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PA Environment Digest

An Update On Environmental Issues In PA

Edited By: David E. Hess, Crisci Associates

Winner 2009 PAEE Business Partner Of The Year Award

Harrisburg, Pa October 25, 2010

Rendell: Severance Tax Deal Is Dead, General Assembly Fails To Meet Commitment

Gov. Rendell this week declared the promised Marcellus Shale natural gas severance tax deal
dead, blaming Senate and House Republicans.
Senate Republicans and House Democrats promised in law to pass both a natural gas
severance tax and create an Independent Fiscal Office by October 1 as part of the budget
settlement in July. It appears neither promise will be met.
On an October 19 conference call with key Democrats and Republicans from the House
and Senate, Gov. Rendell asked for counterproposals to a compromise tax plan that he had
outlined last week.
On October 20, the Republican majority in the Senate responded with a letter that did not
make a new proposal, but instead restated their previously announced positions on the tax rate
and on accommodating the demands of the drilling industry. The House Republican Caucus did
not immediately respond to the Governor's request.
"It is irresponsible for Senate and House Republicans to refuse to compromise and simply
turn their backs on these negotiations after days and weeks and months of work. They signed a
pledge to the people of Pennsylvania to enact a tax that requires drilling companies to pay their
fair share for removing our state's natural resources from the ground, and now they are walking
away from that commitment," Gov. Rendell said.
"Their clear unwillingness to change their previous proposal or to resolve differences
with the House Democrats and with my administration makes it obvious that they have killed the
severance tax in this legislative session. It is a broken promise, as well as a misguided policy
decision that will harm our environment, will leave our local governments without the financial
wherewithal to deal with the impacts of drilling in their communities, and will increase the
budget challenges that Pennsylvania will face in the years to come," he added.
Gov. Rendell originally proposed a severance tax in February of 5 percent of the value of
the gas at the wellhead, plus 4.7 cents per thousand cubic feet. The House several weeks ago
passed a bill containing a higher tax, and the Senate Republicans said they were willing to
support only a rate of just 1.5 percent, along with numerous loopholes that would reduce taxes
for drilling companies even further than that low mark.
On October 11, Gov. Rendell offered a new compromise proposal that would have called
for a phased-in tax of 3 percent in the first year, 4 percent in the second, and 5 percent in the
third. He personally met several times with legislative leaders and representatives of the drilling
industry in developing that compromise.
Hearing no reaction to the new plan, and seeing no evidence that Senate Republicans
planned to bring the House-passed bill up for debate, amendment or a vote, the Governor tried to
restart the negotiations with the Oct. 19 conference call.
The Senate Republican leaders responded with a letter offering the same 1.5 percent rate,
the same giveaways to the industry, and excuses about the legislative process to try to justify
their own inaction.
The General Assembly has left the Capitol for its election recess, and Senate Republicans
have announced that they will allow no votes during what remains of the legislative session after
the Nov. 2 election.
"With little time left to enact the severance tax, the Senate and House Republicans'
adamant refusal to advance a meaningful counter-proposal speaks volumes about their intentions.
They clearly desire to put costs of natural gas drilling on the backs of Pennsylvania taxpayers,
rather than on the large multinational oil and gas corporations who stand to reap enormous
wealth from our state's resources," Gov. Rendell said.
House Democrats
"The failure to close the Marcellus Shale loophole will harm Pennsylvania taxpayers and
environmental protection for the foreseeable future," said Rep. George (D-Clearfield). "Anyone
with an ounce of objectivity should be appalled at the excuses employed to continue business as
usual to the detriment of the Commonwealth.
"Those making the spurious claim that Senate Bill 1155 would enact the nation's highest
severance tax elevate playing dumb to an art form. Those making and swallowing the specious
'highest tax rate' assertion obviously were looking for cover to continue the Marcellus Shale
loophole and keep Pennsylvania as the only major, gas-producing state without a severance tax."
House Republicans
Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson), House Minority Leader wrote to Gov. Rendell saying,
"As you know, the House Republicans were not a part of any agreement regarding tax
legislation. Still, our members spent the summer working on the Marcellus Shale issue. Our
Appropriations Committee and Policy Committee visited well sites and affected communities.
Further, they visited State College where the public busses are fueled by clean natural gas. These
visits, hearings and meetings led to our Caucus's proposal to harness the potential for the
Marcellus Shale Play.
"While we have not seen all the details of the Senate Republican proposal, several
members of our Caucus are supportive of the concept.
"From what we know and understand, the issues which should be dealt with are the
environmental impact in the local areas; the community impact; and maximizing the economic
potential in the state."
Marcellus Shale Industry
Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director Kathryn Klaber issued the
following statement regarding the months of good-faith, broad-based discussions that the
industry continues to participate in with the goal of reaching sound, legislative and regulatory
solutions that will encourage economic growth and job creation, while helping to put the
Commonwealth on a path towards a cleaner energy future:
"From the outset of these discussions, our industry has been working closely with elected
leaders and key stakeholders in an effort to modernize the Commonwealth's legislative and
regulatory framework. These commonsense and shared goals will help ensure that capital
investment will continue to flow into Pennsylvania, which is critical to expand job opportunities
during this period of high unemployment and economic uncertainty.
"Expanding the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale's abundant, clean-
burning natural gas resources will also help put our region and the nation on a path toward a
cleaner and more secure environmental future.
"As part of a well thought out and considerate comprehensive overhaul that includes
legislative and regulatory modernizations, our industry maintains its support for a competitively
structured severance tax that allows for capital recovery and reinvestment, comparable to other
leading shale gas producing states, such as Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.
"The leadership in the state senate deserves credit for their months of work in crafting a
competitive, well-balanced package of reforms that would help ensure Pennsylvania remains a
leader in responsible shale gas development.
"While our commitment to achieve these shared goals remains steadfast, we're regretful
that there wasn't closure brought toward achieving these commonsense initiatives during this
legislative session. We must get this historic opportunity right; we cannot afford not to."
NewsClips: Natural Gas Extraction Tax Dead For Rest Of Year
Rendell Declares Shale Gas Tax Dead
Rendell Calls Gas Severance Tax Dead This Year
Rendell Says Shale Tax Dead, Blames GOP For Failure
Rendell Says Effort To Enact Natural Gas Tax Is Dead
Rendell: Gas Drilling Tax Clearly Dead
Rendell Says Marcellus Shale Tax Clearly Dead
Kotilk: Reconsider Shale Tax After The Election
Editorial: Legislative Malpractice On Severance Tax
Editorial: Marcellus Shale Tax A Must For PA
Time Running Out For Tax On Natural Gas Drilling
Senate Position Firm On Severance Tax
Caucuses Stand Firm On Gas Tax Dispute
Rendell Asks For Counterproposal On Gas Tax Plan
Local, State Leaders Take Stance On Natural Gas Drilling Tax
Op-Ed: Put Natural Gas To Work For All Of Us
Taxes, Drilling Aftermath At Issue
Back Mountain Group Seeks Share Of Natural Gas Tax
Editorial: PA Laughing Stock With No Gas Severance Tax
Editorial: Time Running Out For Gas Severance Tax
Editorial: One Well Shut, Another Tapped

$100 Million Lost In Failure To Pass Severance Tax

This weekend, Pennsylvania will reach a new milestone - $100 million in revenue lost by the
Legislature's failure to approve a natural gas severance tax.
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is tracking in real-time how much severance
tax revenue has been lost since October 1, 2009 by not having a tax in place.
Lawmaker's inaction has left the environment unprotected in the Marcellus Shale region
of the state. It has passed the local costs of increased drilling on to state and local taxpayers. And
it has left revenue on the table that could have prevented cuts to early childhood programs,
libraries and domestic violence shelters.
"Lawmakers have put the interests of out-of-state drillers like Exxon Mobil and Shell
ahead of the interests of Pennsylvania communities," said Sharon Ward, Director of the
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.
Last week, the Senate adjourned for the year without taking up a severance tax bill,
despite promising to enact the tax in last summer's state budget agreement. On Thursday, Gov.
Rendell said the severance tax is "clearly dead" this year.
Across the country, 96 percent of natural gas is produced in states that have severance
taxes. Severance taxes provide a significant source of revenue in many energy-producing states
for critical services like education and health care.
Pennsylvania is the only mineral-rich state in the nation without a severance tax of any
kind. All 14 states with more gas production than Pennsylvania have a natural gas severance tax
or fee. Unlike those states, Pennsylvania is giving away a one-time resource.
Local communities are feeling the impact of increased natural gas production in the
Marcellus Shale. Public safety and emergency response calls are up, housing costs have
increased, and heavy truck traffic is damaging roads and bridges.
Failure to enact a severance tax has also left environmental regulators without the proper
resources to monitor gas drilling and mobilize cleanup efforts when they are needed.
"Pennsylvania taxpayers should demand that lawmakers return to Harrisburg to do their
job," Ward said. "There's no excuse for this type of delay and inaction. The gas industry
shouldn't be getting a $100 million tax break when drilling is having an impact on local
communities and the environment - and critical services are being cut."
You can view PBPC's Severance Tax Ticker.

