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February 8, 2010
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* 36 House Democrats Urge Governor To Stop Leasing State Forest For Gas Drilling

* DEP Plans New Office In Scranton To Improve Marcellus Shale Drilling Oversight

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bill was signed into law by Gov. Rendell this week--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate--

* January State Revenues Down 5.4 Percent, $374 Million For The Year

The Department of Revenue this week reported Pennsylvania collected $2.1 billion in General Fund revenue in January, which was $120.2 million, or 5.4 percent, less than anticipated. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $14.5 billion, which is $374.4 million, or 2.5 percent, below estimates.

* House Appropriations Holds Hearing On Public Utility Commission Budget

* Senate Democrats Outline Budget Goals For 2010-11, Including Natural Gas Severance Tax

Senate Democrats this week held a press conference outlining their priorities for the coming 2010-11 budget discussions highlighting the need to get a budget done on time and without a broad-based tax increased.

* Senate Passes Farmland Clean And Green Change For Energy Production

The Senate this week passed Senate Bill 298 (Yaw-R-Bradford) that would require the roll-back of taxes only on the portion of farmland used by natural gas production or for Tier I alternative energy production when enrolled in the Clean and Green preferential assessment program.

* House Finance Hearing On Bill To Include Gas, Methane In Property Tax Assessments

* Sen. Argall Introduces New Bill To Strengthen Downtown Location Law

* Marcellus Shale Coalition Releases Information On Flowback Water Treatment

* Nearly 500 People Attend Marcellus Shale Summit At Lycoming College

* DEP Fines Fortuna Energy Inc. $3,500 For Well Drilling Violations In Bradford County

* 259 Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells Plugged In 2009

* Allegheny Front: More Eyes On Natural Gas Drilling In Pennsylvania

* Susquehanna Commission Reports Reductions In Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Sediment Pollution

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission this week reported nutrient and suspended-sediment trends in the Susquehanna River Basin are improving.  

* Environmental Grants Again Offered By Pennsylvania American Water

* Feature- Sealing Mines and Installing Treatment Systems Restores McKean County Stream

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has highlighted Gumboot Run in McKean County as a success story in watershed restoration.  This following reprints the summary EPA posted--

* Feature- Mine Drainage Treatment Restores Drinking Water In Lloydville Run

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has highlighted Lloydville Run in Cambria and Blair counties as a success story in watershed restoration.  This following reprints the summary EPA posted-

* Spring Creek Watershed Commission Hosts Sustainability Program February 17

The Spring Creek Watershed Commission and the ClearWater Conservancy are sponsoring a sustainability program entitled, "Enhancing Community and Watershed Sustainability," on February 17 in the State College Borough Building, State College, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

* PA Chapter American WaterWorks Assn. Sets Northcentral Water Notification Workshops

* Westmoreland Conservation District Announces Upcoming Workshops

* DEP Accepting Grant Proposals For Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program

* Philadelphia Expands Recycling Rewards Program With Recycle Bank

* 52 PA Colleges Compete In EPA RecycleMania Competition, Most Of Any State

More Pennsylvania college and universities are participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency RecycleMania nationwide competition than in any other state.

* PA CleanWays Cleans Up Active Illegal Dumpsites In Fayette County

* Anheuser-Busch, Keep America Beautiful Award Dump Cleanup Grant In PA

* TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Tree Planting Applications Due March 26

* DCNR's TreeVitalize Benefits From Plow & Hearth Campaign To Reforest America

* Webinar- Penn State School Of Forest Resources Sponsors February 9 PA Forests Webinar

* Become A Community Greening Volunteer In Western PA

* PA Environmental Professionals Now Accepting Nominations For Karl Mason Award

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals are now accepting nominations for the 2010  Karl Mason Award.  Nominations are due March 31.

* Air & Waste Management Assn. Chapter Presents Fine Particulate Workshop March 11

* Pennsylvania American Water Opens Protect Our Watersheds Student Art Contest

* Chesapeake Bay Education Website Launched

* Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Chapter Offering College Scholarship

* Pennsylvania Schools Encouraged To Become Litter Free School Zones

PA CleanWays and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful are inviting all Pennsylvania schools and school districts to join in the exciting and renewed Pennsylvania Litter Free School Zone program.  

* EPA, Philadelphia Zoo Sponsor Earth Day Student Poster Contest

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Zoo are sponsoring an Earth Day poster contest for students in grades Kindergarten through 12 in EPA’s mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania.

