & Gas Facilities Raise Cautious Hopes In PA Among Environmental Sleuths Who Monitor Fracking Sites

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Pennsylvania Orders Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals - Except For ‘Trade Secrets’

-- DEP: Shell Petrochemical Plant Pays Additional $2,671,044.75 In Civil Penalties For 12-Month Air Quality Violations After May 2023 Consent Order  [PaEN]

-- Western PA Residents Comment After A Year Of Shell Petrochemical Plant Operations  [PaEN] 

-- PennLive: Beaver County Man Sues Shell Petrochemical Plant Over Smell, Noise: “Sounds Like A Freight Train 24 Hours A Day’

-- DEP Environmental Justice Office Taking Lead In Developing $8 Million Monsanto PCB Penalty Community Fund As Part Of $100 Million Settlement [PaEN] 

-- Inside Climate News: Sonya Sanders Grew Up Next To Fmr Philadelphia Refinery, She’s Still Suffering From Environmental Trauma

-- Inquirer: PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Other Chemicals Lurk In Artificial Turf Some Experts Worry Could Be Linked To Cancer In Young Athletes

-- PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Feb. 17 to 23 -- 7 More Abandoned Conventional Wells; Defective Casing From 2018; Mariner Pipeline Drilling Mud Breakout; Additional Shell Air Penalties; Water Supply Investigation  [PaEN] 

-- DEP: No Applicants Have Asked For Their Money Back Yet Under The PAyback Permit Review Money Back Guarantee Program  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: How Latest US Supreme Court Air Pollution Case Could Bring More Pollution To Pennsylvania

-- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement Defending EPA’s Good Neighbor Air Pollution Rule Before US Supreme Court

-- American Lung Association: New Report Reveals Transition To Electric Vehicles, Clean Power Would Prevent 148,000 Asthma Attacks In PA Kids

-- TribLive: Murrysville-Based Car Club Charged Up About Switch To Electric Cars

-- WNEP: Making Electric Vehicle Charging Stations More Available

-- LehighValley Lehigh Valley Transit Becomes PA’s First To Use Methane From A Landfill To Fuel Buses

-- Over 400 PA Faith Leaders, Advocates Unite At First-Ever Statewide Interfaith Convention, Setting The Stage For Legislative Change On Climate, Justice & Jobs  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Recommends 6 Major Legislative Proposals Be Adopted As Part Of 2024 PA Climate Action Plan  [PaEN]

-- DEP Set To Receive $2 Billion+ In Federal Funds Over Next Decade+ For Oil & Gas Well Plugging, Clean Energy, Climate Resiliency, Clean Water  [PaEN] 

-- Sustainable Pittsburgh Selected As 1 Of 10 Nationally To Advance To Phase 2 Of Quality Green Jobs Training Regional Challenge  [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Meet The Appalachian Sustainable Business Network, A Coalition Looking To Find Its Lane In A New Economy

-- New DEP Tools: Energy Funding, Assistance Finder Tool Available For Environmental Justice Communities, Organizations; Equitable Climate Action Program Development Tool  [PaEN]

-- WHYY - Sophia Schmidt: What Is Community Solar, And Why Do Lawmakers Want To Bring It To Pennsylvania

-- Wesley Family Services Cut Ribbon On Rooftop Solar Energy System With West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund In Westmoreland County  [PaEN] 

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Penn State Study Shows Themes For Farmers Negotiating Solar Leases

-- PUC To Seek Comments On Proposed Regulation On Use Of Distributed Energy Resources And Virtual Power Plants  [PaEN] 

-- PJM, Electric Grid Operators Recommend Additional Steps To Overcome Vulnerabilities In Natural Gas Infrastructure To Ensure More Reliable Grid Operation  [PaEN] 

-- PA Independent Oil & Gas Association: An Increase In LNG Gas Exports Is Expected To Increase Seasonal Price Volatility In The Future  

-- MCall Guest Essay: Biden’s Pause On Permits For New LNG Gas Facilities A Win For PA Families, Our Health And Our Climate - By Sierra Club

-- Feb. 28 Webinar: Meet Local Experts Making Our Communities Sustainable  [PaEN]

-- WESA: Form Energy To Begin Manufacturing Iron Air Batteries In Weirton, WV To Stabilize Electrical Grid

-- Utility Dive: Solar, Battery Storage Will Be 81% Of New Electricity Generation Capacity This Year: EIA

-- Inside Climate News: 1 Year Later, Beaver County Residents Living Near Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Site Say They’re Still Sick 

-- Penn State Students Provide In-Depth Coverage Of Norfolk Southern Train Derailment And Its Impact 

-- LancasterOnline: One Year After Norfolk Southern Train Derailment, Not Much Has Changed For Local Emergency Responders

-- Scranton Times: Scranton Raises Concerns About Norfolk Southern Rail Bridge’s Rusty Steel, Crumbling Concrete 

-- Courier Times Guest Essay: In Pennsylvania, I See Hope For Our Environmental Future - By Hilary Harp Falk, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

-- Penn State Extension Watershed Winds: Webinars On Managing Natural Resources On Farms; Nutrient Retention On Pasture Lands; Art Gover Recognized; Other Educational Opportunities  [PaEN] 

-- The Reporter: State, Montgomery County Designate $1 Million To Launch Perkiomen Watershed Initiative To Identify Areas Of Flood Risk  

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal: For Stream Restoration, Ask WWBD (What Would Beavers Do?)

