Sunday, February 18, 2024

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--


-- Courier Express: Fmr. Black Bear Biologist Gary Alt Honored By Game Commission

-- TribLive: Westmoreland’s Larry Larese Recognized By Export Boro For Contributions To Conservation, Development 

-- TribLive: Outdoor Inclusion: Pittsburgh Nonprofit Creates Recreation Opportunities For People Of Color: ‘There Needs To Be Somebody That Looks Like Me’  

-- PUC Consumer Energy Shopping Campaign Honored For Creative, Innovative Public Outreach

-- Chester County Press: Octoraro Watershed Assn. Photography Contest Now Open [Chester, Lancaster Counties]


-- CFA, Dept. Of Education To Begin Accepting Applications For 2 Grant Programs To Help Public Schools Make Environmental Repairs, Improvements  [PaEN] 

-- Southwest PA Municipal Project Hub Will Help Municipalities In 10 Counties Apply For Historic Federal Funding To Develop Clean, Sustainable Economic Development Projects, Communities  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front: New ‘Hub’ To Help Local Governments In Pittsburgh Region Bring In Historic Federal Clean Energy Funds 

-- PA Business Report: FirstEnergy Awards $85,000 Grant To Energy Innovation Center Institute For Workforce Training

-- DEP Now Accepting Applications For Section 902 Act 101 Local Recycling Implementation Grants  [PaEN]

-- PA American Water Now Accepting Applications For Water & Environment Grants  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Awards $444,000 In Wild Resource Conservation Program Grants To Support 12 Projects; Hellbender License Plates Available  [PaEN]

Help Wanted

-- Help Wanted: Penn State University College Of Agricultural Sciences Dean  [PaEN]

-- Help Wanted: Western PA Conservancy - Multiple Intern, Job Openings

Upcoming Events

-- Penn State Hosts Feb. 19 EarthTalks Webinar: The Economic Impact Of Carbon Emission Trading Scheme On Building Retrofits  [PaEN]

-- PA Solar Center, Partners Host Feb. 23 Webinar On Solar Energy For Municipalities And Water Authorities  [PaEN] 

-- WHYY - Susan Phillips: An Artist Who Grew Up On The Streets Of Philadelphia Returns With An ‘Optimistic’ Climate Exhibit

-- Natural Areas Association: Feb. 27 Webinar Creating An Assessment Method For PA Old-Growth Forests.  Noon.

-- Save PA Forests Webinar Feb. 28: Get To Know Elk State Forest, Noon

-- Reminder: PA Lake Management Society Annual Conference Feb. 28-29 In State College  

-- Asbury Woods Environmental Center: Maple Festival March 2-3 In Erie 

-- Penn State Extension: March 7 Webinar: Countdown To Plant Sale: Native Plants, Garden Inspirations & New Directions

-- Penn State Extension March 14 Webinar On Oil & Gas Wastewater Management - Project PARETO  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension March 19 Webinar: Five Steps For A Healthier Farm Pond, Noon

-- Beaver County Times: Tire Collection Event April 13 Hosted By Beaver Conservation District

-- Call For Abstracts/Posters: Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership 2024 Stormwater Symposium Oct. 16 & 17  [PaEN] 


-- DCNR State Parks February Environmental Education Newsletter Gets To The Heart Of Winter Educational Experiences  [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette - Mary Ann Thomas: PA State Park Visits Rise, Presque Isle Beaches, Trails Are No. 1 Draw

-- Penn State Extension Energy Essentials: Unraveling Hydrogen Rainbow; Renewable Energy On The Farm; Carbon Markets, Climate-Smart Forestry  [PaEN]

-- Partnership For The Delaware Estuary: Perennial Pages - Gardens For Clean Water, Habitat Owners And Caretakers

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill Environmental Education And Outreach Coordinator Starting New Program

-- WHYY: ‘Bird Town’ Media Borough Hoping To Embrace Its New Designation

-- MCall: The Extreme Outdoor Adventure Challenge That Helps Legendary Allentown-based Guitar-Maker C.F. Martin Grow As A Company 

Public Participation

-- DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee Meets Feb. 20 To Review 2024 Climate Impacts Assessment, PA Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Climate Action Plan  [PaEN] 

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - February 17 [PaEN]

-- DEP Sets March 20 Hearing [If Requested] On Air Quality Permit Change For The Eastern Gas Transmission Punxsutawney Compressor Station In Jefferson County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On MarkWest Project To Expose 4 Natural Gas Pipelines For 5,500+ Feet Ahead Of Longwall Mining In Donegal Twp., Washington County  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Invites Comments On Mariner East II Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Chapter 102 Permit Amendment For An Area In West Goshen Twp., Chester County  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Posted 109 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In February 17 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

-- DCNR To Hold Feb. 29 Public Information Meeting To Unveil Initial Ecological Restoration And Site Improvement Plans For Susquehanna Riverlands State Park In York County  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Invites Comments On Air Quality Permit For Encina Plant For Chemically Recycling Plastics In Northumberland County  [PaEN] 

