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March 28, 2011
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* Computer Upgrade May Disrupt April 4 PA Environment Digest Delivery

* Richard J. Allan Nominated To Lead Dept. of Conservation And Natural Resources

Gov. Tom Corbett this week nominated Richard J. Allan, of Camp Hill, Cumberland County, as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

* Lt. Governor Chairs First Meeting Of Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley called the first meeting of the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission to order this week saying Pennsylvania has an unprecedented opportunity to improve the economic well-being of Commonwealth residents over the next 50 to 100 years, if we develop the state's Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves in the right way economically and environmentally.

* Corbett Will Look At Marcellus Shale Community Impact Fee Proposals

Gov. Tom Corbett this week said he would listen to proposals for enacting a Marcellus Shale drilling impact in response to reporters' questions, as long as those proposals do not send money to the state's General Fund.

* Poll: 70% Of Voters Support Marcellus Shale Tax, 65% Oppose More State Forest Drilling

Yet another poll this week by Susquehanna Polling found 70 percent of those polled support a Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction tax, including 62 percent of registered Republicans.  

* Philadelphia Council Calls For Renewal Of Growing Greener Program

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition this week applauded Philadelphia City Council for supporting a resolution calling for the renewal of Growing Greener, the state’s primary source of funding to help local communities preserve open space and farmland, protect water quality, provide parks and recreation, and clean up abandoned mines.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Budget: DEP Says Illegal Dumping Of Drilling Wastewater Not Widespread

Acting Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer told the Senate Appropriations Committee this week the illegal dumping of Marcellus Shale drilling wastewater is not a widespread practice in spite of the impression left by a recent case in Greene County.

* Sen. Yudichak Voices Concern Over DEP Budget

Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chair Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, expressed concerns  about environmental protection issues and budget cuts to some programs in the state Department of Environmental Protection at the Senate budget hearing on DEP this week.

* Environmental Groups, Legislators Call For End Of DEP Budget Cuts

Following the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed Department of Environmental Protection budget this week, a group of legislators and environmental organizations held a press conference calling for an end to DEP budget cuts, an overwhelming majority of which were made by the Rendell Administration over the last eight years.

* Budget: DCNR To Constantly Reevaluate Need For Staff To Oversee Marcellus Shale Drilling

Cindy Dunn, Acting Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, told the Senate Appropriations Committee this week DCNR takes seriously its stewardship responsibility over State Forest and State Park lands and said they have an obligation to constantly reevaluate the need for staff to oversee Marcellus Shale natural gas development on these lands.

* Proposed Federal Budget Will Zero-Out Farm Conservation Programs

The Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council this week called on congressional leaders to preserve federal funding for conservation and economic development through the national RC&D program, which receives funding through the National Resource Conservation Service. 

* March Environmental Synopsis: Water Is The Oil Of The 21st Century

* DEP Shuts Down Company Accused Of Dumping Drilling, Other Wastewater

* DEP Shuts Down Potter County Gas Well Construction Site

* Operation FracNET: 131 Trucks Placed Out Of Service By State Police

* Water Well Owners Wanted For Marcellus Drilling Impact Study By Penn State

* Penn State: State, Local Tax Revenues Increase In Marcellus Shale Areas

* Natural Gas Exposition In, Around State Capitol April 5-6

* Industry Group Launches Marcellus Shale Quarterly Magazine

* Conservation Groups Form First Coalition In Delaware River Watershed

For the first time ever, a coalition of key conservation groups has agreed to speak with one voice on behalf of the Delaware Watershed.

* Spotlight- CBF: Reaching Plain Sect Communities For Clean Water

Two years ago the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and seven partner groups set out on a mission to reach plain sect (Amish and conservative Mennonite) farmers in Lancaster and Chester counties. The goal: enroll 50 farmers in a new program to improve water quality in the region. 

* PA Campaign For Clean Water Urges Caution In Weakening Riparian Buffer Rules

* New Watershed Organization Map Tool Links Potential Volunteers To Groups

* DEP Invites Comments On Watershed TMDL In Bedford County

* Foundation For PA Watersheds No Longer Accepting Online Grant Submittals

* Workshop Offered To Train Private Well Operators April 9 In Somerset

Residents of Somerset and surrounding counties will be offered an opportunity to attend a training workshop on how to properly manage their home’s private water system (wells, springs, or cisterns).

* Wildlands Conservancy Receives Grant To Enhance Little Lehigh Creek

The Wildlands Conservancy was recently awarded a grant from the American Rivers & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Community-based Restoration Program to complete the Little Lehigh Creek Dam Removal Design project. 

* Cobbs Creek Parkway Cleanup In Philadelphia April 2

* Applications Now Being Accepted For Sue Wiseman Scholarship


* PRC: Western PA Schedule For Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

* PEC To Honor Winners Of Governor's Award For Environmental Excellence April 28

* Western PA Environmental Awards Dinner Set For May 26

* 9th Annual PA Land Conservation Conference May 19-21 In Harrisburg

* Environmental Advisory Council Conference Set For April 9 At Villanova

* Billtown Film Festival April 21-23 In Williamsport

* Turkey Hill Dairy Uses One-Quarter Wind Power In Lancaster

* Philadelphia Housing Authority To Build Green Apartments

* Dominion, PPL Agree To Water Availability Risks, Plan Reporting

* PPL Utilities Launches Program To Ease Summertime Grid Demand

* USDA Releases Results of On-Farm Energy Production Survey

* Philadelphia Airport Partners With Adopt-A-Watt To Promote Clean Energy

* Covanta Energy VP Appointed To DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board

* Opinion- Another View Of Heinz Endowments Air Quality Findings In Western PA

By Jake Haulk, Ph.D., President, Allegheny Institute For Public Policy

* Boating Facility Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

* Game Commission Lifts Restrictions On Taking Feral Swine In Bedford County

Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe this week announced he has lifted protection on feral swine in Bedford County and has issued an updated executive order to allow for the incidental taking of feral swine statewide by licensed hunters. 

* State Parks Roll Out A Green Welcome Mat For Spring Visitors

* April 2 Marks Opening Day Of Trout Season In Southeast

Anglers from 18 southeastern counties are gearing up for the April 2 opening of trout, which marks the unofficial start of fishing season.

* DEP Opportunity To Bid On Lancaster, Beaver Counties Tire Pile Cleanups

* PA Conservation Districts Names Robert Maiden Executive Director

The PA Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. this week named Robert Maiden will be its new Executive Director. 

* Help Wanted: PA Parks & Forest Foundation Public Relations, Outreach

* 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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