PA Environment Digest
An Update On Environmental Issues In PA
Edited By: David E. Hess, Crisci Associates
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PA Audubon's Waggoner's Gap
November 15, 2010
Rank-And-File House Democrats Rebel, Speaker McCall Calls Voting Day Out-going House Speaker Keith McCall (D-Carbon) relented this week and called a one-day voting session on November 15 in the face of a rebellion by rank-and-file Democratic members. "While the Senate has flatly refused to return to session to address legislation passed by the House that awaits their action, after speaking to many House members who are concerned about key issues such as pension reform, I’ve decided to bring the House back for voting session Monday," Speaker McCall said. "We anticipate debate on multiple pieces of legislation sent to us by the Senate in an effort to get many of those bills passed and sent on to the governor to be signed into law." The voting agenda is likely to include House Bill 2497 (D.Evans-D-Philadelphia), the bill adopting pension reforms and establishing the Independent Fiscal Office, and "noncontroversial" bills and resolutions. Late Friday, House Democrats notified House Republicans that ALL 19 bills listed by the rebellious House Democrats would be potentially brought up for a concurrence vote, including the electronics recycling bill and a bill allowing alternative energy production on preserved farmland. (See the list below.) The decision follows a press conference convened by Rep. Mark Long (D-Mercer) where more than a dozen House Democrats called on their own Leadership to take final action on 19 bills in the House for a concurrence vote and send them to the Governor's desk. At the press conference, Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks) said a majority of the Democratic Caucus want to vote on these important bills and noted there will be repercussions on members who want to be elected to Leadership positions next year. Rep. Caltagirone added the decision not to come back was the result of one person-- Rep. Dwight Evans-- and his concern over the Independent Fiscal Office. Rep. Caltagirone said "Evans has got to go." Rep. Robert Matzie (D-Allegheny) summed up the feelings of many House Democrats saying the position taken by their Leadership was "disgusting."
House Democrats have their Leadership elections November 16 and the Senate on November 17. Selection of Committee Chairs and members will not happen until late December or early January. The bills listed for action by the group, include--- House Bill 1394 (Houghton-D-Chester) relating to splitting off farm and forest land under preferential assessment for alternative energy production; -- House Bill 708 (Ross-R-Chester) requiring electronics recycling funded by industry fees; -- House Bill 174 (Carroll-D-Monroe) amending the Eating and Drinking Place Law to further provide for organic foods, food employee certification and providing penalties; -- House Bill 2139 (Myers-D-Philadelphia) further providing for distribution of food from food banks; -- House Bill 2497 (D.Evans-D-Philadelphia) pension reform provisions and establishing the Independent Fiscal Office; -- House Bill 60 (Daley-D-Washington) further providing for housing affordability and rehabilitation; -- Senate Bill 441 (Vance-R-Cumberland) further providing for teacher certification; -- House Bill 2521 (DeLuca-D-Allegheny) anatomic pathology service disclosure; -- House Bill 1639 (Manderino-D-Philadelphia) Amending Titles 23 & 42 relating to child custody; -- House Bill 1231 (Murphy-D-Lackawanna) amending Workers' Compensation Act to further provide for occupational disease related to firefighters; -- Senate Bill 1409 (Brubaker-R-Lancaster) further providing for workforce development; -- Senate Bills 1059 to 1063 Contracts for municipal managers; -- House Bill 1990 (Gabler-R-Clearfield) authorizing part-time district attorneys in 8th class counties; -- House Bill 1482 (Mann-D-Lehigh) providing for photo IDs in health care facilities; -- House Bill 2321 (Fairchild-R-Snyder) providing for payment of wireless E-911 fee; and -- House Bill 1196 (Boyd-R-Lancaster) further providing exemptions under the statewide Construction Code was amended to add a one year delay in requiring sprinklers in new homes. NewsClips: Stung By Election, House Democrats Look For New Leadership House Dems Assail End Of Voting Session's End Draws Ire From Lawmakers Renegade House Members Seek A Voting Session Rank-And-Filers Protest Canceled Votes Rank-And-File Dems Angry But Powerless To Revive Session Midstate Lawmakers Riled At Decision Not To Return To Session No Lame-Duck Session Delays Pension Reform School Superintendents Fear Pension Crisis As Vote Stalled Editorial: Public Pays For Capitol Inaction Editorial: House Leaders Tucking Their Tails Editorial: Pension Fix, Legislature Should Wait, Do It Right House Republicans Elect Leadership For New Legislative Session, Comment On Budget