-- Agriculture Accepting Applications For PA Farm Bill Business Planning Grants Until Funds Expended

-- Public News Service: PA Students Gain Hands-On Experience In Watershed Conservation - CBF PA Rivers & Streams Environmental Education Program

-- Williamsport Sun: Environmental Education Expo Draws More Than 1,000 People To Montour Preserve

-- Wildlife For Everyone Foundation: 160,000 Seedlings ‘Sold Out’ In Seedlings For Schools Program

-- EPA Announces $200 Million+ For PA Drinking Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Infrastructure Upgrades  [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette: PA To Get $200 Million From EPA For Clean Water, Sewage Treatment Improvements 

-- TribLive: $1 Million To Be Invested In Lead Water Line Replacement In Vandergrift, Leechburg Areas In Westmoreland 

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: New Water Standard For Delaware River Could Increase Philly Water Bills By $265 A Year

-- NextPittsburgh: Right To Know Request Reveals Pittsburgh Water Authority Paid $1 Million To Raise Pittsburgh’s Water Bills

-- Observer-Reporter Guest Essay: East Dunkard Water Woes Highlight Differences Between Public And Private Water Supply Systems - By John Brutz 

-- PA Environmental Council, Aqua Pennsylvania Now Accepting Applications For New Protect Your Drinking Water Grant Program In Chester, Delaware Counties  [PaEN] 

-- Natural Lands Transfers 31 Acres To State Forest In Berks, 29 Acres To Game Lands In Bucks  [PaEN]

-- WeConservePA: Land Conservancy Of Adams County Finalizes Three Projects Conserving Both Farmland And Historic Battlefield Areas  [PaEN]

-- WeConservePA: March 5 Webinar - TerraFirma: Helping PA Land Trusts Uphold The Promise Of Lasting Conservation

-- Tribune-Democrat: Trees Enhance Flight 93 Memorial; Greener Community ‘Something That We Need To Work Toward’

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: Woolly Adelgid Insect Infestation Posed To Decimate Eastern Hemlocks In Erie Region, We Must Act Now - By Mike Campbell, Mercyhurst University

-- WITF - The Spark: Is Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation An Untapped Economic Driver?

-- TribLive Editorial: Story About Outdoor Inclusion Coalition Gets Cold Shoulder From Haters

-- DCNR Blog: Untold Stories Of People Of Color, Women, Other Minority Groups

-- DCNR Grants Newsletter Features Project Stories; Tips On Filling Out Grant Applications; Dates To Remember 

-- Williamsport Sun: PA Wilds, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Offer Prize For Business Owners Interested In Innovation 

-- South Mountain Partnership Spring Partnership Meeting & Science Summit, April 12; Mini-Grant Applications Due April 26  [PaEN]

-- WeConservePA: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Approves $15.5 Million For Bike, Pedestrian Projects In PA

-- Altoona Mirror: Blair County Commissioners Discuss Trail Development

-- TribLive: 10 Miles Of New Trail From Gilpin Brings Regional Network 1 Step Closer In Armstrong County 

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: NJ To Start Work On New $14 Million Visitors’ Center For Washington Crossing State Park

-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: The Third PA Bird Atlas Has Officially Fledged; Volunteers Needed  [PaEN]

-- PennLive: Snow Geese Migration Under Way At Middle Creek Wildlife Area With 46,000 Birds Spotted So Far

-- TribLive: Audubon Society Announces First Eagle Egg In Pittsburgh’s Hays Nest

-- Outdoor News - Mark Nale: Increasing Number Of Unusual Birds Spotted In PA Lately

-- Delaware Currents: Who Are The Beneficiaries Of Removing Mill Dams In Delaware River Watershed? ‘ Fish, Fish, Fish’

-- Fly Fisherman Editorial: Pennsylvania Isn’t Doing Enough For Its Floundering Native Brook Trout 

-- Penn Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Futures Program: How Deer Poop Holds The Key To Tackling Chronic Wasting Disease 

-- Carnegie Museum Of Natural History Researchers Describe 7 New Species Of African Skinks 

Visit the PA Environment Digest website to learn more.

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[Posted: February 25, 2024]   PA Environment Digest

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