Thursday, February 29, 2024

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.29.24

“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

-- DCNR FY 2024-25 State Budget Legislative Materials

House next voting day March 18, 19, 20

-- Committee Schedule

-- House Agency Budget Hearing Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

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

-- DEP: Oil & Gas Regulatory Program Will Be In The Red By Fall; All Sectors Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program No Go; Update On Permitting Reform  [PaEN]

-- DEP Testimony Provides Overview Of Budget Request, Progress On Permitting, Environmental Justice, Infrastructure Investments, PFAS, Watershed Cleanup, Climate, Clean Energy Initiatives  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Budget Testimony Reviews Funding Requests, Need For Continued Investment In Recreation, Natural Resources, Workforce Development  [PaEN] 

-- DCNR FY 2024-25 State Budget Legislative Materials

-- 40 Individuals File Appeals, Most Handwritten, Of DEP’s Permit For Catalyst Energy Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well In McKean County  [PaEN]

-- EPA Appeals Board Allows Protect PT, Three Rivers Waterkeeper Appeal Of Penneco Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Permit In Allegheny County To Move Forward  [PaEN]

-- Chemstream Chemical Maker Agrees To Disclose Information About Its Proprietary Chemicals Used In Natural Gas Drilling  [PaEN]

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Report: Plugging Abandoned Conventional Oil & Gas Wells In Appalachia Could Create 16,000 Jobs

-- Choose Clean Water Coalition, Partners Release Newest PA Clean Water Legislative Briefing Book - Water Quality Issues, Legislative & Funding Solutions  [PaEN] 

-- Saint Marys, Elk County And Williamsport To Host Remote Workers For 2024 Wilds Are Working initiative; April 19 Deadline For Interested Workers To Apply  [PaEN]

-- WPXI: Aliquippa Water Authority Warns Of Possible Elevated Lead Levels

-- Tribune-Democrat: Cambria Somerset Authority: Que Water Line Leaks Frustrating, But Not Impacting Industrial Customers

-- WESA: Pittsburgh Water Utilities Increase Aid To Low-Income Customers, But Not Equally

-- Citizens Voice: Superfund To Treat Groundwater Beneath Old Chromatex Plant In Valmont

-- City & State PA: PA Senate Republican Leader Says ‘There’s Got To Be An All-Of-The-Above Strategy’ In PA Energy Policy 

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: If You Made Clean Energy Upgrades In 2023, It Might Be Time To Claim Your Tax Credit

-- PUC Vice Chair Borrow’s Resolution Supporting State Jurisdiction In Electricity Transmission Permitting Adopted By National Utility Commission Association

-- Pennsylvania Power Outages - 26,523 Customers Without Power [2.29.24 8:20 a.m.]

-- Scranton Times: Anthracite Heritage Museum To Open For Spring

-- PennLive: Cumberland County Leaders Question Food Waste As Farm Fertilizer

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Old Trees, Heavy Rain, High Heat Are Climate Concerns For Harrisburg Neighbors 

-- Planet Philadelphia March 1 Will We Have A Greener Future Or Stick With Old Industries?  4:00 p.m.

-- Penn State EarthTalk: March 11 - Improving Models To Inform Urban Climate Risk Strategies, 4:00 p.m.

-- Penn State Water Community Conference Set For March 14-15 In-Person, Virtual

-- TribLive: Imani Batts Creates Sustainable Fashion Line With Catherine Trendz In Pittsburgh

-- WeConservePA: Neighborhood Gardens Trust Preserves Peace Garden in North Philadelphia  [PaEN] 

-- Erie Times: Erie County Has Lost Nearly 10% Of Its Farms In Last 5 Years 

-- Republican Herald: Lake At Tuscarora State Park Drawn Down For Drain Installation

-- PennLive: Game Commission Pitches Plan To Spend Surplus As Senators Review Lobbyist Hire

-- York Daily Record - Brian Whipkey: Birders Have Guarded Optimism On Plight Of Piping Plovers At Presque Isle In Erie; Watch For Their Arrival Begins In April

-- Pittsburgh-based Landforce Crew Sign-ups Extended To March 4 

-- Tribune-Democrat: Somerset Lake Shoreline Site To Be Cleared For Nature Park

-- Inquirer: Philly Police Ramping Up Enforcement Against Illegal ATVs

Other States/National/International

-- WSJ: Frackers Are Now Drilling For Clean Geothermal Power

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Senate Republicans Tee Off On Shapiro Education Proposals

-- PennLive: Republican Senators ‘Troubled’ By Lack Of Funding Source For Increase In Education Funding In Shapiro Budget

-- Erie Times: Why Shapiro’s Agenda Could Hinge On 3 Election Updates In State Senate

-- AP: PA Sets Up Election Security Task Force Ahead Of 2024 Presidential Contest

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Shapiro Administration Launches Election Integrity Task Force

-- PennLive - John Baer: The Longer PA’s Mail-In Voting Issues Linger, The Worse It Is For Democracy

-- TribLive: Casey Fights ‘Shrinkflation At Grocery Stores: ‘Families Are Sick And Tired’

-- Inquirer: Philly Saw Surge In Medical Malpractice Filings After PA Courts Change On Location Rules

-- Spotlight PA: Before Penn State Pledged More Money For ‘Promising’ Diversity Efforts, Some Of their Budgets Were Cut

-- TribLive: Weights And Measures Are The Unsung Consumer Protection Watchdogs

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[Posted: February 29, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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