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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 14, 2022 Issue #956
(11/14/2022)
* 63 New Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 63 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?

* What Can We Expect From Gov. Shapiro, Lt. Gov. Davis On Environmental, Energy Issues?

There were stark differences between the positions taken by Governor-elect Josh Shapiro and his opponent during the gubernatorial campaign just concluded.

* Guest Essay: Stop Giving Handouts To Natural Gas Industry, Make Them Clean Up Their Own Messes And Protect Public Health

By Mitchell Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network; Jacquelyn Omotalade, Environmental Health Project; Melissa Ostroff, MPH, Earthworks

* Guest Essay: Our Leaders Need To Stop Negotiating With The Fossil-Fuel Industry Behind Closed Doors And Protect Public Health And Our Children

By Lois Bower-Bjornson, Clean Air Council and Washington County Resident

* Observer-Reporter: Ongoing Water Donation Drive Helping Dozens Of Greene County Families Who Haven’t Had Clean Drinking Water Since June Following Alleged ‘Frack-Out’ At Natural Gas Well Site

On November 12, the Observer-Reporter reported dozens of Greene County households affected by an alleged EQT drilling “frack-out” from an unconventional shale natural gas well are benefiting from a Center for Coalfield Justice water donation drive.

* NEW FEATURE: Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - Nov. 5 To 11

To give the public a better understanding of the compliance record of oil and gas industrial facilities in Pennsylvania, PA Environment Digest is starting a new feature summarizing the more serious violations DEP reports through its Compliance Reporting Database on a weekly basis -- Saturday through Friday.

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

The following DEP notices were published in the November 12 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. 

* DEP Issues Revised Chapter 102 Permit For Mariner East II Pipeline Post Construction Stormwater Management BMPs In Delaware County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the November 12 PA Bulletin it has issued a revised Chapter 102 permit for the installation of post construction stormwater BMPS for the Sunoco Mariner East II Pipeline route in Thornbury Township, Delaware County.  (PA Bulletin, page 7043)

* Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Accepting Comments On Draft EIS For Ohio Valley Connector Natural Gas Pipeline In Greene County Until Nov. 21

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Ohio Valley Connector Natural Gas Pipeline running from Greene County, PA through West Virginia and into Ohio.  (See formal notice.)

* Reuters: Williams Urges FERC To Approve Regional Energy Access Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Affecting 6 Counties In PA

On November 10, Reuters reported U.S. energy company Williams Cos Inc urged federal energy regulators to approve its Transcontinental Gas PipeLine unit's Regional Energy Access expansion proposal that will boost natural gas supplies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.

* EPA Unveils Proposed Methane Pollution Reduction Standards Covering Oil & Gas Facilities, Including Conventional Oil & Gas Wells

On November 11, at COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is strengthening its proposed standards to cut methane and other harmful air pollution.

* FracTracker Alliance, Clean Air Council, Other Groups Hosting Nov. 14 Webinar On Protected Zones: Setbacks From Oil & Gas Facilities In California, Colorado, PA

The FracTracker Alliance, Clean Air Council, and the Halt The Harm Network are hosting a November 14 webinar on Protected Zones - Setbacks From Oil and Gas Facilities In California, Colorado and PA from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

* Interested In Becoming A Master Watershed Steward? Penn State Extension Holding Information Sessions For Areas Across The State Starting In December

Interested in becoming a Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward?  Extension is holding information sessions for interested volunteers across Pennsylvania starting in December.

* KPVI: Carbon County Votes Overwhelmingly To Authorize Up To A $10 Million Bond To Protect Water Quality, Working Farms, Wildlife Habitat

On November 8, Carbon County voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to allow the county to borrow up to $10 million to help improve water quality, working farms and wildlife habitat protection, according to KPVI.   The vote was 21,014 to 4,394.

* DEP Water Resources Advisory Committee Meets Nov. 17 On Draft DEP Stormwater Management Manual Update; Proposed Triennial Review Of Water Quality Standards

DEP’s Water Resources Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on November 17 to hear presentations on the draft, updated Stormwater Management Manual and a draft rulemaking related to the Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards.

* PA Forestry Association, Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Announce Mira Lloyd Dock Award Winners - Brennan Ka’aihue, Dr. Zeshan Ismat, Linda L. Finley

On November 10, Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership awarded its 2022 Mira Lloyd Dock Partnership Diversity Awards to Dr. Zeshan Ismat of Lancaster City and Brennan Ka’aihue of Central Pennsylvania. Both were recognized for their conservation and Environmental Justice work in under-represented portions of their regions.

* Wildlife Leadership Academy Awards $2,500 In Scholarships To 5 Teen Conservation Leaders In Honor Of Ralph Abele; Nominations Being Accepted For Youth Conservation Ambassadors

On November 7, the Wildlife Leadership Academy recognized five teen conservation leaders with the Ralph Abele Excellence in Outreach Award which includes a total of $2,500 in college scholarships. 

* Cottage Hill Garden In York Receives TLC Thru Partnerships With Keep PA Beautiful, The GIANT Company

On October 18, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s local county affiliate, Keep York Beautiful, hosted 15 volunteers from The GIANT Company who helped prepare Cottage Hill Garden for winter.

