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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
October 2, 2023 - Issue #1,002
(10/2/2023)
* 119 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 119 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 Receives Federal Appalachian States Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award For Clearfield County Mine Reclamation, Trail Enhancement Project

On September 25, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement honored Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation during the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs conference in Chicago.

* Asbury Woods Environmental Ed Center In Erie Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

On September 26, the Asbury Wood Environmental Education Center in Erie recognized the work of its volunteers who play a vital role in helping them achieve their goals of conserving the land, connecting people to nature and inspiring environmental stewardship.

* DEP Updates Times Of 2 Hearings On Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy To Accept Comments In Erie, Philadelphia

The Department of Environmental Protection has updated the times for the public hearings in Erie and Philadelphia to accept comments on the Interim Final Environmental Justice Policy that will now guide DEP’s permit application reviews and outreach efforts in environmental justice areas throughout the Commonwealth.

* Gov. Shapiro’s Work Group Concludes A Cap-And-Invest Carbon Pollution Regulation Program Would Be Optimal Approach To Reducing Greenhouse Emissions From Power Plants; Scale Up Solar Energy

On September 30, Gov. Shapiro released the consensus recommendations by the Climate and Energy Work Group of organized labor, energy industry, consumer and environmental stakeholders to discuss Pennsylvania’s energy future, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

* House/Senate Legislative Climate Caucus Announces Climate Week Activities In PA Oct. 1-7; PA Climate Convergence Oct. 1-2

On September 29, the House/Senate Legislative Climate Caucus announced a schedule of events for  Climate Week in Pennsylvania - October 1-7.

* Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Sept. 23 to 29; More Abandoned Wells; Oil & Gas Doesn’t Typically Issue NOVs For ‘Routine’ Venting Of Natural Gas, Will Air Quality Under New Regs?

From September 23 to 29, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 632 inspection entries.

* Environmental Health Project: How DEP Issues Permits For Shale Gas Facilities Without Considering Cumulative Impacts - How New Facilities Will Add To Existing Pollution Loads And Impact The Area

The Environmental Health Project based in Southwest PA published a fact sheet on how the Department of Environmental Protection is issuing permits for shale gas infrastructure facilities without considering the impact of how those sources of pollution will impact local communities when added to the existing pollution in the area.

* DEP Invites Comments On Title V Air Quality Permit For Eastern Gas Transmission Compressor Station In Westmoreland County At Oct. 31 Hearing

The Department of Environmental Protection is scheduled to hold a public hearing on October 31 on a proposed Title V Air Quality Permit for the Eastern Gas Transmission South Oakford Natural Gas Compressor Station located in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County.  (Sept. 30, 2023 PA Bulletin, page 6076)

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - September 30

The following DEP notices were published in the September 30 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* Member Of Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group Briefs DCNR Advisory Council On Siting Of Shale Gas Well Pad On State Forest Land To Accommodate Taking Gas From Private Land In Tioga County

On September 27, Bryn Hammarstrom, from the Pine Creek Headwaters Protection Group, expressed concerns with locating a Seneca Resources shale gas well pad on State Forest Land to accommodate taking natural gas from private land in Tioga County.

* Gettysburg Times: DCNR Secretary Dunn Stresses Connection Between Community And Protection Of Natural Resources Giving People ‘A Sense Of Place’ That Makes PA Unique

By Ken Knox, Gettysburg Times

* Guest Essay: DEP Should Invest $33.6 Million In New Federal Funding Wisely To Plug Conventional Oil & Gas Wells And Not Reward The Industry For Bad Behavior

By  Russell Zerbo, Clean Air Council

* PJM Interconnection Board Proposes Market Reforms Based Largely On Unreliability Of Natural Gas-Fired Power Plants During Winter Storm Elliot

On September 27, the PJM Interconnection Board of Managers directed PJM to file a number of enhancements to the PJM capacity market with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following an accelerated stakeholder process and advisory vote from PJM members seeking reforms in support of resource adequacy and grid reliability as a result of Winter Storm Elliot.

* PJM Interconnection Files Proposed Winter Storm Elliot Settlement With Non-Performing Electric Generators With FERC, Requests Final Action By Dec. 29

On September 29, the PJM Interconnection and 80 other settling parties filed a settlement package to comprehensively resolve 15 separate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission complaints regarding extraordinary non-performance charges resulting from Winter Storm Elliott on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, 2022.

* PUC Investigating Delaware County Natural Gas Pipeline Leak, House Explosion And Evacuation Of 100+ People

On September 25, the Public Utility Commission announced pipeline and electric safety engineers from the Safety Division of the PUC are continuing their investigation into a weekend incident in Yeadon, Delaware County involving reports of a natural gas pipeline leak, a house explosion and fire that damaged several homes and resulted in the evacuation of more than 100 nearby residents.

* House Judiciary Committee Meets Oct. 3 To Consider Bill Against Lawsuits Aimed At Silencing Citizen Critics; Republicans, Democrats Introduced Similar Bills

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet on October 3 to House Bill 1466 (Bizzarro-D- Erie) that would help prevent powerful interests from filing SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) lawsuits to silence citizen critics and chill free speech.

* Brandywine Red Clay Alliance: Agriculture’s Role In A Clean Watershed: The Whole Farm Approach

Agriculture has always held immense importance in Pennsylvania's communities. As the backbone of the state's heritage, farming contributes to Pennsylvania’s cultural fabric and drives the economy.

* House Environmental Committee Holds Hearing On Bill To Protect Stream Buffers Oct. 2

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing October 2 on House Bill 1275 to protect riparian stream buffers.

