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Education, DEP, DCNR Honor Green Ribbon Schools For Environmental Sustainability Efforts In PA; Nominations Open


Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership Announces 2022 Milestones Watershed Heroes


DEP Tells Citizens Advisory Council Road Dumping Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Still Does Not Meet Residual Waste Regulations; Remains Illegal


Penn State Research Links Groundwater Contamination To Areas Of Unconventional Shale Gas And Conventional Oil And Gas Drilling


Study: Industry Data Shows Hazardous Air Pollutants Are ‘Ubiquitous’ In The Natural Gas Transmission System; More Justification For Robust Leak Prevention Programs


DEP Finalizing First Bid Packages To Plug 249 Conventional Oil & Gas Wells Under New Federal Taxpayer Funded Well Plugging Program


U.S. Dept. Of Interior Notified DEP A Republican Bill Allowed To Become Law In July May Block Funding For New Federal Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program


House Committee Fails To Address $70 Million In Penalties On Natural Gas Pipelines Or Real Concerns Of People Living Near Gas Production & Distribution Facilities


DEP Public Notices -- Oil & Gas Industry Facilities


Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh: News Coverage, Recorded Sessions


Gov. Wolf Touts PA's Leadership In Clean Energy Transition At Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh


Team Pennsylvania, Co-Chaired By Gov. Wolf, Issues Road Map On Hydrogen Development, Carbon Management In PA


PA Environmental Council: Clean Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Can Be Part Of A Comprehensive Decarbonization Strategy: Responsibly Deployed With Environmental Integrity, Accountability And Equity


Landowners Urge Lawmakers To Pass Real Community Solar Energy Bills To Give $1.8 Billion Boost To PA Economy, Help Farmers As Senate Committee Meets


DCNR Announces All Electricity Used By Agency Will Come From Renewable Sources By 2030


EPA's GreenChill Smart Supermarket Refrigeration Partnership Celebrates 15 Years; Recognizes 4 Supermarket Companies Serving PA


DEP Interviews EJ Champion James Rebarchak In Latest Environmental Justice Newsletter


Celebrate Riparian Buffer Month In October With Penn State Extension, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, Local Groups


Fall Is For Planting: Rain Garden Resources From Penn State Extension


Master Watershed Stewards Program Expands Across Pennsylvania Wilds


CFA Announces Investment Of $18.2 Million In 130 Recreation, Flood Protection, Environmental Restoration Projects Funded By Act 13 Impact Fee


ClearWater Conservancy Awarded State Grant For Streamside Forest Restoration Projects In 3 Watersheds In Centre, Huntingdon Counties


EXTENDED: Federal Office Of Surface Mining Accepting Applications For Watershed Cooperative Agreement Mine Drainage Cleanup Grants


Federal Office Of Surface Mining Awards Grants To 8 Projects To Extract Critical Minerals From Mine Waste, Including To The University Of Pittsburgh & Partners


DEP Inviting Stakeholders To Participate In PAG-13 NPDES General Permit For Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Workgroup


Rodale Institute Announces Retirement Of CEO Jeff Moyer After 46 Year Career


Susquehanna River Basin Commission Revises Enforcement, Penalty Policies


PA Municipal Authorities Recognize Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Chester Water Authority With Communication Awards


Oct. 15 PA Resources Council Pittsburgh Reuse Fest Provides Opportunity To Donate Items To Nonprofits For Reuse


Register Now For 2022 Pennsylvania Litter Summit Nov. 1-2 In Lancaster


DEP Finalizes Hazardous Site Cleanup Plan For Bishop Tube Site In Chester County


DCNR Fall Foliage Reports Begin Sept. 29; Start Planning Your Trip To Experience PA's Colorful Autumn Now


DCNR Blog: Be Part Of A Citizen Science Project To Help Track Bird Migration During The Fall Migration Round-Up In State Parks


DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Council Meets Sept. 28 To Hear Updates On 3 New State Parks, Utility-Scale Solar Facility Guidance, Trails Program


WeConservePA: DCNR Posts 3 Videos To Help Applicants Apply For Conservation Grants, Including Special Fall Grant Round, Watershed Forestry Grants