Sen. Baker: Reasonable Severance Tax Is Inevitable

In light of the failure to act on a Marcellus Shale natural gas severance tax,
Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) sent this email to constituents supporting
passage of the tax--

"Many of you have shared your strong concerns about the lack of a
severance tax in Pennsylvania. As you have indicated, there are some very
good reasons for enacting a well-crafted severance tax.
"Without question, the sentiment in our area strongly favors a
severance tax. The same is not true of every part of the state, according to
both independent polls and reports from legislators representing those
areas, which is one of the complicating factors in this debate.
"I publicly stated my intention to support a severance tax that meets several key tests.
The tax rate and the structure of the tax cannot be so high and punitive that we negatively
impact the jobs and revenue to be generated through the drilling activity. The bulk of the money
needs to be devoted to environmental and community protection programs, rather than being
pumped into the state budget to continue an unsustainable level of state spending.
"The package cannot contain concessions such as “forced pooling” that would override
individual rights. And it serves no good purpose to have legislation structured in a
constitutionally-suspect way so that it is an easy target for the inevitable lawsuits.
"Unfortunately, the bill approved by the House of Representatives failed a number of
those tests, resulting in the continuing disagreements that have left the issue unresolved.
"It would be preferable to have a tax in place by the end of the year. But in the absence
of an agreement that has the support of a majority of legislators, plus the governor, it seems
unlikely to happen in the next few weeks.
"My belief is that a severance tax is inevitable. The outstanding question is when broad
agreement can be reached on a version that will be successfully turned into law.
"Your input on this important issue is greatly appreciated."

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Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule

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

Session Schedule

Senate Session
November 17 (Ceremonial Session to Elect an Interim President Pro Tempore)

House Session
November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16

House (November 8): House Bill 80 (Vitali-D-Delaware) expanding the Alternative Energy
Portfolio Standards and authorizing a carbon sequestration network; House Bill 894 (Phillips-R-
Northumberland) establishing a Lyme Disease Task Force and assigning responsibilities to the
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources without funding; House Bill
2405 (DePasquale-D-York) which would increase the solar mandate provisions of the
Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards and provide for carbon sequestration facilities; House
Bill 2619 (Preston-D-Allegheny) further providing for municipal aggregation of electric
generation supply; House Resolution 864 (Mundy-D-Luzerne) memorializing Congress to pass
the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act.

Senate (November 17): All bills remaining on the Senate Calendar were Tabled prior to


No legislative committee meetings of interest scheduled.

Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bill was given final action by the General Assembly and is now on the Governor's
Desk for action--

Capital Budget: House Bill 2291 (D.Evans-D-Philadelphia) 2010-2011 Capital Budget projects
bill was signed into law as Act 82.

Neighborhoods: House Bill 1609 (Freeman-D-Lehigh) amending the Municipalities Planning

Code further defining traditional neighborhood development.

Borough Electric Purchases: Senate Bill 168 (Brubaker-R-Lancaster) further authorizing

electric purchases by boroughs.

Energy Production On Farmland: Senate Bill 298 (Yaw-R-Bradford) amends the Farmland
and Forest Land Assessment Act to allow the splitting off of preserved farm and forest lands
used for alternative energy systems and natural gas and coal bed methane.

Blight: Senate Bill 900 (Argall-R-Schuylkill) establishing the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation
and Revitalization Act.

Local Government Merger: Senate Bill 1429 (Eichelberger-R-Blair) further providing for the
merger and consolidations of local governments.

News From The Capitol

October Environmental Synopsis Features Energy Saving Tips

The October issue of the Environmental Synopsis features stories on 99 great ways to save
energy, dead zones in estuaries, ethanol pipelines, the shifting energy landscape and clean water
infrastructure needs and is published by the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control
and Conservation Committee.
Click here to download a copy.
Rep. Scott Hutchinson (R-Jefferson) serves as Chair and Sen. Ray Musto (D-Luzerne)
serves as Vice Chair.

News From Around The State

SRBC, Partners Issue First State Of Susquehanna River Report

This week at the Susquehanna Symposium at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, the Susquehanna
River Basin Commission and partners released the first-ever State of the Susquehanna report.
The 2010 report covers the threats, opportunities, partnerships and successes in seven key areas
influencing the Susquehanna River Basin’s water resource needs and conditions today.
The 2010 report is comprised of two main components, a publication that provides a
snapshot of seven indicators, and the web site that includes additional data, maps, information
and feature stories submitted by a host of renowned scientists and authors who tell their part of
the story of the Susquehanna basin.
The seven indicators are: Water Use and Development; Floods and Droughts;
Stormwater; Abandoned Mine Drainage; Sediment and Nutrients; Human Health and Drinking
Water Protection; and Habitat and Aquatic Resources. The 2010 report also highlights how the
seven indicators in the Susquehanna watershed relate to the Chesapeake Bay.
“The Commission and its partners achieved what we had set out to do, which was to
focus the project on assessing the basin’s water resources, not on ranking conditions” said
SRBC’s Manager of Monitoring and Assessment, Jennifer Hoffman. “While water quality and
other factors have undoubtedly improved in recent decades, our goal was to provide data and
facts in a way that the public can relate to and so that people can draw their own conclusions
about the overall state of the Susquehanna basin.”
SRBC’s project partners are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3, which
also funded the project, Bucknell University and the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for
Environmental Studies.
H.W. “Skip” Wieder of the Susquehanna Heartland Coalition, said, “The coalition is
proud to be a partner on this project. The colleges and universities comprising the coalition are
committed to this and other ongoing efforts to study the health of the Susquehanna watershed,
including looking at how dissolved oxygen fluctuations, heavy metals and endocrine disruptors
are affecting aquatic life.”
“The project is intended to provide a comprehensive assessment of river health, from
crayfish, hellbenders, and brook trout to shad, algae and invertebrate communities,” said Dr.
Benjamin Hayes, Director of the Susquehanna River Initiative, Bucknell Environmental Center.
“Despite gradual improvements, the Susquehanna will continue to experience enormous
pressure, calling for additional research, including on potential impacts from the development of
natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale on the watershed, especially in its headwaters areas.”
The 2010 State of the Susquehanna indicators:
-- Water Use and Development (indicator #1) draws attention to the fact that the Susquehanna
basin is rich in energy resources and that increased activity in the energy sector is driving new
water use, including from new and upgraded coal-fired plants and nuclear power plants to
drilling for natural gas.
-- Floods and Droughts (indicator #2) points to the Susquehanna basin as being among the most
flood-prone in the nation and showcases the nearly 25-year partnership that has successfully
maintained and operated the Susquehanna Flood Forecast and Warning System.
-- Stormwater (indicator #3) includes data showing the increase of stormwater runoff in the
basin. Between 1990 and 2000, there was a 40 percent increase in impervious surfaces, while
overall population in the basin in that same period grew by less than 8 percent. There are also
data on projected urban development pressure in the Susquehanna basin.
-- Abandoned Mine Drainage (indicator #4) describes this pollution source as the second
largest and the most severe contributor to stream impairment – about 1,940 stream miles – in the
basin. The indicator also showcases the Bear Run remediation project in Indiana County, Pa., as
one of the several success stories within the 2010 State of the Susquehanna report.
-- Sediment and Nutrients (indicator #5) identifies these two pollutants as the largest
contributors to stream impairment – about 3,800 stream miles – in the basin, and describes the
sources as varied as they are widespread, including from atmospheric deposition, fertilizer
treatments on suburban lawns to impacts related to animal grazing.
-- Human Health and Drinking Water Protection (indicator #6) identifies the major threats to
the protection of human health and drinking water, including about 15 percent of the basin’s
waters being listed as impaired, that fish consumption advisories are in place throughout the
basin and that of the thousands of potential contaminants existing in the environment only about
90 are regulated through federal or state drinking water standards.
-- Habitat and Aquatic Resources (indicator #7) lists the many benefits of healthy aquatic
ecosystems including recreation activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, nature study,
wildlife photography, bird watching and eco-tourism. The indicator also identifies the sources of
pollution that threaten the basin’s aquatic resources and habitat, including nutrient runoff,
abandoned mine drainage and discharges, habitat encroachment, invasive species and changes to
land use.
In addition to the details of the seven indicators, the 2010 report contains the criteria that
were used to establish the indicators, has interesting factoids throughout, focuses on success
stories and partnerships and includes an array of feature stories ranging from cumulative impact
of water use and development, impact of mercury on human health to invasive aquatic organism.
A copy of the complete report is available online.

