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Crisci Associates, August 12, 2013
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* Future Of New Drilling Regs In Doubt, Oil & Gas Advisory Board Meets Aug. 14-15

On August 14-15 the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board subcommittees will meet in State College and the first item on the agenda will be a discussion of the future of proposed Chapter 78 regulations DEP drafted to implement the enhanced environmental protection measures included in Act 13 Marcellus Shale drilling law passed 18 months ago.

* DEP Finalizes Air Quality Permit Criteria For Marcellus Gas Well Sites

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced operators of unconventional gas wells will no longer be unconditionally exempt from seeking an air quality plan approval for well sites. Plan approval authorizes the construction and temporary operation of air emissions sources.  (formal notice)

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced-- 

* Op-Ed: Time To Act Is Now On Transportation Funding Plan For PA

By Sen. John Rafferty, Majority Chair, Senate Transportation Committee

* Andrew Dehoff Named New Susquehanna River Basin Executive Director

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Wednesday announced the appointment of Andrew D. Dehoff as its new executive director.   He succeeds Paul O. Swartz, who served as SRBC’s executive director since 1992.

* Armstrong Conservation District Hosts Drilling, Water Supply Landowner Workshops

The Armstrong County Conservation District is providing a free series of workshops on Marcellus Gas Drilling for rural homeowners with private water wells and springs used for drinking water supplies, concerned citizens, county watershed associations, and property owners considering leasing their gas rights.

* DEP Water Resources Committee To Discuss Nutrient Credit Trading Changes Aug. 14

On August 14 DEP’s Water Resources Advisory Committee is scheduled to have a discussion of proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Nutrient Credit Trading Program.

* American Water Announces 2013 Environmental Grant Award Recipients

American Water (Pennsylvania) Friday announced the recipients of the company’s 2013 Environmental Grant Program awards. A total of 54 projects throughout American Water’s service areas in 12 states will be supported by grants totaling more than $200,000.

* Pike Twp. Municipal Authority Completes 3rd Phase Of Partnership For Safe Water

The Pike Township Water Treatment Plant, located in Clearfield County, recently completed the third phase of the Partnership for Safe Water Program, a voluntary effort to provide safe drinking water.

* PA Section American Water Works Association Offers New Security Training Course

The PA Section of the American Water Works Association will host a new Securing Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities training course on September 25 in Grantville, PA.  Click Here for registration information.  Click Here for other training opportunities from the PA Section.

* DEP Now Accepting Coastal Zone Management Grant Applications

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for Coastal Zone Management Grants through October 21. (formal notice)  Applications will be accepted electronically through the DCNR Grant Application webpage.

* Video: 75 Trillion Gallons Of Groundwater In PA

Take a look at groundwater with DCNR's Bureau of Topographic & Geologic Survey's Stuart Reese as he looks at how much groundwater Pennsylvania has, where it comes from, and why it's so important to the water cycle.  Click Here to watch this new video.

* Penn State: Grass Clippings And Stormwater

With the rain that occurred over the past month, many of us have had to mow our lawns more often. These heavy rains can also contribute to grass clippings ending up in storm water runoff. Grass clippings that are blown into the street eventually enter the street storm drain.

* DEP Takes Energy Conservation Exhibit To Ag Progress Days August 13-15

The Department of Environmental Protection will display its interactive “DEP at Home” exhibit during Ag Progress Days at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Pennsylvania Furnace from August 13 to 15.

* DEP Meeting, Hearing On Little Blue Run Coal Waste Impoundment Closure Plan Aug. 15

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold an open house and public hearing on August 15, to answer questions and accept testimony regarding a proposal for the closure of the Little Blue Run Coal Combustion Waste Impoundment in Greene Township, Beaver County.

* PECO, Bucks County Community College Natural Gas Project Ground Breaking

Bucks County Community College President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt and PECO President and CEO Craig Adams broke ground Monday to celebrate bringing natural gas service to the college’s Newtown Campus.

* Keep PA Beautiful Announces America Recycles Day Open Registration

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful announce online event registration is now open for America Recycles Day, a national initiative of nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.

* Register Your Events Now For International Coastal Cleanup In September, October

Keep PA Beautiful is urging groups and volunteers to register their events now for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup set to run from September 1 through October 31.

* EPA To Hold Meeting On Cleanup Of World Resources Company Site, Schuylkill County

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present information and take questions from the community on the proposed remedy for the World Resources Company facility, located at 170 Walnut Lane, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, on August 12.

* Nature Abounds Tackles Climate Change In The Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes region recently received a boost when DuBois-based Nature Abounds was awarded a grant from Freshwater Future. 

* 8th Annual GreenFest Philadelphia Set For September 8

The 8th Annual GreenFest Philly will be held on September 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic Headhouse Square in Philadelphia.

* Corbett Launches Tourism Promotion On Juniata River, Raystown Lake Kayak Tour

Gov. Tom Corbett began a three-day tourism promotion trip of central Pennsylvania Wednesday in Huntingdon County to highlight Pennsylvania as a top destination for in-state and out-of-state travelers.

* Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Invites Photo Contest Entries

What Susquehanna River town or special scene do you treasure.  The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is now inviting entries to its annual Photo Contest.  The deadline for submissions is February 1.

* Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion Aug. 17 At Promised Land State Park

Promised Land State Park in Pike County will host the 17th Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion and Festival on August 17 which will help celebrate the 80th anniversary of the CCC.

* Delaware Highlands Conservancy: Land Protected In Sullivan County

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy protects our natural heritage and quality of life in partnership with the landowners and communities of the Upper Delaware River region. To date, the Conservancy has protected more than 14,000 acres of healthy lands and clean waters in New York and Pennsylvania. Conserved lands benefit all of us—now, and for future generations.

* Windmills Above, Watersheds Below, New 385-Acre Nature Preserve In Luzerne

It is early summer at a 385-acre property now known as Bald Mountain, located in the Pocono Plateau. The chattering of migratory songbirds—such as Scarlet Tanagers, Eastern Towhees, and Hermit Thrushes—in the dense woodlands is pierced by the roar of two male black bears as they spar over a female. A spotted salamander wriggles for cover as a Bald Eagle circles effortlessly on a rising current of warm air.

* Opportunity To Bid On 4 DEP, DCNR Projects

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Cambria County, Clarion County and Westmoreland County.

* Help Wanted: LandStudies Seeks Candidates For 2 Positions

The Lancaster County-based LandStudies, Inc. consulting firm is seeking candidates for two positions: Engineering Technician and Water Resources Engineer/ Geomorphologist and a Project Coordinator.

* Help Wanted: Tyler Arboretum Looking For Naturalist/Educator

The Tyler Arboretum in Delaware County is seeking candidates for a part time naturalist/educator position.  Click Here for details.

* Help Wanted: PA Chapter Sierra Club Seeks New Director, Jeff Schmidt Retiring

The PA Chapter of the Sierra Club is seeking candidates to fill the position of Director.  The position is now held by Jeff Schmidt who announced he would be retiring at the end of 2013 after 31 years with the organization.  Click Here for details.

* Your 2 Cents: Issues On Advisory Committee Agendas

This section gives you a continuously updated thumbnail sketch of issues to be considered in upcoming advisory committee meetings where the agendas have been released

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs.  NEW means new from last week.

* Budget/Quick Clips

Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* Flooding/Watershed NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Public Utility Commission published final regulations establishing uniform procedures for unaccounted for gas in natural gas distribution systems (PA Bulletin page 4586)

* Calendar Of Events

Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars.  Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.  NEW means new from last week.  Go to the online Calendar webpage.

* Stories Invited

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