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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Crisci Associates, April 20, 2015
(4/20/2015)
* DEP Sets Dates, Places For Hearings On Revised Chapter 78 Drilling Regulations

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday it has scheduled the three public hearings on proposed final Chapter 78 (conventional) and Chapter 78A (unconventional) drilling performance standard regulations. (formal notice)

* Oil And Gas Advisory Committee Meeting April 23 To Review Chapter 78A Drilling Regs

DEP’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on April 23 from 10:00 to noon to review and discuss the revised final Chapter 78A drilling regulations. (formal notice)

* House Committee Hearing On Chapter 78 Drilling Regulations Now On May 7

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has now rescheduled a hearing on DEP’s handling of the proposed final version of the Chapter 78 (conventional) and 78A (Marcellus Shale) drilling regulations for May 7.

* They’re At It Again: Bill Would Take Resources From Effective Pollution Reduction BMPs

Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver) Tuesday again introduced legislation-- Senate Bill 724-- creating a significantly flawed RFP process that requires PennVEST to buy nutrient credits from a rigged process that favors manure treatment technology that does not count toward Pennsylvania’s pollution reduction milestone. 

* Wolf, GOP Leaders Have First Budget Meeting, Senate Takes Step On Nominations

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday met with Senate and House Republican Leaders for the first time on the state budget, but only briefly and only to discuss the schedule for future meetings.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Gov’s Schedule/ Bills Introduced

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

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate--

* Bill To Transfer Moon Lake Park To DCNR Reported Out Of Senate Committee

Senate Bill 699 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne), to complete the transfer of Moon Lake Park from Luzerne County to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Tuesday was voted out of the State Government Committee.

* House Committee Sets April 22 Info Meeting On Mariner East Pipeline Project

On April 22 the House Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold an information meeting on the “status and economic benefits of the Mariner East Pipeline Project.”

* House Environmental Committee Meets On Leachate Transportation Bill April 22

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets to consider House Bill 398 (Killion-R-Delaware) to allow for vehicular transportation of landfill leachate (sponsor summary) on April 22.

* April 20 Environmental Issues Forum Features Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA

The April 20 “Earth Day” Environmental Issues Forum hosted by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee will feature a presentation by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

* Choose Clean Water Conference May 19-20, Focus On Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Choose Clean Water Coalition and its over 200 members from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will hold the 6th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference on May 19-20 at the Harrisburg Hilton.

* Dominion, Western PA Conservancy Award Watershed Grants

The Kittanning Paper Monday reported the Western PA Conservancy and the Dominion Foundation has awarded $30,000 to watershed groups in 15 counties in the Commonwealth, including Armstrong, as part of their Watershed Mini Grant Program.

* PAEE Recognizes Stroud Water Research Center Leaf Pack Stream Ecology Kit

The PA Association of Environmental Educators recently awarded the Outstanding Environmental Education Program Award to the Stroud Water Research Center’s Leaf Pack Experiment Stream Ecology Kit and Stream Schools programs.

* DEP Honored For Clarion County Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project

The Department of Environmental Protection Friday announced that its Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation has received the 2015 Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Award for an abandoned mine project in Elk Township, Clarion County.

* Brodhead Watershed Assn Earth Day Festival, Creek 5K Run/Walk April 26

ForEvergreen Nature Preserve and the Brodhead Creek Watershed Association will hold its first Earth Day celebration and Creek 5K race from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26, at the new preserve on Cherry Lane Road, Analomink, Monroe County.

* Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Assn. Hosts Rain Garden Workshops May 3, 17

A rain garden is a great way to beautify your yard and keep pollutants out of local streams. Learn how to create your own rain garden at one of two workshops hosted by the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association this spring.

* April 25 Creek Clean Up In Wissahickon Watershed Planned In Montco, Philly

The Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association are once again joining forces to clean the Wissahickon Creek on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

* iConservePA.org Video: Protecting The Ecological Diversity Of French Creek

SEEDS, the monthly newsletter of iConservePA.org features a WVIAA Greenlife Pennsylvania video about French Creek in Northwestern PA, nationally known as one of the most ecologically diverse waterways in the country.