PA Water Trails Program Announces Newest Trail: The Perkiomen Creek Water Trail, Montgomery County


Keystone Trails Association Holds Fall Hiking Weekend Oct. 14-16 In Lewisburg, Union County Featuring Mega Trail Hiker Heather Anderson


Sept. 23 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation


Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin Tours PA Wilds Conservation Shop In Kinzua Bridge, Sees ARC Investments In Action


Western PA Conservancy Protects 348 Acres Of Forest, Wetland Communities In French Creek Watershed, Erie County


North Branch Land Trust Receives DCNR Grant To Protect 220 Acres In Huntsville Reservoir Watershed, Luzerne County


5th Bike The Brandywine Event Welcomes Nearly 400 Riders For A Sunny, Scenic Day Thru Chester County


Foundation For Sustainable Forests Invites Volunteers To 1st Annual Jim Finley Stewardship Day In Moxie Woods, Mercer County, Oct. 1


Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults


DCNR State Parks Back To School Environmental Education Newsletter


WeConservePA Call For Presentation Proposals For 2023 PA Land Conservation Conference April 26-28, Reading


PA Environmental Educators Issue Call For Presentation Proposals For 2023 Annual Conference; PAEE & MWEE Award Nominations Now Open


PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Hosts Oct. 18 Lunch & Learn Webinar On How To Make Instagram Work For You


Penn State’s Sept. 26 EarthTalk Webinar Features Update On Solar Energy In Pennsylvania


PennTAP Hosts Nov. 3 Webinar On Local Climate Action Planning With Penn State & Partners


Delaware Highlands Conservancy Hosts Oct. 11 Eagles And Their Habitat Program At The Van Scott Nature Reserve In Wayne County


PA Natural Heritage Program Summer Wild Heritage News: New Interest In Old Forests; Mapping Climate Refugia In PA; Join Tree-Of-Heaven Citizen Science Project


News From PA House & Senate


Senate, House Climate Caucus Calls On General Assembly To Act On Meaningful Climate Legislation, Protect Public Health


The Feds


Pennsylvania Receives $240 Million In Water Infrastructure Funding Under Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law


Rodale Institute CEO Urges U.S. House Agriculture Committee To Give Farmers More Choice In Farming Methods Like Regenerative Organic Agriculture


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[Posted: September 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

Cameron County Chamber Of Commerce Sinnemahone Triple Crown Gravel Race Results; Oct. 15 Sinnemahone Trail Run

On September 24, the
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Sinnemahone Gravel Race, the second competition in the Sinnemahone Triple Crown.  

Nearly 80 competitors started and finished the races.  Participants came from New York, Ohio, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  Riders had their choice of a 14 mile course, 26 or 55 miles.  

The first place male finisher in the 14 mile course Ian Pavelek from Grove City, PA with a finishing time of 47.59.  

The first place female in the race was Melissa McCracken from Warren, PA.  She finished in 1:00:22.

The first place male finisher in the 26 mile course was Brett McCracken from Clearfield PA.  McCracken finished in 1:59:54.  

The first place female was Jean Sheehan from Fairport, NY.  

Taking home first place honors in the 55 mile race was Curtis Smith from DuBois, PA riding the course is 3:07:17.  This is the second year in a row that Smith finished first.  He bettered his time by 3 minutes.  

The top female finisher was Toni Flament from Emporium, PA.  Flament finished the race in 4:28:43.  

The race grew by 10 percent according to organizers.  

Click Here for complete race results.

Oct. 15 Sinnemahone Trail Run

The final leg of the triple crown is Saturday October 15.  Registration is open till October 14.  Click Here to register or contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce office for information.

[Posted: September 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

WeConservePA & Northcentral PA Conservancy Host Stream Restoration Project Site Visit In Northumberland County

In collaboration with the
Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, WeConservePA hosted a site visit of a stream restoration project in the Little Shamokin Creek Watershed. 

The project is stabilizing streambanks and doing habitat restoration along the Little Shamokin Creek waterways and watershed area.

The site visit was hosted by Brad Barkdoll from WeConservePA along with representatives from the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy. 

