Friday, February 2, 2024

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.2.24

“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 

-- Friends Of The Wissahickon Celebrate 100 Years Of Stewardship With Special Events In 2024  [PaEN] 

-- PASA Sustainable Agriculture Honors 2024 Pasabilities Award Recipients  [PaEN]

-- AP: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts An Early Spring

-- Still Time To Register! Keystone Coldwater Conference Feb. 23-24 In State College  [PaEN]

-- Keep PA Beautiful Wants You To Fight Dirty!  Register Now For The Pick Up Pennsylvania Community Improvement Program  [PaEN] 

-- Keep PA Beautiful Now Accepting Applications For America250PA Community Cleanup Mini-Grants  [PaEN] 

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Awards $150,000+ Grants To Support 34 Local Watershed Projects  [PaEN]  ​

-- WNEP: Nanticoke Creek Watershed Project Receives Boost To Restore Old Coal Mine Property

-- DEP Chesapeake Bay Update Newsletter: Request For Engineering Services; PennVEST Funding Outreach Sessions; Much More!

-- March 4 Penn State Extension Webinar On Monitoring Soil Moisture: A Climate Smart Ag Practice  [PaEN] 

-- March 11 Streambank Stabilization And Stream Crossings On Farms Webinar  [PaEN]

-- Stroud Water Research Center: UpStream Newsletter: Tropical Freshwater Research; Building Natural Habitats With Native Plants, Feb. 15; Wild & Scenic Film Festival March 7 

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Feb. 2 RiverWatch Video Report

-- PUC Seeks To Enhance Public Notification and Application Review Procedures For Acquisitions Of Municipal Or Authority-Owned Water & Wastewater Systems [PaEN]

-- WHYY: Chester LNG Natural Gas Export Project Promises Return, Despite Biden’s Pause And Other Hurdles 

-- Inquirer: Casey, Fetterman Split With Bide Over LNG Natural Gas Export Facility Pause

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Casey, Fetterman Say They’re Concerned About Biden’s LNG Natural Gas Export Facility Pause

-- WESA: Political Debate Over Natural Gas Burns Bright In Casey-McCormick US Senate Race

-- Clean Air Council Recognizes Amtrak With Environmental Award For Using Clean, Renewable Energy At 30th Street Station In Philadelphia 

-- New Report: Implementing 30% By 2030 Renewable Energy Policy Would Generate $13 Billion For PA

-- National Fuel Gas Reduces Natural Gas Charges $3.26/Month Starting Feb. 1

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Shell Petrochemical Plant’s Costs Much Higher Than Previously Disclosed,-- $14 Billion; Won’t Be Fully Up And Running Until 2025, 2026 

-- TribLive: Multi-Million Dollar Power Line Project Needed To Make Up For Closure Of Springdale Power Plant

-- Sen. Yaw: PA, OH Legislators Convene In Columbus To Discuss Energy Reliability, Sustainability, Affordability

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Shifting The Power Grid From Coal, Natural Gas To Wind And Solar Isn’t As Easy As Flipping A Switch  [PA Senate Committee Hearing]

-- PA Capital-Star: Clean Power Advocates Eye PJM Grid Operator’s Planning Reforms Warily

-- Utility Dive: FERC Approves PJM Capacity Accreditation, Including Measuring Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant Contributions, Modeling Reforms Aimed At Boosting Reliability

-- Marcellus Drilling News: Shapiro Pays Hollow Lip Service To Natural Gas In New Economic Strategy [PDF of article]

-- Erie Times: Erie Coke [Coal] Corp Blasts Their Federal Indictment On Air Pollution Crimes 

-- DEP Notice Of Hearing On Regional Haze Air Pollution Best Available Retrofit Technology

-- FirstLight Announces Second Year of Competitive Grant Program To Support Local Organizations Advancing Climate Action and Community Impact Projects

-- PUC: Allison Kaster Named Director Of Bureau Of Investigation And Enforcement

-- February 3 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- Post-Gazette: As Landslide Continues To Put Homes At Risk In Moon Twp., Residents Wonder What’s Next

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: State Landslide Insurance Would Protect Region’s Hillside Homeowners

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Climate Change Could Contribute To Honey Declines, Study Says 

-- PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Now Accepting Applications For PA Sojourn Grants  [PaEN] 

-- PA Environmental Council In Case You Missed It In January Now Available  [PaEN] 

-- Pike Conservation District Accepting Applications For $500 Environmental Education Project Grant In County

-- WeConservePA: Whitemarsh Twp. And Community Conserve 51 Acres Connected To Other Public Lands In Montgomery County 

-- ClearWater Conservancy Conserves Colerain Center Property In Huntingdon County  [PaEN]

-- Willistown Conservation Trust Acquires 5.6 Acre Watson Easement In Delaware County  [PaEN] 

-- Registration Open For French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Iron Tour Cycling For Open Space June 9 In Chester County

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: Upper Pottsgrove Breaks Ground For Municipal Complex On Land Advocates Say Is Supposed To Be Preserved

-- Pike Conservation District: Seasonal Tales Of Regional Trails

-- LancasterOnline: Snow Geese Are Landing At Middle Creek Wildlife Area

-- Pike Conservation District: Our Pest Control Pals In Nature

Gas Explosions

Train Derailments

-- The Allegheny Front: A Year Later, A PA Resident Impacted By Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Pushes For Answers

-- The Allegheny Front: Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Reveals Gaps In Public Health Response To Chemical Emergencies, Experts Say

-- AP: A Year On, Small Ohio Town Is Recovering From Norfolk Southern Train Derailment, But Health Fears Persist

-- Post-Gazette/AP: New Videos Show Towers Of Fire That Prompted Evacuations After Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

6th Oil/Natural Gas Spike: True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[There Is No Limit To What Oil/Natural Gas Industry Can Make You Pay]

-- Reuters: US LNG Natural Gas Exports Fall In January On Arctic Freeze, Plant Outages

-- Financial Times: ExxonMobil, Chevron Notch 2nd Biggests Profits In Decade

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: Transit, Education Expected To Headline Shapiro’s 2024 PA Budget Address

-- Dept. Of Revenue Reports January Revenues $74.6 Million (1.9%) Over Estimates; Year-to-Date $6.6 Million Over Estimate

-- Independent Fiscal Office Reports January Revenues  $30.3 Million (0.8%) Below Their Estimates; Year-to-Date $124.2 Million (0.5%) Below Estimates

-- Inquirer: Super PAC Pouring Millions Into Republican US Senate Candidate Campaign To Beat Casey

-- Inquirer: PA Has Put Billions In Medicaid Business Out For Bid

-- TribLive: Attorney General Launches Gun Task Force In Allegheny County

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[Posted: February 2, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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