There were no real surprises in the House Republican Leadership elections this week. Rep. Samuel H. Smith (photo) was their choice for Speaker of the House and Rep. Michael C. Turzai was elected Majority Leader for the 2011-2012 legislative session. Officially, Republicans now have a 112 to 90 majority, with the sudden death this week of Rep. Robert Donatucci (D-Delaware). House Democrats have their Leadership elections November 16 and the Senate on November 17. Selection of Committee Chairs and members will not happen until late December or January. "House Republicans are ready to restore citizens' confidence in state government and attack the issues with civility," Rep. Smith said. "As a body, we will have to work together to bring integrity back to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives." "The message from our citizens has been clear and consistent: We have to reign in spending, end reckless borrowing and ultimately reduce tax rates," Rep. Turzai said. "We needs a leaner, more accountable government." Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph said, "Pennsylvanians, on the whole, are unwilling to spend more right now for government. With an eye on state revenues and expenditures, the House Appropriations Committee will focus on effectiveness of state programs and whether they match their intent." "House Republicans will be focused on making sure we protect the hard-earned dollars of Pennsylvania families and employers," Rep. Turzai said. Here's a quick rundown on House Republican Leadership election results-House Speaker: Sam Smith (R-Jefferson); Majority Leader: Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny); Majority Whip: Stan Saylor (R-York); Appropriations Chair: William Adolph (R-Delaware); Caucus Administrator: Richard Stevenson (R-Butler); Caucus Chair: Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna); Caucus Secretary: Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery); and Policy Committee Chair: David Reed (R-Indiana). NewsClips: GOP's Smith, Turzai To Lead House GOP Picks Smith, Turzai As New House Leaders Turzai Will Bring Litigator's Skill To No. 2 House Job Incoming Majority Whip: Legislature Will Be PA Focused GOP In Control Of State, Huge Deficit Looms Gas Impact Fee Has Some GOP Support New Leaders, But Same Old Budget Concerns In PA Rendell: Beware Budget Cuts' Effects Gov.-Elect Corbett Announces Transition Staff, Comments On Marcellus, Budget
Gov.-elect Tom Corbett this week announced Christine Toretti, Jack Barbour and Bill Sasso will serve as co-chairs of his transition team. Leslie Gromis-Baker and Tom Paese will be co-directors in charge of day-to-day operations. Charles Kopp has been named legal counsel, while Brian Nutt will serve as transition chief of staff and Kevin Harley will be transition spokesman. Bob Asher and Laura Ellsworth were also named co-chairs of the Corbett/Cawley inauguration committee. Corbett said they will naming transition team members for individual agencies later. In response to a question, Gov-Elect Corbett said he disagreed with the moratorium Gov. Rendell placed on further leasing of state-owned land for Marcellus Shale drilling and was open to further leasing in an environmentally safe way. On Marcellus Shale development generally, Corbett said he would call in members of the industry, local government and environmental groups to develop the regulations needed to ensure the safe development of the resource. He added this industry is going to be with us for a long time and we have to manage it that way. He cited a Penn State economic study for background on the impact for the state. (The study cited by Corbett has been controversial.) At the same time, Corbett said he would look to the transition reports to educate him on Marcellus Shale and other issues. NewsClips: Corbett Announces Members Of Transition Team Corbett Professes Confidence In Solving Deficit As Corbett Follows NJ's Christie Expect Cuts Corbett Sees Gradual State Forest Leasing Corbett's Pledges Causes Speculation On