* Save The Date: Keystone Coldwater Conference Feb. 23-24 In State College

The PA Council of Trout Unlimited will again host the biennial Keystone Coldwater Conference in collaboration with the PA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society February 23-24 the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College.

* PA Forestry Assn. Annual Symposium & Awards Program Set For Nov. 4 In State College

The Pennsylvania Forestry Association will hold its Annual Symposium and Awards Program on November 4 at the Toftrees in State College.

* Penn State College Of Agricultural Sciences Hosts Nov. 15 Webinar: A Walk In The Woods - A Look Into Private Forests In PA And Beyond

Join the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences on November 15 at 1:00 p.m. for College Connections, a monthly webinar series moderated by Interim Dean Laszlo Kulcsar to give you a unique, inside perspective of the programs, people, and partnerships of the Penn State College of Ag Sciences.

* FEMA Denies Gov. Shapiro’s Request For Federal Disaster Declaration For July 9 Flooding In Berks County; SBA Approves Disaster Relief Loans

On September 26, the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Shapiro’s request for a Federal Disaster Declaration for the flooding that occurred on July 9, 2023 in Berks County.

* Still Time To Submit Entries For PA Resources Council's Gene Capaldi Lens On Litter Photo Contest

Do not miss the opportunity to win up to $500 in the Pennsylvania Resources Council’s 2023 Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest.   The deadline for submissions is October 31.

* PA Resources Council Hosts Household Chemical Collection Event In Beaver County Oct. 14

In October, the Pennsylvania Resources Council will host its final household chemical collection event of the season, providing area residents with one more opportunity to safely and cost effectively dispose of common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, stains and varnishes, batteries, electronic cigarettes, motor oil and pesticides. 

* Delaware County, PA Resources Council Host Oct. 17 Electronics Waste Collection Event

The Pennsylvania Resources Council and Delaware County will host an electronics recycling collection event on October 17 to provide residents of Delaware County with a convenient and cost-effective method of responsibly disposing of televisions, computers and other electronic equipment.

* Save The Date! PA Recycling Markets Center’s PA ReMaDE Conference Jan. 18-19

The PA Recycling Markets Center will host the 2024 PA ReMaDE Conference on January 18-19 at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA.

* Penn State Technical Assistance Program Saves Company $50,000+ In Annual Energy Costs; Call To Make Your Appointment Today

The Balfurd Linen & Uniform company in Blair County provides linen and uniform rental service to restaurant, health care, facility management and manufacturing professionals.

* DOE Awards DCNR $1 Million Grant To Provide Technical Assistance For Large Scale Carbon Storage And Regional Carbon Management Hubs

On September 25, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the department was awarded $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management to provide locally-tailored technical assistance and enhanced stakeholder engagement around carbon management technologies.

* DCNR Issues First Fall Foliage Report Of The Season - First Glimmers Of Autumn Are Here

On September 28, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued its first Weekly Fall Foliage Report showing the first glimmers of autumn are upon us.

* DCNR, PA Forestry Assn., Partners Celebrate Pennsylvania Forests With Walk In Penn’s Woods Events Oct. 1

On September 28, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the agency’s participation in a statewide initiative for annual Walk in Penn’s Woods events Sunday, October 1.

* The Conservation Fund, DCNR Add 436 Acres Of Forest Land To Pinchot State Forest In Lackawanna County With Financial Support From Williams Natural Gas Pipeline Company

On September 21, The Conservation Fund and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry announced the 436-acre expansion of Pinchot State Forest following final transfer of the land to DCNR.

* AmeriCorps Member River Missal Joins PA Parks & Forests Foundation As Trail Training & Workday Coordinator

On September 27, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation announced River Missal will join the Foundation as a Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps member & Trail Training and Workday Coordinator.

* Sept. 29 Take Five Friday With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The September 29 Take Five Friday With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

* PA Conservation Heritage Project Adds Biography Of John Arway, Former Executive Director Of Fish & Boat Commission

The PA Conservation Heritage Project recently added a biography of John Arway, former Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission, to their collection of stories about Pennsylvania’s conservation leaders.

* Republican Herald Editorial: Wildlife Corridors Would Help Drivers, Animals

The editorial first appeared in the Republican Herald on September 22, 2023-- 

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* CEOs For Sustainability Host C-Suite Summit Nov. 15 In Pittsburgh

Join the CEOs for Sustainability executive network as they host their annual C-Suite Summit on November 15 at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh.

* Philadelphia Solar Energy Assn., Philadelphia Energy Authority Host Solar Tour Webinar On Oct. 3

Have you been thinking about going Solar? Did you know that the incentives are higher than they've ever been?

* Penn State Student Club Fosters Diversity, Community, Professionalism In Earth & Mineral Sciences

Khaleah Jackson arrived at Penn State three years ago as a shy, quiet student. Once on campus, she found a new club — Minorities in Earth and Mineral Sciences (MEMS) — that helped her come out of her shell socially and in developing her professional skill set, she said.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy: Women And Their Woods Plant Identification Workshop Oct. 14 At Prompton State Park, Wayne County

Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Heather Houskeeper, the Botanical Hiker, for a Women and Their Woods Plant Identification Workshop on Saturday, October 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Prompton State Park in Wayne County, PA.

* Carnegie Museum Of Natural History In Pittsburgh Hosts Smithsonian Life In One Cubic Foot - Exploring The Diversity Of Life On Earth In Your Own Backyards

This fall and holiday season, Carnegie Museum of Natural History presents Life in One Cubic Foot.

* 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

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

* PA Bulletin Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the September 30 PA Bulletin--

* Stories Invited - About PA Environment Digest

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