DEP: PA Making Case For Cost-Effective Ways To Cleanup Chesapeake Bay

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger this week stressed the state’s
commitment to help restore the Chesapeake Bay, saying looming federal pollution reduction
requirements necessitate a workable, cost-effective plan to meet these challenges, which his
department has prepared.
“To be sure, Pennsylvania has reduced the amount of pollution we’re putting into our
waters and the bay from all contributing sectors and industries, but we understand that more
needs to be done,” said Secretary Hanger, noting that since 1985, Pennsylvania has reduced
nitrogen by 28 percent, phosphorus by 46 percent, and sediment by between 38 and 46 percent.
“One of the important questions to ask, though, is: how much more needs to be done?”
According to existing models, Pennsylvania is now contributing 106.4 million pounds of
nitrogen and 3.96 million pounds of phosphorous to the bay watershed each year, along with
another 1.28 million tons of sediment. However, Hanger said it is important for the
Commonwealth to verify whether these figures are accurate.
“We have a good understanding of what our sewage treatment plants have achieved in
terms of reductions, but we believe farmers, developers and other groups may underreport the
good work they’ve done,” said Secretary Hanger. “We want to develop a process that will give
us a better handle on how well we have done to date. With that information, we’ll have a better
sense of what more needs to be done.”
The EPA is expected to institute a total maximum daily load, or TMDL, which sets
enforceable limits on how much nutrient and sediment pollution each state is allowed to
contribute to the bay watershed by 2025.
Draft allocations published this summer call for Pennsylvania to reduce annual nitrogen
discharges to 76.8 million pounds; phosphorous discharges to 2.7 million pounds; and sediment
to between 0.95-1.05 million tons per year. The federal agency is expected to publish the
Chesapeake Bay watershed TMDL in December.
John Hines, DEP’s deputy secretary for water management, presented the state’s plan to
citizens and federal officials during a meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. The meeting and others scheduled throughout the state this week offer an opportunity to
discuss the federal requirements.
To meet the 2025 goals, Hines said Pennsylvania’s approach is based on three core
1. Establish challenging, but attainable two-year milestones and improve the state’s ability to
track its progress by cooperating with those taking pollution reduction measures and partners
such as county conservation districts.
2. Implement advanced technologies and nutrient trading. DEP is working with the state
Department of Agriculture and companies to install technologies such as methane digesters and
electrical co-generation plants on dairy, poultry and hog farms that can produce electricity and
marketable byproducts; reduce methane emissions; and generate renewable energy, nutrient
reduction and carbon credits that can then be sold, providing a new source of revenue to farmers.
Pennsylvania’s existing Nutrient Credit Trading Program has already proved a viable option for
municipal treatment plants and communities that must reduce their nitrogen, phosphorous and
sediment discharges.
Secretary Hanger has called for an annual $100 million investment fund, financed by the
federal government and bay states, to support large-scale methane digester projects throughout
the watershed, including at least one per year in Pennsylvania. Each project would have the
potential to remove at least 1 million pounds of nitrogen from the Chesapeake Bay.
3. Enhancing common sense compliance efforts, particularly for nonpoint sources such as
agriculture and stormwater runoff from development. For the farming industry, the state plans to
expand outreach efforts and technical assistance; and continue existing regulatory programs, but
make changes where necessary.
To reduce stormwater runoff, DEP is examining requirements in the recently adopted
revisions to Chapter 102, erosion and sedimentation regulations, and is developing the next-
generation general permit for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System communities that will
enhance best management practices to reduce pollution discharges.
“Pennsylvania is responsible for half of the fresh water entering the bay. Consequently,
no state has been called upon to produce greater reductions in nitrogen and phosphorus loads,”
Hines said. “We can and we must improve this – not only for the bay, but for ourselves. By
cleaning up our waters, we are restoring our chance to enjoy improved recreation, safer drinking
water and greater opportunities for economic development.”

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CBF: PA Watershed Cleanup Plan Must Meet EPA Goals

Matthew Ehrhart, PA Executive Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released this
statement following public meetings held this week by EPA to educate Pennsylvanians about the
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or pollution diet, developed for the Chesapeake Bay
'Public meetings were held in Lancaster, State College, Ashley, and Williamsport by EPA
as part of the 45-day comment period for the TMDL process. EPA administrators and
representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection presented background on the
TMDL, and DEP’s plan to meet the federal clean water requirements through the development of
a Watershed Implementation Plan.
'The WIP must spell out strategies to achieve pollution reduction in the Chesapeake Bay
watershed. The TMDL will set new limits on the levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment
pollution that may be discharged into local rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. These new
limits are necessary to ensure compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.
“The TMDL is coming, and will require all of us to do more to reduce pollution in
Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams. The Commonwealth must ensure that funding and technical
assistance are available to achieve our pollution reduction goals. Clean, clear water is a right we
must all demand. It stimulates the economy, supports a broad spectrum of jobs, and insures
healthy communities for us all.
'CBF appreciates EPA and DEP providing communities with the opportunity to learn
more, and ask questions about the new pollution reduction program and the state’s plan for
reaching these goals.”
“We appreciate DEP’s candor and acknowledgement that improvements to their first
draft of the WIP are necessary. Pennsylvania’s WIP must not only reach the pollution reduction
limits as set by EPA, but it must also spell out how we will get there by outlining the
mechanisms, resources, and staffing support to meet the goals. Most importantly, DEP must
provide reasonable assurance that their plan can be implemented and goals can be achieved.”
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Crossroads And Choice For The Susquehanna, Chesapeake Bay And All
By Matthew Ehrhart, PA Office Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