State Layoffs Corbett's Fiscal Agenda: What It Means For You Corbett Planning To Zero In On Budget GOP In Control Of State, Huge Deficit Looms Corbett Less Likely To Hand Out Capital Grants GOP Victory Could Boost Natural Gas Drilling Gas Impact Fee Has Some GOP Support New Leaders, But Same Old Budget Concerns In PA Rendell: Beware Budget Cuts' Effects The Great Natural Gas Divide, New York, PA Op-Ed: Make Sure Marcellus Shale Is Developed Correctly, Gov. Ridge Op-Ed: Corbett Needs To Get Facts Straight On Marcellus Shale Editorial: Republicans Must Live Up To Their Mandate Editorial: Drilling Issues Lost On Corbett Senate/House Agenda/Session Schedule Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee meetings showing bills of interest-Session Schedule
Here is the session schedule for the remainder of the year and the Senate schedule for the first few weeks of 2011-Senate Session 2010 November 17 (Ceremonial Session to Elect an Interim President Pro Tempore) Senate Session 2011 January 4, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 28 March 1, 2 (Budget presentation first full week in March) House Adds Voting Day November 15 (voting session) House Democratic Leadership elections November 16 Calendars House (November 15): House Bill 80 (Vitali-D-Delaware) expanding the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards and authorizing a carbon sequestration network; House Bill 894 (Phillips-RNorthumberland) 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 adjournment. Committees Senate: Senate Republican Policy Committee holds a hearing on impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on employment opportunities in Williamsport.
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--
Neighborhoods: House Bill 1609 (Freeman-D-Lehigh) amending the Municipalities Planning Code further defining traditional neighborhood development. Must be signed in the Senate before reaching the Governor's desk.
News From Around The State
CBF-PA Submits Detailed Comments On DEP Chesapeake Bay Watershed Plan In its official comments this week, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said the Watershed Implementation Plan submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection to meet federal Clean Water Act mandates to cleanup the Chesapeake Bay "demonstrates an inability to deliver on core programmatic items that are critical to meeting our water quality goals." Matthew Ehrhart, Pennsylvania Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released this statement on Pennsylvania's Plan-“The purpose of the WIP is to detail how the Commonwealth intends to meet pollutionreduction goals and improve water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. The goal was not only to achieve the right numbers for pollution reduction, but also, and maybe more importantly, to provide reasonable assurance that the job will get done. CBF agrees with EPA that this draft plan fell short on both counts. “Pennsylvania has the opportunity to create a viable plan for clean water that is tailored to its needs and creates jobs. “DEP’s draft plan does not clearly articulate the strategy, programs, resources, and timing to be employed to meet the obligations of the TMDL and provide reasonable assurance that our goals will be met. Our conclusion is that the draft WIP is largely a summary of the programs and initiatives that already exist , and that improvements must focus on commitments of additional resources, staffing and prioritization to ensure that the pollution reduction goals are met. “CBF looks to the Commonwealth to provide specific steps to meet the TMDL, and to establish expectation, outreach, implementation, and compliance mechanisms for all sectors to effectively reduce pollution. "We hope (DEP's revised Plan) will chart a credible course toward clean water for Pennsylvania's rivers and streams, as well as the Chesapeake Bay." The Department of Environmental Protection must submit a revised WIP Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by November 28. In its written comments, CBF said, "While Pennsylvania has made significant progress on some specific BMPs, the Commonwealth has demonstrated an inability to deliver on core programmatic items that are critical to meeting our water quality goals. This WIP is Pennsylvania's final opportunity to create a strategy for implement the TMDL that is built by Pennsylvanians, for Pennsylvania, and utilizes the details and efficiencies that are specific to the Commonwealth.
