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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Dec. 26, 2011
(12/26/2011)
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* House Unanimously Nonconcurs In Marcellus Shale Legislation Sending Bill To Conference

House Republicans and House Democrats combined Tuesday, for different reasons, to vote unanimously to nonconcur in Senate changes to House Bill 1950 (Ellis-R-Butler) which would amend the Oil and Gas Act to include additional environmental protection measures relating to Marcellus Shale drilling and a statewide drilling fee.
            Last week, Senate Republicans gutted the House-passed version of the bill and inserted the language from Senate Bill 1100 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson) passed earlier by the Senate and sent the bill back to the House.  (A summary, the Senate Fiscal Note and the House Fiscal Note are available for the bill.)

* End Of Fiscal Year Deficit Of $500 Million Expected, More Spending Cuts Coming


* Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year From Crisci Associates!

Tony, John, Ron, Lauren, Donna and Dave want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced


* Governor's Desk


* Senate/House Bills Moving


* Corbett Signs Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Bill Into Law


* House OKs Bill Related To Anthracite Mine Reclamation


* House Votes To Approve Largest Bond Issue In State's History


* December Environmental Synopsis Features Review Of Year's Activities


* PA Trout Unlimited Now Accepting Trout In The Classroom Grants


* Penn State: How Clean Is Your Stormwater?


* NRCS Farm Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Ups Due January 13


* POWR: Regional Heritage Grants Could Fund Your Watershed Projects


* Fish & Boat Commission Launches New PA Waters Patch Series


* PA American Water Sets Stage For Greener Industry In 2012


* Wastewater Plant Operator Ordered To Surrender Certificate


* PennDot Litter Cleanup Efforts Win National Recognition


* Retailer VILLA, Community Recycling To Join Forces To Recycle Shoes, Clothes


* State Electronics Challenge Offers 2 Webinars On Computer Equipment Recycling


* PRC, NHL Partner On Tailgate Recycling At 2012 Winter Classic In Philadelphia


* Corbett Tours Frack Tank Facility As Example Of Marcellus Development


* DCED Economic Aid Targeted In Part To Marcellus Shale-Related Businesses


* DEP Fines Appalachia Midstream Pipeline Company $20,000 For E&S Violations


* Goddard Forum In April To Focus On Marcellus Shale Drilling Impacts On Forests


* Utility Customers Should Call Now To Restore Service In Homes Without Heat


* Winter Edition Of The PUC Keystone Connection Report Now Available


* Duquesne University Switches To PA Wind Power


* EPA Accepting Applications For Environmental Justice Small Grants


* South Mountain Partnership Awards Mini-Grants


* Friends Of Wissahickon Trail Ambassador Training Program Deadline January 20


* Landscaping For Wildlife Book Now Available From Game Commission


* Game Commission Offers Seedlings For Landowners

While it may be winter, now is the time for landowners to begin making plans to help wildlife by to planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Game Commission's Howard Nursery, which will begin Jan. 3 through April 20.

* PA Legislative Black Caucus Student Scholarships Now Available


* PennFuture Returns $138,000+ In Misspent State Grant Funds


* Help Wanted: Hollow Oak Land Trust Seeks Executive Director


* 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.

* Budget/Quick NewsClips


* 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.

* 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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