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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 23, 2021. Issue #892
* 34 New Stories - Real Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 34 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.

* Federal Office Of Surface Mining Recognizes Stineman Refuse Pile Reclamation Project Along Path Of The Flood Trail, Cambria County

On August 16, the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement announced the winners of its 2021 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards.

* York Conservation District Announces Winners Of Annual Conservation Awards

The York County Conservation District held its annual Conservation Awards Picnic on August 12, at Rocky Ridge County Park to present their 2021 Conservation Awards.

* Dept. Of Agriculture Celebrates 600,000 Acres Of PA Farmland Preserved

On August 19, Gov. Tom. Wolf announced Pennsylvania’s nation-leading farmland preservation program has reached more than 600,000 acres of farmland preserved, leaving it forever safeguarded from future residential, commercial, or industrial development.

* PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals Award Scholarships To Isaac Nulton, Poppy Northing; Conference Starts Oct. 1

On August 16, the PA Association of Environmental Professionals announced the winners of the 2021 Environmental Science Scholarships.  Each winner receives $1,000.

* All Articles & NewsClips In This Week’s Digest By Topic

Links to all the articles and NewsClips in this week’s PA Environment Digest by topic in one place--

* New Penn State Study Shows Road Dumping Oil & Gas Drilling Wastewater Has Little Dust Suppression Benefit, Contains Pollutants Harmful To Human Health, Agriculture, Aquatic Life

A new study by Penn State researchers to be published in the journal Science of The Total Environment found oil and gas drilling wastewater is far less effective than commercial products at suppressing dust, is easily washed off roadways into nearby streams and fields and contains pollutants that can negatively affect human health, agriculture and aquatic life.

* DEP To Propose Regulations Allowing Road Dumping Of Conventional Drilling Wastewater Across PA

On August 19, Kurt Klapkowski, Director of DEP’s Bureau Of Oil and Gas Planning and Program Management, told the PA Grade Crude [Oil] Development Advisory Council DEP is looking to develop the data to defend the development of a program to allow the road dumping of drilling wastewater across the state under new conventional drilling regulations.

* DEP Collects $85,000 Penalty For Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction Violations In Blair, Cumberland, Juniata, Lebanon Counties

On August 16, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has assessed an $85,666 penalty from Sunoco Pipeline LP (Sunoco) for violations related to the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in four Pennsylvania counties: Blair, Cumberland, Juniata, and Lebanon.

* Now On Demand: Webinar- Radioactivity In Fracking - Too Hot To Handle With Scientist/Author Justin Nobel

The Delaware RiverKeeper Network webinar Radioactivity In Fracking - Too Hot To Handle with scientist and author Justin Nobel is now available for on demand viewing.

* Guest Essay: FracTracker Response To Marcellus Shale Coalition On Lycoming Creek Watershed Digital Atlas Of Unconventional Gas Drilling Impacts

FracTracker Alliance thanks the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) for amplifying the reach of “Water at Risk,” our recent digital atlas exploring the impacts the oil and gas development in the Lycoming Creek watershed.

* PUC Seeks Comments On Proposed Changes To Safety Regulations For Customer-Owned Natural Gas Pipeline System Service Lines

The Public Utility Commission published notice in the August 21 PA Bulletin inviting comments on proposed changes to state pipeline safety regulations covering the operation and maintenance of customer-owned service lines for natural gas or other gas by pipelines.

* Latest PA Greenhouse Gas Inventory Shows Increase In Emissions For 2nd Consecutive Year; Decrease In Electricity Generation, Transportation Sectors

DEP’s Climate Change Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet August 24 to review the latest Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory for Pennsylvania and hear an overview of DEP’s Energy Office Clean Energy Program Plan.

* DEP: $1 Million In Small Business Grants Available For Farm Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Pollution Prevention Projects; Funding Source Goes Off Fiscal Cliff This Year

On August 20, the Department of Environmental Protection announced $1 million in 2021 Small Business Advantage Grant funding is available to small businesses and farmers who want to improve their operations through energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection.

* Guest Essay: The Case For Stormwater Fees In The Pittsburgh Region

By Tom Batroney, PE

* Algorithm Helps Unlock Connections Between Stream Chemistry, Environment At NSF Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory In State College

By Matt Swayne, Penn State News

* The GIANT Company, Keep PA Beautiful Announce Award Of 42 Healing The Planet Grants In PA, MD, VA, WV

On August 19, The GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful announced the award of grants to 42 recipients of its Healing the Planet Grants.