A century ago many of our waters were dramatically and tragically altered; they have been
orange and lifeless ever since. Today, over 5,500 miles of streams remain altered by abandoned
mine drainage (AMD), nearly 2,000 of them leading directly to the Susquehanna River and
ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
A century later we are still trying to fix the problem.
Altogether, of the Pennsylvania streams recently surveyed, 19,210 miles are polluted, and
we cannot blame 100-year old activities for all of it. We are all to blame. Pollution from our
farms, our towns, our manicured lawns, aging stormwater, and sewage pipes is crippling our
waters; overwhelming them with silt, fertilizers, excess nutrients, and other pollution that flows
from our land into our waters.
We are choking the life from our most precious natural resource and hurting ourselves at
the same time. Polluted rivers and streams damage local economies, threaten human health, and
harm the quality of life in local communities. We need to fix this problem. Only changes in our
activities will save our waters.
The Chesapeake Bay suffers the same fate as polluted streams. To fix the problem,
science has established the maximum amount of pollution the Chesapeake Bay can withstand
and still be healthy, and how much pollution must be reduced in Pennsylvania to achieve clean
water goals.
Officially, it’s called a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and it’s required by the
Federal Clean Water Act. In essence, it’s a pollution budget or diet, which will set strict limits
on the amount of pollution entering our streams, the Susquehanna River, and eventually the Bay.
Pennsylvania finds itself at a crossroads, with so many environmental issues to contend
with – how do we ensure clean water for all? We start by charting a course and sticking with it
until the work is done. This “course” is not used figuratively. The pollution diet requires
Pennsylvania and the other Bay states to develop a plan, a Watershed Implementation Plan
(WIP) that will provide a detailed course that provides reasonable assurance of success, allows
for flexibility in reaching our water quality goals, and equitably distributes the responsibility
among all.
A successful WIP will require investments of money, time, and man-hours over the next
15 years. Those investments in clean water will benefit local economies and create jobs.
In September Pennsylvania officials submitted to EPA a draft WIP, but EPA deemed that
it had serious deficiencies and Chesapeake Bay Foundation agrees. The plan did not outline the
strategy, timeframe, staffing, funding and regulations necessary to ensure that pollution is
At our crossroads we find two choices. The first is to revise the WIP, commit the
resources, time, and manpower to get the job done, and chart our own course for how we clean
up our waterways. The second choice is to dig our heels in the sand, and say it can’t be done. If
this is the choice Pennsylvania makes, then we will all lose.
If Pennsylvania does not provide EPA with an adequate WIP by November 28, then EPA
will ratchet down pollution from the sources over which it has jurisdiction—sewage treatment
plants, urban and suburban runoff, and the largest agricultural operations.
EPA understands that the actions it can impose will be extremely expensive, with the bill
falling disproportionately on urban and suburban communities. Residents in the Wyoming
Valley and surrounding regions would likely see an additional increase to their sewer bills, and
local taxes for stormwater upgrades.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation encourages Pennsylvania residents to tell state officials
and EPA that Pennsylvania has the responsibility to chart our own course for clean water and
demand a stronger WIP.
The public comment period for both the TMDL and the state WIP will end November 8,
2010 at 11:59pm. Residents can learn more about the TMDL and WIP process by visiting the
CBF TMDL webpage.

Matthew Ehrhart is the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania office of the Chesapeake Bay

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EPA Holds Listening Sessions On Potential Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold five listening sessions and one webcast,
including one session in Pennsylvania, to seek feedback from citizens on provisions in a
proposed stormwater rule that will affect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
In December 2009, EPA initiated a national rulemaking to better protect waterbodies
from the harmful effects of stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment.
EPA is now soliciting input specifically on potential provisions of the stormwater rulemaking
with respect to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As part of the listening sessions, EPA will also
address environmental justice considerations.
The Pennsylvania sessions will be:
-- November 16, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. webcast listening session; and
-- November 17, Harrisburg, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the listening session and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
for the environmental justice discussion.
EPA will accept written comments on the potential rule until 60 days after publication in
the Federal Register.
To register or for more information on the listening sessions, visit the EPA Chesapeake
Stormwater Program webpage.

DEP Sends Open Letter To Dimock Residents Affected By Drilling

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger this week issued the following
open letter to residents of Dimock, Susquehanna County:

To Whom It May Concern:

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced a permanent solution to

the drinking water problems in Dimock caused by gas migration from Cabot Oil & Gas
Corporation wells.
DEP was forced to take action since Cabot continues to deny responsibility for the
contamination, despite overwhelming evidence of its responsibility. Since that announcement
was made, Cabot has launched a public relations campaign and much misinformation has been
brought forth concerning who will be party to that solution and who will end up paying for it.
Cabot is responsible for the gas migration that has caused families to be without a
permanent water supply for nearly 2 years and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will seek
court orders to make Cabot pay for all costs.
But we cannot wait for Cabot to fix the problems it caused and to do the right thing. In
the interim, PENNVEST, an agency that finances water and sewer infrastructure projects, will be
asked to provide funds to pay the estimated $11.8 million cost for Pennsylvania American Water
Company to construct a new, 5.5-mile water main from its Lake Montrose treatment plant to
provide water service to the residents of Dimock. Again, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
will then aggressively seek to recover the cost of the project from Cabot.
No one in Dimock or Susquehanna County will pay for it and local taxes will not be
increased as the result of it. Residents along Route 29 will have the option to tap into the line if
they so choose. No one will be forced to hook up to the new public water supply. The new water
line will also boost the value of homes and businesses near it.
This action is being taken based on overwhelming evidence that proves the Cabot wells
are the source of the contamination. DEP has collected ample evidence tying methane found in
private water supplies to Cabot's wells. We have witnessed and chronicled bubbling gas and high
pressure readings from a number of wells that prove poor well construction, and taken readings
that show excessive gas levels that could only exist in wells that are leaking. Sophisticated
testing has "fingerprinted" gas samples and matched the gas found in five homes to the gas
leaking from the nearby Cabot wells.
Additionally, the gas wells in many cases are less than a thousand feet from the homes
where, by law, it is presumed gas drilling caused any pollution of water wells that may result.
The residents of Dimock have already paid a high price for Cabot's unwillingness to
accept responsibility and provide a satisfactory solution. Cabot will be the one paying the final
bill. Perhaps next time Cabot will do the job right the first time and avoid expensive repairs.

John Hanger, Secretary

U.S. Senator Casey Calls For Strong Protections, Input To DRBC Drilling Regulations

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) this week sent a letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission
as it considers regulation of natural gas wells in the Delaware River Basin. Senator Casey
expressed concern for water quality and the need to have public input and review of any new
“Natural gas has played, and will continue to play, an important role in our energy
portfolio as we transition to a new energy future, and we are fortunate to have domestic
resources to help meet our growing needs,” wrote Senator Casey. “However, we must develop
the Marcellus Shale using the best practices to protect our communities, our people and our
Senator Casey also called on the DRBC to implement some of the measures he has
proposed at the federal level including public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic
fracturing and enhanced emergency response measures to protect workers and the community in
the event of a well blowout or other emergency.
Senator Casey also wrote: “I urge the Commission to institute strong measures to
continue to protect water quality and quantity in the basin. I further encourage the Commission
to move deliberately and to provide ample time and opportunity for public input and review.”
Senator Casey introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of
Chemicals (FRAC) Act (S.1215) to repeal an exemption provided for the oil and gas industry
and would require the disclosure of the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing processes.
Senator Casey has introduced legislation to help prepare Pennsylvania workers for jobs in
the natural gas industry. The Marcellus Shale On-the-Job Training Act of 2010 (S.3720) will
authorize grants to strengthen On-the-Job Training programs to help ensure natural gas drilling
jobs go to Pennsylvanians and not workers from out-of-state.
Senator Casey also plans to introduce legislation to improve emergency response at oil
and gas wells. The Faster Action Safety Team Emergency Response (FASTER) Act of 2010
provides the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with the ability to draft
regulations that will enhance emergency response procedures at oil and gas wells. Senator Casey
chaired a hearing in Pittsburgh in July to gather comments on his proposal.

