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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
June 24, 2024 - Issue #1,040
* 125 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 125 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.

* Weekly List Of PA Environment & Energy Articles & NewsClips By Topic

PA Environment Digest Puts Links To The Best Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips From Last Week Here By Topic--

* DCNR, Local Groups Celebrate The Allegheny River As The 2024 River Of The Year

On June 17, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Claire Jantz honored the Allegheny River as Pennsylvania’s 2024 River of the Year during the celebration for the river at Allegheny RiverTrail Par​k Saturday.

* Inaugural Agriculture Conservation Assistance Program Conference Recap; Award Winners Recognized

By Chris Canfield & Dana Flowers, Penn State Extension

* State Budget: Growing Greener Coalition Urges Lawmakers To Support $80 - $100 Million Healthy Outdoors For All Program; Contact Your Legislator

On June 12, WeConservePA and the partner organizations of the Growing Greener Coalition sent an open letter to members of the Senate and House urging them to support a $80 - $100 million Healthy Outdoors For All Program as part of the 2024-25 state budget.

* State Budget: Chesapeake Bay Foundation Urges PA Lawmakers To Reinvest In Clean Streams Fund; Citizens To Contact Their Legislators

On June 21, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation urged Pennsylvania lawmakers to reinvest in the Clean Streams Fund as part of the 2024-25 state budget and encouraged citizens to contact their House and Senate members to support clean water.

* State Budget: PA Environmental Council Sends Budget, Policy Recommendations To PA House, Senate Members

On June 21, the PA Environmental Council sent the following letter to Senate and House members ahead of deliberations over the 2024-25 state budget and legislative policies--

* State Budget: PA Parks & Forests Foundation: Pennsylvania Residents Overwhelmingly Support Investments In Trails

On June 21, the PA Parks and Forests Foundation released the results of a new Susquehanna Polling & Research poll showing 81 percent of registered Pennsylvania voters think that investments in trail improvements, including expanded trails in state parks and state forests, are important to quality of life and economic development in the Commonwealth.

* PUC: Act 13 Drilling Impact Fee Revenue Drops $100 Million From Last Year’s Record To $179.6 Million; Puts Hole In State, Local Budgets

On June 18, the Public Utility Commission reported calendar year 2023 revenue from the Act 13 drilling impact fee dropped $99.2 million to $179,634,750 from last year's record $278,881,450 assessed on unconventional shale gas wells even though natural gas production went up in 2023..

* IRRC Approves Final Revised PUC Regulations Strengthening Rules For Intrastate Hazardous Liquids Pipelines; Gas Pipelines Fined Over $71 Million, Have Worst Compliance Record Of Any Industry, Including Criminal Charges

On June 20, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission gave its unanimous approval to revised final Public Utilities Commission Regulations strengthening state public utility safety standards related to the pipeline transport of hazardous liquids in intrastate commerce.

* DEP To Hold July 2 Virtual Hearing On PA General Energy Project To Construct 3.7 Miles Of Shale Gas, Water Pipelines Thru Exceptional Value, High Quality, Wild Trout Streams In Lycoming County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a July 2 virtual public hearing starting at 6:00 p.m. on a PA General Energy project to construct a 12-inch natural gas and two 8-inch water pipelines through Cummings and McHenry Townships in Lycoming County.  [Permit: E4129223-006]

* PUC To Hold July 15 Prehearing Conference On Future Of Venango Water Company, Related Companies As Follow-Up To Conventional Oil Well Wastewater Spill In Venango County

On June 17, Public Utility Commission Administrative Law Judge Mark A. Hoyer announced there will be a telephonic prehearing conference on July 15 at 10:00 a.m. to further discuss the proceedings surrounding the future of the Venango Water Company and six other water companies owned by the Blaine Edwin Rodes Estate in Venango County.

* PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - June 15 to 21 - More Failed Shale Gas Well Plugs; Landslides; Venting Gas; Injection Well Issue?

From June 15 to 21, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 537 inspection entries, and catching up posting last week’s inspection reports.

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - June 22

The following notices were published in the June 22 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* PA Environmental Council Joins Nonpartisan Energy Future PA Coalition

On June 17, Energy Future PA announced the continued growth of the statewide coalition with PA Environmental Council joining as a partner member.

