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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
November 1, 2010
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* Rendell Signs Moratorium On More State Forest Land Drilling, After Leasing 137,000 Acres

Gov. Rendell this week signed an executive order protecting Pennsylvania's state forests from any new natural gas development activities that would disturb the surface of these areas and jeopardize fragile ecosystems.

* PEC Applauds State Forest Drilling Moratorium; Urges Final Action On Severance Tax

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council applauded Gov. Rendell’s signing of an Executive Order prohibiting additional leasing of State Park or Forest land for oil and gas development.

* Gov. Ridge Urges Tom Corbett To Support Marcellus Shale Severance Tax

Former Gov. Tom Ridge told the Allentown Morning Call this week Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett could support a Marcellus Shale natural gas severance tax and not violate his pledge to not raise taxes.

* Sen. Mary Jo White Defends Senate GOP Actions On Severance Tax

Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, this week wrote at letter in response to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette defending actions by Senate Republicans on the Marcellus Shale severance tax. Here's the text of the letter--

* Governor's Race: Take Time To Read Over Candidates' Positions

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* On The Governor's Desk

* DCNR, DEP Establish New Gas Well Development Permit Policy For State Parks, Forests

* DEP Fines Huntley & Huntley Inc. For July 23 Gas Well Tank Explosion

* Marcellus Shale Workforce Resource Center Holds Grand Opening

* Westmoreland County Conservation Awards Banquet November 11

This year’s Westmoreland Conservation District annual awards banquet will be held on a new day – Veterans’ Day, November 11 – and at a new location – the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe.

* Penn State Ag/Environmental Center Sponsors Buffer Workshop November 15

* DEP Soliciting Comments On Stream Water Quality For 13 Streams

* Azavea Creates Web-Based Support System For Philadelphia's Green Stormwater Program

* PA CleanWays, Keep PA Beautiful Merger Finalized

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and PA CleanWays this week announced they have formally completed their merger with the organization’s new bylaws being approved at the Annual Business meeting of the former PA CleanWays network.  

* DCNR Conservation Landscape Initiatives Recognized By Harvard University

* Management Plan For Lower Susquehanna Water Trail Open For Review

* Habitat Protected At Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Federal officials this week dedicated the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, to protect habitat for more than 80 rare species of plants and animals.

* DCNR To Acquire 2,650 Acre Addition To Lackawanna State Forest

* PennDOT Warns Motorists Of Frisky Deer

* 5 Pennsylvania Colleges Rank High In College Sustainability Report Card

* PA Resources Council Holds Annual Wine Tasting and Awards Dinner November 18

* Lancaster County, Turkey Hill, PPL Renewable Energy Harness Wind Power

* GlaxSmithKline Installs Largest Rooftop Solar Array

* Keystone HELP Energy Efficiency Loan Program Expanded For Homeowners

* Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program To Open Nov. 1

* Environmental Heritage- Educational Display Honors Maurice K. Goddard

As part of the multi-year Goddard Legacy Project, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation together with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources unveiled an educational interpretive panel recently at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center honoring the life and work of Maurice K. Goddard (1912-1995).

* 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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