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Oct. 31, 2011
(10/31/2011)
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* Trout Unlimited, Fish Commission, DEP Celebrate West Branch Susquehanna Recovery

Trout Unlimited, the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, the Fish and Boat Commission, and the Department of Environmental Protection celebrated improvements to the West Branch Susquehanna River and its many tributaries at an event Monday at Hyner View State Park.

* Senate Committee OKs Added Environmental Protection Measures For Drilling


* PEC Encouraged By Initial Senate Steps On Marcellus Issues, More Changes Needed

In response to Senate action this week on Marcellus Shale legislation-- Senate Bill 1100 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson)-- the PA Environmental Council released a statement Thursday saying, "We are again encouraged by the actions of the Senate to enact greater environmental and public protections."

* Chesapeake Bay Foundation Sees Positive Changes In Senate Bill 1100, Suggests Additions

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation made comments Friday saying they were encouraged with the changes made to Senate Bill 1100 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson) to better protect the environment and water quality from potential impacts by Marcellus Shale drilling and made several suggestions for strengthening the bill.

* Corbett Marcellus Language Would Eliminate Local Regulation Of Drilling As A Land Use

The Corbett Administration this week circulated language to implement its proposed county-adopted drilling fee and to tighten environmental protection requirements around Marcellus Shale drilling they announced earlier this month.
            The language includes a provision not included in the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission recommendations to eliminate all regulation of any oil and gas well by local governments, except under the provisions of the state Floodplain Management Act.

* Rep. Ellis Proposes Governor's Marcellus Language, Transfers From Oil & Gas Fund


* Republican, Democratic Lawmakers, Advocates Say Enact Responsible Drilling Tax


* Tioga County, Heart Of Marcellus Country, Supports Renewal Of Growing Greener


* Did You Know You Can Search 7 Years Of Digests On Any Topic?


* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule/Bills Introduced


* Senate/House Bills Moving


* Senate Passes Bill Allowing Leasing Of Minerals On Other State Lands


* Senate Environmental Committee OKs Nonpoint Source, Water Trail Bills


* House Committee Considers Proposal To Eliminate Roadblocks To Natural Gas Competition


* Senate Schedules 2nd Round Of Amendments On Marcellus Bill October 31


* Senate Committees Set Flood Mitigation, Stormwater Hearings November 15 & 16

The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy and Senate Republican Policy Committees are scheduled to hold two days of hearings on issues related to flood mitigation through stormwater management on November 15 and 16 in Harrisburg.

* Chesapeake Bay Advocates Concerned About PA Funds In New Federal Farm Bill


* WPC, Dominion Resources Seek Watershed Mini-Grant Proposals In Western PA


* CBF Expresses Concern About Bill To Do Away With Stream Buffer Requirements


* Updated Manure Management Manual Now Available From DEP

 

* Oct. 31 Deadline: Call For Presenters For 2012 Schuylkill River Watershed Congress


* Pennsylvania, DEP Sponsor State Of The Lake Ecosystem Conference In Erie


* Wissahickon Creek November 16 Town Meeting Postponed

A Creek in Crisis? A Town Meeting on the Health of the Wissahickon Creek, scheduled for November 16, has been postponed to Spring 2012 due to unexpected scheduling conflicts and unexpected demand for attendance requiring a larger venue. A new date will be announced as soon as it is determined.

* PennVEST Approves $84 Million In Water Infrastructure Project Funding


* ECOvanta Opens Electronics Recycling Facility In Philadelphia


* Auditor General Calls For Infrastructure Investment To Improve Safety, Create Jobs


* Energy Suppliers To Brief PUC November 9 On Winter Reliability


* Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program To Open November 1


* FirstEnergy Announces Math, Science, Technology Education Grant Winners


* DEP Awards Over $4.4 Million In Alternative Fuel Grants


* EPA Recognizes Carnegie Mellon As Top Green Energy Buyer


* Duquesne University Sustainable Business Symposium November 10


* EPA Now Accepting Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup Grant Applications


* DEP Releases Impact Report On Fukushima Nuclear Accident


* Genesee & Wyoming's David Powell Wins Professional Environmental Excellence Award


* DCNR Marks Completion of Chester County Section Of Schuylkill River Trail


* Delaware Valley Regional Commission Approves $5 Million In Trail Grants


* Wildlife Center At Sinnemahoning State Park Ready To Welcome Visitors


* State Fly Tying Championship Set For February 11


* Trail Improvement Grant Applications Available From Snowmobile Association


* State Conservation Areas Now Identified As State Parks


* Insurance Department: November Peak Deer-Vehicle Crash Season


* Feature- Sandhill Cranes: Are They Here To Stay In Pennsylvania?

By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Game Commission

* 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/Flooding 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.

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* 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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