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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 8, 2022 Issue #942
* 83 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 83 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, 2022 is an election year which demands accountability to voters.

* 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?

* Pennsylvania's Penncrest High School Team Places 10th In International Envirothon Competition!

On August 1, the 2022 National Conservation Foundation-Envirothon, an international environmental and natural resources education competition for high school students, announced Pennsylvania's Penncrest High School Team from Delaware County placed 10th in the international competition.

* Conventional Oil & Natural Gas Drilling: An Industrial Machine Moving Across The PA Countryside Leaving Behind Big Liabilities & Spreading Pollution Everywhere It Goes

On July 30, Gov. Wolf directed the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct an evaluation of how it regulates conventional oil and gas wells to prevent new abandoned wells, tighten review of permit transfers, review compliance with environmental safeguards and make recommendations for changes and actions, including criminal sanctions.  Read more here.

* AG Shapiro: Energy Transfer/Sunoco Convicted Of Criminal Charges Related To Construction Of Mariner East 2 & Revolution Natural Gas/Liquids Pipelines In PA

On August 5, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Sunoco Pipeline L.P., and ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC (ETC), both subsidiaries of Energy Transfer, L.P. (Energy Transfer), were convicted of criminal charges related to their conduct during the construction of two major pipelines in Pennsylvania.

* Sunoco Fails To Meet July 1 Cleanup Deadline For Mariner East Pipeline Spill In The Lake At Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County

On August 2, Senator Katie Muth (D-Chester) and Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) announced Sunoco has failed to meet its July 1 deadline for cleaning up the Mariner East Pipeline spill into Marsh Creek Lake in Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County

* DEP Invites Comments On Over 14 Miles Of 16-Inch & 24-Inch Natural Gas Gathering Pipeline Project In Susquehanna County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the August 6 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a major natural gas gathering pipeline project by Williams Field Services in Dimock and Jessup Townships, Susquehanna County.  (PA Bulletin, page 4442)

* DEP Inviting Stakeholders To Participate In Workgroups On New Federal Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Program

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting stakeholders to participate in workgroup sessions related to the development of the new federal conventional oil and gas well plugging program funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, according to Jessica Shirley, DEP's Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator.

* TribLive Guest Essay: EPA Must Address Natural Gas Leaks That Are Harming Our Children

By Kim Anderson, Evangelical Environmental Network

* Environmental Health Project: Asthma And Air Pollution From Natural Gas Drilling/Facilities

The following factsheet on asthma and air pollution from natural gas facilities was compiled by the Environmental Health Project--

* Republicans On House Committee Disapprove Final Reg. To Reduce VOC/Methane Emissions From Unconventional Oil & Gas Facilities Risking $500 Million In Federal Highway Funds

On August 2, Republicans on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to report out a concurrent resolution disapproving of Part I of a final Environmental Quality Board regulation reducing VOC/methane emissions from unconventional (shale) oil and gas facilities.

* Environmental Health Project: Public Health Impacts Of Blue Hydrogen Production, Health, Environmental Protections Needed

By Alison L. Steele, Executive Director

* Evangelical Environmental Network Urges Communities To Educate Themselves On Dangers Of Ethylene Oxide Emissions; 2 PA Communities Affected; Aug. 10 EPA Webinar

On August 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its plans to engage and inform communities, states, Tribes, Territories, and stakeholders about up-to-date information on the risks posed by air emissions of ethylene oxide (EtO) from commercial sterilizers, as well as EPA’s efforts to address these risks.  Read more here.

* Stroud Water Research Center Honors Dr. Michael E. Mann, Climate Scientist & Author, With 2022 Stroud Award For Freshwater Excellence

The Stroud Water Research Center announced Dr. Michael E. Mann, climate change scientist, author and Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, and Director of the Earth System Science Center, is the 2022 recipient of the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence.

* Pennsylvania Eligible To Apply For Its 2nd $244.9 Million Federal Grant To Clean Up Abandoned Mines Under Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

On August 3, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that states and the Navajo Nation can now apply for nearly $725 million to reclaim abandoned mines under the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

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

On August 4, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement announced it is now accepting applications for approximately $1.3 million in fiscal year 2022 for Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program grants to allow nonprofit organizations to undertake acid mine drainage reclamation projects.

* DEP Hosts Aug. 24 Virtual Hearing On Consol Bailey Coal Mine Expansion In Greene County

The Department of Environmental Protection will host a virtual August 24 hearing on the Consol Coal Company Bailey Mine & Prep Plant expansion permit and subsidence control plan in Richhill Township, Greene County.  (PA Bulletin, page 4476)

* Bay Journal: EPA To Review Pennsylvania's Latest Cleanup Plan For The Chesapeake Bay

By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Accepting Nominations For 3rd Annual Mira Lloyd Dock Partnership Diversity Award

The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is accepting nominations for the Third Annual Mira Lloyd Dock Partnership Diversity Award, given for conservation work in environmental justice communities in Pennsylvania.

* DCED Touts Investment In Silk Mill Apartment Project As Part Of Flood Recovery Efforts In Bloomsburg, Columbia County

On August 2, Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs and Development Rick Vilello was joined by elected officials, community leaders, and others in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, to highlight the state’s investment in the Silk Mill Apartments as part of flood recovery initiatives.

