Sunday, February 25, 2024

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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


-- 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] 

-- 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 

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

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


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

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

Upcoming Events

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

-- February 28-- House Appropriations Committee budget hearing - Departments Of Conservation & Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.  Room 140 Main Capitol. 1:00 p.m. Click Here to watch online.

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

-- February 29-- Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing - 9:30 a.m. - Dept. Of Environmental Protection. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building. Click Here to watch online.

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

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


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

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

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

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

-- 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

-- 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

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

-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: 2024 Summer Nature Camps Are Open For Registration!

-- Lehigh Valley-based Wildlands Conservancy: Registration Now Open For Summer Camp

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

-- 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 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]

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

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

-- Dept. Of Agriculture Helps Kick Off PA Maple-Tapping Season At 100-Year-Old Bradford County Maple Farm  [Video

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

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature - A Look At The Month Of February

Public Participation

-- DEP Posts Updated List Of Technical Guidance In Development To Promote Public Involvement  [PaEN]

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - February 24 [PaEN]

-- DEP Posted 56 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In February 24 PA Bulletin  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Declares 57 Industrial Plants Meet Air Quality RACT Rules; Hearing Set For April 12  [PaEN] 

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

-- Scranton Times: Scranton To Hold 2 Public Meetings On Stormwater Projects

Background On Issues

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

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

-- 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: 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] 

-- 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’

-- 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

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

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

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

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

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

-- 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

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Gas Pipelines Are Critical To PA’s Energy Revolution - Reading Chocolate Plant Explosion That Caused 7 Deaths ‘Is Not Cause For Alarm About Our Pipeline Infrastructure’ - By Fmr State Sen. Earl Baker 

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

-- Financial Times: Colorado Group Files Lawsuit Against Chevron, Others To Force Cleanup Of Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells

-- TribLive: Gas Leak Forces Evacuation Of Riverview Jr.-Sr. High School In Allegheny County 

-- TribLive: Natural Gas Odor Again Forces Evacuation Of Riverview H.S. In Allegheny County; Gas Leak Was Reported There Monday 

-- MCall: NTSB Releases Documents Related To Reading Chocolate Factory Natural Gas Explosion That Killed 7 People

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

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

-- TribLive: Westmoreland Water Authority Approves Fracking Leases In Hempfield, Washington Townships, Including Near Beaver Run Reservoir 

-- KDKA: PennEnergy Receives DEP Approval To Drain 1.5 Million Gallons Of Water A Day From Big Sewickley Creek In Beaver County 

-- TribLive: DEP Grants Permit To PennEnergy To Draw Water From Big Sewickley Creek In Beaver County

-- 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

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

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

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

-- JD Supra: Will Cryptocurrency And Data Mining Add New Complexity To Oil & Gas Zoning In Pennsylvania? 

-- Inquirer: Philly’s New LED Street Lights Save Energy, May Reduce Crime, Fatal Crashes, But What About Light Pollution?

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

-- WHYY: How Plastic Makers Used Recycling As A Fig Leaf

-- The Guardian: At Least 60% Of US Population May Face PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Tap Water, Tests Suggest

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

-- 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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

-- York Daily Record: York-Born Artist Jeff Koons Has Work En Route To The Moon

-- Financial Times: The Uninsurable World: What Climate Change Is Costing Homeowners In Rising Premiums

-- WTAE/CNN: It’s Already Hurricane Season In The Waters Of The Atlantic; North Atlantic Water Temperatures Are Historically Warm For This Early In The Year

Visit the  DEP Calendar of Events; 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 25, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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