* PennFuture Report Recommends Changes To State Policies To Support Clean Energy, Environmental Justice Communities, Labor, Tackle Climate Crisis And Lead Clean Industry Revolution

On June 20, PennFuture released a new report offering policy recommendations for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Team PA to reshape the Commonwealth’s strategic collaborations with public and private partners.

* PUC Offers Smart Tips To Stay Cool, Save Energy And Lower Your Energy Bills

On June 17, as millions of Pennsylvanians experience a surge in hot weather, and the official start of summer arrives later this week, the Public Utility Commission urged consumers to explore simple #WaysToStayCool and #WaysToSave – helping to conserve energy and keep summer power bills manageable.

* DEP Hearing, Special Comment Period Notices For Projects In Jefferson (Solar), Lehigh (Warehouse), Lycoming (Gas Pipeline) and York (Air Permit) Counties

The Department of Environmental Project published these notices of public hearings and a special comment period in the June 22 PA Bulletin--

* PA Interfaith Power & Light Volunteers Distributed Over 16,000 Trees In Pennsylvania; Fall Tree Planting Program Being Planned

By Arielle Sternman, PA IPL

* Master Watershed Stewards, Erie Water Works, Ernst Conservation Seeds, Volunteers Team Up To Plant Native Meadow In Erie

By Gary Rihn, Master Watershed Steward

* The Water Center At University Of Pennsylvania Accepting Applications For Regional Network Collaborative For Water Leadership In Greater Philadelphia Region

On June 18, The Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania announced it is accepting applications to the 2024-2025 Regional Network Collaborative for Water Leadership cohort.

* PA Parks & Forests Foundation Virtual Book Club Features 'Susquehanna River Of Dreams' Author Susan Stranahan June 26

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation is excited to announce that author Susan Q. Stranahan will be joining the monthly virtual book club June 26 to discuss her book ‘Susquehanna River of Dreams’ from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* June 21 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The June 21 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

* Western PA Conservancy Protects 250 Acres To Safeguard Forestland, Water Quality In The French Creek Watershed, Venango County

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy recently announced the permanent protection of 250 forested acres along Deer Creek Road in Frenchcreek Township, Venango County, that will soon be open to the public as a new nature preserve.

* Land Conservancy Of Adams County, Hugh & Nell Matthews Partner On 37+ Acre Conservation Easement

The Land Conservancy of Adams County has announced a conservation easement donated by Hugh and Nell Matthews on 37.7 acres of their property in Freedom Township southwest of Gettysburg.

* Penn State Extension Is Celebrating Pollinator Week June 17-21!

Love pollinators and what they bring to our gardens? Want to know more about how to support them by planting pollinator-friendly gardens?

* Agriculture Secretary, Sen. Comitta Visit Chester County’s Jenkins Arboretum, Highlighting Bill To Protect Pollinators, Boost Agriculture

On June 20, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Sen. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester), Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, met at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens in Chester County to discuss and see how Senate Bill 1193, the Plant and Pollinator Protection Act, will benefit food production, plant nurseries, and beekeepers, as well as Pennsylvania's economy.

* Game Commission: Volunteers Needed To Count Pennsylvania's Birds For 3rd PA Bird Atlas

Those birds you see in the backyard, around camp, while hiking or otherwise outside? They’re more important than you think.  Reporting your observations of them is, too.

* Western PA Conservancy, Fallingwater Webinar Aug. 15 - Between The City And Forest, Creating Safer Habitats For Birds

The Western PA Conservancy and Fallingwater will host a webinar August 15  on Creating Safer Habitats for Birds - Between The City And The Forest starting at Noon

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* Lackawanna Historical Society June 28 Webinar Features Prof. Allen Dietrich-Ward On An Environmental History Of Pennsylvania

The Lackawanna Historical Society will host a June 28 webinar exploring Pennsylvania's environmental history with Shippensburg University Professor Allen Dietrich-Ward starting at 2:00 p.m.

* News From PA House & Senate

The information you need to follow legislation in the House and Senate- starting with articles and NewsClips from last week--

* 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 June 22 PA Bulletin--

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