* 30+ PA Environmental Advocates Release Shared Vision For Pennsylvania's Environment & Communities As A Guide For Candidates For Governor, Senate, House

On August 2, more than 30 advocacy organizations from across Pennsylvania stood together in the Capitol Rotunda to publicly release a new document that represents our shared values and priorities ahead of elections this fall for a new governor and state Legislature.

* Citizens Bank, Partners Accepting Applications For Nonprofit Champions In Action For Environmental Sustainability; $35.000 Grant Available

Citizens Bank, Trib Total Media, Pittsburgh Cares are now accepting applications for nonprofit Champions In Action Program for the supporting environmental sustainability category.  The deadline for nominations is August 19.

* U.S. Senate Passes Climate, Energy Bill; Now On To U.S. House For A Vote

On August 7, the U.S. Senate passed compromised legislation that would make the largest federal investment-- $375 billion-- in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates for consumers for energy efficiency and electric vehicles and more.

* U.S. Dept. Of Energy Grant Will Support Field Test Of Next-Generation Energy Efficiency Retrofit System On Two Homes In Pittsburgh

On August 2, a team of building industry innovators was awarded a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to field test a newly developed building retrofit system. 

* Sustainable Communities Network SW PA: PA Solar Center G.E.T. Solar Program; Community Energy Webinars; Sustainable PA Website

The latest newsletter from the Sustainable Community Development Network of Southwestern PA includes features on--

* DEP Collects $100,000 Penalty From Harsco Corp. For Improperly Disposing Of 375,618 Tons Of Metal Slag In Armstrong County

On August 2, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has executed a consent order and agreement (COA) with Harsco Corporation for improper disposal of 375,618 tons of metal slag from 2010 to 2018 which resulted in violations of the Solid Waste Management Act.

* PennDOT, DEP, State Police, DCED, Keep PA Beautiful Call On Pennsylvanians To ‘Fight Dirty’ In New Anti-Litter Campaign; Litter Summit Nov. 1-2

On August 1, four state agencies and Keep PA Beautiful announced the launch of the statewide anti-litter campaign, “PA Fights Dirty: Every Litter Bit Matters.”

* PA Resources Council Hosts Household Chemical Collection Event Aug. 20 In Allegheny County

In August, the Pennsylvania Resources Council in partnership with Allegheny County Health Department will host a household chemical collection event to provide Pennsylvania residents with an opportunity to safely and cost effectively dispose of common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, batteries, motor oil and pesticides. 

* City Of Pittsburgh Residents Can Now Drop Off E-Waste & Household Chemicals For Recycling Thanks To Partnership With PA Resources Council

On August 4, the City of Pittsburgh announced residents in need of disposing of a wide variety of waste not accepted in curbside recycling can now register to drop off materials.

* DCNR Announces $1 Million Grant For Spring Garden Street Greenway In Philadelphia

On August 4, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a $1 million grant to the city of Philadelphia to assist in completing the final design for the Spring Garden Street Greenway.

* August 5 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The August 5 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation.

* Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Feature: Intrepid Paddlers Take On Entire Susquehanna River

By Alana Jajko, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership

* PA Environmental Council In Case You Missed It In July Now Available

The PA Environmental Council’s In Case You Missed It In July features articles on--

* Foundation For Sustainable Forests Loving The Land: Craig & Monica Schwegman Tell Their Story From Erie County

By Bennett Gould, Foundation for Sustainable Forests

* In Memoriam: Tom Erdman: A Life In Penn’s Woods

By Dick Thorr, President, Northwest Pennsylvania Woodland Association

* Help Wanted: Berks Nature Place Facilities Manager

Berks Nature is seeking a Facilities Manager to steward, maintain and manage Berks Nature’s nature center, The Nature Place.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* PA Environmental Educators: Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Join the PA Association of Environmental Educators for the next installments of their online Professional Development Series--

* PPL Utilities Accepting Applications For Empowering Educators Grants To Support STEM Education

PPL Utilities is now accepting applications for its Empowering Educators Grants designed to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

* Pike Conservation District Newsletter: Riparian Buffer Basics; Climate Change And Forests

The August newsletter from the Pike County Conservation District includes articles on riparian buffers and climate change and forests as part of the District's Forestry month education initiative.

* DEP Blog: How We Killed Our Yard And Replaced It With A Native Habitat

By Wendy Seifert, Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward, York County

* Penn State Master Watershed Steward Native Tree & Shrub Sale Now Taking Orders For Pickup At 22 Locations

The 2022 Master Watershed Steward Native Tree and Shrub Sale is the third annual fall fundraiser for the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program.

* Manada Conservancy Highlights Upcoming Events: Native Plant Sales, Education Programs In Dauphin County

The Dauphin County-based Manada Conservancy is hosting a series of events in the next few months, including a Native Plant Sale and a variety of educational programs.  Here are some highlights--

* Audubon Society Of Western PA Offering Pollinator Seed Mix At 50-70% Savings For Agricultural Properties In PA

The Audubon Society of Western PA is offering 50-70 percent off a special pollinator seed mix for Monarchs, bumblebees, and other native pollinators on agricultural land in Pennsylvania through 2022 or until funds run out.

* Academy Of Natural Sciences Of Drexel University Hosts Bug Fest! Aug. 27-28

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will host Bug Fest! August 27-28 in Philadelphia.

* Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Music On The Mountain Sept. 10 With The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble will join Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County for a second annual Music on the Mountain performance. The performance will take place on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. in Hawk Mountain’s ADA accessible Outdoor Amphitheater.

* 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

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the latest PA Bulletin--

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