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Nov. 14, 2011
(11/14/2011)
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* PEC, CBF Call For Tougher Measures In Senate/House Marcellus Shale Bills


* House Marcellus Bill Would Allow Drillers To Pay 1/5 Of Other States


* Governor Attempts To Justify Exemption From Local Regulation For Drilling


* Get To Know The REAL Growing Greener Program

The original Growing Greener Program proposed by Gov. Ridge in 1999 and later expanded by Gov. Schweiker was focused on helping Pennsylvania meet federal Clean Water Act mandates, watershed restoration, upgrading water and wastewater infrastructure, preserving farmland and funding State Park and local recreation facilities.

* Dauphin County, 11 More Municipalities Join Renew Growing Greener Coalition


* 11 More Reasons To Support The Refunding Of A Refocused Growing Greener


* DEP Advisory: Upgrade Of eLibrary May Make Documents Unavailable Temporarily


* Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule (New 2012)/Bills Introduced


* Senate Appropriations Committee Schedules Marcellus Shale, Flood Relief Bills


* House Sets Votes On Marcellus Shale Drilling Bill For Monday, Tuesday


* Senate Committees To Hold 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.

* PEC Thanks Senate, Sen. Pippy For Passage Of Water Trails Economic Impact Resolution

The PA Environmental Council this week extended its thanks to the Senate and prime sponsor Sen. John Pippy (R-Allegheny) for passing Senate Resolution 143 which directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to undertake an economic impact analysis of Pennsylvania Water Trails

* Delaware River Basin Commission Posts Revised Natural Gas Drilling Rules


* DEP Issues New Drilling Wastewater Treatment, Handling Guidance


* PUC Seeks Comments On Oversight Of Natural Gas Distribution Systems


* DEP Sets Hearing On Lycoming Natural Gas Compressor Station For Dec. 15


* Corbett Signs Interstate Agreement To Develop Natural Gas Vehicles, Infrastructure


* Ben Franklin Posts $50,000 Marcellus Shale Innovation Prizes


* Marcellus/Energy Crime Stoppers Expands To Pennsylvania


* Spotlight- Who Will Pay For Shale Gas Well Reclamation In Pennsylvania?

By Austin L. Mitchell, Ph.D. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University

* Chesapeake Bay Program Working To Improve BMP Reporting


* PA Dirt & Gravel Road Program Looking To Create Stream-Friendly Corridors


* What To Do With 130 Million Tons Of Sediment Behind Conowingo Dam On Susquehanna


* Organic Transitions Farm Workshop In Montgomery County Nov. 15


* CBF: PA Manure Management Manual Valuable Guide For Farmers


* New Delaware Riverkeeper Brochure Recommends Native Plants, Buffers


* Reeds Run Coal Refuse Removal/Wetland Project To Be Dedicated Nov. 15


* DEP Invites Comments On Revised Duckard Creek, Greene County TMDL


* Nov. 17 Workshop Will Teach Grant Writing For Watershed Groups In Lehigh


* DCNR Sets Grant Workshops, Stormwater Management Webinars


* PUC: Water Companies Must Do Better Job Tracking Water Losses


* DEP Veterans Day Hours, Water Sampling Procedures, Disaster Center Hours


* Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers and Programs


* America Recycles Day Kicks Off With Special Event In Capitol November 15


* Covanta Energy Announces Community Outreach, Environmental Justice Policy


* DEP Awards Small Business Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency Grants


* EPA Seeks Green Chemistry Challenge Award Nominations


* Natural Gas Utilities, Suppliers Brief PUC On Winter Reliability


* PUC Told More Education Needed To Drive Electric Customers To Shop For Energy


* Poll: 3/4 Of Residents Likely To Shop For New Electricity Supplier To Save 10 Percent


* Electric Companies Told To Provide Details On Storm-Related Outages


* New Jersey To Appeal Federal Court Ruling On Homer City Power Plant


* Erie TreeVitalize Program Now Accepting Applications


* U.S. Forest Service Documents Environmental Benefits Of Wood As Green Building Material


* U.S. Dept. Of Interior To Highlight 2 PA Recreation Projects


* Galbraith Gap Land Purchased By ClearWater Now Part Of Rothrock State Forest


* PA Parks & Forests Fall Newsletter, 2010 Annual Report Now Available

Catch up with all the activities and programs of the PA Parks & Forests Foundation by downloading their Fall online newsletter and the 2010 Annual Report.

* World Wildlife Fund, Coca-Cola Form Partnership To Protect Polar Bears


* PHMC Now Accepting Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Applications


* Mark Your Calendars For Upcoming PA Economic Development Assn. Training Events

The PA Economic Development Association has scheduled a series of training opportunities on a variety of topics beginning in early 2012. They include topics like: online site selection, agricultural lending, best practices in economic development marketing and more.  For more information visit the PEDA Upcoming Events webpage.

* Opportunity To Bid On DEP Projects In Clearfield, Elk, Indiana, Somerset Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of the opportunity to bid on an abandoned mine reclamation project in Clearfield County, a mine reclamation project in Elk County, a reclamation project in Indiana County and another in Somerset County.

* DEP: RFP For Professional Design Services For Abandoned Mine Reclamation

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice requesting proposals for professional design services in order to retain up to eight firms to work with the abandoned mine reclamation program. Proposals are due December 28.  (PA Bulletin page 6154)

* David Sumner Named IRRC Executive Director


* 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


* Stories Invited


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