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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Sept. 12, 2011
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* Sen. Pileggi: Marcellus Shale Legislation, Possibly An Impact Fee Will Pass This Fall

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware) told a natural gas industry conference on Thursday he thought broad Marcellus Shale regulatory legislative and possibly a drilling impact fee will pass the General Assembly this Fall.

* Opinion - Boost Growing Greener Program With Shale Gas Money

By Andrew Health, Renew Growing Greener Coalition

* Corbett, PEMA Urge Residents To Prepare For Flooding, Evacuation, Recovery

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday and Friday urged residents in central and eastern Pennsylvania to remain vigilant in light of continued rain, quickly rising rivers and streams, as well as dangerous flash flooding resulting from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

* President Declares Emergency In 42 Of 67 PA Counties

* IMPORTANT NOTICE: Submit Stream Restoration, Mine Drainage Projects As Damage

County conservation districts and watershed groups should be aware that stream restoration structures, passive and active mine drainage treatment systems, natural stream restoration structures, farm conservation structures and other stream improvement projects funded by Growing Greener, Section 319 and other sources should be included in any flood damage assessment submitted by counties to the Federal Emergency Management Agency if they were damaged by floodwaters.

* DEP, Health: Floodwater Health Threats, 159 Wastewater Plants Out Of Service


* DEP: Tips To Save Water, Ease Treatment Plant Load In Wake Of Flooding

* Agriculture: Take Food Safety Precautions During Flooding, Power Outages

* DCNR: Heavy Rain, Flooding Boost Risk Of Landslides

* PUC: Tips On Dealing With Electric, Gas Outages Due To Flooding

* Cabot Oil & Gas Suspends Drilling In Susquehanna County Due To Flooding

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* House Appropriations Committee Visits Bald Eagle Nature Inn On Sept. 14

* Joint Conservation Committee Holds Hearing On Mandatory Trash Collection Sept. 13

* Federal Office Of Surface Mining Recognizes Luzerne County Reclamation Project

* Fish Commission Sues Consol Energy Over Dunkard Creek Fishkill

* October 21 Meeting Set On DRBC Marcellus Shale Drilling Regulations

* SRBC Staff Recommends Extending Comment Period On Revised Drilling Regs

* Penn State: New Webinar Series Focuses On Business Opportunities In Marcellus Shale

* DEP Sets Meeting On September 29 On Phase 2 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Plan


* New Resources Help Youth, Adults Identify Their Local Watershed

When you’re visiting a nature center, local park, or even driving on the highway you often see signs that identify the name of the local watershed that you are in. However, when you return home that same sign doesn’t hang at the entrance to your neighborhood or at end of your driveway. So how do you know what watershed you live in?

* Farmer's Guide To Conservation Stewardship Program Released

* PA Environmental Council Annual Meeting Features Marcellus Panel On September 14

* Join Lake Erie Regional Cleanup Set For September 17

* ALCOSAN Hosts Western PA's Largest Watershed, Environmental Festival Sept. 17

* PRC, Conservation Consultants Host Fall Green Lifestyle Workshops In Western PA

* Applications For Small Business Advantage Grants Now Available

* DEP Responds To White House Decision On Ozone Standard

* State Police Remove 163 Hazardous Material Trucks From Road For Safety Violations

* DCNR Unveils New Twist On CSI: Citizen Science Investigators

* Delaware County Natural Heritage Inventory Update Completed

* Trail Challenge Award Presented To Accomplished Hiker: Lois Ludwig

* Game Commission To Hold State Game Land Tours For Public

* Penn State: Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Hormonal Slaves To Virus Gene

* PUC Releases Summer Edition Of Keystone Connection Newsletter

* 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/Flooding NewsClips

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Environmental Quality Board meets to consider proposed regulations controlling volatile organic compound emissions from printing presses, a rulemaking petition proposing to require DEP to use its "cause/effect protocol which conducting stream surveys and a rulemaking petition to use its Guidelines for Identifying, Tracking and Resolving Violations for Water Quality, both by the same company-- GWP Management-- which operators wastewater plants in Williamsport.

* 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

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