Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.6.24

“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 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: Governor’s Budget Address.  11:45 a.m.  Click Here to watch live.

THURSDAY 9:00: Senate Game & Fisheries Committee hearing on Annual Reports from Fish & Boat and Game Commissions.  Room 8E-A East Wing. 9:00 a.m.  Click Here to watch live.

-- Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Presents Mira Lloyd Dock Diversity Awards To Marlisa Yoder-Bontrager Of Lancaster, And Twin Sisters Keisha & Tarsha Scovens Off Lancaster & Philadelphia; Forestry Assn. Honors Nancy Baker  [PaEN] 

-- DEP Begins Emergency Project To Plug Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells In Scott Twp., Allegheny County; DEP Tried To Get Well Operators To Stop The Leaks For Nearly 9 Years  [PaEN] 

-- WPXI: DEP Starting Emergency Project To Plug 2 Leaking Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells In Allegheny County

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Leaking Conventional Gas Wells Lead To Emergency Cleanup In Scott Township

-- Sen. Yaw: Senate Appropriations Committee Move SB 832 Establishing An Independent Energy Office To Full Senate For Action

-- Sen. Yaw Introduces SB 1058 To Abrigate RGGI Power Plant Carbon Pollution Reduction Program; Repeal ‘RGGI Carbon Tax;’ Yaw’s Committee Reports Bill To Full Senate

-- The Center Square: RGGI ‘Carbon Tax’ Power Plant Carbon Pollution Reduction Program Repeal Effort Reignited With Sen. Yaw Bill

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: State, Federal Energy Policies Exacerbating Reliability, Blackout Concerns

-- The Energy Age Blog: Natural Gas Drilling Rights Pooling In West Virginia

-- TribLive: Women For A Healthy Environment Study Finds Elevated Levels Of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Rivers Near Western PA Wastewater Plants

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Karl Blankenship: New Chesapeake Bay Program Director Takes Over At Critical Time

-- Times Leader: Reimagine Appalachia Encourages Local Communities To Apply For Federal Grants

-- York Dispatch: Proposed $2.3 Billion Hydroelectric Dam Project Along Susquehanna Clears Regulatory Hurdle On Its Way To Impact Studies

-- Scranton Times: Lackawanna County Announces Process For Flood Victims To Pursue Property Tax Relief

-- PA Resources Council Announces 40th Anniversary Of Lens On Litter Photo Contest; Pick-Up PA Resources Available For Litter Clean-Ups  [PaEN] 

-- PUC Public Comment Period Opens On Proposed Settlement With PPL Over Billing Issues

-- MCall: PUC Wants PPL To Pay $17 Million For Billing Errors, Here’s How You Can Weigh In

-- Interns Wanted: PA Sea Grant - Outreach, Education, Economics 

-- Interns Wanted: Public Utility Commission Public Policy Research Interns

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: 1,203 Housing Units Proposed For One Of Montgomery County’s Last Big Open Spaces, Riling Residents

-- Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County Maple Producers To Hold Tree-Tapping Ceremony Feb. 24

-- PA Wilds Center, Keystone Trails Assn. Seek Public Input On Memorable Trails In PA Wilds For Hiking Guide Book Project  [PaEN] 

-- York Daily Record - Brian Whipkey: Experience Physical And Mental Benefits Of A Trail Run

-- York Daily Record: Hike Through Iron Mining History At Raab County Park

-- Williamsport Sun: Top Of The World - PA Woman Reaches All Seven Summits

-- Williamsport Sun: Building Nature Forts With Kids - By Bethany Marcello, Certified Nature Teacher At Fern Hill School In Milton

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Blog: People Encouraged To Use Their Talents And Passions To Give A ‘Voice To The Vulnerable’ Across Watershed - By John Zaktansky

-- Western PA Conservancy Staff - Our Favorite Moments Of 2023

-- TribLive: North Strabane Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Bald Eagle, Half Of ‘Magical’ Pair

-- KDKA: Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle Camera Live

-- Williamsport Sun Editorial: Game Commission Game Land Purchases Benefit Everyone

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature: A Closer Look At The Weasel And Its Traits

Train Derailments

-- NPR - Scott Detrow, et al: How The Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Split A Village In Two: ‘People Do Avoid Me’

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 Lawmakers Tuesday Hold First Of 2 Hearings On Biden’s Pause On New LNG Natural Gas Permits

-- Reuters: US Says Allies ‘Reassured’ New LNG Natural Gas Facility Permit Pause Does Not Affect Current Exports

-- Bloomberg: Exxon, Chevron, Shell Deliver Cash Gusher For Investors

Other States/National/International

-- Triblive: With Climate Change, Is It Time To Consider A Category 6 Hurricane?

-- The Guardian: Ex-President’s Extreme Anti-Environment Blueprint: ‘In A Word, Horrific’

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- AP: Gov. Shapiro’s Proposed Budget Could See Significant Payments To Schools, Economic Development

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Gov. Shapiro To Deliver Budget Address In Historic Fashion

-- AP: Cyberattack On Pennsylvania Courts Didn’t Appear To Compromise Data, Officials Say

-- TribLive Editorial: Cyberattack On PA Court System Frustrating And Familiar

-- AP: Democrats Defending Their Majority In The PA House For 4th Time In A Year In Bucks Special Election

-- WITF/LancasterOnline: No One Seems To Know Why 268 Lancaster County Mail-In Ballots Were Delayed

-- LancasterOnline: Fmr Gov. Corbett, Experts Host Feb. 8 Election Integrity Forum In Lancaster

-- LancasterOnline: Con. Smucker Republican Primary Challenger Back In Prison For Violating Parole

-- AP: PA Capitol Protest Against State Investing In Israel Bonds Ends With Arrests

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: Police Make 126 Arrests In PA Capitol As Protesters Decry State Investments In Israel

-- Post-Gazette: US Steel Loses $80 Million And Acknowledges Risk Of Nippon Merger Failing

-- PennLive: Legislation Would Require Gun Owners To Get $300,000 Of Liability Insurance

-- The Center Square: Federal, State Prosecutors Settle Mortgage Redlining Discrimination Case With Pittsburgh-Based Bank

-- WITF: Nonproft Brings Loan Program To Pennsylvania For Immigrants Who Can’t Afford Legal Assistance

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[Posted: February 6, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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