* PA Resources Council: September Schedule Of Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Locations In Allegheny, Mercer Counties

On August 20, the PA Resources Council released its September schedule of Traveling Glass Recycling Bin locations in Allegheny and Mercer counties.

* DCNR Announces Award Of $602,306 In Grants To Volunteer Fire Companies To Help Fight Wildfires

On August 18, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced  it had awarded $602,306 in grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities increase protection from wildfires.

* Aug. 20 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The August 20 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation.

* DCNR Invites Comments On 2021 Wild Resource Conservation Program Grant Priorities

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources invites public comments on proposed grant priorities for the 2021 Wild Resource Conservation Program.  The deadline for comments is September 20.  (formal notice)

* Penn State Researchers Help Track Growth Of Ginseng Forest Farming In Pennsylvania

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

* Important Articles From Last Week

Important headline articles from this week’s PA Environment Digest--

* PA Forestry Assn: Oct. 9 Annual Forestry Symposium; Invasive Plant Workshops; Role Of Climate Change On Forest Trees; Much More

The PA Forestry Association’s August newsletter is full of great information on how to improve the management and diversity of forests.  Here’s just a sampling.

* Schuylkill Action Network Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Project Showcase, Grant Announcement Sept. 17 In Philadelphia

The Schuylkill Action Network will hold its annual Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Project Showcase and grant announcement on September 17 at the Northwestern Stables, 120 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

* Penn State Extension: 5-Part Backyard Stream Repair Webinar Series Begins Sept. 7

Penn State Extension will host a five-part Backyard Stream Repair Webinar series to be held September 7, 9, 14, 16 and 21 from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.

* PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Host Sept. 8 Webinar On Water Testing Tools By The Water Rangers

Join the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers as they host staff from Water Rangers for an educational and informative webinar on September 8 starting at 6:00 p.m.

* Register Now! South Mountain Partnership Fall Meeting Sept. 17 - Bringing Climate Issues To The Local Level

Registration is now open for the South Mountain Partnership Fall meeting to be held September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Furnace Stack Pavilion, Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, Adams County

* Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay: The Connecting Power Of The Susquehanna River Sojourn

By Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of DCNR

* DCNR Blog: PA Outdoor Corps Helps Connect Young People To Opportunities In DCNR And Beyond

For the past six years, DCNR has worked with the state Department of Labor and Industry and the Student Conservation Association to provide hands-on training opportunities that lead to family sustaining wages for hundreds of young people in the state through the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps.

* Save PA’s Forests Coalition Hosts Aug. 25 Webinar On Watersheds And Wilderness At Risk From Natural Gas Development

On August 25, the Save Pennsylvania’s Forests Coalition will host a webinar starting at Noon featuring the FracTracker Alliance and their efforts to document the footprint of natural gas drilling in three iconic Pennsylvania Watersheds, Pine Creek, Loyalsock Creek, and Lycoming Creek.

* DCNR Hosts Aug. 25 Webinar On Northcentral ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot Program

On August 19, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host an August 25 webinar on the ATV Regional Trail Connector Pilot Project starting at Noon.

* Educational Opportunities for Students & Adults

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

* 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--

* Republicans On Senate Environmental Committee OK Letter Disapproving Final Carbon Pollution Reduction Reg. Covering Power Plants [RGGI]

On August 18, to the surprise of no one, Republicans on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted to send a letter to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission disapproving of the final Carbon Pollution Reduction regulation covering power plants [RGGI].

* House Environmental Committee Fails To Discuss Poor Compliance, Record $55 Million In Penalties Imposed On Natural Gas/Hazardous Liquid Pipelines In Last 5 Years

On August 17, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing on the “environmental and economic benefits of pipelines” which failed to even acknowledge the over $55 million in penalties imposed by DEP and the Public Utility Commission for the failure of natural gas and hazardous liquids pipelines over the last five years.

* House Environmental Committee Meets Sept. 2 On Resolution To Kill RGGI Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulations

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has scheduled a meeting for September 2 to consider a concurrent resolution to kill the final regulations establishing a Carbon Pollution Reduction Program covering power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

* 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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* PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference - Oct. 27-28

PA Environment Digest is a proud sponsor of the 2021 Virtual PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference to be held October 27-28.  Click Here to register.

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