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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
February 22, 2010
(2/19/2010)
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* CBF: Budget Cuts Threaten Environmental Programs, Time For Honest Talk On Severance Tax

In the face of a second year of severe cuts in environmental funding Pennsylvania will be hard-pressed to meet its environmental obligations. With budget hearings set for next week for DEP and DCNR, this is a crucial time for an honest discussion of a natural gas severance tax and what the proceeds should be used for, according to Matthew Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Office Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

* Governor Restores Funding To Some Agencies, But Not DEP, DCNR


* CBF, Trout Unlimited Call For Ban On Marcellus Gas Wells In Floodplains After Incidents

Marcellus Shale natural gas wells are being permitted and drilled in floodplains. Two such wells, one operated by Stone Energy along Wyalusing Creek in Rush Township, Susquehanna County, and one operated by XTO along Muncy Creek in Shrewsbury Township, Lycoming County already experienced flooding events.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* Joint Committee Audit Validates Game Commission Deer Management Approach

An independent program audit by the Joint Legislative Budget and Finance Committee this week found the Game Commission has a credible system for managing the state's deer population and that deer are a major cause of forest regeneration failure.

* Game Commission Highlights Need For License Increase, Marcellus Shale Drilling Issues

The Game Commission presented its annual report this week to the House Game and Fisheries Committee again highlighting the need for additional financial resources to accomplish its mission and reported environmental problems with the first two Marcellus Shale natural gas wells drilled on State Game Lands.

* Report Critical Of Game Commission Program For Managing Timber, Gas, Mineral Leases


* Fish And Boat Commission Says Marcellus Shale Drilling Major Challenge


* Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, Nutrient Trading Topics At Senate Budget Hearing

Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding answered questions about his budget from the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees for nearly two hours this week touching on dozens of topics, including the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

* House, Senate Hold Hearings On DEP, DCNR, Agriculture Budgets Next Week

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees will hold hearings on the budgets for the departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Conservation and Natural Resources next week. The Senate has also changed the time for its DEP hearing.  Here's the schedule--

* Joint Senate, House Conservation Committee Opens New Website


* Governor's Race- Citizens Advisory Councils To DEP, DCNR Offer Advice To Gubernatorial Candidates

The Citizens Advisory Council to DEP and the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council to DCNR this week published white papers outlining critical issues they believe candidates for Governor should address during the upcoming campaign.

* Japanese Oil Company Invests $1.4 Billion In Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Play


* Chesapeake Energy Provides Update On Drilling, Production Activities


* Marcellus Shale Coalition Condemns Disregard For Environmental Laws

Marcellus Shale Coalition President and Executive Director Kathryn Klaber this week issued the following statement regarding the guilty pleas of two individuals who illegally poured 200,000 gallons of brine fluid from a shallow well drilling operation down an abandoned well in McKean County:

* DEP Investigation Faults Mining Activity In Ryerson Station Dam Damage


* Webinar- EPA Update On Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Plan On February 25

 

* Webinar- Season Two Of Penn State Manure Du Jour Webinars Kick Off In February

The science, current research, practices and programs for Pennsylvania’s animal agricultural operations and best protection of air and water quality are the focus of a weekly webinar program being held on Thursdays, February 18 – April 16.

* USDA Highlights Impact Of Federal Stimulus Funding On Watershed Restoration


* PA Makes Recommendations On Delaware Reservoir Fisheries Water Releases

The Fish and Boat Commission this week announced the release of a fisheries recommendation for management of water released to Delaware River tributaries from New York City water supply reservoirs.

* Happy Birthday! Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Celebrates 15 Years Of Accomplishment

The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition recently celebrated its 15th birthday in the latest issue of The Catalyst newsletter.

* Spotlight- Water Quality Snapshots Of 200 Mine Drainage Treatment Systems In Datashed

Before and after water quality results for over 200 passive mine drainage treatment systems have now been included in the Datashed water quality database as a result of a unique partnership.

* Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop Set For March 9 In Bethlehem


* Webinar- Penn State Wildlife And The Plants They Love To Hate Webinars Starts March 1

The Pennsylvania Forests Web Seminar Center is pleased to announce a "Wildlife and the Plants They Love to Hate" short webinar series on the first Monday of every month live at noon and again at 7 p.m. beginning on March 1.

* GreenSylvania School Recycling Competition To Go Statewide In 2011

Through a generous sponsorship from Keep America Beautiful, next year's GreenSylvania school recycling program will become a statewide competition for all schools throughout the Commonwealth in 2011, according to the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania.

* Coca-Cola, Keep America Beautiful Partner In Recycling Bin Grant Program


* DEP Awards $20 Million In Recycling Grants, Urges Extension Of Recycling Fee


* 2010 International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest


* EPA, Temple Share Expertise At Electronics Recycling Conference for Colleges, Universities


* Reminder: Deadline For Submitting Host Municipality Inspector Reimbursements March 31

The Department of Environmental Protection published a reminder this week applications for host municipality inspector reimbursements are due March 31.  (formal notice)

* Harrisburg’s Peregrine Falcons Twitter, Live Online Video Now Available

Although the Peregrine falcons that have nested atop Harrisburg’s Rachel Carson State Office Building for most of the past decade aren’t known for “tweeting,” fans of the pair will be able to follow their story this year on Twitter.

* Landscaping For Wildlife Book Offered By Game Commission


* Game Commission Offers Seedlings For Landowners


* Reminder: 2010 PA Environmental Educators Annual Conference March 11-13


* Philadelphia Awarded $17 Million For Regional Bike Trail Network


* Game Commission Habitat Improvement Project Involves Controlled Burns

 

* State Preservation Board Protects Additional 3,346 Acres of Prime Farmland


* PUC Certifies Penn Power Competitive Bidding Process For Transition To Market Rates


* RFP For Alternative Energy Credits Administrator Services Issued By PUC


* Philadelphia Launches Coolest Block Energy Contest


* PEMA Urges Residents To Clear Storm Drains, Prepare Now For Possible Flooding


* Grants & Awards

 

* Quick Clips

 

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

 

* Watershed NewsClips


* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Public Utility Commission published formal notice seeking comments on proposed changes to the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Technical Reference Manual.

* 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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