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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 16, 2009
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* DCNR Offers 31,968 Acres Of State Forest For Natural Gas Drilling

* Video Blog- Dimock Residents Talk About Well Explosions, Water Problems Related To Gas Drilling

* Opinion- Gas Drillers Aren't Paying Their Fair Share
by Rep.Camille George
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* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here's the latest session schedule, Senate and House Calendars and Committee schedules--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw movement this week-- 

* House Passes Expanded Guaranteed Energy, Water Savings Contract Bill
The House this week passed legislation--House Bill 1489-- to make it easier for government entities to make energy conservation improvements to their facilities, according to the bill's sponsor Rep. Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny).

* DEP Proposes New Wastewater Standards For Drilling Operations, Wastewater Plants
The Environmental Quality Board published proposed regulations on November 7 for public comment outlining changes in Total Dissolved Solids discharge standards prompted by concerns over natural gas drilling wastewater. (formal notice)

* New Mine Drainage Treatment Plant Will Improve 35-Plus Miles Of Susquehanna River
Construction has begun on a mine drainage treatment facility that will restore aquatic life to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, one of America’s most polluted rivers, and improve the economic outlook for the entire region, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

* EPA Cites 12 Municipalities for Stormwater Violations In Pennsylvania
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week cited 12 municipalities in Pennsylvania for stormwater violations, nine of which are within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

* Online Video- Regional Water Discussions Continue In Lehigh Valley
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and regional partner Renew Lehigh Valley have continued their ongoing initiative to mobilize community support for regional collaboration on water and wastewater infrastructure, and the work is getting some much-deserved public attention.

* PA Infrastructure Investment Authority Changes Meeting, Application Deadlines
The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority published notice of changes to its meeting and application deadline schedule. (formal notice)

* Paxton Creek State Of Watershed Report November 18
The Paxton Creek Watershed and Education Association will hold a public meeting on November 18 at 1:30 at the Benjamin Olewine Nature Center, Wildwood Park in Dauphin County to present a Paxton Creek State of the Watershed Report for 2009.

* Fish And Boat Commission Seeking Applicants For Sporting/Aquatic Education Grants
The Fish and Boat Commission is encouraging local governments, community groups and sportsman’s clubs providing fishing, boating and water safety and aquatic resource education programs to apply for funding through the agency’s Sporting and Aquatic Education Grant Program.

* Student Symposium On The Environment Set For December 3
The Student Symposium on the Environment will be hosted by Westminster College and the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition on December 3 from 5:30 p.m until 9:00 p.m. The symposium will be held at Westminster College in Room 166 of the Hoyt Science Center, in New Wilmington, Pa.

* New PA Recreation Plan Focuses On Connection Between Health, Outdoor Activities
Pennsylvania's new five-year Outdoor Recreation Plan shows a need to change the way policy-makers and communities approach outdoor recreation in light of a changing population that is increasingly more urban, and whose children have been spending less time outdoors.

* Explore PA Trails Website: Powered By You!
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has launched a first-of-its-kind website to help people search, view, map and share information on the thousands of miles of trails in Pennsylvania at

* Tidal Delaware River Trail Signs Installed, Cleanup Completed
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and partners unveiled a new sign for the Tidal Delaware Water Trail this week, while students from Franklin Towne Charter School cleaned up the shoreline around the Frankford Arsenal Boat Launch.

* Montgomery County Green Futures Achievement Award Winners Announced
Montgomery County Green Futures fourth annual Achievement Awards were announced recognizing six dynamic communities for their outstanding achievements and efforts demonstrating exemplary land protection, effective partnerships in regional planning, and visionary open space projects.

* PA Horticultural Society, Keep PA Beautiful Pick Community Greening Award Winners
The PA Horticultural Society and Keep PA Beautiful this week announced the winners of the 2009 Community Greening Awards.

* Video Blog- Transferable Development Rights, Another Tool To Permanently Preserve Open Space
Transferable Development Rights allow for communities to both preserve open space and meet the need for additional development. In most cases, the use of TDR benefits both the developer and the conservationist.

* 2010 Tri-State Environmental Community Service Award Applications Due
Now in its fifth year, the Annual Environmental Community Service Award will once again be presented by Wawa, NBC 10, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP.

