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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 7, 2022 Issue #955
* 77 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 77 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?

* Gov. Wolf Signs Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies Into Law For Natural Gas, Hydrogen And Petrochemical Industries With No Public Accountability Or Environmental Safeguards

On November 3, Gov. Wolf signed into law House Bill 1059 (Hickernell-R-Lancaster) that provides $106.6 million in annual taxpayer subsidies to manufacturing and other businesses that use natural gas and hydrogen in their operations for at least 20 years.

* York Dispatch Editorial: Energy Companies Are Reporting Record Profits, PA Lawmakers Don’t Need To Give Them More Tax Breaks

This editorial first appeared in the York Dispatch October 31, 2022--

* Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Creating Well Plugging Grant Program; Again Fails To Address Woefully Inadequate Conventional Well Plugging Bonding; Fails To Report On Bonding Petitions; Or Issue Conventional Drilling Compliance Report

On November 3, Gov. Wolf signed House Bill 2528 (Struzzi-R-Indiana) into law that would set aside 20 percent of the new federal funding to plug conventional oil and gas wells for a new Orphan Well Plugging Grant Program.

* DEP Permit Notices -- Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities

The following DEP notices were published in the November 5 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* Protect PT Hosts 4-Part Online Living Near Shale Gas Community Training Workshops Starting Nov. 10 - Documenting Complaints

Protect PT in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties is hosting a four-part online series of Living Near Shale Gas Community Training Workshops starting November 10 with Complaint & Compliance on documenting Complaints from 6:30 to 7:30.

* On-Demand Webinar: Creating A Healthy Home And Community With Shale Gas Development In Your Neighborhood

The Center for Coalfield Justice, the Environmental Health Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility, FracTracker Alliance, and Mountain Watershed Association hosted a webinar on October 25 on Creating A Healthy Home And Community With Shale Gas Development In Your Neighborhood.

* Independent Fiscal Office Estimates CY 2022 Drilling Impact Fee Will Generate Record $274.8 Million In Revenue At Lowest Tax Rate On Record

On October 31, the Independent Fiscal Office estimated the Calendar Year 2022 Act 13 Drilling Impact fee will generate a record $274.8 million in revenue at the lowest effective tax rate on record-- 0.7 percent.

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Implementing Farm Conservation Practices In Pennsylvania Will Result In $352.5 Million In Economic Benefits, Support 3,457 Jobs A Year

Fully funding the farm pollution-reduction practices needed to restore the Chesapeake Bay would inject $655 million annually into the region’s economy, including $269 million per year in higher earnings for businesses and workers, according to a new report released November 2 by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

* DEP Reports On 2021-22 Farmers’ Efforts To Improve Water Quality In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

On November 2, the Department of Environmental Protection announced visits to 2,670 farms in Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed documented superefficient nutrient use on 108,000 acres and 1,524 new structural best management practices (BMPs) to improve the health of streams and rivers in Pennsylvania’s largest watershed.

* Bay Journal: Volunteers Plant Trees Around-The-Clock In 4 Pennsylvania Counties In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

By Ad Crable, Chesapeake Bay Journal

* Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Honors Longtime Board President Kathy Snavely

By John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

* Pennsylvania Awarded $244.9 Million In Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding For Abandoned Mine Reclamation

The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has awarded Pennsylvania $244.9 million from federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to support abandoned mine reclamation in the Commonwealth.

* Federal Office Of Surface Mining Awards PA $26.63 Million For Mine Reclamation Projects Related To Economic Development

On November 2, the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement awarded Pennsylvania $26.63 million for abandoned mine reclamation projects related to improving economic development opportunities in communities.

* Western PA Conservancy Now Accepting Applications For BHE GT&S Watershed Mini Grants In Western PA

The Western PA Conservancy is now accepting applications for the BHE GT&S Watershed Mini Grant Program to support grassroots watershed groups.  Applications are due December 19.

* EQB Meets Nov. 15 On Final Radiation Safety, NPDES Compliance Schedule Regulations; Brodhead Creek Rulemaking Petition

The Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to meet November 15 on final radiation safety and NPDES Water Quality Compliance regulations.

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council, Environmental Justice Advisory Board Hold Joint Meeting Nov. 15

DEP’s Citizens Advisory Council and Environmental Justice Advisory Board are scheduled to hold their annual joint meeting on November 15.  After the joint meeting, the CAC will continue its business meeting.

* DEP Hosts Dec. 7 Hearing On Proposed NPDES Permit For A Sewage Discharge Into Swiftwater Creek, An Exceptional Value Stream In Monroe County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a December 7 hearing on an intent to issue an NPDES Water Quality permit to Pocono Manor Investors, LP for the discharge of treated sewage from The Inn At Pocono Manor in Pocono Township, Monroe County.   (PA Bulletin, page 6932)

* Susquehanna River Basin Commission Now Accepting 2023 Consumptive Use Mitigation Grant Applications

On November 1, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission announced it is now accepting Consumptive Use Mitigation Grant applications for projects to improve the sustainability of streamflows and groundwater during times of drought to support both water supplies and the aquatic ecosystem. Up to $6 million in funding is available this round.