"CBF urges you to consider the following recommendations to construct a credible strategy to accomplish the necessary reductions. Otherwise, the Federal Government will use its Clean Water Act authorities to attempt to accomplish those reductions in Pennsylvania. The outcomes of that approach will be for more difficult and less efficient for the Commonwealth and its citizens." The CBF comments mirror, in part, a review done by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier in the year which said Pennsylvania's plan had "serious deficiencies." The comments make 25 specific recommendations for strengthening the WIP in the areas of agriculture, urban/suburban stormwater management, resource extraction and onsite wastewater disposal. CBF said Pennsylvania agencies and conservation districts are woefully understaffed to provide the help 2,000 livestock operations and 16,000 farms need to meet their nutrient management requirements. Over 100 new staff are needed to help farmers. "A significant challenge not resolved in the draft WIP is how PA will commit to a level of resources, particularly for agricultural financial assistance, that is on par with the need. While the federal government has increased conservation funding through Farm Bill programs, farmer demand for financial assistance consistently and substantially exceeds available funding. "While the state faces historic financial constraints, this does not relieve the state of its obligations under the Clean Water Act. Pennsylvania policymakers did not make sufficient investments in agricultural nonpoint source programs during times of surplus; these were legislative and executive choices that make the current situation all the more difficult. The WIP must describe how this historic funding gap that continues to this day will be corrected." The comments specifically recommend restoring funding to the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Tax Credit Program to help farmers achieve their conservation goals. The PA Farm Bureau has also stressed the need to provide more funding to improve farm conservation programs. A complete copy of the CBF comments is available online. NewsClips: Grants Awarded To Conserve Chesapeake Bay Bethlehem Considers Streambank Grass Buffers Environmental Groups Receive Grants To Improve Watersheds PACD Watershed Education Experience Grants Due Nov. 15 Op-Ed: Harsh Reality Of Meeting Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet Editorial: EPA Unrealistic About Chesapeake Bay Clean Up Editorial: State At Crossroads For Clean, Pure Water Board Approves Water Line Connection Of Dimock Homes PennVEST Uses Public Money For Dimock Waterline State OKs $11.6 Million For Water Line In Dimock Agency Votes To Aid Owners Of Contaminated Wells In Dimock Funding For Scranton About $3 Million Less Than Sought DuBois Forms Committee To Protect City's Watershed
Protecting The Chesapeake Bay Watershed As part of his campaign platform, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett laid out a series of commitments on protecting the environment, developing Pennsylvania's energy resources, enhancing agriculture and promoting sportsmen's issues. PA Environment Digest is taking a look at the commitments he made on protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed-During the past several decades, Pennsylvania has been faced with numerous public policy challenges related to the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. Roughly 50 percent of the Commonwealth’s land area is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and its rivers and streams in the Potomac and Susquehanna basins provide a similar percentage of the fresh water that ultimately reaches the bay, making it a key participant in bay restoration activities. In recent years, Pennsylvania’s challenges in helping to clean up the Bay have taken on greater urgency. The EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office has announced its work on establishing a total maximum daily load (TDML) calculation for the Bay watershed, which dictates the amount of pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards. While the EPA is responsible for developing the Chesapeake TDML, the states in the Bay watershed will be responsible for implementing it. At the same time, Pennsylvania will also need to address numerous non-Bay water quality challenges, as a court ordered assessment of the commonwealth’s streams found that nearly 20 percent of all stream miles are impaired. As a result, cleanup plans similar to that required for the Chesapeake Bay either have been implemented or will be required to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution. As Governor, Tom Corbett will work to strike the balance between protecting our environment and growing economic development opportunities and jobs. Utilize sound science to reduce pollution. Pennsylvania must develop a strategy for reducing pollution in Pennsylvania's streams and rivers to meet federal requirements in implementing TMDL plans for the Chesapeake Bay and local waterways in the commonwealth. Tom Corbett believes that this strategy should ensure future growth, yield the maximum environmental benefits for Pennsylvania waterways, involve key stakeholders, be based on sound science and practicable engineering and utilize mechanisms that impose the least possible cost to taxpayers. This strategy will maximize public-private partnerships to provide funding for agricultural best management practices through the implementation of a viable, functioning nutrient credit trading program and drive private funding to farmers to install best management practices.
