Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips - 5.15.24

“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]

House next voting day May 20, 21, 22, June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

-- Committee Schedule

Senate next voting day June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

-- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events 

May 16: Agenda Posted. DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee meeting Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:30 a.m. Visit the Committee webpage for options on joining the meeting remotely.  Contact: Bob Haines, or 717-787-7565.  Read More Here.

May 21-- House Tourism, Economic And Recreational Development Committee holds an informational meeting to introduce Nathan Reigner, Director Of The Office Of Outdoor Recreation updating the Committee on the work done over the last year.  Room 140.  10:00 a.m. Click Here to watch online.

May 21-- NEW. House Housing And Community Development Committee meets to consider House Bill 1179 (Borowski-D-Delaware) prohibiting bans of outdoor clotheslines and drying racks. Room 523. 10:00 a.m.   Click Here to watch online.

-- Rep. Vitali To Introduce Bill Banning The Disposal Of Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater By Dumping It On Public Roads; Rep. Causer To Introduce Bill Legalizing It  [PaEN]

-- Illegal Wastewater Dumping Continues, Even On Mothers Day, Conventional Oil & Gas Well Owners’ Campaign Of Intimidation Of Senate Witness; Now Dumping Before It Rains, On Paved Roads [PaEN] 


-- National Energy Technology Lab, University Of Pittsburgh Say Oil & Gas Wastewater Can Be Major Source Of Lithium For Rechargeable Battery Production  [PaEN]

-- The Energy Age Blog: Shale Gas Violations Run Rampant In Pennsylvania, $2.2 Million In Penalties Assessed

-- The Derrick: PUC To Hold May 21 Prehearing On Future Of Venango Water Company; Water Source Contaminated By Conventional Oil Well Wastewater Spill  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Extension May 30 Webinar On Landowner Role In Conventional Orphaned, Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells  [PaEN]

-- Erie Times Guest Essay: State Program To Plug Abandoned Conventional Oil & Gas Wells Saves Lives, Creates Prosperity - By Environmental Health Project 

-- Marcellus Drilling News: ETF Trends: US LNG Gas Export Capacity To Rise 80% By 2028 [Even With Pause In Permits For New Export Facilities]

-- AP: CNX Plans $1.5 Billion Hydrogen Aviation Fuels Plant At Pittsburgh Airport, But Wants Federal Tax Credit To Build It 

-- CNX, KeyState Plan Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Hub At Pittsburgh Airport

-- Reminder: PA Solar Center May 17 Webinar: Update On Federal Solar Energy Tax Credits [PaEN] 

-- Penn State Extension Energy Essentials: Solar Panel Glare An Issue?  Estimating Emissions From Shale Gas Wells; PA Landowners Guide To Solar; Much More!

-- Evangelical Environmental Network: Over 90,000 Pro-Life Christians Support Keeping Our Promise To Farmers On Climate-Smart Agriculture 

-- Politico: Shapiro’s Pennsylvania Energy/Climate Play Aims For Balance Of Power On Climate Issues  

-- Inside Climate News: Q&A: Is Pittsburgh Becoming ‘The Plastic City’?

-- American Lung Assn: Critical Steps Communities Can Take Now To Reduce Extreme Heat, Poor Air Quality This Summer

-- Utility Dive: FERC Issues Landmark Transmission Planning, Cost Allocation Rule, With Dissent Over State Roles

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PPL To Pay Into Assistance Fund, Not Collect Owed Bills In Proposed Settlement 

-- TribLive: Does It Seem Like More Tornadoes Are Striking Western PA?  They Are 

-- LancasterOnline: Here’s What’s Happening In Lancaster County During Water Week Starting June 7

-- Penn State Extension June 5 Webinar: PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' In Our Environment [PaEN]

-- Newtown Square In Bloom, Delaware County, Receives Keep PA Beautiful Community Pride Award  [PaEN]

-- Agriculture, L&I Award $350,000 Grant To Rodale Institute To Support First-In-PA Apprenticeship In Organic Agriculture  [PaEN]

-- USDA: Kittatinny Ridge Among 5 Sentinel Landscapes Selected To Address Climate Change Impacts And Strengthen Military Readiness  [PaEN] 

-- DCNR Celebrates Induction Of Forrest H. Dutlinger Natural Area In Clinton County Into The Old-Growth Forest Network  [PaEN] 

-- Beaver County Times- Brian Whipkey: PA Has 124 State Parks, Here Are The 10 With Most Visitors

--  Erie Times: Costs To Extend Presque Isle Trail Doubles, Putting Construction On Hold

-- Philly Voice: Where Is Lyme Disease Most Prevalent In PA?  New Online Tool Tracks Tick-Borne Illnesses

-- TribLive: Online Dashboard Helps Track Tickborne Illnesses

-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Upcoming Events: Native Plant Sale May 18-19; Secret World Of Bats; Hawk Mountain Arts Tour June 1; Much More!

-- Help Wanted: USDA Program Technician Position In Schuylkill County  [PaEN]

Gas Explosions

-- TribLive: Plum Borough Recognizes First Responders To Natural Gas Home Explosion

-- WNEP: Gas Leak Snarls Traffic In Schuylkill County, Route 61 Closed

Train Derailments

-- AP: Whistleblower Questions Delays, Mistakes In Way EPA Used Sensor Plane After 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: Texas LNG Gas Outages Push Traders To Use AI, Satellites To Track Production Due To Lack Of Access

-- Bloomberg: Wildfire Prompts Partial Evacuation Of Canada’s Oil-Sands Capital

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Post-Gazette/PennLive: Taxing, Regulating ‘Skill’ Gambling Games A Definite Maybe In Next State Budget

-- TribLive Editorial: What Can Pennsylvania Do About Truancy?

-- PennLive: No Question Centre County Man Charged With Crimes Participated In The Assault On US Capitol

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[Posted: May 15, 2024]  PA Environment Digest

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