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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
Feb. 20, 2012
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* Corbett Signs Marcellus Shale Drilling, Fee Bill Into Law

* Sustainable Funding For County Conservation Districts To Come From Drilling Fee

* Rep. George: Natural Gas Industry Got Its Corbett Valentine

* DCNR Budget Hearing: No New Drilling Leases Planned For State Forests

* Schedule For Remaining Senate, House Budget Hearings

* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

* Bills On Governor's Desk

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action this week in the House and Senate--

* House Committee Moves Capital Budget Reform Legislation

* Report On Game Commission Strategic Plan Released By Joint Committee

* Updated: EPA: States On Track To Meet Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Goals, PA Plan Needs Work

Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia are generally on track to meet pollution reduction goals for the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers by 2025, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s evaluations of the jurisdictions' cleanup plans.

* CBF: Funding Now Available For Farm Conservation Improvements In Northcentral PA

* Spring Creek Watershed Association Hosts Chesapeake Bay GIS Tool Workshop Feb. 21

* Town Meeting On Health Of The Wissahickon Creek March 29

* Conservation Reserve Program Training Courses Offered By Penn State Extension

* Latest Lessons From The Land Webinar Feb. 21 On Managing Phosphorus

* Lake Management Annual Conference Set For March 7-8 In State College

* Penn State Extension: How To Avoid Septic System Failures

* Wissahickon Watershed Maple Sugaring Program Set For March 3

* KPB Greenways Mini-Grant Program Applications Due March 15

* Pennsylvania Adds 1,470 Acres Of Farmland To Preservation Program

* PUC Finalizes Implementation Plan For Pipeline Safety Act

* DEP Sets Feb. 22 Meeting On Jefferson County Drilling Permit

The Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on February 22, to discuss Flatirons Resources LLC’s proposal to drill a Marcellus Shale well in Brockway, Jefferson County.

* HACC Offers Free Environmental Technician Training At Midtown Campus

* PUC Chair Urges Utilities To Participate In Programs To Create Jobs For Returning Troops

* PA Chamber Environmental & Energy Conference April 18 In Lancaster

* Volunteers Needed To Plant 100 Acre Wind Break At Flight 93 Memorial In April

* State Fly Tying Champions Announced At Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops of Harrisburg, Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide magazine and the Fish and Boat Commission sponsored the Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Championship held on February 11 at the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

* PA State Parks, Forest App Now Updated, And Free

* Feature- Bald Eagle Pair Get Help With Home Improvement Project

* Game Commission Announces April 1 Deadline For Ads In Hunting-Trapping Digest

* Opportunity To Bid On McKean County Abandoned Well Plugging Project

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of an opportunity to bid on a project to plug 24 abandoned oil wells in McKean County.

* Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation PA Grassroots Coordinator, Field Specialist

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is seeking a PA Grassroots Coordinator and a Field Specialist to be based at their Pennsylvania State Office located in Harrisburg. This position is a 2 year term position with the possibility of extension. Click Here for details.

* Help Wanted: Conewago Creek Assistant Project Coordinator

* Help Wanted: ALLARM Assistant Director Of Outreach, Marcellus

The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) is seeking candidate to fill a third full time position to the organization-- Assistant Director of Outreach-- to assist with Marcellus Monitoring program, training community volunteers throughout the shale gas regions in Pennsylvania to monitor small streams for early pollution detection.  Click Here for full announcement.

* 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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