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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
August 22, 2011
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* DCED Secretary Says More Drilling On State Forest Land Could Raise Over $60 Billion

In a interview Tuesday, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said new drilling on State Forest land could bring in $60 billion over the next 30 years to "solve just about every economic problem we have."

* PEC Responds To DCED Secretary On Leasing More State Forest Land For Drilling

* Coalition Urges Legislators To Fund Growing Greener With Drilling Fees

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition Monday urged state legislators to allocate a portion of any impact fee on natural gas drilling to renew funding for the state’s Growing Greener program and protect Pennsylvania’s environment.

* Growing Greener: Protect Our Economy By Protecting The Environment

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition Wednesday called upon Pennsylvania lawmakers to protect the state’s economy by protecting its environment and restoring funding for the state Growing Greener program.

* Analysis: You Can't Go Fishing With A Solar Panel

Politically-motivated critics of the Corbett Administration this week generated newspaper headlines pointing to changes in office names and the restructuring of certain programs as evidence the new gang in Harrisburg is "backing away from its commitment to renewable energy and killing family-sustaining jobs" or words to that effect.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

* House Democratic Policy Committee Considers Marcellus Shale Issues

* 13th Annual PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Attended By Well-Known Faces

* Volunteers Needed To Monitor Passive Mine Drainage Treatment Systems

* Call For Speakers, Posters For 2012 Keystone Coldwater Conference

* Save the Date: Chesapeake Bay Coldwater Summit, October 22, Shepherdstown, WV

* Penn State: Environmentally Friendly Horsekeeping Part 1

* POWR Offers Online Watershed Learning Center

* SRBC To Post Bi-Weekly Reports On Water Withdrawal Status, Now On Twitter

Until streamflows are fully recovered, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission will be posting the number of water withdrawals on temporary hold due to lower stream flows.  

* PA Marcellus Shale Production Up 60 Percent, 1.1 Billion Gallons Of Fracking Fluid Produced

* Wayne County Oil & Gas Task Force, Penn State Marcellus Seminar August 24

* PA Environmental Council Annual Meeting Focuses On Marcellus Shale

* University Of Pittsburgh Conference On Health Affects Of Shale Gas Extraction Nov. 18

* PA Recyclers Announce FilmFest Winning Videos, Conference Success

* Keep PA Beautiful Receives Special Waste Management, KAB Grant For Pittsburgh Project

Keep PA Beautiful was one of 14 groups to receive special Think Green Community Improvement Grants sponsored by Waste Management and Keep American Beautiful.

* Keep America Beautiful Launches K-12 School Recycling Competition

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and its Pennsylvania affiliate Keep PA Beautiful, Thursday announced the launch of “Recycle-Bowl,” the first comprehensive nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students. 

* Lehigh Gap Nature Center 2011 Migration Fest September 16-18

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, Pa will holds the 2011 Migration Fest September 16-18 to highlight the seasonal movement of birds and butterflies.  Click Here for all the details.

* New Passport Program Offers Pennsylvania Families a Chance to Recreate

* Spotlight - DCNR ECO Camp Helps Students Chart A Career Course For The Environment

* Enjoy Family Fishing Festivals Labor Day Weekend From Fish & Boat Commission

* Invitation To Enter 2nd Annual Dogs In The Outdoors Photo Contest

* Students Gain Real World Experience At Peach Bottom

* Opinion - Time For DEP To Put SEPS Back In Its Enforcement Toolbox

By M. Joel Bolstein, Fox Rothschild LLP

* Dan Greig Will Start As Berks Conservation District Executive Director

* Help Wanted: Berks County Agriculture Conservation Technician

* Grants & Awards

* Quick Clips

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Watershed NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

No new regulations were published this week. Pennsylvania Bulletin - August 20, 2011

* 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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