Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.20.24

“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.

House next voting day March 18, 19, 20

-- Committee Schedule

-- House Agency Budget Hearing Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

TODAY 9:00 Agenda Posted. DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting.  Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00 a.m.  Visit the Committee webpage for options to join the meeting remotely.  Contact: Lindsay Byron, at lbyron@pa.gov or (717) 772-8951.  Read more here.

February 21-- Agenda Posted. DEP Agricultural Advisory Board meeting.  DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. 9:00 a.m.  Visit the Board webpage for options to join the meeting remotely.  Contact: Bob Haines, at robhaines@pa.gov or (717) 787-7565.

February 21-- Agenda Posted. DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board meeting. 16th Floor Delaware Room, Rachel Carson State Office Building. 9:00 a.m.  Visit the Board webpage for options to join the meeting remotely.  Contact: Jennifer McLuckie, at jmcluckie@pa.gov  or (717) 772-5633.

February 22-- House Appropriations Committee budget hearing - Dept. Of Agriculture.  Room 140 Main Capitol. 1:00 p.m. Click Here to watch online.

-- Centre County Recycling Coordinator Joanne Shafer To Retire; Longest Serving Recycling Coordinator In Pennsylvania  [PaEN] 

-- MCall Guest Essay: Biden’s Pause On Permits For New LNG Gas Facilities A Win For PA Families, Our Health And Our Climate - By Sierra Club

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Gas Pipelines Are Critical To PA’s Energy Revolution - Reading Chocolate Plant Explosion That Caused 7 Deaths ‘Is Not Cause For Alarm About Our Pipeline Infrastructure’ - By Fmr State Sen. Earl Baker 

-- TribLive: Gas Leak Forces Evacuation Of Riverview Jr.-Sr. High School In Allegheny County 

-- Inside Climate News: Sonya Sanders Grew Up Next To Fmr Philadelphia Refinery, She’s Still Suffering From Environmental Trauma

-- PennLive: Beaver County Man Sues Shell Petrochemical Plant Over Smell, Noise: “Sounds Like A Freight Train 24 Hours A Day’

-- Inquirer: PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Other Chemicals Lurk In Artificial Turf Some Experts Worry Could Be Linked To Cancer In Young Athletes

-- Republican Herald: DEP Says Hole Near Pottsville Property Is Not Mine Subsidence

-- Williamsport Sun: Williamsport Stormwater Ordinance Update In The Works

-- Post-Gazette: PA To Get $200 Million From EPA For Clean Water, Sewage Treatment Improvements 

-- Vice President, EPA Administrator In Pittsburgh To Announce Nearly $6 Billion In Drinking, Wastewater Revolving Loan Fund Infrastructure Investments

-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: New Water Standard For Delaware River Could Increase Philly Water Bills By $265 A Year

-- Scranton Times: Scranton To Hold 2 Public Meetings On Stormwater Projects

-- Williamsport Sun: Environmental Education Expo Draws More Than 1,000 People To Montour Preserve

-- York Daily Record: York-Born Artist Jeff Koons Has Work En Route To The Moon

-- WeConservePA: Land Conservancy Of Adams County Finalizes Three Projects Conserving Both Farmland And Historic Battlefield Areas  [PaEN]

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: Legislators, Farm Bureau Discuss What It Will Take To Allow More Sunday Hunting

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature - A Look At The Month Of February

-- In Memoriam: Don Miles, Lehigh Valley Attorney, Environmental Activist, Has Died At 74 

Train Derailments

-- LancasterOnline: One Year After Norfolk Southern Train Derailment, Not Much Has Changed For Local Emergency Responders

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

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

-- TribLive: Gasoline Prices Expected To Continue Ticking Upward, Analyst Says

-- Reuters: Slumping US Natural Gas Prices Cause Hedge Funds To Despair  

Other States/National/International

-- The Guardian: At Least 60% Of US Population May Face PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Tap Water, Tests Suggest

-- Reuters: US To Soften Tailpipe Rules, Slow Electric Vehicle Transition Thru 2030

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- The Center Square: Republican State Budget Critic Says Don’t Compete With Ohio, ‘We’re In Competition With North Carolina, Florida, Texas’

-- TribLive: Shapiro Budget Calls For Deep Cuts To Private Cyber School Funding, Public Schools In For Windfall

-- TribLive Editorial: The Fight Over Private Cyber Charter School Money

-- TribLive: FAFSA Financial Form Delays Prompt State-Owned Universities To Extend Enrollment Deadlines

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: She Grew Up Next To A State Prison, Now She’s Running The System

-- PennLive: Fetterman Tells Nevada Dems Biden Is A ‘Tough [Expletive]

-- The Center Square: Ex-President Has Outraised Biden Campaign In Pennsylvania

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[Posted: February 20, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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