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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Oct. 10, 2011
(10/10/2011)
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* Governor Unveils County Drilling Fee, Other Marcellus Shale Proposals

Gov. Tom Corbett Monday said he agrees with 94 of the 96 recommendations made by his Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and will be recommending legislation authorizing counties to adopt a drilling fee whose revenue would be split between the state (25 percent) and local governments (75 percent) to offset costs imposed by natural gas development.

* Counties Express Strong Reservations With Corbett's Plan To Have Them Levy Drilling Fee


* Renew Growing Greener Coalition: Governor's Impact Fee Proposal Falls Short


* PEC On Corbett's Marcellus Announcement: Good Start, Waiting For The Details

Paul King, President of the PA Environmental Council, released this statement in response to Gov. Corbett's announcement of Marcellus Shale initiatives:

* CBF: Corbett's Marcellus Shale Plan Missing Environment, Community Components


* Environmental Groups Respond To Gov. Corbett's Marcellus Recommendations


* Senate Republican Leadership Responds To Gov. Corbett's Shale Proposals


* Senate Democrats Respond To Governor's Marcellus Shale Proposals


* Rep. George: Corbett Marcellus Plan Is A Flawed Sweetheart Deal


* Marcellus Industry: Governor's Proposal Builds On Drilling Momentum


* Analysis- Will We Get A Chevy Or A Pinto Out Of The Upcoming Marcellus Shale Debate?

With the announcement of Gov. Corbett's proposals this week to set tougher environmental standards for Marcellus Shale drilling operations and a county-adopted well drilling fee, the debate is now fully joined with all sides saying they want final legislation on the Governor's desk by the time the House and Senate adjourns on December 14.

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced


* Senate/House Bills Moving


* Groups Laud Reps. DiGirolamo-Murt Drilling Tax Proposal


* Senate Committee Hearing On Housing Needs, Affordability Due To Marcellus Industry


* Rep. Everett: Bill Will Address Frack Fluid Disclosure Concerns


* House Sends Infrastructure Improvement Funding Bill To Senate


* House Passes Bill To Give Small Business A Bigger Voice In Regulations


* Ohio River Watershed Celebration Attracts Nearly 1,000, Recognizes Partnerships

The 2011 Ohio River Watershed Celebration was held on September 22 attracting nearly 1,000 attendees who toured the region’s three rivers and discussed past, present and future goals and successes in protecting and improving Western Pennsylvania’s Ohio River watershed.

* New Report Shows Green Infrastructure Could Generate 167,000 Jobs In PA


* Town Meeting On The Health Of The Wissahickon Creek On November 16


* Renew Growing Greener: 9 More Organizations, Local Governments Join Coalition


* SRBC To Hold Public Meetings On Proposed Marcellus Shale Rules October 25 & 27


* DRBC Sets Vote On Drilling Regulations For November 21


* PA Medical Society To Discuss Fracking And Public Health October 15


* Wilkes University Hosts Presentation On Drilling Impacts In Dimock November 19


* 2 Pennsylvanians Among Chesapeake Bay Forest Champions Honored


* Agriculture & The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Seminar October 11 In Harrisburg


* Lebanon-Lancaster County Watershed Forum Set For October 29


* Capacity Building Grants Now Available For Chesapeake Bay Watershed Groups


* Penn State Extension: After The Flood, No Time For A Stream Study!


* Laurie Popeck, Maurice K. Goddard Legacy Task Force Win 2011 Karl Mason Award


* DEP Pulls Plug On Funding For SEO Training, Creates Unfunded Mandate


* Budget Cuts Force PA Center For Environmental Education To Close


* DEP Southwest Regional Roundtable Meetings Set, Other Roundtables Scheduled


* Creating Sustainable Communities Conference In Pittsburgh November 3


* Pennsylvania Schools Can Win Thousands Recycling In Recycle-Bowl


* DEP Completes Beaver County Waste Tire Pile Cleanup


* Nearly 2,000 Paddlers Participate In The 2011 Sojourn Season

The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers reported another year of successful River Sojourns is in the bag. As news from all of the sponsoring organizations filters into POWR headquarters, the scale of these river trips comes into focus.

* Central PA Conservancy To Hold First Forest Festival October 15


* Nature Abounds Developing Watch The Wild Wildlife Reporting Program


* Western PA Conservancy Protects Forestland Properties Along French Creek


* Fall Issue Of Western PA Conservancy Newsletter Now Available


* Feature- Fungus And The Future Of Bats


* Game Commission 2012 Calendar On Sale Now


* Dominion Earns One Of Three EPA Energy Star CHP Awards


* PPL Electric Utilities: October Is National Energy Awareness Month


* State Treasurer Unveils Energy Efficiency Program To Help Colleges


* PUC Seeks Comments On Act 129 Energy Efficiency Technical Manual


* Volunteer Fire, Ambulance Companies Reminded To Apply For Grants


* New Book: Clean Politics, Clean Streams By Franklin Kury

Clean Politics, Clean Streams is a legislative autobiography which tells the story of Franklin L. Kury’s election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and later the Senate, against the senior Republican in the House and an entrenched patronage organization.

* Opinion- DEP Reorganization Will Benefit State's Next Energy Revolution

By James M. Seif, Former Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Stream Channel Project In Columbia County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a stream channel improvement project in Columbia County.

* Corbett Expands Program To Deny State Licenses, Permits To Tax Delinquents


* 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 DEP Board of Coal Mine Safety published notice of final regulations updating underground coal mine safety regulations.

* Calendar Of Events

 

* Stories Invited


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