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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
April 19, 2010
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* Quigley Confirmed As DCNR Secretary, More Drilling On State Forest Land Likely

John Quigley was unanimously confirmed as the third Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, but not before hearing the Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee say more natural gas drilling on State Forest land may be needed to balance the budget.

* Groups Urge Governor, General Assembly To Suspend State Forest Gas Leasing

The Pennsylvania Environmental CouncilPA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Audubon and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation this week wrote to Gov. Rendell and every member of the Senate and House urging them to suspend any further leasing of State Forest land for Marcellus Shale drilling until the environmental impact of the drilling can be assessed.

* Growing Greener III Renewal, Refocusing Strategy To Be Unveiled At May 1 Summit

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds is pleased to announce the unveiling of the Growing Greener III Strategy. Andrew Heath, renew Growing Greener Coalition Leader, will provide the reauthorization strategy to attendees of “What’s Next for Water Quality in Pennsylvania?” 

* Add Your Organization To List Supporting A Renewal, Refocusing Of Growing Greener

Growing Greener is nearly out of money. Very few Growing Greener grants will be awarded in the coming years unless the state invests new money in the program. That is unlikely to happen unless the new governor is seriously committed to renewing Growing Greener.

* State Budget Springs Another $800 Million Leak


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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

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

* Senate/House Bills Moving

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

* PUC Chair Opposes Creation Of State Power Authority

* April 19 Environmental Forum Features PA CleanWays, Center For Rural PA

* Opinion- Rep. George: Attack Of The Gas Industry!

Rep. Camille George (D-Clearfield), Majority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, this week said money and misinformation are the hallmarks of a gas industry attack titled, "Rep. George's fact-free fact-finding mission."

* Winners Of Governor's Environmental Awards To Be Featured At April 20 Dinner

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council announced this week the 16 winners of the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence will be celebrated at a special awards dinner in Harrisburg on April 20.     

* CBF: Comprehensive Study Of Marcellus Shale Drilling Impacts Needed

The Senior Scientist in Pennsylvania for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation this week recommended state environmental and wildlife agencies conduct a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of the cumulative environmental and quality of life impacts from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in the state.

* DEP Issues Cabot Oil & Gas Second Order To Correct Water Problems In Dimock

The Department of Environmental Protection this week issued a second order to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. requiring the company to take extensive actions and help the residents of Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, affected by the company's drilling activities.

* PennDOT Revokes Permit For Chesapeake Energy In Bradford County

* Stage Set For Landmark Marcellus Shale Conference On May 3-4 In Pittsburgh

* Video Blog- Green Cities, Clean Water Initiative In Philadelphia

* Advocacy Group Endorses NY/PA White Paper On Delaware River Tailwaters Ecosystem

* DEP To Conduct Annual Water Treatment Plant Operator Training During May

The Department of Environmental Protection will offer its annual filter workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 20 in Brackenridge, Allegheny County.  

* Earth Day At 40- Let's Pick It Up PA Everyday Kicks Off On April 17

This year we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the nationwide teach-in that kick-started many of the major environmental programs we have today. In this section each week the PA Environment Digest will highlight upcoming Earth Day events.  Submit your events for this page to:

* Earth Day: PA Parks & Forests Foundation Says Use It, Love It, Save It

* Earth Day: Exelon Nuclear, Three Mile Island And Area Schools Bring Earth Day To Life

* Earth Day: York County 40th Earth Day Celebration, Cleanup On April 17

* Earth Day: Volunteers Wanted For PA CleanWays Cleanups In Armstrong, Perry Counties

PA CleanWays will hold a litter and illegal dump cleanup on Hemlock Road, South Bend Township in Armstrong County on May 1.

* Earth Day: Volunteers Needed For Clinton County Cleanup April 24

* Delaware Port Authority Reducing Carbon Footprint

* Southwest HHW Task Force Sponsors May 1 Household Chemical Collect Event

* DEP Issues Waste Transportation Safety Program Issues Annual Report

* Spotlight- Third Report On State Performance Issued Covering 2008-09

The Rendell Administration this week issued its third annual Report on State Performance which tracks the accomplishments of 31 state agencies in FY 2008-09.

* PA Environmental Professionals Annual Conference May 12-14

* EPA Announces Video Contest On Rulemaking

* Chester County Now Accepting Nominations For Green Business Awards

* Riverside Mews Receives Designation For Pittsburgh's First Net-Zero Energy Home

* Wexford Giant Eagle, GetGo Receive Green Building Certification

* PPL Energy Achievement Program Helps Schools Obtain Energy Star Rating

* PUC Releases Quarterly Electric Price Comparisons Of Capped Vs. Market Rates

The Public Utility Commission this week released its quarterly comparison between current market prices for electric generation and capped rates currently paid by consumers.  The PUC said the numbers validate the importance of current and future steps to mitigate potentially significant electricity rate increases.

* Smart Meter Plans For 5 Utilities Approved By PUC

* EPA Now Accepting Small Business Innovation Research Proposals

* Pennsylvania Schools Awarded PPL Project Earth Education Grants

* Montgomery County Park Wins Inaugural DCNR/PRPS Green Park Award

* Wild Resource Festival May 1 At Tom Ridge Environmental Center

* Community Tree Management Institute Offered By Penn State May 20-21

* Live Bluebird Nestbox Camera Returns To Game Commission Website

In an effort to garner appreciation for wildlife, especially the state's bluebird population, the Game Commission launched this year's webcasting of a live video feed from a bluebird nestbox on the grounds of its Harrisburg Headquarters.

* Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation Unveils Merchandise On Website

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Well Plugging Project In Elk, Venango Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a well plugging project in Elk and Venango counties.

* Feature- From Superfund To Super Habitat: Lehigh Gap Nature Center

by Diane Husic and Dan Kunkle

* Feature- Balancing Dollars With Sense: As Natural Gas Drilling Intensifies, State Eyes Tax

The following is a guest essay by Jill Ercolino, Managing Editor of Pennsylvania Township News, published by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. This originally appeared in the April 2010 issue of their publication, Pennsylvania Township News.

* 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 NewsClips

* Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of nutrient trading actions, a correction notice on comments related to the Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report and a revised list of firms certified to perform radon-related activities (Pa Bulletin, page 2059).  The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published notice executing gas lease in Clearfield County.

* 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.

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