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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 27, 2024 - Issue#1,036
* 128 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 128 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--

* PA Wilds Center Announces 2024 PA Wilds Champion Award Winners; Recognition Dinner July 25

On May 22, the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. announced the recipients of the 2024 Champions of the PA Wilds Awards. The 2024 Champions are –

* PA Parks & Forests Foundation Recognizes 2024 Award Recipients

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation  held its 15th Annual Awards Banquet and celebrated 13 award recipients for their outstanding stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state park and state forest system at Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County on May 14, 2024.

* Gas Industry, Sen. Bartolotta Seek Legislation To Eliminate Environmental Hearing Board Appeals Of DEP Permits For Natural Gas Pipeline Facilities

On May 16, Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) circulated a cosponsor memo announcing she plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the ability of citizens, local governments and anyone else to appeal permits issued by DEP for natural gas pipelines and related facilities to the Environmental Hearing Board.

* Damascus Citizens: Do You Live In An Oil & Gas Wastewater Disposal Facility? Public Roads In 84 Municipalities In PA, One County In NY Are Being Used As Disposal Areas For Wastewater

On May 20, the Damascus Citizens for Sustainability alerted the public the PA Department of Environmental Protection has designated 84 municipalities in Pennsylvania and one county in New York as “disposal facilities” for wastewater from conventional oil and gas drilling because well owners indiscriminately dump their waste on public roads.

* PA Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - May 18 to 24 - 3 Abandoned, Plugged Shale Gas Wells Still Leaking Gas; 480 Abandoned Conventional Well NOVs

From May 18 to 24, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 334 inspection entries, fewer than usual perhaps due to Memorial Day holiday week.

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices, Opportunities To Comment - May 25

The following notices were published in the May 25 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* DEP Issues Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Permit To PA Well Development LLC In Young Twp., Jefferson County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 25 PA Bulletin announcing it has issued an oil and gas wastewater injection well permit to PA Well Development LLC for the David A. Weaver #1 disposal well in Young Township, Jefferson County.  (PA Bulletin, page 2904)

* DEP Invites Comments On Renewal Of Waste Transfer Permit For 5 Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Wells Owned By Bear Lake Properties In Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 25 PA Bulletin inviting comments on the renewal of the waste transfer facility permit for five oil and gas wastewater injection wells owned by Bear Lake Properties, LLC in Columbus Township, Warren County.  (PA Bulletin, page 2853

* EPA Invites Comments On Draft Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Well Permit Renewal For Seneca Resources Company, LLC In Elk County

On May 22, the US Environmental Protection Agency published notice it is accepting comments on a draft permit renewal for the oil and gas wastewater injection well operated by Seneca Resources Company, LLC in Highland Township, Elk County.

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission June 13 Business Meeting To Consider Water Use Requests Including 7 Shale Gas Drilling Uses In Lycoming, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming Counties

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will hold a business meeting June 13 on water use requests, including seven shale gas drilling-related requests in Lycoming, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties.  (formal notice

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 100 Shale Gas Well Pad Water Use General Permits In First 4 Months Of 2024

From January through April, the Executive Director of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission gave his approval to 100 general water use permits for individual shale gas well drilling pads in Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties.

* Pennsylvanians Realized $500+ Billion In Public Health Benefits By Eliminating Coal-Fired Power Plants, Switching To Natural Gas

The elimination of coal-fired power plants and increased use of natural gas in power generation has led to historic emissions and air pollutant reductions equaling $450 billion to $1.04 trillion in public health benefits for Pennsylvanians, according to a Marcellus Shale [Gas] Coalition analysis.

* Guest Essay: Oil & Gas Industry Waste And Radioactive Drinking Water In Pennsylvania

By Justin Nobel, Author of Petroleum-238: Big Oil's Dangerous Secret and the Grassroots Fight to Stop It

* DEP Announces Award Of $980,256 To Support 56 Local Environmental Education Projects; New Grant Round Opens In August

On May 22, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the award of $980,256 in Environmental Education Grants to 56 projects that will promote environmental education and stewardship across Pennsylvania.

* PA Assn. Of Conservation Districts Awarded Nearly $37,000 To Support 21 District Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Projects

On May 17, the PA Association of Conservation Districts announced the award of nearly $37,000 in grants to support 21 water pollution prevention projects through the Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Educational Mini-Grant Program.

* Call For Presentation Proposals: PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Oct. 22-24 In State College

The Planning Committee for the PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference has issued an invitation for presentation proposals.  The deadline for submissions is June 28.

* Lancaster County Master Watershed Stewards Host June 27 Swarr Run Stream Restoration Workshop

The Lancaster County Master Watershed Stewards will host a June 27 Workshop On Swarr Run Stream Restoration at the Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center, 2160 State Road in Lancaster from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

* Penn State Extension Hosts June 19 Webinar On Testing Emerging Contaminant Mixtures In PA Private Wells

On June 19, Penn State Extension will hold a webinar on Testing Emerging Contaminant Mixtures In PA Private Wells from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

* Game Commission, DEP Held Live Peregrine Falcon Online Banding Event At Rachel Carson Building

On May 24, the Game Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection held an online banding event for the peregrine falcon nestlings on the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg.

* PA Resources Council Offering Free Learn About Composting Online Workshop May 29

Join the PA Resources Council in celebrating national “Learn About Composting Day” by taking part in a free statewide Backyard Composting webinar on Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. 

