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Feb. 28, 2011
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* House Hearing On Severance Tax, Groups Urge Renewal Of Growing Greener

* Senate Committee To Hold Confirmation Hearing For Secretary Of DEP March 2

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meets to consider the nomination of Acting Secretary Michael Krancer for Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection on March 2.

* Corbett Administration Puts $364.3 Million In Budgetary Reserve

* Did You Know You Can Search Nearly 7 Years Of Digests On Any Topic?

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Sen. Mary Jo White Applauds Corbett's Repeal Of Rendell State Lands Drilling Permit Policy

Sen. Mary Jo White (R-Venango), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, applauded Gov. Corbett for repealing the policy of imposing additional restrictions on oil and gas drilling on State Park and Forest Land as part of the Department of Environmental Protection's standard well-permitting process. 

* House Committee Holds Hearing On Pipeline Safety Bill

* Environmental Synopsis Features Presentation On Maurice K. Goddard

The February issue of the Environmental Synopsis published by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee features an article on Maurice K. Goddard, former long-time Secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources.

* DEP Continues To Investigate Drilling Tank Fire In Washington County

The Department of Environmental Protection continues to investigate the cause of a February 23 tank fire at a natural gas drilling site on the Joseph Powers Farm in Independence Township, Washington County.

* DEP: 446 Million Gallons Of Marcellus Drilling Waste Produced In Last 6 Months Of 2010

* Fish & Boat Commission In $25,000 Settlement For Illegal Drilling Discharge In Warren

* DEP Rescinds, Announces Comment Periods On Several More Oil And Gas Policies


* Opinion- Scary Scenario For State Forests

By Rep. Camille "Bud" George

* Audubon/Toyota Alliance Seeks Applications For Conservation Leadership/Project Grants

TogetherGreen, a conservation alliance between the National Audubon Society and Toyota, is now accepting applications for its 2011 class of  Fellows and Innovation Grants.   Applications are due May 2.

* ClearWater Conservancy Awarded DEP Grant To Improve Spring Creek Headwaters

* DEP Invites Comments On Special Protection Status Of 11 Streams

* Presenters, Volunteers Needed for 2011 Pennsylvania Children's Water Festival

* Trail Ambassadors Host Walks In The Wissahickon In March

The Friends of the Wissahickon are offering free nature walks in Wissahickon Valley Park in Montgomery County this March led by FOW Trail Ambassadors.

* DEP Gives Aqua PA Clean Bill Of Health On New Emlenton Water System

* PA Section-American Water Works Association Conference April 19-21

The PA Section American Water Works Association will hold its 63rd Annual Conference in Hershey on April 19-21. Conference schedule and registration information is available at the PA-AWWA website.

* Special March 5 Events At Beaver County High Hazard Dams, Trout Season Begins In April

* ClearWater Conservancy Adds Water Resources, Outreach Coordinators

* Coca-Cola, Heinz Announce Expanded Use Of PlantBottle Packaging

The Coca-Cola Company and Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Company this week announced a strategic partnership that enables Heinz to produce its ketchup bottles using Coca-Cola's breakthrough PlantBottle packaging

* DEP Releases New Database Of Available PA Brownfield Properties, Invites Additions

* Gov. Corbett Appoints Robert F. Powelson As Public Utility Commission Chair

Gov. Tom Corbett this week appointed Robert F. Powelson of Chester County to serve as chairman of the Public Utility Commission, or PUC. Powelson has served as a PUC commissioner since June 2008.

* Blue Mountain School District EPA Energy Star Leader

* Harrisburg University Hosts BioEnergy Innovative Technologies Summit March 15

* Saint Francis Renewable Energy Center To Provide Wind Evaluations For Landowners

The Saint Francis University Renewable Energy Center was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to provide reports on wind resources for Pennsylvanian landowners. 

* Penn State: Mimicking Photosynthesis Path To Solar Derived Hydrogen Fuel

* PUC Updates Manual To Assess Energy Savings From Efficiency Measures

* Penn State: DOE Grant Joins Climate Modeling With Local, Regional Data

* Do Something Wild With Your State Income Tax Return: Support Wild Resources Fund

Don’t forget Pennsylvania’s wild things and wild places when you file your PA income tax return this year.

* DCNR Invites Developers, Students To Create Mobile Apps For

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and its partners are inviting developers and students to enter a new contest to develop mobile apps for the website.  Deadline for entries is April 15.

* Hopewell Big Woods Educator's Workshop May 2

* PFBC: Cuts To Federal Conservation Funding Put Aquatic Resources At Risk

* Game Commission Seeks Input On Partnership With Private Landowners

* PA Farmland Preservation Board Protects Another 3,819 Acres

* Reports Of Dead Barn Owls Wanted By Game Commission

Game Commission wildlife biologists are seeking information from the general public about dead barn owls that may have succumbed to starvation during the long periods of snow and ice that covered much of Pennsylvania this winter. 

* Wildlands Conservancy Offers Spring Environmental Programs

The Wildlands Conservancy is offering a variety of environmental programs in March for all age groups.  Click Here to learn more.

* March 12 Nature Of Gardening Winter Workshop: Landscapes For Life

* PA Horticultural Society Philadelphia International Flower Show March 6-13

* Wild & Scenic Film Festival Brings National Tour To Harrisburg April 26

The national Wild & Scenic Film Festival tour will make a stop at the Wesley Center of the Camp Hill United Methodist Church on April 26.

* John Quigley Joins PennFuture As Advisor, Consultant

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future announced former Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley is joining the organization as a strategic advisor and consultant.

* In Memorium: Dr. Colson E. Blakeslee

Dr. Colson E. Blakeslee, long-time member of the Board of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, an avid fisherman and conservationist and a catalyst for environmental change passed away February 19.

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

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

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* 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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