* Keep PA Beautiful Welcomes Newest Affiliate-- Keep Chester County Beautiful

On October 18, Keep Chester County Beautiful became a county affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. The affiliate will be housed in and become a program of the Chester County Planning Commission. 

* Still Time To Make A Difference: Join Keep PA Beautiful's Pick Up Pennsylvania Litter Cleanup

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania program is in full swing, now through November 30. The fall cleanup program is held in support of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

* Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Accepting Campaign Signs For Recycling

Don’t trash that campaign sign!  Bring it to the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority and have it recycled.

* PA Solar Center To Honor Blair, Somerset, Westmoreland County Groups For Solar Energy Leadership Nov. 17

On November 17, the Pennsylvania Solar Center will recognize nine regional companies and organizations in Blair, Somerset and Westmoreland counties who are leading the way in investing in clean and renewable solar energy.

* PUC Launches Review Of Utility Cybersecurity Regulations, Seeks Comments On Potential Enhancements And Revisions

On November 10, the Public Utility Commission launched a review of its current regulations relating to cybersecurity – including requirements for reporting cyber attacks on utility systems and the regulations for utility self-certification of their security planning and preparedness.

* DCNR Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council Meets Nov. 16 On Plan For Investing Federal American Rescue Plan Funding

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council is scheduled to meet November 16 on DCNR's plan for investing federal American Rescue Plan Funding on infrastructure projects.

* Outdoor Recreation Added Nearly $14 billion To PA’s Economy In 2021, Up 22% From 2020; Nov. 29 Webinar To Review The Results

On November 10, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, accounting for 152,000 jobs, and 1.6 percent of the Commonwealth’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) statistics.

* DCNR Seeking Public Comment On Catawissa Recreation Area Master Plan In Schuylkill, Luzerne Counties

On November 10, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced it is seeking public comment on the master plan to create the Catawissa Recreation Area in both Schuylkill and Luzerne counties.

* Vote Now! To Help Pick PA Parks & Forests Foundation 2022 Photo Contest Winners

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation invites you to vote for your favorite photo and help pick of the winners of their 2022 Photo Contest.  The deadline for voting is November 21.

* Nov. 11 Take Five Fridays With Pam From PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The November 11 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation--

* Agriculture: Controlled Plant & Noxious Weed Committee Adds 5 Weeds To Restricted List

On October 20, the Department of Agriculture’s Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee added five weeds to the noxious weed list. They include--

* Responses To PA Plant, Insect, Animal, Aquatic, Pathogen Invasive Species Impact Survey 2022 Due Nov. 18

The Governor’s Invasive Species Council is surveying communities, businesses, organizations, and individuals to compile experiences with nonnative invasive plants, insects, animals and pathogens on land and in waterways.

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* Southcentral PA Appalachian Chapter Audubon Society Offering Full Scholarship To Hog Island Audubon Camp In Maine; Other Opportunities Available

The Appalachian Chapter Audubon Society is now accepting applications for a full scholarship to a Hog Island Audubon Summer Camp in Maine.  The deadline to apply is January 27.

* Penn State's 2nd Annual Solar Symposium To Be Held Nov. 16 Online

The second annual Penn State Solar Law Symposium will be held via webinar from noon to 4:30 p.m. on November 16.

* Penn State EarthTalk Nov. 14 Webinar: Effect Of Sheep Stocking Rates At Solar Energy Arrays On Farmland

By Dave Blehi, Penn State News

* Washington & Jefferson Center For Energy Policy & Management Hosts Nov. 16 Webinar: Plugging In - EVS And The Charging Network

The Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management will host-- Plugging In: EVs and the Charging Network-- a free webinar discussing the basics of electric vehicles (EVs), state and federal incentives to increase their use, and federal funding available to accelerate the construction of a national network of charging stations on November 16.

* PA Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance Host Nov. 16 Webinar - Countering Climate Disinformation In The Media

The Union County-based PA Interfaith Power & Light and the Jewish Earth Alliance will host a November 16 webinar on Countering Climate Disinformation In The Media starting at 7:00 p.m.

* News From PA House & Senate

The last scheduled voting days of the 2021-22 legislation are November 14, 15, 16 in the House and November 15 in the Senate.  If no final action is taken on a bill, it dies and has to be reintroduced when the new session begins on January 1.

* The Feds

Articles and NewsClips about federal actions impacting Pennsylvania--

* U.S. Dept. Of The Interior, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Partners Announce $91 Million In America The Beautiful Challenge Grants; Including 2 Benefitting PA

On November 10, U.S. Dept. Of The Interior and  National Fish & Wildlife Foundation joined public- and private-sector partners to announce nearly $91 million in grants through the America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC).

* Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

Click Here for a list of public participation opportunities and a calendar of events.

* Grants & Awards

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

* PA Bulletin

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the November 12 PA Bulletin--

* Stories Invited - About PA Environment Digest

Send your stories, photos and links to videos about your project, environmental issues or programs for publication in the PA Environment Digest to: PaEnviroDigest@gmail.com.

* Supporting Member PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers; PA Outdoor Writers Assn.; PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the PA Organization for Watersheds & Rivers, PA Outdoor Writers Association, PA Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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