PA Trout Unlimited Rivers Conservation Course Set For March 20-23

PA Trout Unlimited and the PA Fly Fishing Museum will host Rivers Conservation Course
March 20-23, 2011 to provide participants with a great opportunity to experience early season
Limestone Stream Angling as well as learn the science behind the fishing and protecting our
water resources.
Speakers scheduled to appear include:
-- John Arway, Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission will give the keynote
-- Ed Jaworowski wil provide a perspective on the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum;
-- Ed Shenk will be the guest of the Sunday evening Meet and Greet Session sponsored by
Troegs' Brewing;
-- Barry Sheetz, Ph. D., P.E., P.G. Geology and Materials Sciences Professor at Penn State will
teach Basic Geology;
-- Greg Hoover, Ph. D, Entomology Professor at Penn State will teach Aquatic Entomology;
-- Dan Hill, Esq. formerly of Congresswoman Dalkemper's staff and former Game
Commissioner will speak on The Politics of Water;
-- Debra Bowman of the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy will discuss Water Issues on Your
Local Level;
-- Chris Wood, Executive Director of Trout Unlimited will provide TU's perspective; and
-- Rod Cross will provide an introduction to the Yellow Breeches and the Cumberland Valley
with his presentation, Stream Etiquette - The First Step to World Peace.
Dave Rothtock will provide his presentation called Bugs and Their Imitations as well as
helping people with their casting. There is a fly tying session that is geared to handle everyone
from beginners to experts.
And each afternoon is set aside for the attendees to fish in the world famous Allenberry
stretch of the Yellow Breeches or any of the other famous waters such as the heritage sections of
the Letort or Big Spring.
Local anglers will be available to provide assistance for people who are unfamiliar with
the area and a list of local guides can be provided for those who want more personalized
individual instruction. The private guides will be available at an additional cost.

State Fly Tying Championship To Be Held At February 12 Eastern Sports & Outdoor

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited and Bass Pro Shops
of Harrisburg are once again sponsoring the Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Championship to be
held on February 12 at the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex in
The flytying competition will begin at 11 a.m. in the Fishing Experience section.
Contestants will compete in one of three divisions; Youth, Amateur and Open. Trophies
will be awarded for the top three finishers in each category. In addition the winning contestant in
the Open Division will receive at least $100 courtesy of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout
Prizes for the Youth and Amateur Divisions are being provided by Bass Pro Shop of
Pre-qualification is required for each division. Entrants are required to submit three flies
along with their application to be pre-judged. The top five contestants in each category will then
be selected to attend the final event at the sport show. Entrants for the Open Division will also
be required to submit a $20 non-refundable fee.
All applications and flies must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2011. Mail all
entries to: CVTU Fly Tying Contest, PO Box 520, Carlisle, PA 17013
At the show the finalists will be required to tie three flies, two which they will know
ahead of time and a third mystery fly. The contestants will be required to provide their own tools
and materials.
For further information, a complete set of rules, flies to be submitted for pre-judging and
an application please click here.

Chester County Features New Vinyl Siding Recycling Program

Residents and small jobbers, who are replacing vinyl siding and would normally dispose of it at
the Chester County Solid Waste Authority Lanchester Landfill, can now save money and recycle
that vinyl siding at the same time.
Residents may unload their vinyl siding, at the small load facility drop-off for a small fee
of $7.00 per load. No wood or trash will be accepted.
For more information call 610-273-3771 or visit the Chester County Solid Waste
Authority website.

DEP To Hold Residual Waste Reporting Seminar November 17 In Meadville

The Department of Environmental Protection will offer companies that generate residual waste
an opportunity to learn about the Commonwealth’s reporting requirements during a free seminar
on November 17.
The seminar will be held from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. at the DEP Northwest Regional
Office, 230 Chestnut St., Meadville. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.
“Business owners and operators have many important issues demanding their time, so
DEP is presenting this seminar as an aid to managers who have to follow industrial waste
handling regulations,” DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “This session is part of DEP’s
ongoing outreach to waste generators to help them better understand our reporting
The seminar will focus on completing the residual waste Form 26R, the Chemical
Analysis of Residual Waste Annual Report by the Generator.
Residual waste generators in Pennsylvania are required to characterize annually the
physical properties and chemical composition of each industrial waste that is generated. Form
26R is required to be submitted to DEP and to each solid waste management facility that accepts
the waste for processing or disposal.
Since seating is limited and to ensure adequate reference material is available, pre-
registration is required. There is no registration fee. Those who wish to attend should contact
Cindy Fry or Robert Bechtel by November 12, at 814-332-6848.

PA National Guard Set Out On Guard The Environment Campaign

More than 800 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are deploying to communities
throughout the state now through November as part of a new nationwide initiative intended to
make cleaner, more vibrant communities.
Called "Guard the Environment," this new initiative of the National Guard Bureau
includes recent recruits and the troops that train them performing environmentally friendly
activities across the state, such as cleaning parks, cemeteries, highways and state forest
"With Pennsylvania National Guard armories and air bases in some 90 communities - in
51 counties - our presence blankets the commonwealth," said Lt. Col. Laura McHugh,
commander of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Pennsylvania Army National Guard. "The
Guard the Environment program gives valuable hands-on experiences to our newer members on
the importance of environmental stewardship and giving back to our community."
Eleven projects are scheduled in as many counties throughout the state.
Philadelphia Housing Authority Recognized For Sustainable Project

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has recognized a Philadelphia
Housing Authority rehabilitation project in West Philadelphia with one of its 2010 Awards for
Design Excellence.
The project is located on the distressed 800 block of Markoe Street and represents the
final phase of the Lucien E. Blackwell development. Seventeen homes will be renovated while
six new homes will be built on infill lots. Work on the redevelopment is well under way.
Jibe Design, a small Center City firm that won a PHA competition among young
architects to handle the design, received an Honor Award for unbuilt projects. Schwam
Architects, the architect of record for T.N. Ward, the construction manager for the development,
was also recognized.
"The strategy of keeping and renovating old salvageable, existing buildings, and filling
the gaps between them with new construction, we found to be a sound, sensitive intelligent
solution," the AIA award jury commented.
Hundreds of projects were entered in the AIA contest, but only 16, including Markoe
Street, received awards.
"Winning an award for design excellence and sustainability is a much needed and
appreciated shot in the arm to the folks at the housing authority who are working tirelessly to
sustain and maintain the level of excellence in development in the City," said Michael Johns,
PHA's General Manager of Community Development and Design.
Juliet Whelan, the principal architect of Jibe Design, is thrilled to have the opportunity to
revitalize a street that has seen better days.
"What makes the project stand out is that it does combine the preservation with the new
construction. We're respecting what's already there as well as filling in the gaps," she said.
Whelan added that the design of this project brings the block into the 21st century. Her
design uses the facades of existing homes as much as possible and emphasizes reuse of existing
materials. The plan also redesigns the interiors of the homes according to modern standards with
better lighting, better layout, and no loss of comfort or design excellence. It considers cost,
energy savings, and impact on the environment.
PHA will have invested approximately $6.7 million once the redevelopment of Markoe
Street is completed. Johns said stimulus funds from the federal government made the project
"Without the stimulus dollars, it's not a project that we would have necessarily done right
now. Because we had already done preliminary planning, we were ready to go when the dollars
were made available," he said.
Completion of the project is expected in early 2011. PHA worked with neighbors and
community groups on the redesign of the block.

