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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
May 23, 2011
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* Sen. Scarnati Introduces Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Langauge

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) this week introduced the language for a local impact fee on Marcellus Shale companies as Senate Bill 1100 which he said will raise $121.2 million in FY 2011-12.

* Penn State: Severance Tax, Impact Fee Proposals Will Have Little Impact On Industry

* American Rivers: Susquehanna Most Endangered River In U.S. Due To Drilling

For the second year in a row, the most endangered river in the United States is a victim of natural gas drilling and the environmental hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” according to the non-profit group American Rivers.

* SRBC: Call To Cease Water Quantity Approvals For Drilling Misguided

* DEP Fines Chesapeake Energy Over $1 Million For Washington, Bradford Well Violations

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* 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--

* House Environmental Committee Meets On Fund Reporting Bills

* Howard Neurug, Philadelphia Water Dept., To Receive PEC's Lifetime Achievement Award

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council this week announced it will award the prestigious Curtin Winsor Award to Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Howard Neukrug.

* Water Resources Education Network Announces Project Grant Awards

* $6,000 Helps Complete Assessment, Implement Restoration Of Solomon Creek In Luzerne

* Conservation Groups Optimistic As Expiration Nears for Delaware Flow Plan

Delaware River conservationists say they are optimist the government agencies responsible will take appropriate action as the expiration date draws near for the flawed plan that governs releases from the New York City-owned reservoirs.

* Spotlight - Penn State Extension: Wet Spring Magnifies Benefits Of No-Till Farming

It is not unusual for Pennsylvania to experience plenty of April showers but this year was exceptionally wet. Some areas of Pennsylvania set new records for April rainfall.

* Villanova Hosts Ask The Researcher Stormwater Summit June 20-21

* Join Walks Lead By Wissahickon Trail Ambassadors In Late May, June

The Friends of the Wissahickon are sponsoring a variety of educational and fun walks lead by FOW Trail Ambassadors in June. Click here for the FOW calendar of events.

* DEP Transfers Lehigh Coal & Navigation Permit To New Operator

* Spotlight - EPCAMR Coordinates Borehole Monitoring, Mine Pool Awareness Campaign

* SRBC, EPCAMR To Map Mine Pools In Anthracite Coal Fields

* Eleven More Groups, Municipalities Join Renew Growing Greener Coalition

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition this week announced eleven more organizations and municipalities have joined in supporting the effort to restore state funding for Growing Greener.

* Dinner/Fundraiser For Eastern Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation Aug. 4

* PA American Water Releases Test Results For Drilling Wastewater

* Aqua America: Marcellus Shale Can Be An Economic Benefit, If Done Right

Speaking before the Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission this week, Aqua America, Inc. Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis said "Marcellus Shale has the potential to provide Pennsylvania with an economic boost well into the future if it's done right environmentally." 

* Activity Starting In Utica Natural Gas Shale In Pennsylvania

* Report: Marcellus Operations Have No Impact On Short-Term Air Quality In Northcentral PA

* PUC Continues Evaluation Of Gas Pipeline Company As Public Utility

* First Responders Participate In Safety Training Sponsored By Chief Oil & Gas

* Cabot Oil and Gas Challenges Community To Support Animal Welfare Center

* DEP, Game Commission Host Peregrine Falcon Hatchling Banding

The Department of Environmental Protection and Game Commission this week hosted a Peregrine falcon banding event to help students learn about efforts to restore the species.

* Game Commission Offers Project WILD Programs For Educators

* PA Center For Environmental Education, PAEE Sponsor EE Certification Discussion Groups

* TKF Foundation Open Space Sacred Places Grant Program

* Game Commission Habitat Work Underway On Game Lands

* PA Healthy, Active Communities Summit In Hershey May 24

* PA Hiking Week To Showcase State's Trails, Walkways: May 28 To June 5

* PA Waters Announced For Cabela's Wanna Go Fishing For Millions Promotion

* Six Fish-For-Free Events On Memorial Day Weekend

* Wild Resource Conservation Program Now Accepting Grant Applications

* Academy Of Natural Sciences, Drexel Announce Historic Affiliation

* Green America Announces Green Sustainability Grants Contest

* Fight For Clean Air In Pittsburgh May 21 At Venture Outdoors Festival

* 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

No new regulations were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin - May 21, 2011

* 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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