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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 18, 2023 - #1,000
* 121 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 121 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--

* Pennsylvania Environmental Council Celebrates 200th Podcast Recognizing Another Milestone: Issue #1,000 Of PA Environment Digest

On September 15, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council celebrated its 200th podcast episode by recognizing another big milestone: issue #1,000 of the PA Environment Digest published by former PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess.

* DEP Publishes Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy Changing Permit Review Process; Opens Comment Period Setting 9 Public Hearings

On September 16, the Department of Environmental Protection published the Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy in the PA Bulletin that will now guide DEP’s permit application reviews and outreach efforts in environmental justice areas throughout the Commonwealth.  (formal notice)

* Petro Erie, Inc. Says It Lacks The Financial Ability To Comply With DEP’s Order To Clean Up Conventional Oil Well Wastewater That Contaminated The Village Of Reno’s Water Supply; Will Taxpayers Be Stuck With Cleanup Costs Again?

On September 7, Petro Erie, Inc. filed an amendment to its Environmental Hearing Board appeal of DEP’s order to clean up a release of conventional oil well wastewater saying ‘appellant lacks the financial ability to comply with the Order.”

* Oil & Gas Industry Spills, Releases Created Over 575 New Brownfield Sites So Far In Pennsylvania, With More Every Week

DEP reports spills and releases from the oil and gas industry have created over 575 brownfield sites being cleaned up under the Act 2 Land Recycling Program, as of September 12, 2023.

* Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - September 9 to 15; First Abandoned Shale Gas Well Pad? Another Leaking Equitrans Storage Well; Plugging Grant Twp. Injection Well

From September 9 to 15, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 554 inspection report entries.

* Environmental Health Project Finds Results ‘Very Concerning’ From University Of Pittsburgh Studies Showing Links Between Natural Gas Development And Lymphoma Cancer, Worsening Asthma Conditions, Lower Birth Weights

On September 13, the Pittsburgh-based Environmental Health Project issued a review of the University of Pittsburgh studies released on August 15 showing links between natural gas development and Lymphoma cancer, worsening asthma conditions and lower birth weights.

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - September 16

The following DEP notices were published in the September 16 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* DEP Invites Comments On Section 401 Water Quality Certification For A Texas Eastern Pipeline Project Going Under The Schuylkill River In Chester, Montgomery Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection invites comments on a request for Section 401 Water Quality Certification from Texas Eastern Transmission, LP for a project to construct a 20-inch natural gas pipeline under the Schuylkill River via horizontal directional drilling in Spring City Borough, Chester County and Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County.  (Sept. 16 PA Bulletin, page 5852)

* Oil Region National Heritage Area To Hold 2nd Oil Heritage Energy Security Conference Oct. 12-13 In Venango County

On September 13, The Derrick reported the Oil Region National Heritage Area will host the second Oil Heritage Energy Security Conference on October 12-13 at the PennWest Clarion Venango Campus in Oil City, Venango County.

* PUC Urges Consumers To Shop For Natural Gas Supplies To Lock In Lower Gas Prices To Help Insulate Against Potential Energy Price Spikes

On September 12, the Public Utility Commission announced it is urging consumers across the Commonwealth to jumpstart #SaveInPA opportunities for the fall and winter heating seasons by shopping now for their natural gas supply – which could result in a savings on the energy portion of their monthly natural gas bills.

* Shapiro Administration Secures $100 Million From Monsanto Related To PCB Contamination That Damaged PA Waterways

On September 12, the Shapiro Administration announced it has secured $100 million through a consent agreement with the Monsanto Company, Solutia INC., and Pharmacia LLC to resolve claims related to their production of products containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which damaged waterways and other natural resources across Pennsylvania.

* Growing Greener Coalition Opposes Senate Amendment Taking $150 Million From Game Commission Fund That Threatens Federal Wildlife Funding

On September 14, the Growing Greener Coalition sent an open letter to members of the House opposing a Senate-passed amendment to House Bill 1300 that would transfer $150 million from the Pennsylvania Game Fund to the Clean Streams Fund saying the Senate proposal would threaten federal wildlife funding to the state.

* EPA Now Accepting Nominations For 2024 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards; Webinar Sept. 20

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards from companies or institutions that have developed a new green chemistry process or product that helps protect human health and the environment.

* Westmoreland Conservation District Recognizes Kitz Family Farm, Bob Hedin Of Hedin Environmental For Conservation Efforts, Local Partnerships At Awards Ceremony

The Westmoreland Conservation District has selected John D. Kitz as the Conservation Farmer of the Year for 2023 and recognized Dr. Robert (Bob) Hedin of Hedin Environmental with the J. Roy Houston Partnership Award at an awards ceremony at the District’s office on September 13.