* Celebrate America Recycles Day: Buy Recycled Products, Reduce Consumer Packaging
November 15 is America Recycles Day. Recycling is a simple way in which everyone in the state of Pennsylvania and in every community can protect the environment, preserve our natural resources, and contribute to the economic well-being of our nation.

* Celebrate America Recycles Day: Recommit To Recycling For The Health Of The Planet

* November 21 Hard To Recycle Collection Event In Pittsburgh
In recognition of America Recycles Week, The Mall at Robinson– in partnership with the Pennsylvania Resources Council and Allegheny County Health Department – will host a “hard to recycle” collection event on November 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

* PA CleanWays Perry County Receives Grant From Attorney General Corbett
PA CleanWays received a $10,000 grant for its PA CleanWays of Perry County chapter from the PA Office of Attorney General, Environmental Crimes Section. The funding will be designated for cleanups and other chapter activities.

* Volunteers Remove 400 Illegally Dumped Tires Near Wind Gap
On October 17 PA CleanWays,Wildlands Conservancy, Plainfield Township and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, along with local volunteers and businesses, joined forces to remove and properly disposed 400 tires and 1 ton of trash from Blue Mountain in Wind Gap, Plainfield Township, Northampton County to help restore the landscape of Blue Mountain to its natural beauty.

* Philadelphia Sustainable Skylines Initiative Gets Underway With Tree Planting
The planting of 30 trees in a North Philadelphia park and neighborhood this week is one of many projects planned to make Philadelphia one of the nation’s cleaner and ‘greener’ cities.

* PA Chamber: Predetermined Result Tarnish State’s Draft Climate Change Action Plan
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry this week said sound science, unbiased economic analysis and a diversity of viewpoints are missing from Pennsylvania’s draft Climate Change Action Plan, while the Climate Change Advisory Committee process failed to follow the legislative intent of Act 70 of 2008.

* 2010 Wild Resource Conservation Calendar Features Animals At Climate Change Risk
The Wild Resource Conservation Program now has available a new calendar for 2010 featuring Pennsylvania animals at risk of becoming threatened, endangered or extinct for a variety of reasons.

* Aqua Pennsylvania Breaks Ground On Solar Farm At Its Ingram’s Mill Water Treatment Plant
Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. managers were joined this week by elected officials and environmental leaders to celebrate the start of construction of a 1.1 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm at Aqua’s Ingram’s Mill Water Treatment Plant in East Bradford Township, which serves drinking water to the West Chester, Pennsylvania area.

* State Grants Help Small Businesses Realize Big Energy Savings
165 small businesses in 43 counties will slash their energy bills nearly in half and save $1.8 million annually in energy related costs with the help of Small Business Energy Efficiency Grants from the Department of Environmental Protection.

* $23 Million Approved For Solar And Geothermal Projects
More than $23 million was approved this week by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for 36 new solar and other alternative and clean energy projects.

* Pennsylvania's Joe Pizarchik Confirmed As Federal Office Of Surface Mining Director

* Opinion- Lack of Waste Services Diminishes Quality of Life for PA Residents
By Jill Reigh, Communications Manager, The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania
* Opinion- End Rate Caps To Create Choice And Competition
By Matthew J. Brouillette & Jan Jarrett
* Feature- Teacher Swaps Classroom For Canoe
After leading close to 10,000 students on CBF outdoor experiences as a teacher, Bill Bechtel joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a professional educator and canoe instructor.

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for grants and financial assistance as well as nominations for awards and other recognition programs.  NEW means from last week— 

* Quick Clips
Here’s a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state--
* Marcellus Shale NewsClips
Here’s a selection of NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gaa drilling--

* Watershed NewsClips
Read a sampling of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania.

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits
Environmental Quality Board  published notice of correction on email comment address for the Total Dissolved Solids rulemaking.  The Department of Environmental Protection published revisions to the Certified Emission Reduction Credits  (Pa Bulletin page 6585) and a revised certification list for radon service firms (Pa Bulletin page 6594)

Pennsylvania Bulletin - November 14, 2009      

* Calendar Of Events

Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars.  Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted. NEW indicates new from last week.   Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page 

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