* Westmoreland High School Students Compete In County Envirothon

Eighty students from eight area high schools are in the final days of preparation for the annual Westmoreland County-wide outdoor environmental competition known as the Envirothon.

* April 14 Watershed Winds Newsletter Now Available From Penn State Extension

The April 14 Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring articles on--

* Tale Of The Traveling Lunchbox In Lake Erie, What It Tells Us About Pollution

Last fall, Department of Environmental Protection staffers Don Benczkowski and Matt Walderon made an interesting discovery. During a visit to the mouth of Eight Mile Creek in Erie on Oct. 22, they came across a collapsible Thermos cooler that contained an old lunch, a hotel key card, prescription work glasses, and contact information for Glen and Lisa Campbell of Ontario, Canada.

* DEP Encourages Pennsylvanians To Participate In Local Cleanups For Earth Month

The Department of Environmental Protection encourages all Pennsylvanians to participate in a local cleanup or beautification event as part of the Great American Cleanup of PA.

* Sheetz, Inc. Supports Great American Cleanup Of PA Volunteers

Sheetz, Inc. has donated 6,000 coupons for in-store food and beverages in support of Keep PA Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup of PA volunteers.

* Weis Markets Renews Support For Keep PA Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup of PA

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful recently that Weis Markets, Inc., has renewed their partnership with Keep PA Beautiful as well as donated refreshments for registered participants of the Great American Cleanup of PA in select areas across the state.

* One Man’s Trash Art Exhibit At Fairmount Water Works In Philadelphia

Mt. Airy resident Brad Maule spent 2014 collecting trash throughout the Wissahickon Valley Park.  Now, the 255 water bottles, the 117 candy bags, strewn items of clothing, the styrofoam, the glass bottles, the discarded chip bags, cans—everything but the discarded bags of dog poop—will be the subject of an exhibit that opens on April 22 at the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia.

* Persistence Results In Removal Of Environmental Hazard In Monroe County

A property that has been an environmental hazard for decades in Pocono Township, Monroe County, has finally been torn down thanks to the persistence of DEP Solid Waste Management staff who work in the department's Bethlehem District Office.

* DEP Open House On Keystone Landfill Expansion April 27 Lackawanna County

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it will host a public availability session regarding Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s permit application to expand its facility located in Dunmore and Throop Boroughs in Lackawanna County.

* St. Ferdinand Church Hosts Electronic Waste Recycling Event April 18 In Butler County

Get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning and do something good for the environment at the same time. St. Ferdinand Church of Cranberry is proud to announce a data security and electronics waste recycling event on April 18 on their premises at 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township, Butler County.

* April 16 DEP News Now Available

The April 16 edition of DEP News is now available from the Department of Environmental Protection featuring articles on--

* PennFuture: $3.25 Billion Fossil Fuel Subsidies In PA State Budget

PennFuture Tuesday issued an updated version of its Fossil Fuel Subsidy Report, which indicates that the dollar amount of subsidies to the highly-profitable, mature fossil fuel industry continues to balloon, having now reached $3.25 billion annually in Pennsylvania.

* Half Crude Oil Trains Bound For Refineries In Philadelphia Region

The Associated Press reported Sunday about half of the crude oil moved by rail in the United States is bound for refineries near Philadelphia; nearly 17 million barrels in January alone.

* PA Manufacturing Plants Recognized By DOE As Leaders In Energy Management

The U.S. Department of Energy recently recognized four Pennsylvania manufacturing plants for their leadership in energy management by earning certification to Superior Energy Performance.

* Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop In Butler County May 12

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday invited middle school teachers, administrators and building managers to a May 12 training workshop in Slippery Rock, Butler County on the Keystone Energy Education Program to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes.

