Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 2.21.24

“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 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 or (717) 787-7565.

TODAY 9:00: 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  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.

February 22-- Ohio River Valley Institute Webinar Announcing A Roadmap For Industrial Decarbonization In Pennsylvania.  3:00 p.m.

-- DEP Posted FY 2024-25 Budget Hearing Materials

-- Penn State Study: Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Fails To Meet Beneficial Reuse Recommendations For Use As A Dust Suppressant  [PaEN]

-- Beaver County Times: Lawsuit Claims Shell Petrochemical Plant Is A ‘Private, Public Nuisance’

-- DEP Recommends 6 Major Legislative Proposals Be Adopted As Part Of 2024 PA Climate Action Plan  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Penn State Study Shows Themes For Farmers Negotiating Solar Leases

-- Feb. 28 Webinar: Meet Local Experts Making Our Communities Sustainable  [PaEN]

-- JD Supra: Will Cryptocurrency And Data Mining Add New Complexity To Oil & Gas Zoning In Pennsylvania? 

-- The Derrick: Keystone School District Gives OK To Energy Savings Project

-- LehighValley Lehigh Valley Transit Becomes PA’s First To Use Methane From A Landfill To Fuel Buses

-- Interfaith Partners For Chesapeake Faith & Waters Restoration Summit Attracts Nearly 200, Executive Director Jodi Rose Leaving For New Position  [PaEN]

-- PA Environmental Council, Aqua Pennsylvania Now Accepting Applications For New Protect Your Drinking Water Grant Program In Chester, Delaware Counties  [PaEN] 

-- The Reporter: State, Montgomery County Designate $1 Million To Launch Perkiomen Watershed Initiative To Identify Areas Of Flood Risk  

-- EPA Announces $200 Million+ For PA Drinking Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Infrastructure Upgrades  [PaEN] 

-- York Dispatch: Drought No More - Recent Precipitation Gets York County Back To Normal

-- NextPittsburgh: Right To Know Request Reveals Pittsburgh Water Authority Paid $1 Million To Raise Pittsburgh’s Water Bills

-- Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg Water Authority Approves Lease With Coal Company To Mine On Game Commission Land

-- Natural Lands Transfers 31 Acres To State Forest In Berks, 29 Acres To Game Lands In Bucks  [PaEN]

-- TribLive Editorial: Story About Outdoor Inclusion Coalition Gets Cold Shoulder From Haters

-- Scranton Times: PA’s Historic Hiking Sites Include Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Shanksville

-- Wildlife For Everyone Foundation: 160,000 Seedlings ‘Sold Out’ In Seedlings For Schools Program

-- Fly Fisherman Editorial: Pennsylvania Isn’t Doing Enough For Its Floundering Native Brook Trout 

-- TribLive: Audubon Society Announces First Eagle Egg In Pittsburgh’s Hays Nest

-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: 2024 Summer Nature Camps Are Open For Registration!

Train Derailments

-- Scranton Times: Scranton Raises Concerns About Norfolk Southern Rail Bridge’s Rusty Steel, Crumbling Concrete 

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

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

-- S&P Global: US Gas Producers Tout LNG Growth Outlook Despite Regulatory Uncertainty; [EQT - ‘There’s Really No Impact [from new facility permit pause] through at least the end of 2026’]

-- Reuters: Tumbling US Gas Prices Prove Unstoppable, Hurting Producers, Benefiting Customers  

-- Reuters: Chesapeake Energy Gas Producer Tops Quarterly Estimates, Cuts Production Views 

Other States/National/International

-- WFXR: Equitrans Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline Hit By ‘Unforeseen’ Construction Challenges And Adverse Weather, Completion To Be Delayed

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Post-Gazette - Ford Turner: PA Budget Process Muddied By Clashing State Revenue Estimates As Hearings Begin

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: ‘Reasonable’ State Revenue Projections Versus ‘Plausible’ Ones

-- AP: Federal Appeals Court To Decide If PA Mail-In Ballots With Wrong Date Still Count

-- MCall: Forged Signatures Found On Petition For Democratic Auditor General Candidate

-- AP: Republican US Senate Contenders Aren’t Shy About Wanting Ex-President’s Approval, But In Pennsylvania, It’s Awkward

-- WESA: Legal Challenge Seeks To Remove Democratic Opponent Of Cong. Summer Lee From Ballot

-- WTAJ: New Poll Has Ex-President Leading Biden; Biden’s Age A Larger Conceern Than Ex-President’s Conviction, Indictments

-- The Center Square - Anthony Hennen: New Local Taxes Eyed For Mass Transit Financial Woes

-- Spotlight PA: PA Mortgage Assistance Program Closed For More Than A Year To Resolve Backlog, Will Reopen In March

-- PA Gaming Control Board Reports January Revenue Increased 2.7% Over Last Year

-- Post-Gazette: PA Casinos Set New Revenue Record In 2023

-- WESA: Pitt Study Finds Systemic Disparities In Prescribing Medication For Opioid Use Disorder

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[Posted: February 21, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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