Attendees included local and state representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection, Fish and Boat Commission, watershed specialists from the Northumberland County Conservation District, Rep. Lynda Culver (R-Northumberland), and Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia).

[Note: Sen. Gordner and Rep. Culver were leaders in the effort in this year’s budget to earmark nearly $700 million in funding to support local and state environmental, recreation and green infrastructure projects.  Read more here.]

Visit the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy website for more information on land conservation, stream restoration and how you can get involved.

For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the WeConservePA,website, Click Here to sign up for regular updates from WeConservePA, Like them on Facebook, and Follow them on TwitterClick Here to support their work.

The 2023 PA Land Conservation Conference will be held April 26-28 in Reading.

More than 107,000 Pennsylvanians contribute to local land trusts.


(Reprinted from the WeConservePA website.)

Related Article:

-- WeConservePA: DCNR Posts 3 Videos To Help Applicants Apply For Conservation Grants, Including Special Fall Grant Round, Watershed Forestry Grants  [PaEN]

-- WeConservePA Call For Presentation Proposals For 2023 PA Land Conservation Conference April 26-28, Reading  [PaEN]

[Posted: September 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

Forbes: U.S. Natural Gas Production Set New Record, But Don’t Expect Relief On Your Heating Bills [LNG Exports Link U.S. To High Prices]

By Robert Rapier, Senior Contributor

These excerpts from this article first appeared on Forbes.com September 25, 2022--


There was a time when what happened in the rest of the world didn’t impact the U.S. natural gas markets all that much. We consumed what we produced, and imported a bit. 

Because the U.S. market was essentially isolated from the rest of the world, large price dislocations could occur.

But as natural gas production ramped up in the U.S., companies began to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. 

Over the past decade, the U.S. became the world’s fastest-growing LNG exporter, and is on a pace to become the world’s largest LNG exporter this year.

The implications are that the global LNG market now impacts U.S. natural gas prices. And that market has been upended by Europe’s needs. 

Russia is a major supplier of natural gas for Europe, but those gas exports have plummeted as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Thus, Europe is out trying to secure natural gas supplies for the winter. 

American companies are exporting as much LNG as they can to Europe, and that is impacting U.S. prices in a way it wouldn’t have a decade ago.

That is a big part of why Americans are facing steep heating bills this winter.

Click Here to read the entire article.

Related Articles:

-- Explainer: So Why Does A Susquehanna County Gas Company Have To Raise Rates 33.2% When Susquehanna County Is The #1 Shale Gas Producer In PA?  [PaEN]

-- PA PUC: Cost Of Natural Gas Provided By Major Utilities In PA Increased As Much As 154% Over Last Year [PaEN] 

NewsClips:

-- Reuters: Europe Races To Prepare For Energy Crunch This Winter; European Natural Gas Prices More Than Doubled From Start Of 2022 

-- Bloomberg: Unrealistic Demands Hindering European LNG Natural Gas Deals: ‘If You Want A Cheap Price… The Answer Obviously Is ‘No’’

-- Bloomberg: European Industry Buckles Under Weight Of Soaring Natural Gas Prices

-- WSJ: High Natural Gas Prices Push European Manufacturers To Shift To U.S., Green-Energy Incentives Luring Companies

-- NYT: ‘Crippling’ Energy Bills Driven By Spike In Natural Gas Costs Force Europe’s Factories To Go Dark 

[Posted: September 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

News Coverage, Recorded Sessions From Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh

Energy leaders from around the world gathered in Pittsburgh for the
Global Clean Energy Action Forum September 21-23 to talk about effective ways to accelerate the transition to clean energy and fight climate change.

Below is just some of the news coverage from this special event.

Click Here to view major sessions recorded from the Forum website.

