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Crisci Associates, August 18, 2014
(8/18/2014)
* PA Environmental Council Honors Caren Glotfelty, Sen. Ted Erickson

Sen. Ted Erickson (R-Delaware) and Caren Glotfelty, a career environmental leader in academia, government and philanthropy, were honored by the PA Environmental Council this summer with awards for lifetime achievement.

* Registration Now Open For PEC Environmental Policy Conference On Sept. 17

Registration is now open for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Environmental  Policy Conference on September 17 in Harrisburg featuring dialog on key environmental issues in the Commonwealth.

* StateImpact: PUC Appeals July Court Decision On Act 13 Local Ordinance Review

StateImpact reported Friday the Public Utility Commission has appealed a July ruling by Commonwealth Court which enjoined the PUC from reviewing local ordinances that regulate drilling activities.

* StateImpact: Lumber Baron Heirs Claim Gas Rights In Loyalhanna State Forest

StateImpact reported Friday the ownership of natural gas rights under the Loyalhanna State Forest in Lycoming County may be in doubt as heirs to a 19th Century lumber baron stepped forward to claim they own the rights, not the Anadarko and Southwestern Energy drilling companies.

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* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest as well as a list of new environmental bills introduced--

* Senate Environmental Committee To Hold 2nd Hearing On EPA Climate Rule Aug. 21

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to hold a second hearing on EPA’s Section 111(d) greenhouse gas emission limits on August 21 at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre starting at 10:00.

* Buffer In A Box & Backyard Trees Workshops Sept. 6, 10 In Franklin County

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is working with Franklin County and DCNR as part of the Trees for Tomorrow Program, a county-wide effort to plant 150,000 new trees in the Franklin County, and are partnering on two Buffer in a Box and Backyard Trees Workshops on September 6 and 10.

* DEP Accepting Coastal Resources Grant Applications, Deadline Changed To Oct. 20

The DEP Coastal Resources Management Program is now accepting applications for 2015 grants from non-profit organizations, schools and universities, local government organizations, authorities and state agencies.  (formal notice)

* Summer Issue Of PA Environmental Councilís Forum Newsletter Now Available

The Summer edition of the Forum newsletter from the PA Environmental Council is now available featuring articles on--

* International Coastal Cleanup Across Pennsylvania Sept. 1 To Oct. 31

The International Coastal Cleanup is September 1st through October 31st and is the largest volunteer effort aimed at improving the health of the ocean, bringing out hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world to remove millions of pounds of plastics and debris from beaches, lakes and waterways. 

* Summer Edition Of PA Recycler Magazine From PROP Is Now Available

The Summer issue of PA Recycler Magazine is now available from the Professional Recyclers of PA featuring stories on--

* Public Private Partnership To Redevelop Mine, Waste Disposal Site At Pittsburgh Airport

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced a public private partnership involving several state agencies will transform an abandoned mine and waste disposal site into a world class center for international trade including office space, research and development capacity and a 400 room hotel with convention space.

* White House, EPA Announce Winners Of Presidential Environmental Education Awards

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Tuesday announced the winners of the annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and President’s Environmental Youth Award, recognizing outstanding student leaders in environmental stewardship and K-12 teachers employing innovative approaches to environmental education in their schools.

* Panda Power Breaks Ground For 829-MW Natural Gas Power Plant In Lycoming County

Gov. Tom Corbett and officials from across the Commonwealth joined Panda Power Funds Tuesday to break ground on the company’s 829-megawatt combined-cycle “Patriot” generating station located in Lycoming County.

* DEP Fines Southwestern Energy Production Co. For Unpermitted Gas Well Drilling

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced it has fined Southwestern Energy Production Co. of Houston, Texas, $128,031 for drilling five Marcellus shale natural gas wells in Herrick and Stevens townships, Bradford County, after drilling permits had expired.

* 2014 Energy Development Plan Finalized By PA Energy Development Authority

The PA Energy Development Authority published notice it has finalized the 2014 Energy Development Plan which received no comments during the public comment period in May.  DEP will post the final plan on the PEDA webpage in the new future.

