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August 2, 2010
(8/2/2010)
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* Rendell, Legislators To Map Plan On $850 Million In Cuts Needed To State Budget

Gov. Rendell, Senate and House legislative leaders will meet Monday to discuss options for dealing with what is now almost certain to be a $850 million hole in the state budget as a result of Congressional inaction on additional Medicaid funding for states.

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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--

* House Democratic Policy Committee Considers Alternative Energy Issues


* Rep. Mundy Bill To Track Wastewater From Marcellus Shale Drilling Operations


* Clean Water, Chesapeake Bay Topics Of Second House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing


* Sen. Baker Introduces Measures To Protect Drinking Water From Gas Drilling

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) this week introduced two bills to provide additional protection to drinking water from the impacts from Marcellus Shale natural gas well drilling.

* DRBC Approves Two Additional Natural Gas Exploratory Wells


* Allegheny Conference: 70 Percent Of Marcellus Shale Workers From Out-Of-State

 

* U.S. Senator Casey Chairs Hearing On Emergency Response in the Marcellus Shale Region

U.S. Senator Bob Casey Monday chaired a field hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in Pittsburgh entitled “Emergency Response in the Marcellus Shale Region.”  

* U.S. House Panel Approves Study Of Fracking Impact On Water Resources In Delaware


* Former Gov. Ridge Joins Marcellus Shale Coalition As Strategic Advisor

The Marcellus Shale Coalition announced this week former Gov. Tom Ridge has joined the group as a strategic advisor.

* The Allegheny Front: What's The Public Saying About Marcellus Shale Drilling


* DEP Launches Marcellus Shale Examiner On Twitter, First Issue Now Online

The Department of Environmental Protection has expanded its new weekly e-newsletter on Marcellus Shale natural gas issues called the Marcellus Shale Examiner on to Twitter.     

* Video Blog- York Students Featured In Chesapeake Bay Local Action Video Showcase


* EPA Penalizes 10 Wastewater Plants, 9 Are In Chesapeake Bay Watershed


* First-Come, First Serve REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Apps Accepted August 2

The Department of Agriculture will begin accepting applications for the first-come, first-served Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Farm Conservation Tax Credits on August 2.

* Friends Of The Wissahickon Photo Contest 2010 Accepting Entries

The Friends of the Wissahickon are now accepting entries in the 2010 Wissahickon Photo Contest sponsored by Valley Green Bank. 

* DEP Reports On First-Year Efforts To Protect, Restore Walnut Creek Watershed


* Citizens Coal Council: PA Fails To Protect Streams From Coal Mining Subsidence Damage


* Contract To Reclaim Abandoned Mine Awarded In Clearfield County


* Hot Water Conditions Display Fatal Flaws In Delaware River Water Release Plan


* Video Blog- Letting The Delaware River Run, Balancing Competing Needs Of People, Wildlife

A new video by The Nature Conservancy in PA discusses the importance of migratory fish, active floodplains and sufficient flow levels in the Delaware River and how biologists are working to determine how best to balance the river's needs with those of the people who live along its banks.  Click here to watch the video.

* USGS: Number Of Counties In Drought Watch Condition Drops To 10

The USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center this week reported the number of counties in drought watch condition dropped to 10 from a high of 36 last week using the Palmer Drought Severity Index.

* Public Invited To Be Part Of State Forest Sustainability Certification Audit


* The Nature Conservancy In PA: Bethlehem Authority Considering New Forest Program


* Western PA Conservancy Sponsors August 21 Fayette County Volunteer Work Day


* DCNR, Game Commission Exchange Land In Clarion, Crawford Counties


* Latest Comparison Of Capped vs. Market Electric Prices Available, New Email Alert


* New Rules Promoting Natural Gas Competition Proposed By PUC


* PUC Releases Summer Edition Of Keystone Connections Newsletter


* Bucks County Community College Announces Green Jobs Academy Grant


* Air Products Commissions New Combustion Lab With Focus On Clean Energy


* EPA Awards Port of Pittsburgh Grant To Reduce Diesel Emissions


* Pocono Raceway Activates World’s Largest Solar-Powered Sports Facility


* Vacation Beaches Show Reduced Number Of Closures Due To Pollution

As millions of Americans flock to beaches around the country, PennEnvironment reported that beach closings and advisories due to pollution decreased last year at Presque Isle Lake Erie and the Jersey shore but increased over 800 percent in Delaware, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 20th annual beachwater quality report.

* Game Commission Posts Deer Plan On Website


* Discovered! Audubon's First Engraving Of A Bird By Academy Of Natural Sciences


* DEP's Dan Griffiths Retiring, Andrew Place Named Acting Deputy


* 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.

* Quick Clips

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

* Marcellus Shale NewsClips


* Watershed NewsClips


* Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Delaware River Basin Commission has published notice of proposed changes to water quality regulations related to toxics in the Delaware Estuary.

* 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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