* Pittsburgh 2030 District Reports Gains Toward Energy, Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals

On May 22, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, a project of the Green Building Alliance, released its 2023 Progress Report, revealing that 2030 District Property Partners reached a 48.0% reduction in carbon emissions in 2023, or 507,000 metric tons of CO2e emissions avoided. 

* Philadelphia On EPA's Top Cities For ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings In 2023

On May 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its annual Top Cities list, spotlighting the cities with the greatest number of ENERGY STAR certified commercial and multifamily buildings last year.

* Duquesne Light Releases 2023 ESG Report - Playing A Central Role In SW PA Clean Energy Transition

On May 22, Duquesne Light Company released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which discloses the company’s performance in three core areas of its ESG strategy: climate conscious, powering people and responsible performance.

* PennDOT Announces New Funding Opportunity To Repair Existing Electric Vehicle Chargers; June 11 Webinar

On May 23, the Department of Transportation announced it will open a new funding opportunity to help repair existing electric vehicle chargers under the Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator Grant Program.

* DEP Now Accepting Applications For Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for about $5 million in funding for Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants available to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania that want to transition to cleaner fuel transportation.

* DEP Invites Comments On Hazardous Sites Cleanup Consent Order For Berkley Products Company Plant Site In Lancaster County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 25 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a consent order and agreement covering the Berkley Products Company Plant Site in Akron Borough and West Earl Township, Lancaster County. (PA Bulletin, page 2888)

* EPA Announces $16 Million In Brownfield Grants To Rehabilitate, Revitalize Communities In Pennsylvania

On May 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $16 million in grant awards from the Investing in America funding to expedite the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites in Pennsylvania while advancing environmental justice.

* EPA Announces Availability Of $14 Million In Brownfields Job Training Grants Under Investing in America Agenda

On May 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of approximately $14 million from the Investing in America Agenda for environmental job training grants under EPA’s Brownfields Job Training Program.

* DEP Invites Comments On Proposed Stronghold Digital Mining Direct Air Carbon Capture Project At Scrubgrass Plant Site In Venango County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 25 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a Scrubgrass Reclamation Company LP [Stronghold Digital Mining, Inc.] beneficial use of coal ash waste permit for a project to construct a direct air capture of carbon dioxide facility at the Scrubgrass waste coal power plant located in Scrubgrass Township, Venango County.  (PA Bulletin, page 2852)

* 10th Annual PA Renewables Summit Set For June 3-4 In Harrisburg

Join the Renewables Work for PA Coalition, the PA Solar & Storage Industries Association, and the PA Solar Center for the 10th Annual Renewables Summit on June 3-4 at the Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill, across the river from Harrisburg.

* North Branch Land Trust Awarded American Water Charitable Foundation 2024 Water And Environment Grant

On May 20, the North Branch Land Trust announced it was awarded an American Water Charitable Foundation 2024 Water and Environment grant, focusing on water quality and quantity, as well as the health of the vital wetland ecosystem at Hanover Crossings Marsh Sanctuary, in Hanover Township, Luzerne County.

* ClearWater Conservancy Kicks Off 8th Season Of Centre Outdoors Offering Free Guided Group Outings Starting June 2 Thru October In Centre County

On May 23, the ClearWater Conservancy released the 2024 schedule for the eighth season of the organization’s Centred Outdoors program.

* Chester County Awards French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust $623,765 To Preserve 4 Environmentally Sensitive Properties Totaling 228 Acres

On May 23, Chester County Parks and Preservation announced it has awarded the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust $623,765 through their Preservation Partnership Program to assist in the permanent protection of four environmentally significant properties in northern Chester County, including--

* Berks Nature, Partners Protect 131 Acres In Schuylkill County And Kittatinny Ridge

Berks Nature permanently protected 131 acres of fields, woodlands, and open space in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

* Susquehanna National Heritage Area, Conservation Fund Partner To Preserve Historic 87 Acre Farmstead In York County

A 19th-century farm and house that played key roles in the Underground Railroad are now permanently protected with help from a DCNR grant.

* Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust Protecting 41 Acre June Fete Fairgrounds In Montgomery County

On May 21, the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust announced it has purchased the 41-acre June Fete Fairgrounds property in an agreement of sale with Jefferson Abington Hospital and Abington Memorial Healthcare Corp in Montgomery County.

* Heritage Conservancy Completes Conservation Easement Preserving 29.3 Acres In Northampton County

The Heritage Conservancy recently completed the preservation of the George – Little Pond Arts Retreat Property in Moore Township, Northampton County.

* Natural Lands Preserves Additional 22 Acres In Stone Hill Greenway, Montgomery County

Nearly 22 acres of forested land in Lower Frederick and Limerick Townships, Montgomery County, are preserved forever thanks to the efforts of longtime conservation advocate Phil Smith.

* Allegheny Land Trust Permanently Protects Former Hospital Site In Allegheny County

After several years of coordinating with county, city, and community partners, the Allegheny Land Trust is excited to announce that our St. John’s Green Community Conservation Project in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh is officially conserved!

* Help Wanted: Interfaith Partners For The Chesapeake Bay - Executive Director

The Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake is seeking qualified candidates for executive director who is responsible for managing the organization, including all financial oversight, implementation of IPC’s programs, securing significant unrestricted funds, and collaboration with the Board of Directors to advance the mission of the organization.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* 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

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* Grants & Awards

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* PA Bulletin Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the May 25 PA Bulletin--

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