* Stroud Water Research Center Honors Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., Leading Climate Scientist And Author

The Stroud Water Research Center bestowed the 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence to Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading voices on climate change on November 3.

* Guest Essay: Summer Of 2022 Gave Us A Glimpse Into Our Climate Future - PA Should Heed The Warning, Flooding Biggest Threat

By Laura Fowler, Director, Penn State's Sustainability Institute

* New Program Brings Together Residents, Businesses To Help Make Lancaster County Carbon Neutral

After a decade of global warming trends, the world experienced the second warmest year on record in 2019. Humans everywhere are experiencing the impact of climate change.

* Construction Begins On University Of Pittsburgh’s 20-MW Gaucho Solar Project Near Pittsburgh International Airport

On November 3, the University of Pittsburgh announced construction has started on a new 20-megawatt solar farm near Pittsburgh International Airport that will supply electricity to the University for the next two decades.

* PA Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Is Accepting Applications

On October 31, the Department of Human Services and Public Utility Commission announced the start of the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2022-23 season-- from November 1, 2022, to April 28, 2023.

* Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 2022 Litter Summit A Success!

Stakeholders in the fight against litter convened on November 1 and 2 for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 2022 Litter Summit hosted by the City of Lancaster.

* The Spearhead Group In Bucks County Launches Spearhead Project Earth With Burlington Island Cleanup In Delaware River

 The Spearhead Group, a global packaging and innovation company with headquarters in Yardley, Bucks County, has launched Spearhead Project Earth™, an independent non-profit foundation created to align with the company’s long-term sustainability commitment.

* Gov. Wolf Releases $40 Million In Capital Budget Funding, Including 3 Projects To Redevelop Brownfields, Recycle Plastics

On October 31, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the approval of$40.1 million in funding for ten redevelopment and community improvement projects that will revitalize communities and provide new opportunities across the Commonwealth.

* Chester County Commissioners, DCNR, Willistown Conservation Trust, Willistown Township Celebrate 12-Acre Addition to Kirkwood Preserve

On October 24, Willistown Conservation Trust welcomed the Chester County Commissioners, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Willistown Township to Kirkwood Preserve (855 Grubbs Mill Rd., Newtown Square) to commemorate an additional 12 acres added to the 83-acre Nature Preserve owned and maintained by Willistown Conservation Trust.

* Open Space Institute's Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund Now Accepting Proposals To Protect Forests For Carbon Sequestration, Wildlife Habitat, Other Benefits

The Open Space Institute is now accepting applications for the latest round of its Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund (ALPF), a first-of-its-kind effort to protect forests along the Appalachian region for carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and other critical benefits.

* DCNR Issues 6th Weekly Fall Foliage Report - Best Fall Color Observers Have Seen In Years

On November 3, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued its sixth Weekly Fall Foliage Report showing the last glimmers of autumn are upon us.

* Nov. 4 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The November 4 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation--

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

The PA Environmental Council’s In Case You Missed It In October is now available featuring articles on--

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* Westminster College Student Symposium On The Environment Dec. 1; Student Entries Invited

This article originally appeared in the Butler County-based Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition October Catalyst newsletter--

* Young People, Adult Leaders Sought For New Sea Scouting Program Starting Soon In Middle Susquehanna Region

By John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

* Penn State Extension Hosts Nov. 9 Webinar On Methane Emission Fees Under New Federal Climate, Energy Act And Impacts On Oil & Gas Industry

Penn State Extension hosts a November 9 webinar on Methane Emission Fees Under the New Federal Climate, Energy Act and its Impacts on the Oil and Gas Industry from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

* PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Hosts Nov. 15 Webinar On Technology & Tips For Volunteer Management

The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers is hosting a learning webinar-- Technology and Tips for Volunteer Management-- on November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

* Penn State Extension Hosts 5-Part Pennsylvania Forest Webinar Series Starting Nov. 8

The Pennsylvania Forest Webinar Series from Penn State Extension is starting back up and will be offered monthly starting September 2022 through June 2023.

* Berks Nature: 300 Explored Extreme Weather & Climate Change At 14th Annual State Of The Environment Breakfast

On November 3, 300 students, local decision makers, and Berks County community members gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Reading to celebrate Berks Nature’s 14th Annual State of the Environment Breakfast.

* PA Resources Council Hosts A Virtual Workshop On Backyard Composting Nov. 16

The PA Resources Council will host a webinar on the benefits of backyard composting November 16 starting at 6:00 p.m.

* Carnegie Museum Of Natural History Launches New We Are Nature Podcast Series, Exploring Natural Histories And Livable Futures

On November 1, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) announced the launch of its new podcast series, We Are Nature, with the first episodes available now.

* Songs Of The Susquehanna Vol. 3: Original Songs Inspired By The River Now Being Accepted By the Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

By John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper

* 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--

* EPA Announces More Than $4.27 Million For Community Air Pollution Monitoring Projects In Pennsylvania

On November 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected 11 projects to receive more than $4.27 million in funding for monitoring air quality in communities across Pennsylvania.

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

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* Grants & Awards

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* PA Bulletin Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the November 5 PA Bulletin--

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