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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Nov. 22, 2010
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* Nature Conservancy Study Reveals Marcellus Shale, Wind Energy Impacts In PA

Energy development in Pennsylvania over the next 20 years could transform the Commonwealth’s iconic forests and impact several hundred thousand acres of key habitat for songbirds, salamanders and trout, according to a new study released this week by The Nature Conservancy.

* EQB Approves $7.8 Million More In Air Permit Fees, New DEP Fees Total $27.7 Million

The Environmental Quality Board this week approved a $7.8 million increase in Air Quality permit fees and approved for public comment $8.1 million in Drinking Water permit fee increases.
            DEP finalized $27.7 million in fee increases over the last year to make up for dramatic cuts to the agency's staff and General Fund budget over the last 8 years.  Over $11 million in fee increases have been proposed, but not finalized.

* Spotlight- Federal Court Ruling Threatens PA Watershed-Based Abandoned Mine Land Cleanup

By Amy G. Wolfe, Director, Eastern Abandoned Mine Program, Trout Unlimited

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* Bills On Governor's Desk

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* Power Shifts To West In General Assembly, Governor's Office

That earthquake you felt this week was the power shifting from East to West in the House and Senate Caucus elections for Leadership. This on top of the election of a new Governor from Pittsburgh.

* Senate Panel Hears Testimony On Economic Impact Of Marcellus Shale

The emergence of the gas drilling industry in Northeast Pennsylvania has brought a huge magnitude of economic and workforce opportunities to the area, according to those testifying at a public hearing held this week at Penn College by the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

* Penn State: Hunters May Be Surprised By Level Of Marcellus Shale Gas Activities

Pennsylvania hunters venturing out this fall may be surprised by the level of disturbance and activity on public lands in the northcentral, northeastern and southwestern regions of the state, according to a wildlife expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

* DEP: IRRC Unanimously OKs Tougher Drilling Standards

A set of new standards that will make natural gas wells safer were approved unanimously this week by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.

* PA Chamber: DEP Secretary's Comments Exemplify Agency's Approach To Marcellus Shale

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry this week called Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger’s recent comments on how Gov.-elect Tom Corbett will handle regulation of the Marcellus Shale industry unfair and unnecessary.

* Corbett Agenda- Regulating The Natural Gas Industry

As part of his campaign platform, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett laid out a series of commitments on protecting the environment, developing Pennsylvania's energy resources, enhancing agriculture and promoting sportsmen's  issues.

* 50,000 Acres Of Marcellus Shale Lands Sold For Over $400 Million In Bradford

* DCNR Approves Four Watershed Conservation Plans, Adds To Rivers Registry

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week published notice it has approved four Watershed Conservation Plans.  They include--

* Freshwater Mussels Discovered In Urban Delaware River

* Spotlight- Investor-Owned Water Utilities Lead The Way In Infrastructure Investments

Aqua America, Inc. Chairman Nicholas DeBenedictis said this week investor-owned water and wastewater companies like Aqua America are leading the way in solving America’s water and wastewater utility infrastructure needs.

* ClearWater Conservancy Offers Delicious Holiday Fundraising Idea

ClearWater Conservancy, along with their friends at Tait Farm Foods, is pleased to offer the community a wonderful gift giving opportunity this holiday season.  

* Holiday Gifts: New Fishing Licenses Go On Sale December 1

The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for anglers to get a jump on the 2011 sporting season. Anglers can purchase a 2011 license beginning December 1, which gives them a bonus month for free.

* Be A Friends Of The Wissahickon Trail Ambassador

The Friends of the Wissahickon are looking for volunteers to work as Trail Ambassadors in Wissahickon Valley Park. The application deadline is January 7.

* Corbett Agenda- Back To Basics At DEP, Incentives For Brownfields, Grayfields Redevelopment

As part of his campaign platform, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett laid out a series of commitments on protecting the environment, developing Pennsylvania's energy resources, enhancing agriculture and promoting sportsmen's  issues.

* RecycleBank Celebrates America Recycles Day 2010

* Franklin & Marshall Kicks-Off Food Composting Program

Franklin & Marshall recently introduced food-waste composting to three locations on campus in the College’s latest initiative to encourage sustainability and environmental stewardship.

* Boating Access Workshop Set For December 14 In Harrisburg

* Pittsburgh, Norristown Named Pathways to Green Schools Pilot Districts

* HACC Green Center Receives Clean Energy Award

* $8 Million Given To 21 Alternative Energy Projects

* PUC Issues Proposed Updates To Manual Used To Evaluate Energy Savings

* Pennsylvania Achieves Part Of Home Weatherizing Goals

* Direct Energy Offers Furnace Tune-Up For Philadelphia Electricity Customers

* Eagles Plan To Power Football Stadium With Onsite, Renewable Energy

The Philadelphia Eagles this week announced a plan to power Lincoln Financial Field with a combination of onsite wind, solar and dual-fuel generated electricity, making it the world’s first major sports stadium to convert to self-generated renewable energy.

* PA Sustainable Energy Board Holds Annual Meeting December 7

* Grants & Awards

* Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Environmental Quality Board published notice of final regulations implementing and setting fees under the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act and setting emission standards for certain coating processes.

* Calendar Of Events

* Stories Invited

* Supporting Member PA Outdoor Writers Assn./PA Trout Unlimited

PA Environment Digest is a supporting member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers AssociationPennsylvania Council Trout Unlimited and the Doc Fritchey Chapter Trout Unlimited.

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