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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
December 28, 2009
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* Rendell Says Get Ready For 1,000 More State Worker Layoffs, Supports Natural Gas Tax

* Happy Holidays From Everyone At Crisci Associates!
Happy Holidays from everyone at  Crisci Associates! And have a healthy and successful New Year!
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* On the Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

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

* Ultra Petroleum Spends $400 Million On 80,000 Acres Of Marcellus Shale In PA
Ultra Petroleum Corp. announced this week it has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire approximately 80,000 (net) acres in the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale, from a private company at a cost of $400 million.

* Seneca Resources Announces 10 Million Cubic Feet Of Natural Gas Flow Each Day
Seneca Resources Corporation announced this week its third Seneca-operated horizontal Marcellus Shale well flowed at an initial 24-hour rate of over 10 million cubic feet per day (“Mmcfd”) and averaged 9.5 Mmcfd over seven days.

* WREN Grant Funding Available For 2010-2011 Watershed Education Projects
The Water Resources Education Network invites partnerships of local or regional organizations, such as watershed associations, civic groups, community water systems, governmental entities and other public interest organizations, to apply for watershed education grants.

* Feature- Passive Treatment System Restores Trout Population In Sterling Run, Centre County
This month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highlighted Pennsylvania's efforts to clean up abandoned mine drainage in Sterling Run, Centre County as a nonpoint source success story.

* Juniata Clean Water Partnership Offers 3D Tour Of Watershed
The Winter issue of the Juniata Watershed Journal published by the Juniata Clean Water Partnership highlights efforts to provide a 3D virtual tour of the Juniata Watershed.

* PA American WaterWorks Assn. Sets Public Notification Workshops In Southwest
The PA Chapter of the American WaterWorks Association has scheduled a series of workshops in Southwestern Pennsylvania on public notification for drinking water systems.

* PA Resources Council Holds Workshops On Composting, Household Toxics, Rain Barrels
Want to chase away the winter blues? Attend one of the upcoming workshops in Pittsburgh by the Pennsylvania Resources Council on backyard composting, worm composting, household toxics, using rain barrels in more.

* New $10 Million Electronics Recycling Facility Launched In Philadelphia

* PA Supreme Court Invalidates PA Rule Setting Mercury Emission Limits
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week upheld a Commonwealth Court ruling invalidating DEP's regulation setting mercury emission limits on power plants as "unlawful, invalid and unenforceable."

* Nearly 117,000 PPL Customers Have Already Selected Competitive Electric Suppliers
Nearly 117,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers have already selected a competitive electricity supplier for the power they will need in 2010.

* State Awards $5 Million To Biogas Projects
The Department of Environmental Protection announced $5 million in federal recovery money was awarded to eight alternative energy projects that use biological materials such as sewage, animal and food processing waste to generate enough energy to power more than 80,000 homes.

* DEP Publishes 2010 Schedule Of Board, Committee Meetings
The Department of Environmental Protection published the schedule of board and committee meetings for 2010. Click here for the schedule.

* Help Wanted: PA Center For Environmental Education Looking To Fill Position
The PA Association of Environmental Educators and the PA Center for Environmental Education are seeking a quaified individual to fill a full time Americorps VISTA position to be located at the PCEE office in Slippery Rock. Click here for job announcement.

* 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 gas drilling--

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

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits
Storage Tank Program Regulatory Amendments Take Effect Saturday 
* 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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