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Feb. 13, 2012
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* Senate, House Send Drilling Fee, Environmental Protection Bill To Governor

The House Wednesday voted 101 to 90 to send Marcellus Shale legislation-- House Bill 1950 (Ellis-R-Butler)--  to the Governor for his signature.  The House followed a 31 to 19 vote in the Senate Tuesday to approve the same legislation.
            House Bill 1950 contains a uniform, statewide county-adopted drilling impact fee and a set of more than a dozen additional environmental protection measures.  In addition, the bill contains a transfer of monies from the DCNR Oil and Gas Fund to the Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener) Fund. (Click Here for bill summary.  Click Here for revenue distribution.)

* 350 Member Growing Greener Coalition Commends Funding In Marcellus Shale Bill

* 6 Environmental Groups Decry Passage Of Marcellus Shale Bill

* Governor's Budget Cuts Environment Again, Keystone Fund Zeroed Out For DCNR

Gov. Corbett presented his budget proposal to a joint session of the Senate and House Tuesday proposing a $27.1 billion General Fund budget, a 0.1 percent cut from the FY 2011-12 budget, which features significant cuts to higher education, and environmental programs, but no tax increases as he promised. (text of speech)

* The Record: $1.8 Billion Cut/Diverted From Environmental Programs Last 10 Years

* Senate Starts Budget Hearings This Week, House Following Week

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Bills On The Governor's Desk

* Senate/House Bills Moving

* Utility Infrastructure Funding Bill Sent To Governor

* Senate Committee Looks At Impact Of Southeast PA Refinery Closures

* Senate Committee OKs Bill To Quiet Mineral Rights

* Senate Environmental Committee OKs Bill On Potential Gasoline Shortage In Western PA

* Turzai Legislation Would Dramatically Change The Capital Budget Process

* Reminder: Next Round Of Foundation For PA Watersheds Applications Due

* Friends Of Wissahickon Receives $150,000 Grant

* Free Farmer Conservation Workshops In Lancaster, Chester Counties February 28, 29

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its partners are hosting two free workshops for Chester County and southern Lancaster County producers interested in improving farming operations, and local water quality. 

* WREN: Source Water Protection 101 Workshops March 20, 22

The Water Resources Education Network of the PA League of Women Voters will sponsor two Source Water Protection 101 Workshops on March 20 in Harrisburg and on March 22 in State College.

* Center For Private Forests Created By Penn State College Of Agriculture

* DEP Fines Chesapeake Appalachia $565,000 For Multiple Violations

* Governor's Office Publishes Regulatory Agenda For Next Six Months

The Governor's Office published its semi-annual notice of proposed and new regulations state agencies will be considering in the next six months in the February 11 PA Bulletin, including regulations for DEP, DCNR, Agriculture and other agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction. (PA Bulletin page 879)

* Marcellus Drilling Violations Drop In 2011

* Riverside Elementary, Lackawanna County, Wins School Recycling Contest

* RecycleMania Kicks Off 2012 Collegiate Recycling Competition

* Three Hershey Plants Achieve Zero Waste To Landfill

* Aqua America Completes Solar Farm In Chester County

* FirstEnergy: Where To Get Money For Energy Efficiency Projects Feb. 15 Webinar

FirstEnergy's EnergySavePA Program is sponsoring a webinar on February 15 starting at noon on Where To Get Money For Your Energy Efficiency Project.  Click Here to register.

* PA Biomass Energy Association Promotes Biomass, CHP Applications

* Underground Storage Tank Operator Training Deadline Nears

The Department of Environmental Protection this week reminded owners of underground storage tanks they must meet operator training requirements by August 8. Click Here for the details.

* DEP Falcon-Cam Returns, Offers Intimate Look At Nesting Birds of Prey

* Temple-Ambler Hosts Summer Nature Camp, Nature Detectives Program July 9-13

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Summer Education Programs For Students, Teachers

Register now for summer education programs sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for students and teachers.

* Longwood Gardens Symposium On Zoos, Gardens And Advocates For Conservation March 2

* Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants in Southeastern Pennsylvania

* Help Wanted: Science Education Specialist, Phipps Conservatory In Pittsburgh

* Summer Interns: Natural Lands Trust Crows Nest Preserve

The Natural Lands Trust is looking to fill two student summer intern positions at the Crow's Nest Preserve in Chester County.  One is for an Environmental Educator and a second position for a Land Management Intern.  Click Here for details.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Mine Reclamation Project In Luzerne County

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a mine reclamation project in Luzerne County.

* Grants & Awards

* 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

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