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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 2, 2011
(5/2/2011)
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* Gov. Corbett Announces 2011 Environmental Excellence Award Winners

Gov. Tom Corbett this week announced 13 environmental projects from across the state will be awarded the 2011 Environmental Excellence Award.

* Sen. Scarnati Announces Proposed Marcellus Shale Drilling Impact Fee

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) this week unveiled a Marcellus Shale impact fee proposal he said will generate $121.6 million in FY 2011-12, more, he said, than the proposal many Senate Republicans were willing to support during last year's discussions.

* Rep. Harper Introduces Marcellus Shale Severance Tax Proposal

Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery) this week introduced House Bill 1406 to impose a severance tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania to fund environmental programs, the local communities impacted by the drilling and education in the Commonwealth.

* Rep. George Marcellus Shale Severance Tax Proposal Funds Variety Of Programs

House Bill 833, introduced by Rep. Camille George (D-Clearfield), Minority Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, would impose a Marcellus Shale natural gas production severance tax to help fund Growing Greener, support for communities affected by drilling and fund transportation and other infrastructure.

* New Poll Shows Wide Support For Taxing Marcellus Shale Drilling Companies

 

* Study: Natural Gas Drilling Companies Pay Little In State, Local Taxes


* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced


* Senate/House Bills Moving


* On The Governor's Desk


* Senate Unanimously Confirms Michael Krancer As DEP Secretary

The Senate this week unanimously confirmed Michael Krancer, 53 of Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County, to be the fifth Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection since 1995.

* Bill On Coordinating Natural Gas, Coal Mining Heads To Governor

Senate Bill 265 (MJ White-R-Venango), establishing adequate and safe spacing between natural gas well clusters and workable coal seams, was passed unchanged by the House this week and now goes to the Governor for his action.

* House Committee Hears Update On Stormwater, Chesapeake Bay, Water Planning


* Infrastructure Repair Funding Topic Of House Consumer Affairs Committee Hearing


* Senate Environmental Committee To Consider DCNR Secretary Nomination, 8 Bills


* House Environmental Committee To Hear From DEP Secretary Krancer


* April Environmental Synopsis Features Waste Tire Recycling


* Marcellus Commission Hears Presentations On Environmental Impact Of Drilling

The full Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission met this week to hear progress reports from its individual work groups and several presentations on the environmental impact of drilling on Pennsylvania's State Forests, water resources and habitats.

* DCNR Releases New Guidelines For Marcellus Shale Development On State Forest Lands

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week released new guidelines covering the management of oil and gas operations on State Forest Lands as part of a presentation before the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.

* Clinton County Natural Gas Task Force Sponsors Career Fair, Community Meeting May 5


* Foundation For PA Watersheds Awards Nearly $184,000 In Grants


* Texas Company Pays $208,625 For Polluting Creeks In Clearfield County


* PA American Water President Offers Public-Private Infrastructure Solutions


* Lehigh Valley Clean Water Summit May 21 In Bangor


* Urban Sustainability Forum: We Are Our Water, Use Water Wisely, Philadelphia May 19


* Northeast PA Environmental Partnership Award Nominations Now Being Accepted


* Wildlands Conservancy Now Accepting Nominations For Friend Of The Lehigh River Award


* CBF: Vote For Your Favorite Chesapeake Bay Photo

 

* Spotlight - Community-Based Watershed Organizations Working For Positive Local Outcomes


* DEP Accepting Comments On Proposed TMDLs In 6 Watersheds In 9 Counties

 

* Spotlight - Wildlands Conservancy Helps Restore Trout Creek In Allentown

This year the Wildlands Conservancy, in cooperation with the City of Allentown, will complete a large-scale ecological restoration project on the nearly 1.5 miles of Trout Creek that flows through the City's Trout Creek Park.

* River Towns Workshop Offered At Montour Preserve May 23, June 28


* ClearWater Conservancy Receives DCNR Grant To Protect Galbraith Gap Watershed

ClearWater Conservancy has been awarded a $350,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant for the purchase and permanent conservation of 152 acres of land in the Galbraith Gap area of Harris Township, Centre County. 

* Delaware Conservation District, PRC Offer Clean Water, Energy Conservation Workshops


* High School Students Again Vie For Envirothon Honors At Shikellamy State Park


* Southwestern PA Gearing Up For Annual Great Outdoors Week Beginning May 13


* Children's Drawings Create Blueprint For Playground In Erie


* Sustainable Landscapes Bus Tour In Lehigh Valley June 15

The PA Sustainable Lands Partnership Lehigh Valley is sponsoring a Sustainable Landscapes Bus Tour on June 15.

* PHMC Invites Groups, Public To Help Build Next Statewide Historic Preservation Plan


* DEP Invites Applications For County Waste Planning Grants


* Southeast Air Quality Partnership Lawn Mower Trade-In May 7


* Onorato Highlights Allegheny County Green Accomplishments On Earth Day


* Philly Major Opens Philadelphia's First Solar PV Installation


* E-Power House Debuts May 1 At Da Vinci Science Center In Allentown


* PUC Launches Investigation Into PA's Competitive Electricity Market


* Spring Edition Of PUC's Keystone Connection Report Now Available


* PEC: Ultimate Urban Adventure Race Coming To Pittsburgh June 25


* Celebrity Golf Event To Benefit Wildlife For Everyone Endowment Foundation May 20


* Alisa Harris Appointed DEP Deputy For External Affairs


* Help Wanted: Hydrogeologist, Susquehanna River Basin Commission


* 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.

* Stories Invited


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

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