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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Dec. 19, 2011
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* Marcellus Shale Bill Apparently Headed To Formal Conference Committee

After 2 hours of sometimes animated debate and voting on more than half dozen amendments by Senate Democrats, the Senate Wednesday voted 28 to 22 to send House Bill 1950 (Ellis-R-Butler), the Marcellus Shale legislation, back to the House where it sits in the House Rules Committee awaiting an uncertain future.

* PEC To Harrisburg Leadership: It's Time To Act On Marcellus Bill

* Growing Greener Coalition Renews Pressure On Senate, House

* 71 Percent Support Marcellus Shale Drilling Tax

* Analysis: Harrisburg Ends Another Year Without Final Action On Marcellus Shale Issues

Inspite of the flurry of movement on Marcellus Shale legislation in the last few weeks, the bottom line is the General Assembly and the Governor have let another year go by without getting their act together to pass a Marcellus bill, a shame now equally shared by both Republicans and Democrats.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Governor's Desk

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* Natural Gas Pipeline Bill Gains Senate Approval, Goes To Governor

* Rep. George: Politics Blocks Safeguards On Drilling Waste Injection Wells

* Senate OKs Bill To Encourage Private-Public Transportation Partnerships
By a vote of 49 to 1, the Senate Wednesday approved Senate Bill 344 (Rafferty-R-Montgomery)  which would encourage the private sector to join with the Commonwealth and local governments in funding transportation projects throughout the state.

* DEP Accepting Comments On Draft Phase 2 Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan

* Congressional Committees Move Delaware River Basin Conservation Act

* DEP Withdraws Drinking Water Fee Package From Consideration

* Social Media Users Help PA American Water Raise Money For Low-Income Assistance

* PA-AWWA Extends Deadline For Early Bird Water Conference Registration

The PA Section American Water Works Association has extended its early bird registration deadline for its May 2-4, 2012 Annual Conference until January 20. Click Here for more information.

* SRBC Approves Drilling Water Withdrawal Rules, Urges Funding For Flood Warning

* UGI Dedicates First Direct Wells-to-Customers Marcellus Shale Connection

* Brook Lenker Named Director Of Marcellus FracTracker Fund

* DEP Announces Advisory Committee, Board Meeting Schedule For 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of its advisory committee and board schedule for 2012. Click Here for the complete list.

* Bucks County Joins Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Growing Grassroots Network

* DEP Awards Second Round Of Small Business Advantage Grants

* PEDA Sponsors Online Site Selection, GIS Web Seminar January 26

* $1 Million Grant Awarded For Electric Car Charging Stations Along Turnpike

* PUC Updates Manual Used To Assess Energy Savings From Efficiency Steps

The Public Utility Commission Thursday approved an updated Technical Reference Manual, which is used to assess energy savings attributable to energy efficiency and demand response measures for the implementation of the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act and the energy efficiency and conservation provisions of Act 129 of 2008.

* Local Green Leaders Convene To Launch Duquesne Center

* PUC Seeks Comments On Retail Electric Competition, Issues Default Service Guidelines

The Public Utility Commission Thursday issued a proposed intermediate work plan as part of its Retail Electricity Markets Investigation designed to improve the state’s retail electricity market.

* Save The Date: PA Environmental Professionals Conference May 9-11, Call For Presentations

The PA Environmental Professionals Annual Conference will be held May 9-11 at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort near Delaware Gap.  Click Here for a copy of the Conference call for presentations.

* Governor Announces $31.5 Million In Recreation, Conservation, Community Grants

* Friends Of Wisahickon Receive Grant From REI For Trail Restoration, Environmental Ed

* State Preservation Board Protects An Additional 2,331 Acres

* Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants In Southeastern Pennsylvania

* Foundation For Sustainable Forests Purchases Over 50 Acres In Warren County

* Winter Issue Of Conserve Now Available From Western PA Conservancy

The Winter Issue of Conserve magazine is now available online from the Western PA Conservancy.  This issue features stories on the 75th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, WPC's work in the French Creek Watershed, highlights of community garden projects and much more.

* Check Out Wildlands Conservancy Educational Programs In January

The Wildlands Conservancy just released its schedule of educational programs for January for both students and adults.  Click Here for a rundown.

* Interdisciplinary Approaches To Ecological Landscape Design Symposium January 12-13

* DCNR Announces Price Schedule Changes For State Park Activities

* Winter Playground Awaits Visitors To PA State Parks, Forests

* Commission Finalizes Fisheries Management Plan For Inland Walleye

* Grants & Awards

* Budget/Quick Clips

Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state--

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

* Flooding/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.

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