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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 31, 2010
(5/31/2010)
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* House Ds Fail To Muster Votes For Severance Tax Bill, Deficit Gets Bigger


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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--

* House Environmental Committee Moves Oil & Gas, Solar Bills

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out bills this week to increase minimum oil and gas royalties and provide more protection for ground and surface waters from drilling as well as a bill to promote solar energy systems.

* Hornaman Bill Would Open Door To Wind Energy On Lake Erie

House Bill 2342 (Hornaman-D-Erie), which would open the door for the harnessing of wind energy via off-shore wind turbines in Lake Erie, was passed by the House this week and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

* Freeman Bill Would Provide Tax Incentives, Grants For Preservation Projects


* Sen. Baker Pushes Water Protection Measures Related To Drilling

In response to citizen and community concerns about the safety of water resources, Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Lackawanna) is preparing a series of bills to provide additional protections to drinking water sources.

* PennDOT/State Police: Drilling Activities Bringing Heavy Road Use, Crime To PA


* Marcellus Shale Coalition Claims 200,000+ Jobs Being Created


* DEP Proposes To Exempt Certain Drilling Activities From Air Quality Permits


* Shell Buys East Resources For $4.7 Billion, Williams Buys Gas Leases For $501 Million


* Marcellus Shale Coalition Unveils New, Interactive Online Headquarters


* Volunteers Needed For Ohio River Sweep Cleanup On June 19


* Save The Date: Ohio River Watershed Celebration Set For September 15

The 2010 Ohio River Watershed Celebration will be held on September 15 with Consol Energy as the prime sponsor of the event.

* NRCS Provides $1.1 Million To Protect Private Forest Land In Pennsylvania


* Allegheny Land Trust Cleans Up Polluted Mine Drainage into Chartiers Creek

In celebration of World Environment Day being held in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Land Trust is holding a public event to unveil its Abandoned Mine Drainage treatment system at its Wingfield Pines Conservation  area in Upper St. Clair on June 3.

* DEP Increases Remining Incentive Financial Guarantees


* SCRIP Sponsors Fishing Tournament July 10 To Highlight Improved Water Quality


* DEP Employee Responds to Gulf Oil Spill


* New PennDOT Website Offers Ways To Green Your Commute


* Mayor Nutter Releases Greenworks Philadelphia Progress Report, Plans For 2011


* Tom Ridge Environmental Center Earns Green Building Certification


* Penn State Solar-Powered Home Gets New Life At Bayer MaterialScience


* Alternative Energy Teacher Workshops Set For June, July

Join the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Education, Erie County Conservation District, Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy, Harrisburg Area Community College, Green Center of Central Pennsylvania and Dickinson College’s Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education for a free Introductory Alternative Energy Educator’s Workshop to be held on the following dates and locations:

* Teachers Can Broaden Energy Horizons With Free Summer Workshops From PPL


* Game Commission Offers Project WILD Programs For Educators


* Nature Journaling Workshop For Teachers Set For June 28-29


* Applications Now Being Accepted For Grants To Protect Non-Game Species


* Two Year Land Conservation Effort At Michaux State Forest Completed


* Municipalities Preserving Open Space And Developing Green Projects With PECO Dollars


* Carbon County Celebrates Opening Of Jim Thorpe Trailhead, D&L Trail


* The Allegheny Front: New Canoe Record, Marcellus Shale For School, World E Day

The Allegheny Front radio program added three new offering this week online-- first an attempt by Venture Outdoors in Pittsburgh to break the canoe/kayak flotilla record, an effort by school districts to cash in on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling for revenue and more on World Environment Day in Pittsburgh.

* PA Environmental Professionals Announce 2010 Member Awards

The PA Association of Environmental Professionals announced their 2010 PAEP Member Awards this week. The winners include:

* Gov. Ridge Keynotes John C. Oliver Environmental Stewardship Award Program June 23


* DCNR Salutes Employees’ Award-Winning Efforts

On May 5 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley gave out awards recognizing the contributions and achieves of DCNR employees across the state.  The event was attended by the recipients, their families and co-workers.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Project In Indiana County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of the opportunity to bid on an abandoned mine reclamation project in Indiana County.

* 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 revising air quality permit exemption list for certain oil and gas production facilities and asking for comments and notice of Nutrient Credit Trading actions related to the Cove Area Regional Digester.

* 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

Send your stories, photos and videos about your project, environmental issues or programs for publication in the PA Environment Digest to:  DHess@CrisciAssociates.com.

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