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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
September 11, 2023 - Issue #999
* 90 News Stories - REAL Environmental & Conservation Leadership In PA

Here are 90 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.

* Weekly List Of PA Environment & Energy Articles & NewsClips By Topic

PA Environment Digest Put Links To The Best Environment & Energy Articles and NewsClips From Last Week Here By Topic--

* We Remember Sept. 11, 2001 - DEP Responds To A National Tragedy

By David Hess, Former Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection

* KDKA: Natural Gas Gathering Pipeline Crashes Into, Thru Westmoreland County Home And A Loophole In State Law That Doesn’t Regulate Gathering Pipelines For Safety

On December 30, 2022, KDKA TV in Pittsburgh broadcast an exclusive report about a natural gas pipeline that broke loose from its cribbing while under construction and crashed into and through a Westmoreland County home.

* Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - September 2 to 8; Equitrans Issued NOVs For Failing To Provide DEP Inspectors Access To Facilities As Requested

From September 2 to 8, DEP’s Oil and Gas Compliance Database shows oil and gas inspectors filed 502 inspection reports.

* PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - September 9

The following DEP notices were published in the September 9 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments.

* DEP: Preliminary Test Results Not Indicative Of Stray Gas Migration Cause Of Plum Boro Home Explosion In Rustic Ridge Allegheny County

On September 8, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it completed its analysis of preliminary test results from its stray gas investigation relating to the house explosion in the Rustic Ridge neighborhood of Plum Borough in Allegheny County. Preliminary results are not indicative of a stray gas migration incident.

* PUC: No Evidence Public Utility Natural Gas Equipment Caused 2022 Hialeah Dr. Home Explosion In Plum Boro, Allegheny County

On September 5, the The Safety Division of the Public Utility Commission-- which is part of the Commission’s independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement-- has concluded their investigation into an April 2022 incident in Plum Borough, Allegheny County, finding no evidence that public utility equipment caused the event.

* State Dept. Of Health Invites Citizens To File Environmental Health Complaints Related To Natural Gas Development; Health Will Also Review Environmental Test Results

On September 1, The Center Square reported the state Department of Health is inviting citizens to file environmental health complaints related to natural gas development.

* DEP Provides Oil & Gas Advisory Board With Updates On Well Plugging Financial Assurance; Pitt Health Studies; Funding Options For Program; Civil Penalty Policy

On September 5, DEP provided the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board with updates on a variety of issues including the upcoming changes to the civil penalty policy; well plugging financial assurance options; the just-released University of Pittsburgh shale gas health studies; and options for funding the program.

* Republican Rep. Krupa Introduces HB 1656 To Ban Oil, Gas Wastewater Injection Wells To Protect The Public From Radioactive, Toxic Materials

On September 5, Rep. Charity Grimm Krupa (R-Fayette) introduced House Bill 1656 to prohibit DEP from issuing any permits or authorizations allowing oil and gas wastewater injection wells in Pennsylvania.

* Independent Fiscal Office Reports 2nd Quarter Natural Gas Production Increased 0.3% Over Prior Year; Dramatic Slowdown In Drilling New Shale Gas Wells Taking Hold

On September 7, the Independent Fiscal Office reported second quarter natural gas production reached 1,859 billion cubic feet, an increase of 0.3% from prior year and the first quarter without a year-over-year production decline since the second quarter of 2022.

* DEP Hosts Sept. 29 Online Training On New Chapter 105 Environmental Assessment Alternatives Guidance

On September 29, DEP will host online training on the new Chapter 105 Environmental Assessment Alternatives Guidance from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

* Legal Victory Puts Hellbender Back On Track For Federal Endangered Species Protection

By Waterkeeper Alliance

* PUC Commissioner Yanora: Supporting Integration Of Hydropower In Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Systems Serves Public Interest

Following the adoption of a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners resolution sponsored by Public Utility Commission Commissioner Ralph V. Yanora, the conversation continues to urge states to support and facilitate the integration of hydropower as a part of water/wastewater/stormwater facilities development, maintenance and expansion.

* GreenGov Council, Penn State Sustainability Hosts 2023 Commonwealth Sustainability Week Oct. 2-6

The PA GreenGov Council and Penn State Sustainability will host the third annual Commonwealth Sustainability Week October 2 to 6.