Pittsburgh Receives $1.5 Million Grant For Green Transportation Along RiverFront

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said this week his plan to develop a multi-modal transportation corridor
along a 6.45-mile stretch of land along the Allegheny Riverfront, called the Allegheny Riverfront
Green Boulevard project, received a $1.5 million planning award from the federal government.
The project, a central recommendation of the Mayor’s Allegheny Riverfront Masterplan,
will expand the current usage of the existing AVR freight line to create a “green spine”
connecting all neighborhoods along the riverfront, and spurring future development for housing
and commerce along the corridor.
“This project will transform the Allegheny riverfront with a public transit rail-and-trail
system, that reconnects our neighborhoods with our City’s greatest natural asset,” Ravenstahl
said. “Imagine a riverfront destination that you can easily walk to, bike to, and take public
transportation to – and you can easily envision a place that sustains and attracts new residents
and businesses. I want to thank all of our partners in the federal government for recognizing the
importance of this project that will spur economic development and ensure that Pittsburgh
sustains its ‘most livable city’ status for years to come.”
The project seeks to establish a rail-with-trail green boulevard that would accommodate
existing AVR freight along with regional passenger rail use. The project also calls for additional
transportation infrastructure, a stormwater management system, and riverfront habitat
“This plan is the result of a year of in-depth conversation with residents, property owners
and stakeholders throughout the corridor,” said URA Executive Director Rob Stephany. “There
is a lot of excitement among residents to connect these neighborhoods to the river while offering
new transportation alternatives like a light rail and trail system. We see this project as a natural
opportunity to capitalize on the forward momentum happening in places like the Strip District
and Lawrenceville.”
Work on the green boulevard plan will begin this January as the City and URA begin
planning and urban design studies for the accompanying Housing Master Plan. Riverlife and
AVR will begin transportation and stormwater planning, and engineering studies for the
passenger and freight rail-line, a potential light vehicle roadway, and a trail along the existing
rail right-of-way that runs along the Allegheny River. Plan implementation could begin as early
as January 2012.
Environmental benefits of developing the Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard
include: creating and conserving green space along the riverfront; increasing the number of
pedestrian, transit and cyclist trips through the corridor; and reducing auto congestion along
Butler Street and Penn Avenue.
"For the past few decades Pittsburgh has been moving towards best practice when it
comes toward developing its riverfronts," said Riverlife President and CEO Lisa
Schroeder."With the Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Plan, the City has the opportunity to
put our best foot forward in managing stormwater runoff and restoring natural riverfront
environments. We applaud the leadership of Mayor Ravenstahl in making this project a priority,
and look forward to working with the City, URA and AVR to create further economic
opportunity along this corridor by connecting neighborhoods through shared transit and
responsible riverfront development."
Approximately $68 million of federal funding was awarded nationally in TIGER II and
Community Challenge planning grants by HUD and DOT. The Allegheny Riverfront Green
Boulevard was the only project in Pennsylvania to receive planning funding under this program.
HUD and DOT received 700 applications from around the country and awarded funding
to 62 projects. Of the 62 projects, the Green Boulevard was one of only 13 projects to receive
funding from both HUD and DOT.
U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey Jr. announced the $1.5 million grant, of
which $825,000 comes from a U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER II (Transportation
Investment Generating Economic Recovery) planning grant. The remainder comes from a
Community Challenge planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
“For decades, Pittsburgh’s riverfronts were used as transportation corridors for industrial
production, and the land surrounding them did not connect to our communities,” said Ravenstahl.
“Today we recognize the riverfronts as our most treasured assets that have tremendous potential
to improve our quality of life. We now have the opportunity to reconnect our neighborhoods,
reclaim these waterways as amenities, and provide new venues for development and recreation.”

SKF USA, Inc. Awarded Platinum Green Building Certification

SKF USA Inc. announced this week it has been awarded Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Platinum certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council
and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
SKF USA is the first commercial building in Pennsylvania to achieve Platinum level
certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors — and one of only 60 worldwide. LEED is
the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance
green buildings.
"SKF USA's extraordinary efforts to achieve LEED Platinum certification are helping to
lay the groundwork for a cleaner, healthier future for all Pennsylvanians," said Gov. Rendell.
"Making buildings greener is incredibly important. By using resources more efficiently, these
buildings reduce operating costs and make a sizeable reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. So
green buildings like this one contribute to 'greener' bottom lines for companies and a healthier
environment for everyone."
The Governor added the Commonwealth was making an investment in the new facility to
help it further reduce its environmental footprint. In December 2009, the Commonwealth
Financing Authority approved a $346,000 Solar Energy Program Grant that will help SKF USA
build a new, $2 million rooftop solar panel project that is scheduled to be completed in April
Poul Jeppesen, president and chief executive officer of SKF USA, thanked the Governor.
In separate remarks, he discussed the significance of this week's events: "This celebration is the
culmination of an 18-month-long, $23 million redevelopment project, during which our team
worked with local partners and suppliers to invest more than $1 million in sustainable strategies
for energy, lighting, water and material usage."
Janet Milkman, executive director of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council,
detailed a few of the many green design and construction features included in the
117,000-square-foot headquarters facility, including:
-- An extensive geothermal heating/HVAC system, consisting of 112 500-foot deep wells that
use the Earth's constant temperature to control the climate of the building, saving more than 30
percent on heating and cooling costs;
-- Low emitting Greenguard™ quality refurbished furniture, the first of its kind to be extensively
tested for potentially harmful emissions under LEED guidelines at the new, state-of-the-art
American Furniture Manufacturers Association Testing Facility;
-- Daylight harvesting combined with high efficiency lighting that continues to save 30-40
percent in lighting energy consumption over traditional lighting systems;
-- Forest Stewardship Council-certified flooring and doors, which help support responsible
forestry practices;
-- Ninety percent of all furniture equipment in the Lansdale facility is Energy Star-rated office
equipment, such as our Energy Star fluorescent lights that use 75 percent less energy than normal
incandescent fixtures;
-- Water-efficient fixtures that consume 44 percent less water than conventional fixtures, saving
an estimated 278,000 gallons per year; and
-- Proactive construction waste management program that diverted 93 percent of waste materials
away from landfills and over 20% was spent on recycled materials.
During the ceremony, Jeppesen also recognized the key firms who partnered with SKF
USA in the redevelopment project: Re:Vision Architecture, LEED architect; D2 Solutions,
interior designer and LEED consultant; NAI Geis Realty, broker and construction consultant;
hpeGroup, LLC, design engineers (mechanical, electrical and plumbing); Philadelphia Suburban
Development Corporation, developer and landlord; Premier Office Solutions, furniture supplier.

EPA Recognizes BNY Mellon, Carnegie Mellon As Green Power Purchasing Leaders

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership is honoring BNY Mellon
and Carnegie Mellon University as Green Power Partners for successfully using green power to
help grow the nation’s voluntary green power market while also reducing greenhouse gas
BNY Mellon and Carnegie Mellon University are two of only ten organizations in the
nation receiving a Leadership Award for Green Power Purchasing. These leaders are purchasing
the majority of their electricity from green power through a utility green-pricing program, a
competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. A REC is a
financial product proving that electricity was generated from a renewable resource.
Green power is electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and
low-impact small hydroelectric sources. It’s a renewable energy resource that provides the
highest environmental benefit.
BNY Mellon is currently purchasing nearly 230 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green
power annually, supplying more than 75 percent of its electricity. BNY Mellon is buying a
utility green power product and RECs from NextEra Energy Resources and Pepco Energy
BNY Mellon’s green power purchases are equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide
emissions of nearly 32,000 passenger vehicles per year, or enough electricity power more than
20,000 average American homes annually.
Carnegie Mellon University is currently purchasing nearly 87 million kilowatt-hours of
green power annually, supplying 75 percent of its electricity. The University is buying RECs
from Community Energy and Constellation NewEnergy and generates solar on-site.
Carnegie Mellon University’s current green power purchases are equivalent to avoiding
the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 12,000 passenger vehicles per year, or enough electricity
for nearly 8,000 average American homes each year.
EPA is presenting the 2010 Green Power Leadership Awards recognizing 18 winners
during the tenth annual Green Power Leadership Awards Banquet in Portland, Ore. Awards are
given in four categories: Green Power Purchasing; On-site Generation; Partner of the Year; and
Green Power Community of the Year.
EPA will present the awards at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. EPA co-
sponsors the Green Power Leadership Awards in conjunction with the U.S. Department of
Energy and the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions.
Through the Green Power Partnership, EPA works with nearly 1,300 partner
organizations to voluntarily purchase green power to reduce the environmental impacts of
conventional electricity use.
For more information and a video on the winners, visit EPA’s Green Power Leadership
Award webpage.