* Interfaith Partners For Chesapeake Bay Hosts 3-Park Faithful Green Leaders Online Training In October

The Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake has now helped more than 170 congregations form their own Green Team in an effort to expand Creation Care across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

* NRCS-PA Invites Applications For $65 Million For Conservation & Climate Action On Private Lands Grants

On September 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of $65 million through two funding opportunities for new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.

* Call For Presentation Proposals: 18th River Symposium Nov. 3-4 At Bucknell University

The Bucknell University Center for Sustainability and the Environment has issued a call for presentation proposals for the 18th River Symposium to be held November 3-4 on the Bucknell University campus in Lewisburg, Union County.

* NRCS-PA Conducting Rapid Flood Disaster Recovery Needs Survey In Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties; Responses Due Oct. 7

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Denise Coleman is conducting a rapid survey in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties to determine if the impacts of flooding from the September 9, 2023 storm event has caused a watershed impairment and has left property owners at risk.

* Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Recognizes Companies For Safety, Reclamation

On September 12, the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance announced the winners of its annual mine safety and reclamation awards.

* Better Path Coalition, Partners Host PA Climate Convergence Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2 In Harrisburg With In-Person, Online Events

On September 30 and October 1-2, people from across Pennsylvania will be converging in Harrisburg to change the conversation on climate change at the PA Climate Convergence

* PA Resources Council To Host Last Hard-To-Recycle Collection Event In Allegheny County Oct. 7

In October, Pennsylvania Resources Council will host its final hard-to-recycle collection event of 2023 to enable area residents to responsibly recycle a wide variety of items not accepted in curbside collection such as e-waste, tires and small Freon appliances.

* Dickinson College Ranked First Among Baccalaureate Institutions In Comprehensive Sustainability Report; CMU, Penn, Penn State, Muhlenberg Also Recognized

On September 14, Dickinson College announced, for the second year in a row, it has earned the top position among baccalaureate institutions in the prestigious Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

* Guest Essay: Carnegie Museum Of Natural History: We Get Questions - Climate Change, Hope And Action

By Patrick McShea, Educator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

* PA Solar Center Sept. 22 Webinar: Solar + Storage + Micrograms = Energy Freedom

The Pennsylvania Solar Center will host another in its series of Watts & Learn webinars September 22 on Solar + Storage + Micrograms = Energy Freedom starting at 1:15 p.m.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy Reaches Settlement With Timber Thieves On Preserved Property

During a walk on her property in April 2019, Helen Beichel, a landowner of a conserved property in Sullivan County, New York, discovered that a logger had crossed her well-marked property boundary, illegally cut down and removed 120 sawtimber-grade trees, and destroyed a memorial site dedicated to the original property owner and donor of the conservation easement, Tom Raleigh.

* Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness: Help Permanently Preserve George Washington Park In The City Of Warren

The Friends of Allegheny Wilderness are encouraging residents of the City of Warren and visitors to George Washington Park to join the effort to permanently preserve the park from development.

* French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Launches Conservation Corps Volunteer Program In Chester County

On September 12, the French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust announced the launch of their new volunteer program-- the French & Pickering Conservation Corps.

* Help Wanted: Pennsylvania Environmental Council - President/CEO

The PA Environmental Council is seeking qualified candidates for the position of President and CEO of the organization.

* Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation - 3 Pennsylvania Positions

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for three Pennsylvania positions--

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* EPA Now Accepting Applications For 2023 Environmental Education Grants

On September 14, the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that up to $3.6 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available under the 2023 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program

* Mountain Watershed Association Announces Return Of Free Water Guardians After-School Club For K-8 Students In Connellsville, Fayette County

The Mountain Watershed Association will launch a new season of Water Guardians– a free after-school club for local children in grades K-8 designed to introduce kids to their local environment and deepen their love for and understanding of the natural world.

* Penn State’s Great Insect Fair Returns To Snider Ag Arena Sept. 30

By Kelly Jedrzejewski, Penn State News

* Center For Coalfield Justice, Donora Historical Society & Smog Museum Host Oct. 11 Webinar On 75th Anniversary Of Donora Smog Disaster

The Center for Coalfield Justice is partnering with the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum to host an October 11 webinar to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Donora smog, an event that led to the creation of the state Air Pollution Control Act and the federal Clean Air Act.

* Registration Open! 2023 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium Oct. 20-21 In State College

Registration is now open for the 2023 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium to be held October 20-21 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College.

* 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 September 16 PA Bulletin--

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