* Guest Essay: Support Solar Energy For Family Farms And Build A Stronger Economy And Grid

By Chad Forcey, PA Conservative Energy Forum

* USDA Awards PA Partnership $7.85 Million For Farmland Preservation & Climate Change Mitigation Project

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces it is investing $7.85 million in a locally driven, public-private partnership to address climate change and protect agricultural land.

* Great Lakes Protection Fund Seeks Project Proposals To Improve Ecosystem

Do you have an ambitious idea to improve the Great Lakes ecosystem? The Great Lakes Protection Fund has a basin-wide view and decades of experience creating change.  Give the Fund a call!

* Keep PA Beautiful: Register Fall Cleanups Now To Be Part Of International Coastal Cleanup; Free Cleanup Supplies Available

Groups and individuals are cleaning up across the world as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Pennsylvanian’s can do their part to keep trash out of our oceans by participating in Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Pick Up Pennsylvania Program.

* EPA Proposes To Add Area Surrounding Former Exide Technologies Laureldale Facility, Berks County To Superfund List; Sept. 28 Public Info Sessions

On September 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed adding the area surrounding the former Exide Technologies Laureldale facility in Berks County to the federal Superfund National Priorities List. The NPL is the list of hazardous waste sites in the United States eligible for cleanup, financed under the federal Superfund Program.

* French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Receives $162,100 NFWF Grant For Wildlife Habitat Restoration In Chester County

On September 1, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced it awarded a $162,100 grant to the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust to promote restoration of wildlife habitat along the French Creek in northern Chester County.

* Natural Lands Preserves 53-Acre Farm In Cumberland County To Help Protect The Chesapeake Bay

On September 1, Natural Lands announced 53 acres of the KB Kids Farm in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County was placed under a conservation easement.

* Western PA Conservancy Protects 109 Acres Of Forest Land In Warren County As Addition To State Game Land 197

On August 31, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced the permanent protection of 109 acres in Columbus Township, Warren County along Brokenstraw Creek, a tributary to the Allegheny River.

* Guest Essay: Allegheny National Forest’s Tracy Ridge Is A Prime Example Of Wilderness Here In The East

By Kirk Johnson, Friends Of Allegheny Wilderness

* Sept. 8 Take Five Fridays With Pam, PA Parks & Forests Foundation

The September 8 Take Five Fridays With Pam is now available from the PA Parks and Forests Foundation featuring articles on--

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

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

* PA Chapter Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Oppose Transfer Of $150 Million From Game Fund To Clean Streams Fund In Senate Budget Bill; Could Make State Ineligible For Federal Wildlife Funds

On September 1, the Pennsylvania Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers said they were "disappointed" in the actions taken by the Senate in the Fiscal Code budget bill House Bill 1300  that proposes to transfer $150 million from the Game Fund to the Clean Streams Fund.

* Fish & Boat Commission Now Accepting Applications For Boating Facility Grants, Priority For Delaware River Watershed

As communities across the Commonwealth continue to realize the positive social and economic impacts of providing convenient boating access along their local waterways, the Fish and Boat Commission is excited to offer the next round of Boating Facility Grants to help communities capitalize on the surge in new boating activity. 

* PA Organization For Watersheds & Rivers Accepting Applications For Statewide Waterway Access Mini Grants

As paddlers take to Pennsylvania waterways in ever-increasing numbers, a new mini grant program provides funding to make the Commonwealth’s rivers and streams more accessible.

* Update On PA Firefly Festival And 2023 Firefly Season! Luminaries In Firefly World

The latest Pennsylvania Firefly Festival newsletter provides an update on firefly education and research--

* Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

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

* Penn State Extension: Sept. 27 Water Cooler Talk Webinar: Private Wells And Enteric Disease

On September 27, Penn State Extension will hold another in its series of Water Cooler Talk webinars on Private Wells and Enteric Disease starting at Noon.  Enteric diseases are diseases caused by bacteria that typically enter the body through the mouth.

* Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council Hosts Sept. 27 Field Day At The Bower Native Plant Landscape & Sculpture Park In Perry County

The Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council hosts an exclusive tour of The Bower Native Plant Landscape and Sculpture Park in Perry County with the founders of The Bower on September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

* 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--

* 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 Public Notices

Highlights of the environmental and energy notices in the September 9 PA Bulletin--

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