-- The Daily Item: Consultant Takes Legal Action Against Encina Chemical Recycling Company For $550,000+ In Unpaid Invoices For Proposed Northumberland County Project 

-- PennLive Guest Essay: We Need To Rethink How We Recycle Plastics - By PA Chemical Industry Council

-- Public Comments Invited On State Air Quality Plan Amendment For PEI Power Corp Natural Gas-fired Power Plant In Lackawanna County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Hosts March 4 Hearing On Proposed Core5 Warner Road Warehouse Project In Pocono Twp., Monroe County  [PaEN] 

-- LancasterOnline: DEP Hearing Coming Feb. 21 On Rheems Quarry Expansion

-- PUC Invites Comments On Williams Natural Gas Pipeline Co. Proposal To Construct 2 Solar Energy Facilities To Provide Electricity To Compressor Stations In Columbia, Wyoming Counties  [PaEN] 

-- PUC Invites Comments On Enhanced Public Notification and Application Review Procedures For Acquisitions Of Municipal Or Authority-Owned Water & Wastewater Systems  [PaEN]

-- PUC Public Hearings In Early March For Proposed $156 Million Peoples Natural Gas Rate Increase 

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Peoples’ Gas Proposed 7.6% to 21.4% Rate Hikes Will Get Their Time In The Court Of Public Opinion Next Month

Background On Issues

-- PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Feb. 10 to 16 - 31 More Conventional Abandoned Well NOVs - 103 For Year; Pipeline Land Slips; Water Supply, Stray Gas Complaints [PaEN]

-- PA Parks & Forests Foundation Blog: Keith Russell - His Quest For Urban Conservation Through Bird Watching 

-- Altoona Mirror: Penn State Altoona Read-In Lauds Black Ecology, Environmental Writers 

-- Sen. Comitta: Let's Work Together To Address Climate Change, But Stop Rehashing The Same Old Arguments Against RGGI That Are Not Protecting Our Planet And Our People  [PaEN]

-- DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee Meets Feb. 20 To Review 2024 Climate Impacts Assessment, PA Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Climate Action Plan  [PaEN] 

-- Ohio River Valley Institute Feb. 22 Webinar To Announce A Roadmap For Industrial Decarbonization In Pennsylvania  [PaEN]

-- 100+ Business, Religious, Community, Public Health, Elected Officials, Environmental Leaders: Pennsylvania Needs a Sustainable, Inclusive Economic Development Plan  [PaEN] 

-- Bay Journal - Ad Crable: More Than 100 Groups Protest PA Governor’s Support Of Natural Gas Energy

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Environmental, Religious And Other Groups Criticize Shapiro Plan For Ignoring Climate Change 

-- My Chester County: Smart Energy Initiative’s Annual Briefing Sheds Light On PA’s Energy Future

-- Post-Gazette Guest Essay: Capitalism Requires Giving Americans A Real Choice For Clean Energy - By Natural Resources Defense Council

-- PA Taxpayers To Give $130.9 Million In Tax Credits To Subsidize Shell Petrochemical Plant In Beaver County; Total Expected To Be $1.17 Billion Thru 2042; No Regard For Environmental Compliance Record  [PaEN]

-- Beaver County Times: Shell CEO Puts Beaver County Petrochemical Plant Price Tag At $14 Billion

-- TribLive: Beaver County Man Sues Shell Petrochemical Plant, Claims Plant Spews Pollution 

-- The Energy Age Blog: Resident Files Lawsuit Against Shell Petrochemical Plant, Claims Plant Spews Pollution

-- Marcellus Drilling News: National Fuel Gas Lawsuit Alleges Fraud, Counterfeit Parts Used At Natural Gas Compressor Stations  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Carbon Dioxide Storage Hub Landmen Seek 80,000 Acres Across Western PA, Ohio, WV 

-- Marcellus Drilling News: NAPE Speakers Say Carbon Capture & Sequestration A Risky Business

-- Williamsport Sun Guest Essay: Carbon Capture And Storage Can Keep Rural Economies Strong - By Erick Coolidge, Fmr Tioga County Commissioner

-- DEP Approves PennEnergy Resources 1.5 Million Gallon/Day Water Withdrawal For Shale Gas Drilling From Big Sewickley Creek In Beaver County; Citizens Group Opposes DEP Decision  [PaEN]  

-- Beaver County Times: DEP Approves PennEnergy’s Request To Drain Water From Big Sewickley Creek 

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission March 14 Meeting On Rulemakings, Water Withdrawal Requests, Including 8 Related To Shale Gas Development; And On Cooperative Fish Nursery General Permit  [PaEN] 

-- Utility Dive: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission OKs Cold Weather Reliability Standards [Driven In Large Part By Natural Gas Infrastructure Failures In 2021]

-- Reuters: US Regulators To Review Power System Performance During Recent Winter Storms