* PECO Receives EPA 2015 Energy Star Partner Of The Year Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced PECO has been selected as a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year. PECO, along with sister Exelon utilities BGE, based in Baltimore, and ComEd, based in Chicago, will be honored for their long-term commitment to energy efficiency at the EPA awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20.

* Free Smart Landscaping Can Save Energy Workshop April 21 Wayne County

Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support and the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society are co-sponsoring a free seminar titled: Smart Landscaping: How Landscaping Can Save Energy on April 21.

* PA Horticultural Society Arbor Day Tree Planting April 24, 25 In Bucks, Chester Counties

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is celebrating the wonders of trees this spring in support of the Plant One Million campaign by planting 50 trees at Bensalem School District Administration building in Bucks County on April 24 and 50 trees in Charlestown Park on April 25 in Chester County. 

* PA Wilds Recognizes Outstanding Efforts In Sustainable Tourism Development

Business owners, citizens and organizations from across the 12 ½ county Pennsylvania Wilds region have earned awards for their contributions in sustainable tourism development and will be honored at an awards dinner and regional tourism briefing April 23.

* Caledonia State Park Seeks Volunteers For Friends Group In Adams, Franklin Counties

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation and Caledonia State Park in Adams and Franklin counties will hold a meeting on April 23 from 6-8 pm, at Caledonia State Park to discuss the formation of a friends group for the park.

* DCNR Warning Anglers, Others Of High Wildfire Danger

With the approach of Pennsylvania’s traditional statewide trout season opener on April 18, and a rash of recent wildfires, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging anglers, property owners and others to take steps to prevent forest and brush fires.

* DCNR: Tree Plantings At Flight 93 Memorial In Somerset County April 18-19

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Thursday announced DCNR and TreeVitalize will be assisting with a large tree planting effort on April 18-19 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

* Del. Highlands Conservancy: Landowner Financial Benefits Of Land Conservation May 16

Learn how to keep cherished lands in the family, protect your lands and waters forever, and receive financial and estate planning benefits from doing so at the Financial Benefits of Land Conservation Workshop on May 16 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Pike County, sponsored by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

* PA Horticultural Society Tree Tenders Classes Coming Up In Southeast

The PA Horticultural Society has scheduled a series of Spring, Summer and Fall Tree Tender classes in the 5-county Philadelphia area to help residents learn tree biology, identification, planning, proper care and working with your community to promote tree planting.

* PA’s Ernst Seeds To Sponsor Spring Lecture Series At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Ernst Conservation Seeds, headquartered in Meadville, Crawford County, Monday announced it will sponsor a premier lecture series this spring at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Berks County featuring  three renowned experts in the native plant movement: Ann Raver, Bill Cullina, and Mark Fiely.

* Wildlife For Everyone: Support Needed For Penn State Research On Mountain Lions

A team of researchers from Penn State University is diligently compiling samples and data to trace the disappearance of mountain lions within Pennsylvania. Once common in Pennsylvania, the last documented observation of a mountain lion within the state's borders was in 1874.

* Opportunity To Bid On 36 Well Plugging Projects In McKean County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid in the April 18 PA Bulletin on 11 well plugging projects in McKean County, 13 wells plugging projects in another location in McKean County and 12 well plugging projects in a third location in McKean County.  For more information, visit DEP’s Abandoned and Orphan Well Plugging Program webpage.

* Andrew McElwaine Returns To Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania

In a move designed to deepen its commitment to social and environmental sustainability, The Heinz Endowments Tuesday announced the appointment of an environmental leader and former Endowments’ staff member to the new position of Senior Program Director for Sustainability and the Environment.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

This section lists House and Senate Committee meetings, DEP and other public hearings and meetings and other interesting environmental events.

* 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.

* Environmental NewsClips - All Topics

Here are NewsClips from around the state on all environmental topics, including General Environment, Budget, Marcellus Shale, Watershed Protection and much more--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of 3 public hearings on Chapter 78 (conventional) and Chapter 78A (unconventional) drilling regulations.

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