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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
October 18, 2010
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* Senate Adjourns Before Agreement On Severance Tax, House NOT Coming Back Early

UPDATED STORY. With action on several of Gov. Rendell's key legislative priorities-- transportation funding and alternative energy-- off the table, the only high profile environmental issue left is action on a proposed severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production.

* Growing Greener Coalition: We All Lose If Severance Tax Not Adopted

Andrew Heath, Executive Director of the Renew Growing Greener Coalition, released this statement encouraging action on the severance tax--

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* Bills On Governor's Desk

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* Senate Committee Hears Revised Homeland Security Plan From Rendell Administration

At a follow-up hearing this week, Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee heard from Steven Crawford, Gov. Rendell's Chief of Staff, on revised plans for collecting and evaluating information on possible terrorist threats in the Commonwealth.

* Rep. Ross Named To EPA Environmental Advisory Committee

Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) has been appointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to serve on the agency's Local Government Advisory Committee. The 30-member committee provides advice to the EPA on environmental issues affecting communities.

* Academy Of Natural Sciences: Marcellus Shale Needs Scientific Study To Set Guidelines

The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia is calling for a comprehensive research plan that would result in guidelines and an assessment tool for regulators and managers in order to minimize the environmental impact of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

* EQB Adopts New Gas Well Construction Standards To Prevent Gas Migration

* Nominations Now Being Accepted For DCNR's 2011 River Of The Year

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers are now accepting nominations for DCNR's 2011 River of the Year recognition.  This year nominations will be accepted from the Ohio River Basin.

* Friends Of Wissahickon Set Water Quality Program For November 4

* Reminder: EPA Public Meetings On Chesapeake Bay TMDL Next Week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold four public meetings in Pennsylvania next week to discuss the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) – a strict “pollution diet” to restore local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.

* Northeast Environmental Partners Recognize 2010 Award Recipients

* Spotlight- A Conversation With Matt Ehrhart, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences recently awarded the Outstanding Alumni honor to Matt Ehrhart, PA Office Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

* Spotlight- Rodale Institute Organic Agriculture Featured On Growing A Greener World

The PBS program Growing A Greener World will feature a story on the Rodale Institute, the Berks County-based pioneer of organic farming and gardening.

* Berks County Extreme Recycling Home Makeover To Air October 24

* Western PA Conservancy Gardens, Others Win 2010 Community Greening Awards

Fourteen community gardens planted and maintained by volunteers and staff of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy have received 2010 Community Greening Awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

* DCNR Invests $23 Million To Improve Recreation, Conservation Opportunities In 65 Counties

* PEC, POWR Receive DCNR Funding For Trails, EACs And Establishing Meadows

* Latest Natural Biodiversity Newsletter the Leaflet Now Online, Annual Meeting Oct. 27

* Raptor Migration In Central Pennsylvania Presentation Nov. 2 In State College

The ClearWater Conservancy is hosting an Adventure in Conservation program entitled, "Raptor Migration in Central Pennsylvania" on November 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. at Centre Furnace Mansion in State College.

* Hawk And Hike Day At Waggoner's Gap Set For October 30

* Trail Ambassadors Lead Fall Walks In The Wissahickon Watershed

* Game Commission To Webcast Replay Of October 4-5 Board Meeting

* Opportunity To Bid On Well Plugging Project In Warren County

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

* PUC To Hold Gas Utility Reliability Hearing November 4


* PPL: Small Businesses Can Save Big Dollars With Energy Assessment Program

* Senate Lauds PA Companies Aiding In Chilean Mine Rescue

* George Love Named New State Geologist

DCNR Secretary John Quigley announced the appointment of George Love to the position of director, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey

* Spotlight- Autumn Leaves Should Fall, Not Burn

By Jill Reigh, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania

* Opinion- Marcellus Works Will Create Jobs and Secure Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

By Rep. Stanley Saylor

* Environmental Heritage- DCNR At 15: Erie Bluffs State Park Added To System

In December 2003, the largest tract of undeveloped land remaining on the Lake Erie shoreline was purchased by a Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, with the intention that it be turned over to DCNR to become a state park. The “Coho tract”—a 540-acre parcel of shoreline in western Erie County—was acquired from Reliant Energy. The project was made possible with the help of grants from Richard King Mellon Foundation and DCNR. The Conservation Fund provided bridge funding for the acquisition through its Great Lakes Revolving Loan Fund.

* 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

* 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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