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Sept. 5, 2011
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* Yet Another Poll Finds 65 Percent Support Marcellus Drilling Tax/Fee

A new poll by Franklin & Marshall College released Wednesday found 65 percent of adults in Pennsylvania support a tax/fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers. 72 percent of those surveyed opposed more natural gas drilling in state-owned forests. Other poll results-- 
-- 72 percent believe proceeds from a drilling tax should be shared by both the state and local communities where drilling takes place; 
-- 35 percent feel natural gas drilling has improved PA quality of life; 
-- 39 percent believe benefits of drilling outweigh environmental damage; 
-- 35 percent say potential damage from drilling outweighs economic benefits; 
-- 53 percent of Pennsylvanians believe the state is headed in the wrong direction; and 
-- 32 percent approve of Gov. Corbett's performance, up 1 percent from March.
            This poll is just the most recent showing overwhelming and historic support by Pennsylvania voters and the public for a natural gas severance tax or fee.

* Growing Greener Coalition: Heed The Public, Enact A Marcellus Drilling Tax/Fee


* Analysis: Is 8 Years Long Enough To Wait To Update PA's Drilling Law?


* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced


* Lyme Disease Education Topic Of House Committee Hearing


* DEP Lifts Drought Declarations For 40 Counties, 4 Changed To Drought Watch


* Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium Announces Workshops Series

The Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium has announced a series of four workshops on a variety of issues, including: stormwater management and permitting, best management practices and infrastructure, sustainable stormwater infrastructure funding and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council Conference.

* Spotlight - Conewago Creek Conservation Initiative Preliminary Survey Results


* York Watershed Weekend Set For September 24-25


* Fall Walks In The Wissahickon Set For September With FOW Trail Ambassadors

The Friends of the Wissahickon will sponsor a series of Fall walks in Montgomery County hosted by FOW Trail Ambassadors during September.  Click Here for the schedule.

* PA Attorney General Joins Great Lakes Colleagues On Invasive Species Response


* SRBC: 13 Water Withdrawals Remain On Hold To Protect Susquehanna Streams


* DEP Approves Increase For Cumberland Landfill Previously Approved For Drill Cuttings


* PSU: Study Shows Marcellus Shale Benefits Economy, But Questions Remain


* Corbett Administration: Marcellus Shale Creating Finance Industry Jobs


* PA American Water Facebook/Twitter Challenge To Support Low-Income Water Program


* 2011 Waste Watcher Recipients Recognized By PROP


* Register Now For GreenSylvania/RecycleBowl School Recycling Competition


* College Footfall Fans Can Compete In Game Day Recycling Challenge


* 10,000 Friends: Insist On Reforms In Transportation Funding


* President Obama Withdraws Proposal For Stricter Ozone Standard

In a statement released Friday, President Obama took action to withdraw a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ratchet down the federal ozone pollution standard.

* Penn State: Sustainability Of Pennsylvania Forests Challenged


* Raystown Celebrates Return Of American Chestnut Trees To Central PA Sept. 25


* DCNR, Western PA Conservancy Preserve 137 Acres In Somerset County


* Highway Changes Improve Access To Ohiopyle State Park


* Spend Labor Day Weekend Around South Mountain


* Spotlight - Partnerships Encourage Philly Youth To Explore State Parks

Lelia Favors sat alone on a tree stump, resting, watching, reflecting. A warm smile spread across her face that was wider than the log the young campers before her were attempting to saw with a Colonial-era tool.

* Appalachian Audubon Native Plant Sale September 17


* iConservePA.org: Native Plant Special Events Around PA


* Watch The Latest Video From The Coolidge's: The Ride


* PEMA Urges Residents To Report Irene-Related Damages To Local Officials


* PA National Guard Soldier To Run 232 Miles Of Appalachian Trail


* State Police Urge Vigilance As September 11 Anniversary Nears


* Feature - We Remember - September 11, 2001 - DEP Responds To A National Tragedy

We all remember where we were and what we were doing on September 11, 2001, but the employees of the Department of Environmental Protection remember better than most because they played a key role in the responding to the Somerset County crash site of Flight 93.

* 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


* Marcellus Shale NewsClips


* 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

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