PUC Releases Latest Electric Price Comparison Reports

The Public Utility Commission this week released its quarterly comparison between current
market prices for electric generation and capped rates currently paid by consumers. The PUC
said that the numbers validate the importance of current and future steps to mitigate potentially
significant electricity rate increases.
According to the estimates, the market trended downward this quarter by about 10
percent for residential consumers when compared to the July 2010 electric price estimates. The
Commission emphasizes that wholesale prices are subject to constant change and can be volatile.
The prices may stabilize or trend upward or downward in the future. Therefore, the Commission
will continue its actions to mitigate potential rate increases.
For customers, energy conservation and efficiency are recommended long-term strategies
that should provide benefits regardless of where market prices trend in the future.
With that in mind, consumers can sign up for weekly e-mail alerts regarding the latest
offers by competitive electricity suppliers in their service area at In
Pennsylvania, consumers can choose the company that generates your electricity - also known as
the electric supplier. This means consumers have the power to switch to a competing supplier
who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service such as green/renewable energy.
On December 31, 2010, all electric rate caps will expire and the utility price to compare
may change quarterly. The PTC is the price per kilowatt hour (kWh) your electric utility will
charge. provides consumers with the PTC for both the utility and the
competitive suppliers making offers in the area, allowing consumers to make an apples-to-apples
comparison for the generation portion of the bill.
The email alerts will keep consumers in touch with the prices, enabling them to make
decisions for their home or business based on the most current pricing information available.
Areas where rate caps have not yet expired may not see any competitive offers at this time.
Customers of Allegheny Power Co., Pennsylvania Electric Co., Metropolitan Edison Co. and
PECO Energy Co. and can prepare for the January expiration of rate caps by signing up now to
receive alerts when choices become available.
The charts released today show differences between capped rates and estimated market
prices at the end of the second, third and fourth quarters of 2008, for all quarters of 2009 and for
the first three quarters of 2010 for the four companies still under rate caps. The rate caps for
Metropolitan Edison Co., PECO Energy Co., Pennsylvania Electric Co., and Allegheny Power
Co. will expire December 31, 2010. Information for PPL is not included because its rate caps
expired December 31, 2009. The quarterly updates are available on the PUC website, Select "Electric" from the pull-down menu and select "Electric Price
Estimates. This will be the last quarterly update, since the remaining caps expire at the end of the
Wayne Williams, Ph.D., Director of the PUC Bureau of Conservation, Economics &
Energy Planning, said the calculations released today estimate the increases consumers would
see, on average, if rate caps expired today and the state's electric distribution companies still
under caps immediately began charging prices based on current short-term market conditions.
The market price of electricity is very volatile and changes on a daily basis, and is subject
to changes that result from factors over which the PUC does not have jurisdiction. Director
Williams noted that these estimates identify current market prices in the short term, in
comparison with capped rates, and do not in any way represent a Commission projection of
future prices when the remaining rate caps expire. Actual post-rate cap prices for each utility will
reflect a portfolio of resources, obtained over time, which will mitigate the effect of monthly and
daily changes in the market rates for energy.
For the remaining EDCs, whose caps have yet to expire, all auctions have been
completed. As a result, recent post-rate cap price auction results are provided. These prices
reflect a portfolio of resources, obtained over time, which mitigated the effect of monthly and
daily changes in the market rates for energy. This illustrates that if current market trends
continue, consumers may be able to achieve better prices through a competitive electric
generation supplier when rate caps expire.
Click here for copies of the PUC price comparison reports.

PPL EnergyPlus Urges Businesses To Shop For Electricity Supply Now

Now that PECO has announced its “price to compare” and with wholesale prices lower than they
have been in several years, there’s no better time for business owners in southeastern
Pennsylvania to shop around for electricity supply.
PPL EnergyPlus is ready to help commercial, industrial and institutional customers of
PECO understand the coming competitive market and manage their energy costs with
customized pricing that for most customers is lower than the PECO price to compare for default
Wholesale electricity prices for 2011 are about 20 percent lower now than they were in
January and about 30 percent lower than they were at the start of 2009, when PECO began
locking in energy supply for 2011.
“The opportunities for businesses are much clearer now that PECO has revealed its prices
for customers who don’t take advantage of the opportunity to choose their own energy supplier,”
said Gene Alessandrini, senior vice president of marketing for PPL EnergyPlus.
“We’re excited to work with businesses across southeastern Pennsylvania to find for
them the best products and pricing options to make them more efficient and cost-effective for
their customers,” Alessandrini said. “We can offer prices customized to the ways businesses use
energy, rather than a one-size-fits-all rate under the utility’s default service option. Our
knowledgeable team works with customers on solutions to meet their specific energy supply
PPL EnergyPlus can also provide specialized services such as energy efficiency
programs, demand-response options and renewable energy options that are attractive to
businesses looking to reduce energy costs and their environmental impact.
PPL EnergyPlus is already the energy supplier of choice for many businesses in areas of
Pennsylvania where electricity rate caps have expired.
“No doubt that customers will be seeing mail boxes stuffed with fliers and incentives that
claim to beat the local utility’s price to compare,” he said. “It’s important to understand the terms
of any offer, have assurances that a supplier will be around after a contract is signed and that the
supplier they choose is interested in having a solid business relationship with customers for the
long haul. PPL EnergyPlus is that supplier.”
Businesses interested in getting a customized quote from a trusted supplier should contact
a PPL EnergyPlus energy expert at 1-888-289-7693. More information about PPL EnergyPlus is
available online.
NewsClip: PPL Announces Lower Rates

HACC To Train 100+ Workers For Emerging Green Technology Jobs

Unemployed or underemployed workers who are interested in a career in green technology may
be eligible for free training at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College through a
$338,000 grant from the Department of Labor and Industry State Energy Sector Partnership.
HACC offers programs in entry level solar photovoltaic technician and building analysis/
energy auditing with classes meeting in November and December at the Midtown site at Third
and Reily streets in Harrisburg.
Through the state grant, HACC will be able to train 50 incumbent workers and 50
unemployed and underemployed workers for emerging green industry jobs. An additional 15
students may be eligible for assistance through HACC’s new “Green Technologies Studies”
program available starting fall 2011.
To find out if you are eligible, contact Cheryl Dietz, HACC Workforce and Economic
Development, at 221-1338 or send email to:

Audubon PA Opens New PA Plant-Bird Database

Audubon PA this week opened the new PA Bird-Plant website that gives birdwatchers
information on which common woody plants provide the best food, cover and nesting areas for
birds in Pennsylvania.
By selecting the bird species or plant species on the website, you will be able to target
specific birds and begin creating habitat on your property. While habitat structure and vicinity to
natural areas will determine your ultimate success, providing native resources to birds will
increase the species diversity in your yard (or schoolyard, park, or business campus).
Create a "shopping list" of plants based on the birds you'd like to see and take it to the
next native plant sale on the PA Audubon website.
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.

October 25-- DEP Power Plant Air Pollution Control Technology Grants
October 30-- DCNR River of the Year Nominations
November 5-- DEP Small Business Advantage Grants
November 12-- DEP Alternative Fuels Electric Vehicle Grants
ASAP-- NRCS Health Forest Reserve Program Grants
December 17-- DEP Environmental Education Grants
December 17-- Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grants
December 31-- Fish & Boat Commission 2010 Photo Contest
December 31-- PPL Small Business Energy Audits
January 7-- PA Conservation Corps Grants
February 15-- PennVEST Water Infrastructure Funding
June 30-- DEP Nitrogen Tire Inflation System Grants

Other Funding Programs

-- DEP PA Sunshine Solar Energy Rebates
-- CFA High Performance Building Financing (Program Link)
-- CFA Solar Energy Financing (Program Link)
-- CFA Geothermal, Wind Energy Projects (Program Link)

-- Visit the DEP Grants and Loan Programs webpage for more ideas on how to get financial
assistance for environmental projects.

