Thursday, February 22, 2024

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.22.24

“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 

TODAY 1:00: House Appropriations Committee budget hearing - Dept. Of Agriculture.  Room 140 Main Capitol. 1:00 p.m. Click Here to watch online.

TODAY 3:00: Ohio River Valley Institute Webinar Announcing A Roadmap For Industrial Decarbonization In Pennsylvania.  3:00 p.m.

-- Keep PA Beautiful: Sheila Shea, Fayette County Recycling Coordinator Recognized With Community Pride Award  [PaEN] 

-- DEP: No Applicants Have Asked For Their Money Back Yet Under The PAyback Permit Review Money Back Guarantee Program  [PaEN]

-- DEP Set To Receive $2 Billion+ In Federal Funds Over Next Decade+ For Oil & Gas Well Plugging, Clean Energy, Climate Resiliency, Clean Water  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Environmental Justice Office Taking Lead In Developing $8 Million Monsanto PCB Penalty Community Fund As Part Of $100 Million Settlement [PaEN] 

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

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

-- Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake: Lancaster Congregations For Clean Water 

-- Penn State Extension Watershed Winds: Webinars On Managing Natural Resources On Farms; Nutrient Retention On Pasture Lands; Art Gover Recognized; Other Educational Opportunities  [PaEN] 

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

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

-- TribLive Letter: Gas Drives Energy, Environmental And Economic Progress - By Marcellus Shale Gas Coalition

-- PennLive Letter: Gas Can Help Address Global Warming - By PA National Federation Of Independent Business

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

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

-- Sustainable Pittsburgh Selected As 1 Of 10 Nationally To Advance To Phase 2 Of Quality Green Jobs Training Regional Challenge  [PaEN] 

-- Post-Gazette: Cleveland-Cliffs Steel Says DOE Transformer Rule Could Force Butler County Plant To Close

-- Beaver County Times: FERC Approves Vistra’s Acquisition Of Energy Harbor’s Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant 

-- Observer-Reporter Guest Essay: East Dunkard Water Woes Highlight Differences Between Public And Private Water Supply Systems - By John Brutz 

-- Observer-Reporter: Testimony Heard In Effort To Resolve High-Hazard Cokeburg Dam Safety Issues

-- PennLive: Developer Behind Susquehanna River Hydroelectric Project Responds To Politicians’ Criticism 

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

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

-- Republican Herald: Shenandoah Considering Trail Cameras To Thwart Illegal Dumping

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

-- Penn Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Futures Program: How Deer Poop Holds The Key To Tackling Chronic Wasting Disease 

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

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 Gas Prices Soar 13% As Chesapeake Energy Cuts Output

-- Reuters: Chesapeake Energy Says Gas Market Oversupplied, Plans To Cut Output, Spending 

Other States/National/International

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

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

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- PennLive: Independent Fiscal Office Projects Bigger Budget Gap, Prompting Diverging Views From Lawmakers

-- TribLive: State-Owned University Chancellor Faces Tough Questions On Budget

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: State-Owned University System Still In The Dark About Proposed Higher Ed Reform Plan

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Lawmakers Frustrated By Lack Of Details And A Lot Of ‘I Don’t Know’s’ On Higher Education Budget Proposal

-- PennLive Guest Essay: We Have A Duty To Keep PA On A Solid Financial Path - Keep Rainy Day Fund Healthy - By State Treasurer Stacy Garrity, Sen. Scott Martin, Rep. Set Grove

-- AP: PA Supreme Court Throws Out Republican Lawmakers’ Subpoena In 2020 Presidential Election Case

-- Warren Times: Republican Rep. Rapp, Zimmerman Take County, State Election Officials To Court Claiming Absentee Ballots Have To Be Returned To Individual Precincts

-- PennLive - John Baer: If Biden And Ex-President Love America, They Should End Their Presidential Campaigns

-- Dept. Of Health: $1 Million In Tuition Assistance For EMS Professionals Now Available

-- TribLive: PA Senate Taking Comments On 10-Year Plan To Help State’s Seniors

-- WESA/WPSU: Pharmacy Closures In Rural Communities Lead To Unique Workarounds, Says Penn State Research

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: TV Show Production Gets $27 Million State Tax Credit

-- PennLive: PA Supreme Court - PIAA Is A Public Agency, Subject To Right To Know Law

-- AP: PA Supreme Court Sides With Township Over Its Ban Of A Backyard Gun Range

-- The Derrick: Venango County Residents Concerned ‘Illegal Immigrants’ Were Renting Local Hotel Rooms

-- York Dispatch Editorial: Racists Aren’t Born, They’re Taught; Our Schools, Unfortunately, Are Helping Teach Them

-- TribLive: Butler County Officials Announce Breach Of County Computer Network Involving Public’s Personal Data

-- MCall: Flu Cases Rebounding Across Pennsylvania

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[Posted: February 22, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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