* February PA Center For Environmental Education Newsletter Now Online

The February issue of the EE Connections newsletter from the PA Center for Environmental Education is now available online. This month's newsletter highlights these stories:

* Take Advantage Of New EPA Sustainable Communities Program

* City Of Wilkes-Barre, PEC Seek Public Comment On Wilkes-Barre Trail Master Plan

* Schuylkill River Trail Complete The Trail Presentation February 15

* Allegheny Land Trust Receives Grant To Expand Grand View Scenic Byway Park

The Allegheny Land Trust has received an $81,000 Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grant Award from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources toward the purchase of a critical 19-acre property on the south side of Mt. Washington to expand Grand View Scenic Byway Park.  The total project cost is $224,000.

* DCNR Proposes Land Exchange In Wayne County

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published notice of a proposed land exchange in Wayne County totaling just over 30 acres.  A 30 day comment period starting February 7 and a public informational meeting will be scheduled to gather public comments.

* Western PA Conservancy Land Donations In Somerset, Westmoreland, Mifflin Counties

Due to the actions of conservation-minded landowners, several scenic properties in the Laurel Highlands region and one property in Mifflin County have been permanently conserved by donating conservation easements to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

* Save The Date: Annual PA Land Conservation Conference April 8-10

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association will hold its 8th Annual Land Conservation Conference on April 8-10 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Malvern, Pa.

* PA Parks & Forests Foundation Honors 2010 Award Winners May 4

* Green Life PA Video- Take A Quick Visit To The Bear Run Nature Reserve

* Green Life PA Video- Think Spring! Think Natives! (Forget The Groundhog)

* Video Blog- DCNR Tips For Planning Your Next Green Camping Trip

Escape the winter blahs by planning that next camping trip, but with a low-impact twist. In this video, DCNR program coordinator Rob Neitz is your host for an overview of a model green campsite featured at this year’s Farm Show.

* Great Backyard Bird Count Set For February 12-15
The Game Commission is encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count February 12-15.  

* 12th Annual PA Bluebird Society Conference March 19-20

The Bluebird Society of PA will hold its 12th annual Conference March 19-20 at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College. 

* Game Commission Offers Bluebird Boxes For Sale At Headquarters

If you are interested in helping wildlife in your own backyard, the Game Commission is now selling bluebird nesting boxes at its Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Avenue.  The boxes sell for $7, and customers can select from assembled boxes or kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project.

* DEP Urges Hybrid Vehicle Buyers To Apply For PA Rebate Before March 6

* PUC Publishes Proposed Statement Of Support For Solar Projects

The Public Utility Commission this week published a proposed policy statement supporting solar energy development and addressing barriers that would prevent new solar projects.  Comments are ue within 45 days of publication.

* Gov. Rendell Increases Low-Income Home Heating Grants With Federal Funds

* Study: Increasing Renewable Energy Creates 130,000 Jobs, Increases Electric Costs $1.6 Billion

A study released this week by PennFuture calculates increasing the renewable energy mandates in the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards would generate 130,000 jobs and save between $1.9 and $4.6 billion.  The study also said it would increase the cost of electricity by $1.6 billion over the study period.

* Labor & Industry Issues PA Green Jobs Outlook Report

* PA Resources Council's Larry Myers Retires, New Director, Board President Appointed

Larry Myers retired this week as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, trading in his laptop computer and calculator for a fly rod and trip tickets.

* Commissioner Kim Pizzingrilli Ends Service On Public Utility Commission

Commissioner Kim Pizzingrilli will end her term on the Public Utility Commission at the end of February after serving eight years on the Commission.

* Governor's Office Publishes Agency Plans For Adopting Regulations

The Governor's Office this week published it's semi-annual Regulatory Agenda which outlines which regulations agencies hope to work on in the next six months. (PA Bulletin page 771)

* Opinion- Welcome to Pennsylvania: The State of Extraction

By Paul Zeph, President, Appalachian Audubon

* Grants & Awards

This section gives you a heads up on upcoming deadlines for awards and grants and other recognition programs. NEW means new from last week.

* Quick Clips, Marcellus Shale Clips, Watershed NewsClips
Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

* Calendar Of Events

Upcoming legislative meetings, conferences, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Meetings are in Harrisburg unless otherwise noted.  NEW means new from last week.  Go to the online Calendar webpage.

* Stories Invited-Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers/PA Trout Unlimited


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