Develop an implementation plan for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and local TMDLs. To be accountable to the public, state government must have an open, accessible process for adopting the regulations and policies that will govern its citizens. Tom Corbett will direct DEP to develop a realistic implementation plan that involves all stakeholders, effectively utilizes technology (including new “green” technology where applicable) and emphasizes finding the least-cost solutions to the requirements imposed to guard against the imposition of unfunded mandates on Pennsylvania taxpayers. Create partnerships on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Taxpayers demand cooperation among different levels of government and partners to achieve common goals. Tom Corbett will direct the DEP Secretary to actively seek out and develop partnerships with watershed groups, local governments, conservation districts and the business community to achieve the agency's environmental goals of cleaning up Pennsylvania's waterways at the lowest cost to taxpayers and in a way that protects jobs and economic opportunities for the Commonwealth’s citizens. Assist Pennsylvania farmers and conservation districts to comply with Chesapeake Bay TDML. As Governor, Tom Corbett will work to identify existing funding resources to support county conservation districts and take other steps to ensure that Pennsylvania takes maximum advantage of the federal Farm Bill and other funding needed to implement federal requirements in the Commonwealth. In addition, Tom Corbett will work to restore the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) tax credit program that is efficiently providing help to farmers to install BMPs. Refocus available environmental restoration funding. If Pennsylvania is to make progress in restoring the Bay and addressing local water quality issues, all sources of pollution must be addressed, and the greatest emphasis must be on the biggest sources of pollution in a costeffective manner—all the while being guided by accurate science on the Bay’s condition. Within the constraints of the Commonwealth’s economic and fiscal conditions, Tom Corbett will refocus available environmental restoration funding on the critical environmental needs of the Commonwealth that will protect the environment and lead to job creation. The complete Environmental Policy from Gov.-elect Corbett is available online. 41,000 Pounds Of Nitrogen Credits Sold At 2nd PennVEST Auction The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority, working closely with the Department of Environmental Protection and representatives of the Chicago Climate Exchange, held its second auction for nutrient credits on November 4 and 5. Credits representing the annual removal of 41,000 pounds of nitrogen from the Susquehanna River watershed and the Chesapeake Bay during the next year sold for a price of $2.75 per credit. The first auction on October 28-29 resulted in the sale of credits representing the annual removal of 21,000 pounds of nitrogen over each of the next three years were sold for a price of $3.04 per credit.
“This auction continues the initial success of the nutrient credit trading program inaugurated in late October,” said Paul Marchetti, PennVEST executive director. “The results of the auction substantiate what we believe will be an important mechanism for helping Pennsylvania address its commitment to improving the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.” PennVEST is implementing a new initiative to encourage the trading of nutrient credits within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to promote cost-effective solutions to the problem of nitrogen and phosphorous discharges. These nutrients encourage algae growth in the Bay, which ultimately reduces oxygen levels needed by aquatic plants and animals. PennVEST is encouraging the trading of nutrient credits by acting as a clearinghouse in the credit market. It enters into contracts to both buy and sell credits. By participating in these transactions, PennVEST provides market certainty to both buyers and sellers which, in turn, should help encourage more activity in this market. Hosting periodic auctions, such as the ones held last week and in October, will be one way in which PENNVEST will facilitate these nutrient credit trades. Click here for more background on the auction. Projects Receive Grants To Restore Local Waterways In Chesapeake Bay Watershed Thirty-four environmental projects, including six in Pennsylvania, were awarded more than $3.4 million from the Small Watershed Grants Program to help reduce pollution to local streams, creeks and rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The grants are funded by the U.S. EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program and a variety of other federal and private partners. They are administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Pennsylvania projects include--- The Adams County Conservation District received $39,420 from the EPA and USFS to provide technical assistance to streamside landowners in the county. The project will assess nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment concerns, leading to the development of a plan to fix the concerns to improve local water quality in Mummasburg Run, Quaker Run, Beaverdam Creek and Swift Run in Adams County. -- The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Inc. received $150,000 from EPA and USFS for stream restoration and stormwater education in the Paxton Creek watershed in and around Harrisburg. The project will implement a permitted design to stabilize 640 feet of badly eroded banks of an unnamed tributary of Paxton Creek within a heavily used park and community center. -- American Rivers, Inc. will use a $75,000 grant from the EPA and USFS for the removal of the Rosegarden Dam and restore riverine habitat in Yellow Breeches Creek near Grantham. -- The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. will use $100,000 from the EPA for stormwater retrofits in rural, urban and karst areas of Lancaster County. The grant will provide funds for inventory, training and implementation of these projects. -- The Lancaster Farmland Trust will use $100,000 from the EPA and Altria to establish a successful streambank-fencing program on Amish farms targeted by the EPA in the Mill Creek watershed in Lancaster County.
