Thursday, February 1, 2024

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.1.24

“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 

TODAY 10:00:  Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Joint Hearing With Ohio Legislature On Electric Grid Reliability. Ohio State House, Room 313, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH. 10:00 a.m.  Read more here.

TODAY 6:30: Susquehanna River Basin Commission hearing on water withdrawal requests, including 8 related to shale gas development and on GP-3 General Permit Covering Cooperative Fish Nurseries.  SRBC Offices, 4423 North Front Street in Harrisburg.  6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Join by telephone using toll free number (877) 304-9269 and then enter guest passcode 2619070#  (formal notice - agenda)   Read more here.

-- DEP Issues Equitrans Midstream Violation For Not Plugging 19 Abandoned Conventional Wells At The Swarts Natural Gas Storage Field In Greene County; Conflicts With Coal Mining  [PaEN]

-- DEP Citizens Advisory Council Meets Feb. 13 To Discuss Guidance Limiting Impacts Of Pipeline Construction; Pipelines Needed For Carbon Sequestration, Hydrogen; Electrification  [PaEN] 

-- Environmental Quality Board Meets Feb. 13 On Land Recycling Program Cleanup Standards For More PFAS Chemicals, Revised Standard For Lead, Rulemaking Petition For Fletcher Run, Greene County By CONSOL Coal  [PaEN] 

-- United Mine Workers Mourn The Loss Of Miner At Reading Anthracite Mine In Pottsville 

-- Penn State Extension Hosts Feb. 28 Webinar On Green Stormwater Infrastructure [PaEN] 

-- The Nature Conservancy Receives $250,000 Investment In Freshwater Connectivity From Richard King Mellon Foundation  [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Lawmakers Told Aliquippa Incident Shows Cyber Risks To Public Infrastructure

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Hazelwood Green Mill 19 Fitting Scene For Unveiling Shapiro’s Economic Plan

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Energy Plays Priority Role In Shapiro’s Economic Development Plan

-- TribLive: Shapiro Visits Pittsburgh, Grumbles That He’s ‘Sick And Tired Of Losing To Ohio’ In Economic Development

-- WHYY: City Council Members Want Answers On Philly’s Carbon Neutrality Progress

-- Trails At Jakes Rocks, In The Allegheny National Forest, Warren County Selected As Pennsylvania’s 2024 Trail Of The Year  [PaEN]

-- Warren Times: Trails At Jakes Rocks Named State’s 2024 Trail Of The Year

-- WITF/AP: Feb. 2 Groundhog Day’s Biggest Star Is Phil, But The Holiday’s Deep Roots Extend Well Beyond Punxsutawney 

-- Post-Gazette - Mary Ann Thomas: Christmas Bird Count Shows All-Time Highs For Ravens, Bald Eagles, Redwing Blackbirds 

-- York Daily Record: Exotic Pets For Adoption After Central PA Owner Dies: Rescue

Train Derailments

-- Beaver County Times: PA Residents Seek Aid From Darlington Twp. A Year After Norfolks Southern Train Derailment

-- Drone Photographer Saw A Cloud And Thought, “It Was Much Larger Than I Ever Expected’

-- TribLive: Biden Will Visit Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Site

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: Shell Posts $28 Billion Profit In 2023, Boosts Dividend

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- TribLive: Shapiro Visits Pittsburgh, Grumbles That He’s ‘Sick And Tired Of Losing To Ohio’ In Economic Development

-- Post-Gazette: New Franklin & Marshall Poll Show Improving Economy Could Help Biden’s PA Chances

-- New Franklin & Marshall Poll Results In Pennsylvania

-- PennLive: PA Residents Back Taxing Skill Games, Fees On Electric Vehicles, Legalizing Marijuana In New Franklin & Marshall Poll

-- WESA/AP: PA Automatic Voter Registration Boosts Sign-Ups, But Not A Political Party, Data Shows

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: PA Needs More Election Volunteers As Senior Officials Leave

-- City & State PA: PA Republicans Call For Shapiro To Support Texas Amid Border Standoff

-- TribLive: Ex-President Says He’ll Block US Steel Sale If Elected

-- Inquirer: Some Young PA Voters Can Bring Themselves To Vote For Biden Over War In Gaza

-- PennLive - John Baer: Bob Casey’s Toughest US Senate Race Yet, And He Appears To Know It

-- Spotlight PA: Police In PA Slow To Adopt New Use-Of-Force Rules, Study Finds

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Lawmakers Told Aliquippa Incident Shows Cyber Risks To Public Infrastructure

-- Observer-Reporter: Washington County Making ‘Process’ Following Cybertattack

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[Posted: February 1, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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