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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 30, 2010
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* Rendell Proposes Oil Company Tax, Driver/Vehicle Fee Increases For Transportation

Gov. Rendell this week unveiled what he said would be a $1 billion increase in annual transportation-- highway and transit-- funding. His plan (no surprises here) includes--

* Did You Know You Can Search Nearly 6 Years Of Digests On Any Topic?

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* New Bill Would Reinsert County Conservation Districts Into Marcellus Shale Oversight

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia) announced her intention this week to introduce legislation to restore county conservation districts' authority over erosion and sediment control in the Marcellus Shale region.

* August Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

* Public Overwhelmingly Supports Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Production Tax

A new poll this week found the public overwhelmingly supported a Marcellus Shale natural gas production severance tax, regardless of which area of the state they come from.

* New Drilling Wastewater Regulations Now In Effect, Water Recycling Promoted

New wastewater treatment standards for total dissolved solids, which will apply to gas well drilling wastewater, and that protect aquatic life and drinking water supplies, are now in effect and enforceable, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced this week.

* 41 Marcellus Operators Miss Production Reporting Deadline

* Marcellus Shale Coalition: Become A Friend Of Marcellus

* Video Blog: Register Now For The Ohio River Watershed Celebration On September 15

Touch the water and be touched by the overwhelming success of decades of hard work to clean up the Ohio River Watershed by joining in the 9th Annual Ohio River Watershed Celebration.

* EPA Highlights Wastewater Cleanup Progress In Presque Isle Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Healthy Waters Blog for Region III this week highlights the progress being made in wastewater cleanup in Presque Isle Bay in Erie County.

* Penn State Webinar: Assessing BMPs In Spring Creek Watershed September 1

The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center will sponsor a webinar on September 1 at 1:30 p.m. on Assessing BMPs in Spring Creek Watershed.

* Westmoreland County Forestry Workshop September 25

The Westmoreland County Conservation District is sponsoring a Forestry I Workshop on September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the District Office in Greensburg and in the adjacent, natural wooded area of Ann Rudd Saxman Nature Park.  

* Delaware Estuary Pennsylvania Coast Day Set For September 11

* Registrations For 2011 Rivers Conservation Youth Camp Now Being Accepted


* RAVE Photographic Expedition Moves Thru PA, Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A team of nationally and internationally known photographers from the International League of Conservation Photographers has donated its time to help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation fight to reduce pollution in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay.

* Pittsburgh Hard To Recycle Collection Event September 25

The City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Health Department, PA Resources Council and other partners will hold a Hard To Recycle Collection Event on September 25 at the City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services Center, 3001 Railroad St., Pittsburgh from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
            Click here for details on what will be accepted and fees.

* Keystone Elk Country Alliance, DCNR To Operate Elk Country Visitor Center

* Great PA Outdoor Challenge September 10 To October 10

Get outdoors on behalf of State Parks and State Forests by participating in the Great Pennsylvania Outdoor Challenge! Joining is easy—take part in one of many events across the Commonwealth, or create your own.

* DCNR Now Offering 2011 State Parks Calendar

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now offering a 10 x 13 inch deluxe 16-month wall calendar featuring beautiful scenes from the Pennsylvania's State Parks. They have a full page for each month starting with September 2010 through December 2011.

* Game Commission Seeks Citizen Advisory Committee Volunteers

* State Farmland Board Preserves 4,528 Acres On 40 Farms In 16 Counties


* One Block Off The Grid Kicks Off Pittsburgh’s First Solar Group Purchase


* Penn State Receives More Than $129 Million To Lead Energy Innovation Hub

* KEEA Energy Efficiency Conference September 21

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Well Plugging Project In Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of the opportunity to bid on a well plugging project in Warren County.

* Grants & Awards

* Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Watershed NewsClips

* 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.

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