* PA Energy Authority To Determine Completeness Of Grant Applications By Aug. 29

The PA Energy Development Authority published notice it will review all applications submitted in the grant round ending August 15 by August 29 and give applicants a limited amount of time to correct or submit missing information. (formal notice)

* Philadelphia Housing Authority To Build More Energy Efficient Apartments

The Philadelphia Housing Authority Tuesday formally broke ground for the construction of the Oakdale Street Apartments in the 2800 block of West Oakdale Street.

* PUC Cautions Consumers About Phone Scam Involving Energy Bills, Shut-Offs

The Public Utility Commission Thursday cautioned consumers of a phone scam involving their energy bills and reminded consumers of utility shut-off procedures.

* Natural Lands Trust ChesLen Chase For Open Space Oct. 25

Natural Lands Trust invites you to kick up your heels at its first trail race—the ChesLen Chase for Open Space—on October 25, at the land conservation organization’s ChesLen Preserve in Unionville, Chester County.

* Annual Fall Hawk, Raptor Count Begins At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

The annual Fall hawk and raptor count begins at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on August 15 and continues through December 15 in Kempton, Berks County.

* Game Commission To Propose Permit For Recreational Trail Use On Game Lands

There's been a lot of talk lately about the possibility a permit soon might be required to use state game lands.  And at meeting next month, the Game Commission formally will consider adopting such a permit, which would not be required for anyone who holds a valid hunting or furtaker's license.

* Anglers Urged To Help Prevent Spread Of Aquatic Invasive Species In Erie County

The Fish and Boat Commission Monday urged anglers at a popular Erie County fishing spot to help prevent the spread of the aquatic invasive species (AIS) commonly known as round goby.

* Experts Praise Philadelphia, Delaware River As Premier Fishing Destinations

Visitors to Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing last weekend witnessed first-hand the excitement surrounding major league bass fishing when hometown favorite Mike Iaconelli fished the Delaware River into a first-place finish in the Bassmaster Elite tournament.

* iConservePA.org Video: Smokey Bearís 70th Birthday

This month’s SEEDS newsletter from iConservePA.org features a video compilation of Smokey Bear PSAs to celebrate Smokey’s 70th birthday.  Click Here to watch the video.

* Volunteer Opportunities In PAís State Parks, Forests

Not surprisingly, when surveyed, people say they want to help their state parks and forests, but don’t know how. We all know investing a little sweat equity will reap the rewards that come with it: fresh air, gorgeous scenery, toned muscles, and a do-good dose of satisfaction.

* Opportunity To Bid On DCNR, DEP Projects In Bradford, Bucks, Erie, Lehigh Counties

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published notice of an opportunity to bid  on projects in Bucks, Erie and Lehigh counties.

* New Delaware River Basin Commission Executive Director Takes Oath Of Office

Steve Tambini was sworn in Thursday as the Delaware River Basin Commission's new executive director at a brief ceremony held on the banks of the Delaware River at Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, N.J.

* Governor Reappoints Walliser, Welsh To DEP Citizens Advisory Council

On Monday, Gov. Corbett reappointed John Walliser, Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs with the PA Environmental Council and Donald Welsh, former EPA Region III Administrator to the DEP Citizens Advisory Council.

* Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Outreach, Advocacy Manager

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA is seeking candidate for an Outreach and Advocacy Manager to be based in Harrisburg.  Applications are due August 25.  Click Here for all the details on this position and other positions open in the Harrisburg office.

* Your 2 Cents: Issues On Advisory Committee Agendas

This section gives you a continuously updated thumbnail sketch of issues to be considered in upcoming advisory committee meetings where the agendas have been released

* 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

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

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling---

* Flooding/Watershed NewsClips

Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state--

* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Public Utility Commission published notice extending the comment period on proposed regulations implementing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards to September 3.  The regulations were originally published in the July 5 PA Bulletin.

* 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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