Quick Clips

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

Natural Gas Extraction Tax Dead For Rest Of Year
Rendell Declares Shale Gas Tax Dead
Rendell Calls Gas Severance Tax Dead This Year
Rendell Says Shale Tax Dead, Blames GOP For Failure
Rendell Says Effort To Enact Natural Gas Tax Is Dead
Rendell: Gas Drilling Tax Clearly Dead
Rendell Says Marcellus Shale Tax Clearly Dead
Kotilk: Reconsider Shale Tax After The Election
Editorial: Legislative Malpractice On Severance Tax
Editorial: Marcellus Shale Tax A Must For PA
Editorial: Marcellus Shale Tax A Must For PA
Time Running Out For Tax On Natural Gas Drilling
Senate Position Firm On Severance Tax
Caucuses Stand Firm On Gas Tax Dispute
Rendell Asks For Counterproposal On Gas Tax Plan
Local, State Leaders Take Stance On Natural Gas Drilling Tax
Op-Ed: Put Natural Gas To Work For All Of Us
Taxes, Drilling Aftermath At Issue
Back Mountain Group Seeks Share Of Natural Gas Tax
Editorial: PA Laughing Stock With No Gas Severance Tax
Editorial: Time Running Out For Gas Severance Tax
Editorial: One Well Shut, Another Tapped
Lackawanna's Green Falcons Will Promote Game Day Recycling
Thousands Turn Out To Clean Up Pittsburgh
PPL Announces Lower Rates
Heating Costs Expected To Rise In Northeast PA
Penelec Rates In NE To Rise Less Than Expected
Western PA Man Champions LEDs
Solar, Wind Workshops Planned In Millcreek
Proposed Carbon County Solar Park Hits Minor Snag
Dallas Takes Solar Leap
Philadelphia Navy Yard Home To New Energy Efficiency Company
Dunmore Honored For Energy Efficiency
Couple Takes Green To The Extreme (Video)
It Pays To Be Green (Video)
Volunteers Work To Restore Trail (Video)
Master Plan For Philadelphia Riverfront Nearly Ready
Pilot Project Could Help Local Towns Revitalize
PLCM Task Force Unveils Recommendations For Cities
Allegheny Trail's Finishing Touch On The Horizon
Tags Track Butterflies' Mysterious Routes
Deer Tracking Study Gaining Ground
New Garden Offers Sights, Sounds, Smells Of Welcoming Habitat
Bald Eagle Comeback Continues At Hawk Mountain
PA Firms Hailed For Role In Chilean Rescue
Editorial: Chilean Mine Rescue Story Of Triumph

Marcellus Shale NewsClips

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

DRBC Agains Delays Rules Covering Gas Drilling

DRBC Drilling Regulations Postponed
Methane Gas Found In Bradford County Water Wells
DEP, Cabot Argue Over Dimock Water Contamination
Water Well Owners Needed For Marcellus Gas Well Study
Pittsburgh Council Hears Warnings On Marcellus Shale Drilling
Encana To Finish Drilling At Luzerne Gas Test Well
Marcellus Air Impact Uncertain
Gas Drilling Forum Offers Hope, Dispels Myths
Drilling Backer Sees 90,000 New PA Jobs By End Of 2010
Gas Industry Keeps Eyes On PA
Murrysville Planners Hear Worries About Gas Drilling
Harvey's Lake Mulls Anti-Fracking Measure
Residents Of Lehman To Seek Ban On Drilling
Taking Upbeat Look At Gas Drilling In Lehman
Lehman Drilling Limits Urged
Damascus Considers Conditional Drilling
Control Gas Drilling Plans, South Fayette Township Urged
Rails Get $10 Million Boost In Lycoming Could Help Marcellus Shale
Yoga Class Takes A Posture On Fracking
Limiting Fracking Contamination
Gas Meeting Reveals Neighborhood Fractures Amid The Fracking
Treated Sewer Water May Be Used At Marcellus Wells
Shale Mixed Blessing For Economy
Marcellus Shale Reps Offer Biz Tips
Gas Drilling And Tourism
Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition To Meet Oct. 27
Drilling Almost Complete At Luzerne County's 2nd Well
Marcellus Wells, Output Up In Third Quarter
Gas Industry Session Kicks Off Two Day Career Expo
Controversial Terror Contractor Has Another Contract In Southeast
Editorial: Anti-Drilling Groups On Wrong Ground
Severance Tax
Natural Gas Extraction Tax Dead For Rest Of Year
Rendell Declares Shale Gas Tax Dead
Rendell Calls Gas Severance Tax Dead This Year
Rendell Says Shale Tax Dead, Blames GOP For Failure
Rendell Says Effort To Enact Natural Gas Tax Is Dead
Rendell: Gas Drilling Tax Clearly Dead
Rendell Says Marcellus Shale Tax Clearly Dead
Kotilk: Reconsider Shale Tax After The Election
Editorial: Legislative Malpractice On Severance Tax
Editorial: Marcellus Shale Tax A Must For PA
Editorial: Marcellus Shale Tax A Must For PA
Time Running Out For Tax On Natural Gas Drilling
Senate Position Firm On Severance Tax
Caucuses Stand Firm On Gas Tax Dispute
Rendell Asks For Counterproposal On Gas Tax Plan
Local, State Leaders Take Stance On Natural Gas Drilling Tax
Op-Ed: Put Natural Gas To Work For All Of Us
Taxes, Drilling Aftermath At Issue
Back Mountain Group Seeks Share Of Natural Gas Tax
Editorial: PA Laughing Stock With No Gas Severance Tax
Editorial: Time Running Out For Gas Severance Tax
Editorial: One Well Shut, Another Tapped
Onorato, Corbett Spar Over Shale
Onorato, Corbett Debate Gas, Taxes
Corbett Leads Everyone In Gas Industry Donations
Editorial: For Governor, Tom Corbett
Drilling Important In Carney Race
Jobs, Gas Taxes Dominate House Candidates Debate
Naylor: Drilling Issue Top Priority
Range Resources Provides Operations Update
Westmont Resources Files 1st Quarter Financial Information
Range Resources Boosts Oil Production

Watershed NewsClips

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

Chesapeake Bay: How Much More For PA?

Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet To Affect Everyone
EPA Seeks Comment On Chesapeake Bay
Pollution Reduction Needed For PA Waters
Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan Worries Farmers
Farmers May Be Underreporting Chesapeake Bay Progress
Clearfield Treatment Plant May Require Expensive Upgrades
A Clear View Offered For Coplay Creek
State To Vote On Laurel Hill Watershed Designation
Touring The Mighty Lackawanna River
Watershed Summit Will Shed Light On Laurel Hill Creek
Luzerne County Watershed Under WatchCounty
Rain Continues To Elude Southern Somerset
Editorial: Making Flood Warnings More Meaningful
State Lost 14 Percent Of Dairy Farms

Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of a proposed General Permit for
short-term construction projects and notice of Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Credit trades.
Pennsylvania Bulletin - October 23, 2010

Proposed Regulations Open For Comment - DEP webpage

Proposed Regulations With Closed Comment Periods - DEP webpage

Rolling Regulatory Agenda - DEP webpage

Technical Guidance & Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice of a draft first year report for the
Reclamation Fee O & M Trust Account; copy will be available online. The Fish and Boat
Commission published notice of proposed changes to the dredging royalty payments.

The Public Utility Commission published a formal statement of policy on the Support of
Pennsylvania Solar Projects.

Technical Guidance Comment Deadlines - DEP webpage

Copies Of Draft Technical Guidance - DEP webpage

Copies of Final Technical Guidance - DEP webpage

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.

Click on Agenda Released on calendar entries to see the NEW meeting agendas published this

October 26--DEP Board of Coal Mine Safety meeting. Fayette County Health Center,
Uniontown. 10:00. (formal notice)

October 26-- DEP Operator Certification Program Advisory Committee meeting. Room 105
Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. (formal notice)

October 27-- Agenda Released. DEP Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee meeting.
12th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.

October 28-- Agenda Released. DEP Mining and Reclamation Advisory Board meeting. Room
105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.
November 2-- Election Day

November 3-- NEW. DCED hearing on Weatherization Assistance Program. Hearing Room 2,
Keystone Building. 10:00. (formal notice)

November 17-- CANCELED. DEP Small Water Systems Technical Assistance Center Advisory
Board. There are no further meetings scheduled in 2010. (formal notice)

November 18-- Agenda Released. DEP Water Resources Committee meeting. 10th Floor
Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 9:30.

December 16-- NEW. Forestry Task Force, Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control and
Conservation Committee. Celebration Hall, State College. 10:00.

DEP Calendar of Events

Environmental Education Workshop/Training Calendar (PA Center for Environmental


Senate Committee Schedule House Committee Schedule

You can watch the Senate Floor Session and House Floor Session live online.

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