-- Natural Gas Intelligence: 76% Increase In LNG Natural Gas Export Capacity Already Under Construction; US Group Fears Buildout Will Hurt American Businesses Urge ‘US Consumers First’ Policy  [PaEN]

-- Bloomberg TV: Canada’s Energy Minister: Period Of Using Natural Gas As Transition Fuel Should Be Short; Gas Should Not Replace Renewables; Canada Has Adopted Controls On LNG Exports The US Has Not  [PaEN]

-- Reuters: European Union Says Biden’s Pause On Approvals Of New LNG Natural Gas Export Facilities Will Have No Effect On US LNG Supplies To Europe Over Next 2 or 3 Years  [LNG Exports Are Expected To Double By 2030 On Already-Approved Projects] 

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: A Political Battle Brews Over Natural Gas Exports Over Impacts To Gas Prices, Climate, Demand For Gas

-- Natural Gas Intelligence: US Pause On New LNG Natural Gas Export Facility Permits Could Help Balance Global Natural Gas Prices, Avoid Oversupply

-- TribLive Guest Essay: A Fossil Fuel Export Economy Is Wrong For America - By Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Record Oil And Gas Production Means Energy And Economic Security - By Independent Petroleum Association Of America

-- The Guardian: Certified Natural Gas Is ‘Dangerous Greenwashing Scheme,’ US Senators Say

-- Capital & Main - Audrey Carleton: Private Equity Kept Aging Homer City PA Coal Power Plant Open, Then Closed It With No Plan For Workers And Community 

-- EPA Objects To Allegheny County's Air Quality Permit For The US Steel Edgar Thomson Plant  [PaEN]

-- WESA/The Allegheny Front: EPA Orders Allegheny County To Include Stronger Testing In US Steel Thomson Plant Permit

-- WHYY - Sophia Schmidt: New EPA Soot Standard Could Bring Healthier Air To Parts Of Philly Region

-- The Allegheny Front - Reid Frazier: What You Need To Know About Soot, US Steel And Pittsburgh’s Air 

-- Ohio River Basin Alliance, National Wildlife Federation Report Identifies Community Concerns, Priorities For Local Waters In Ohio River Watershed  [PaEN] 

-- The Daily Item: Consultant Takes Legal Action Against Encina Chemical Recycling Company For $550,000+ In Unpaid Invoices For Proposed Northumberland County Project 

-- PennLive Guest Essay: We Need To Rethink How We Recycle Plastics - By PA Chemical Industry Council

-- PennEnvironment Report Finds PA Lags Behind Many States In Rooftop Solar Facilities, Recommends Policies For Improving Growth  [PaEN] 

-- Coalition For Community Solar Access Thanks House Consumer Protection, Technology & Utilities Committee For Hearing, Calls For Vote On House Bill 1842  [PaEN]

-- The Center Square: Community Solar - A Path To Renter-Friendly Solar Power Sited, Again

-- PUC Invites Comments On Williams Natural Gas Pipeline Co. Proposal To Construct 2 Solar Energy Facilities To Provide Electricity To Compressor Stations In Columbia, Wyoming Counties  [PaEN] 

-- Penn State: Stable Profits, Land Preservation Matter To Farmers Debating Solar Energy Facility Leases  [PaEN] 

-- Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County Prison Board Considering Solar Energy Conversion 

-- Utility Dive: Grid-Enhancing Technologies Could Facilitate 6.6 GW Of Clean Energy In PA, 4 Other PJM States Saving $1 Billion A Year  [PPL included]

-- DOE Invests $17 Million In 3 Projects To Strengthen Critical Minerals Supply Chain: 1 In PA, Another To PA Company, Both Coal-Related  [PaEN] 

-- NYT: The Planet Needs Solar Power, Can We Build It Without Harming Nature?

-- Feb. 16 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation  [PaEN]

-- Agriculture Invests $5.8 Million To Protect 1,519 Acres On 22 Farms From Future Development  [PaEN]

-- NYT: Wildfire Smoke Will Worsen, New Study Shows, And Protections Are Few

-- The Guardian: Trees Stalling Effects Of Global Heating In Eastern US, Study Finds

-- WESA/WVIA: Flying Squirrels - The Search For An Endangered Species 

-- WTAE: Western PA Farmers Support Sunday Deer Hunting Legislation 

-- TribLive: Sunday Hunting In PA Appears To Have A Chance

-- Warren Times: Audubon Community Nature Center - In Defense Of Nature’s Rodents

-- WHYY, Academy Of Natural Sciences Host Discussion On Endangered Sturgeon

-- The Wire Guest Essay: Earth’s Changing Climate

Visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation’s Events webpage and DCNR’s Calendar of Events for activities happening near you.

Visit DEP’s Teaching Green webpage to learn about more environmental education resources.

Visit the PA Environment Digest Calendar Of Events for more opportunities.

[Posted: February 18, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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