NewsClips:

-- WESA: Global Leaders Meet In Pittsburgh In Hopes Of Charting A Clean Energy Future

-- Clean Energy Justice Convergence: Citizen Activist Events Related To Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Not Registered For Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh?  You Can Still Feel The Buzz 

-- Gov. Wolf Touts PA's Leadership In Clean Energy Transition At Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh  [PaEN]

-- PA Environmental Council: Clean Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Can Be Part Of A Comprehensive Decarbonization Strategy: Responsibly Deployed With Environmental Integrity, Accountability And Equity  [PaEN]

-- Sen. Yaw Info. Meeting: Carbon Capture, Utilization And Storage Shows Promise In PA

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: The Energy VIPs Are In Pittsburgh, Everyone Wants Their Attention  

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: No Energy Maker Or Taker Left Behind: How The World Transitions To Clean Energy

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Global Clean Energy Conference Kicks Off With Energy, Enthusiasm For Change

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: World Leaders Hail New U.S. Climate, Energy Act To Spur Clean Energy Work

-- StateImpactPA - Reid Frazier: In Pittsburgh, John Kerry Says Climate Change Solutions Will Be Driven By Private Sector

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: The Hydrogen Money Is Here, Just In Time For The Hype 

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: How Pennsylvania Plans To Win Hydrogen Hub

-- Team Pennsylvania, Co-Chaired By Gov. Wolf, Issues Road Map On Hydrogen Development, Carbon Management In PA  [PaEN]

-- U.S. DOE Opens $7 Billion Hydrogen Hub Funding Opportunity, Concept Papers Due Nov. 7

-- Utility Dive: DOE Opens $7 Billion Hydrogen Hub Funding Opportunity, Issues Draft Production Standard

-- TribLive: Some Pittsburgh Elected Officials Caution Against ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Hub Pitch

-- Post-Gazette Guest Essay: The World Is Coming To Innovation Powerhouse Pittsburgh - Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Allegheny Conference

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: The World Comes To Pittsburgh, But Which Pittsburgh Will It See?

-- NorthcentralPA.com: Energy Future PA Coalition Pushes For Zero-Carbon Alternatives In PA

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: U.S. DOE Opening Lab On CO2 Capture From The Air, Will It Be In Pittsburgh Or WV?

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Pricing Climate Risk Into Portfolios Remains Key Challenge For Commercial Real Estate Industry

-- PA Capital-Star: ‘We Need To Do Everything We Can Now’: In Pittsburgh, Students March For Climate Justice

-- WESA: Young People Call For Climate Action As Global Leaders Meet In Pittsburgh

Related Articles This Week - Energy:

-- Gov. Wolf Touts PA's Leadership In Clean Energy Transition At Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh  [PaEN]

-- Senate, House Climate Caucus Calls On General Assembly To Act On Meaningful Climate Legislation, Protect Public Health  [PaEN]

-- Landowners Urge Lawmakers To Pass Real Community Solar Energy Bills To Give $1.8 Billion Boost To PA Economy, Help Farmers As Senate Committee Meets Sept. 20  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Announces All Electricity Used By Agency Will Come From Renewable Sources By 2030  [PaEN]

-- PA Environmental Council: Clean Hydrogen & Carbon Capture Can Be Part Of A Comprehensive Decarbonization Strategy: Responsibly Deployed With Environmental Integrity, Accountability And Equity  [PaEN]

-- Team Pennsylvania, Co-Chaired By Gov. Wolf, Issues Road Map On Hydrogen Development, Carbon Management In PA  [PaEN]

-- House Committee Fails To Address $70 Million In Penalties On Natural Gas Pipelines Or Real Concerns Of People Living Near Gas Production & Distribution Facilities  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Research Links Groundwater Contamination To Areas Of Unconventional Shale Gas And Conventional Oil And Gas Drilling  [PaEN]

-- Study: Industry Data Shows Hazardous Air Pollutants Are ‘Ubiquitous’ In The Natural Gas Transmission System; More Justification For Robust Leak Prevention Programs  [PaEN]

-- DEP Tells Citizens Advisory Council Road Dumping Conventional Oil & Gas Wastewater Still Does Not Meet Residual Waste Regulations; Remains Illegal  [PaEN]

-- DEP Finalizing First Bid Packages To Plug 249 Conventional Oil & Gas Wells Under New Federal Taxpayer Funded Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]

-- U.S. Dept. Of Interior Notified DEP A Republican Bill Allowed To Become Law In July May Block Funding For New Federal Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program  [PaEN]

-- DEP Public Notices -- Oil & Gas Industry Facilities  [PaEN]

[Posted: September 25, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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