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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 28, 2022 - Issue #958
* 52 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 52 new stories in the PA Environment Digest about individuals, groups, local governments, farmers, businesses, watershed groups and many more working all across Pennsylvania to restore and protect the environment and show others the beauty that surrounds us.

* This Week’s Examples Of Going The WRONG WAY On Environmental, Energy Issues

While PA Environment Digest’s priority is to highlight positive examples of environmental and energy leadership, voters always need to demand accountability from their political leaders.

* All Articles & NewsClips In This Week’s Digest By Topic

PA Environment Digest Is Putting The Best Links To Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips Here.   Are You Telling Your Story?

* EQB To Meet Nov. 30 To Consider Emergency Regulation Setting VOC/Methane Limits For Conventional Oil & Gas Facilities

On November 22, Gov. Wolf instructed DEP to schedule an Environmental Quality Board meeting November 30 to consider an emergency regulation setting VOC/methane emission limits for conventional oil and gas facilities.

* EDF Blog: What A Catastrophic Natural Gas Leak In Pennsylvania Means For Our Climate And Health

By Adam Peltz and Jon Goldstein, Environmental Defense Fund

* Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Nov. 19 To 25

To give the public a better understanding of the compliance record of oil and gas industrial facilities in Pennsylvania, PA Environment Digest developed this feature summarizing the more serious violations DEP reports through its Compliance Reporting Database on a weekly basis -- Saturday through Friday.

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment

The following DEP notices were published in the November 26 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* DEP Oil & Gas Advisory Board To Hear Updates On Chapter 78 Regulation Changes; Federal Abandoned Well Plugging Program Dec. 1

The agenda for the December 1 DEP Oil & Gas Technical Advisory Board meeting includes updates on Chapter 78 regulation changes, the new federal abandoned well plugging program and more.

* FracTracker Alliance Announces 7 Winners Of 2022 Community Sentinel Award For Environmental Stewardship; Including PA’s Laurie Barr

On November 22, the FracTracker Alliance announced the seven winners of the 2022 Community Sentinel Award For Environmental Stewardship.

* Beaver County Residents And Allies Launch New Shell Ethane Plant Accountability Campaign

On November 21, Beaver County residents united with national allies to call on Shell Appalachia to step up and take several decisive steps to be a responsible neighbor to the thousands of residents living in close proximity to the plant.

* Delaware River Basin Commission Meets Dec. 7 On Shale Gas Fracking Wastewater Regulations

On November 22, the Delaware River Basin Commission announced it will meet on December 7 to consider special regulations covering the import and export of water from the basin and discharges of wastewater from high volume hydrofracking [shale gas drilling] activities.

* Environmental Groups Appeal DEP's 18-Month Extension Of Air Quality Permit For Construction Of Renovo Energy Center Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant In Clinton County

On November 22, the Clean Air Council, PennFuture, and the Center for Biological Diversity announced they appealed an extension of Renovo Energy Center’s air pollution permit for a large gas-fired power plant — a significant source of new pollution within an environmental justice area.

* FracTracker Alliance Releases 4th Watershed Oil & Gas Drilling Impact Analysis In Susquehanna River Basin - Towanda & Schrader Creek Watersheds

On November 23, the FracTracker Alliance released its fourth watershed oil and gas drilling impact analysis in the Susquehanna River Basin, this one for the Towanda and Schrader Creek watersheds.

* FracTracker Alliance: Lycoming Creek Watershed Oil & Gas Drilling Impact Analysis In Lycoming County

In 2021, the FracTracker Alliance released a watershed oil and gas drilling impact analysis for Lycoming Creek in Lycoming County, one of four watershed reports on drilling impacts in the Susquehanna River Basin.

* NRDC Blog: How Clean Is Pennsylvania’s New Hydrogen Subsidy? It’s Up To The Feds

By Mark Szybist, Natural Resources Defense Council

* Guest Essay: PA Politicians Capitalizing On Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine To Benefit Natural Gas Industry

By Lauren M. Williams, Esq., Greenworks Law & Consulting LLC

* Better Path Coalition Invites Submissions For ‘Worth Protecting’ Photo Book For New Governor, Legislators

What do you think is worth protecting? It’s the question the Better Path Coalition is asking for a photo book called “Worth Protecting” the group plans to deliver to the new governor and every legislator in January.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation: PA's Latest Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan Lacks Credible Water Pollution Reduction Strategies, Sustained Funding

On November 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Pennsylvania’s final Watershed Implementation Plan did not demonstrate how the Commonwealth would meet its Bay Restoration goals for nitrogen and sediment pollution reduction.

* Penn State Center For Critical Minerals Develops New Process To Extract Rare Earth Oxides From Abandoned Mine Drainages, Sludges

By Penn State News

* DEP Now Accepting Applications For Medium, Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Flight Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for grants through the Driving PA Forward Initiative's Medium and Heavy-Duty (MHD) Zero-Emission Vehicle Fleet Pilot Grant Program.  The deadline for applications is March 1.  (formal notice)

* Pennsylvania Resources Council Announces Successful 'Zero Waste Non-Event'

On November 22, the Pennsylvania Resources Council announced it has found success in a new fundraising model, having moved away from its annual donor gala and embracing its mission to prevent waste and conserve Pennsylvania’s environmental resources.

* Keep PA Beautiful’s Cumberland County Affiliate Transitions From All Volunteer Led To County Recycling Office

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Cumberland County affiliate formed in 2001 by a group of dedicated local volunteers, with support from the County Conservation District Office.

* DCNR: Big Sewickley Creek Watershed In Allegheny County Placed On PA Rivers Conservation Registry

On November 26, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced it has approved the placement of the Big Sewickley Creek Watershed in Allegheny County on the Pennsylvania Rivers Conservation Registry(formal notice)

* Nov. 25 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The November 25 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation--

* Natural Lands Seeking Volunteers For 2023 Force Of Nature and Stoneleigh Ambassador Programs

On November 21, Delaware County-based Natural Lands announced it is accepting applications for both its 2023 Force of Nature® volunteer training program and its Stoneleigh Ambassador volunteer training program.

* Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness: The End Of An Era: The Forest Press Closes Its Doors

By Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--

* Applications Now Being Accepted For PA Master Naturalist Training

A Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is an individual with a passion for the natural world who participates in an intensive training program and uses his or her knowledge by giving back to the community through volunteer service.

* EPA Accepting Nominations For President’s Environmental Youth Award, Presidential Innovation Award For Environmental Educators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting nominations for two environmental education awards until January 11--

* Penn State Extension Hosts Dec. 14 Webinar On Streamside Tree Planting Effectiveness

The Penn State Extension will host another in its Water Cooler Talks December 14 on Streamside Tree Planting Effectiveness from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* PA Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance Host Nov. 28 Webinar - Challenging Conversations: Strategies To Bridge The Divide

The PA Interfaith Power & Light and Jewish Earth Alliance will host a November 28 webinar on Challenging Conversations: Strategies To Bridge The Divide starting at 7:30 p.m.

* News From PA House & Senate

On November 30 the two-year legislative session will formally end and all committees will dissolve and bills die.  The next session will begin on January 1 when all this fun starts from scratch all over again!

* The Feds

Articles and NewsClips about federal actions impacting Pennsylvania--

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

Click Here for a list of public participation opportunities and a calendar of events.

* Grants & Awards

Click Here for grants, awards, recognition programs and contest deadlines.

* PA Bulletin Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the November 26 PA Bulletin--

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