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Feb. 7, 2011
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* Corbett Names George Greig Secretary Of Agriculture

Gov. Tom Corbett this week announced he intends to nominate George Greig, a farmer and agriculture leader from Linesville, Crawford County, as Secretary of Agriculture.

* 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--

* Rep. Mundy Reintroduces Bills To Protect PA Waters From Gas Drilling

Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne) has reintroduced a package of bills to ensure Pennsylvania's environment, particularly its drinking water supply, is protected from the natural gas drilling industry.

* Sen. Yaw's Legislative Priorities Center On Marcellus Shale Issues

As the Senate begins a new legislative session, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) has introduced a number of bills that address issues relating to the growing Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania, closing loopholes in Megan's Law and further reforming practices in state government.

* SRBC Releases Findings From Water Quality Monitoring In 4 Watersheds


* DEP Issues Report On Air Quality Impacts From NE Marcellus Shale Development

* DEP Fines General Energy Company For Drilling Airfoam Discharge In Lycoming

* Heinz Endowments Awards Marcellus Shale Research Grant To Penn State

* Opinion- Penn State Prof: Philadelphia City Council Misses Mark On Marcellus Shale Gas

In the midst of political debate over natural gas development in Philadelphia, Penn State Geosciences Professor Michael Arthur highlights the incongruities in local anti-fracking movements:

* Laser Northeast Gathering Co. Breaks Ground For New Natural Gas Pipeline

* PA Lake Management Society Accepting Applications For Restoration Grants

* Annual Pond & Lake Management Conference March 2-3, Photo Contest Entires Invited

The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society will hold its annual Pond and Lake Management Conference on March 2-3 in State College.  The theme of this year's conference is "Shoreline Stabilization, Buffers and Lake BMPs."

* Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

* Mine Reclamation At No Cost To Commonwealth In Westmoreland

* PA American Water Accepting Environmental Grant Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 PA American Water Environmental Grant Program.  Applications are due March 25.

* Innovating Policy For Chesapeake Bay Restoration Event March 29

* Spotlight- Congress Eliminates Funding For Susquehanna Flood Warning System

By Paul Swartz, Susquehanna River Basin Commission

* TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Planting Program Seeking Applications

* Hands-On Tree Tender 2011 Course Schedule In Southeast PA


* Ecological Landscaping: Land Ethics Symposium February 17

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is hosting a Land Ethics Symposium on February 17 at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhore, Pa in Bucks County.

* Explore The Wissahickon With FOW Trail Ambassadors This Month

Trail Ambassadors from the Friends of the Wissahickon are offering two free nature walks in Wissahickon Valley Park in February.   The walks include:

* PA-AWWA Sponsors Residential Sprinkler, Valve Workshops March 8


* U.S. Senator Casey Returns To Senate Agriculture Committee

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced he will return to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  Senator Casey has been a member of the Agriculture Committee since he took office in 2007.  

* Feb. 15 PA Recycling Industries Congress Showcases Economic Importance of Recycling

* PROP 4th Annual Recycling FilmFest Call For Entries

* February Issue Of Environmental Ed Connections Newsletter From PCEE

The February EE Connections newsletter is now available from the PA Center for Environmental Education.  Here are just some of topics covered in this month's newsletter--

* Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation Honors Award Recipients May 3

* PA Environment Ride From The Susquehanna To The Schuylkill June 24-26

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is sponsoring a unique biking event from the Susquehanna to the Schuylkill River-- the Pennsylvania Environment Ride-- June 24-26.

* Become A Community Greening Volunteer In Western PA

* Wildlands Conservancy Offers February Education Programs

* Game Commission Board Approves Mineral Leases, Purchases

The Board of Game Commissioners this week approved a donation of land in Lehigh County, and two acquisitions of land in Centre and Blair counties.

* 2011-12 Season, Bag Limits Proposed By Game Commission

The Board of Game Commissioners this week gave preliminary approval to hunting and trapping seasons and bag limits for 2011-12, including big and small game seasons and furbearer seasons.

* Four Great Ways To Support Your State Parks And State Forests

* DCNR: Embrace Winter, Welcome Signs Of Spring At Nature Inn At Bald Eagle

Visitors to Pennsylvania’s Nature Inn at Bald Eagle in Centre County can enjoy an up-close experience with nature, no matter what the weather.

* Business, Conservation Leaders Join Wildlife For Everyone Foundation Board

* Chester County Recognizes West Chester University With Green Business Award


* DOE Converts Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve To Ultra Low Sulfur

* EPA: Commonwealth Ranks 5th In Green Power Usage

* DCED Awards $4 Million In Energy Related Grants

* PUC Reports 13,859 Pennsylvanians Without Access To Central Heat

* Sen. Yudichak Supports President Obama's Energy Efficiency Plan

Following President Barack Obama’s visit to Penn State’s Main campus where he discussed his plans energy conservation and investing in clean energy this week, Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) said he is glad that the president is putting the spotlight on clean energy.

* Pennsylvanians Agree Nuclear Energy Is Necessary To Achieve Obama's Clean Energy Goals

The PA Energy Alliance this week applauded President Obama's support of nuclear power as an energy source that will be necessary to meet his goal of obtaining 80 percent of the country's electricity from clean energy sources by 2035 as outlined in his recent State of the Union Address. 

* EPA Accepting Applications For Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program

* Society Of Women Environmental Professionals Capital Chapter Conference March 3

* DEP Citizens Advisory Council Releases 2010 Annual Report

* Russell Redding Named Dean Of Agriculture At Delaware Valley College

Delaware Valley College has named Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture in the Rendell Administration, as Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

* Former DEP Secretary John Hanger Joins Eckert Seamans

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Merlott, LLC announced this week former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger will join the firm as a Special Counsel.

* Help Wanted: Western PA Conservancy Seeking Applicants For Several Positions

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

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a well plugging contract in Venango 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

* 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

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