Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.7.24

“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 February 7, 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 

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.

-- Gov. Shapiro’s Proposed 2024-25 Budget Includes DEP Permit Modernization Initiative, Expands PFAS ‘Forever Chemical’ Testing; Expands DCNR Trails Program, PA Outdoor Corp  [PaEN] 

-- Inside Climate News: In His First Year As Governor, Josh Shapiro Forged Alliances With The Natural Gas Industry, Angering Environmentalists Who Support Him 

-- TribLive: Environmentalists, Natural Gas Drillers’ Group Divided On Transparency On Fracking Fluid Disclosures 

-- TribLive: Work Underway To Plug 2 Abandoned Conventional Gas Wells In Scott Twp., Allegheny County

-- WHYY: Gov. Shapiro Proposes $4 Million To Erase Medical Debt For Thousands Of Pennsylvanians, Issue Hits Rural Areas Hard [Ironically, Hits Oil & Gas Counties Of Warren, Greene, Bradford, McKean hardest]

-- PennLive: TCE Chemical Linked To Cancer Found In Groundwater At Proposed Wawa Site In Williamsport

-- WNEP: Coal Debris On Roads Concerns Schuylkill County Residents

-- Citizens Voice: DEP Inspection Finds No Water In Mountain Top Gasoline

-- PA Mayors Urge Biden Administration To Finalize The Strongest Possible Emissions Standards For Heavy-Duty Vehicles  [PaEN] 

-- Solar Power World: CPV Completes 100 MW Solar Project On Former PA Coal Mine In Cambria County  [EPCAMR PA Solar On Mined Lands Project ]

-- Penn State Growing Impact Podcast Explores Effect Of Solar Energy’s Expansion On Land Use  [PaEN]

-- Warren Times: Fresh Approach Proposed For Community Solar Legislation In PA

-- PennLive Letter: HB 1467 Community Solar Bill Would Help Solar Energy Become More Affordable, Increase Grid Resiliency In PA - By Don Umberger

-- PennLive Letter: Pennsylvanians Favor Climate Action - By Richard W. Jones

-- WFMJ: Citizens Against Grove City Landfill Appeal Environmental Hearing Board Ruling To Commonwealth Court  [Radioactive shale gas drilling waste one concern]

-- WTAE: Pennsylvania Among Top States With High Radon Levels

-- Lancaster Clean Water Partners: Local Church Congregations Are Stewarding Clean Water  [PaEN]

-- Call For Proposals: $1.25 Million Available For Service Providers, Graduate Students To Advance Sustainable Agriculture In Northeast  [PaEN]

-- Rodale Institute: 5 Year, 5 State, 500 Farm Climate-Smart Practice Trial Tests Environmental, Economic Benefits Of Cover Crops And Other Regenerative Farming Methods

-- TribLive: Aspinwall, Allegheny County Teen’s Passion For Conservation Earns Him Spot On Western PA Junior Achievement’s 18 Under Eighteen List

-- Scranton Times: Keep PA Beautiful Wants You To Fight Dirty!  Register For Pick Up PA

-- Warren Times: Miracle Mountain, Visitors Bureau Partner For Eclipse Viewing Event

-- PA Wilds Center Selected For ERC Fellow Placement To Help Advance Rural PA’s Outdoor Recreation Sector 

-- Altoona Mirror: Blair County Commissioners Seek Public Comment On Trails

-- Erie Times: Erie Boater Loses Appeal Over Constitutionality Of Safety Inspections

-- Penn State: Edge Habitats Along Roads And Power Lines May Be Key To Conserving Rare Plants

-- Annual Audubon Society Bird Count Reveals Climate Change Through Migratory Patterns 

Train Derailments

-- The Allegheny Front: ‘We Refuse To Die:’ East Palestine Residents Mark 1 Year Since Norfolk Southern Train  Derailment

-- Warren Times Editorial: Reassurances After Train Derailment, Protecting The Health, Safety Of Those In The Region

-- WTAE: Questions Remain After Decision To ‘Vent And Burn’ In Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

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

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

-- Bloomberg: Pittsburgh-based EQT Slams Biden’s Pause On New LNG Natural Gas Export Facilities A Political Stunt

-- PA Capital-Star: Biden’s Pause On New LNG Natural Gas Export Facilities fought Over By US House Panel

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Gov. Shapiro Unveils 2024-25 Budget Proposal To Get Stuff Done, Create Opportunity And Advance Real Freedom For Pennsylvanians

-- Gov. Shapiro’s 2024-25 Budget Address As Prepared

-- WTAE ‘Let’s Be Real:’ PA Needs A $15 Minimum Wage, Governor Says

-- AP: Gov. Shapiro Seeks Billions For Schools, Development In Budget That Envisions Legal Weed

--  Spotlight PA: Shapiro Pitches Legal Marijuana, Regulated Skill Games In Budget That Bumps Education Spending By $2.2 Billion

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: Shapiro’s Budget Plan - Stop Losing To ‘Friggin’ Ohio’

-- WHYY: Gov. Shapiro Proposes $4 Million To Erase Medical Debt For Thousands Of Pennsylvanians, Issue Hits Rural Areas Hard [Warren, Greene, Bradford, Franklin, McKean]

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson, Jan Murphy: Shapiro Touts Plan To Spend PA’s Big Surplus, Republicans Set To Apply Brakes

-- PA Senate Republican Leadership: Massive Spending Increase In Shapiro Budget Raises Concerns: ‘Unicorns And Rainbows’

-- PA House Democratic Leaders Praise Governor’s Budget Proposal

-- TribLive Editorial: Shapiro Wants To Build On ‘What We Did Last Year Together,’ Really?

-- Gov. Shapiro Opens Application Period For Historically Disadvantaged Businesses To Access $10.5 Million In Funding

-- AP: Conservative Group Admits There Was No Evidence Of Election Fraud At Erie Post Office In 2020

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[Posted: February 7, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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