Friday, February 23, 2024

Friday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.23.24

“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]

Senate next voting day March 18, 19, 20

-- Committee Schedule

-- Senate Agency Budget Hearing Schedule.

-- DEP Posted FY 2024-25 Budget Hearing Materials

House next voting day March 18, 19, 20

-- Committee Schedule

-- House Agency Budget Hearing Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

-- 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] 

-- 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] 

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

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

-- DEP Notice Trenchless Pipeline Construction Guidance Now Final

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

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

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

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

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

-- WNEP: Making Electric Vehicle Charging Stations More Available

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

-- PUC Announces Appointment To PA One Call Underground Utility Damage Prevention Committee

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

-- February 24 Pennsylvania Bulletin Now Available

-- Williamsport Sun: Lycoming County To Start Recycling Lithium Batteries March 1

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

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

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

-- Altoona Mirror: Blair County Commissioners Discuss Trail Development

-- 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

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

Train Derailments

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

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

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

-- Warren Times: Gasoline Prices Spike In Warren, Region

-- Reuters: Coterra Energy Forecasts Decline In Production After Missing Profit Estimates

-- Reuters: US Oilfield Job Losses Could Swell As Natural Gas Prices Plunge

-- Bloomberg: US Natural Gas Prices Finally Find A Floor

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Prices At Pre-Crisis Levels Seen Spurring Asian Demand

Other States/National/International

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

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- PennLive: PA Labor Dept. Cleared Unemployment Backlog, Looks To Add Investigators

-- PA Capital-Star/VoteBeat: Loss Of Experienced Election Officials Could Mean Trouble For PA’s 2024 Election

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Candidates Whose Nominating Petitions Have Been Challenged

-- TribLive: Cong. Summer Lee Challenger Removed From Primary Ballot

-- AP: Republican, Democrat Candidates File Papers To Join PA US Senate Primary Races

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny County To Open Ballot Drop-Off Sites In Weeks Leading Up To PA’s April Primary

-- Inquirer: Multi-Million Dollar Fight To Tax PA ‘Skill’ Gambling Games In Bars, Stores

-- Inquirer: Philly Proud Boy Pleads Guilty To Crimes Related To Assault On US Capitol

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[Posted: February 23, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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