-- The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy received a $50,000 EPA grant to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution in Kishacoquillas Creek in Mifflin County. The project will combine BMPs to address agriculture and streambank erosion. -- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy received a $40,000 EPA grant to secure the brook trout population of Kettle Creek in Tioga, Potter and Clinton Counties. The WPC will work to protect key private lands in the Kettle Creek watershed with conservation easements and fee acquisitions to protect and maintain forests and encourage habitat and water quality restoration. The funding for the projects was awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations and local governments working to improve the condition of their local watershed. The 2010 grant recipients will develop conservation plans in both urban and rural settings, preserve valuable natural lands, and implement on-the-ground and in-the-water restoration practices throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Many of the projects will employ social media campaigns to fully engage the community in the local restoration and conservation efforts. Some examples of the types of projects funded include: "Local action is essential to restoring clean water to the region's streams, creeks, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, and EPA is committed to supporting the efforts of local governments, watershed groups and universities that do incredible work everyday," said Shawn Garvin, EPA Regional Administrator. "Clean water is important to every community, so it's vital that these projects will occur in all six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the District of Columbia." A list of all grant recipients is available online. Reminder: PACD Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education Grant Apps Due Nov. 15 The PA Association of Conservation Districts is accepting applications for the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience Grants Program in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed until November 15. Click here for application information.
CBF's David Wise, Watershed Restoration Manager, Believes Fish Grow On Trees “Fish grow on trees,” says David Wise, Pennsylvania Watershed Restoration Manager for Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This month’s “Buffer Zone” leader, Dave, has been a leader in promoting forested buffer restoration through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Dave is responsible for their buffer work with the CREP program in Pennsylvania. He has worked with PA CREP partners to address bottlenecks in CREP forested buffer implementation including outreach, technical assistance, improving post-planting care and training for conservation professionals.
He has facilitated CBF’s heavy investment in outreach, notably including repeated mailings of postcards with basic CREP buffer information to over 100,000 streamside property owners. Dave supervises six CBF field staffers who provide technical assistance focused solely on CREP forested buffers. With Dave’s leadership, the PA CREP was among the first nationally to offer cost-share for up to four years of post-planting herbicide applications to aid tree survival. He as led the collaboration between CBF and the Stroud Water Research Center to host more than 15 trainings for conservation professionals on stream and buffer ecology. Dave advocates for raising the bar on access to conservation funding. With public funds being scarce, he sees a clear opportunity for grant makers and agencies to provide funding to those applicants willing to achieve more public good for the public dollar. In Dave’s view, this includes leveraging forested buffers which PA CREP can install at a net profit to landowners. CBF’s recent federal stimulus award exemplifies the potential: CBF provided funding for 44 farms to install 192 agricultural BMPs on the condition that the farms have existing or restore 35’ minimum width forested buffers via CREP. Dave sees these incentives affecting behaviors. Working on CBF’s Plain Farmer initiative, Dave led three of the first four farms participating to install forested buffers 50’ or wider in the heart of Lancaster County where conventional wisdom says 35’ wide buffers are a non-starter. These Amish farmers are doing this to earn CBF cost share on other agricultural BMPs. Dave’s work has led to the successful implementation of forested buffers by landowners who have in the past been very difficult to reach. As a community of people trying to bring forested buffers to all our streams, to Dave, we say Thank You! (Reprinted from the Forest Buffers for the Chesapeake Bay newsletter. Send email to Rachel Streusand at: email@example.com to get on the email list.) Save The Date: Winter Watershed Group Meeting December 6 In Shippensburg The Winter Watershed Group Meeting will be held at Shippensburg University on December 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Members of watershed groups everywhere in Pennsylvania are invited. Donna Morelli from The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will be the keynote speaker this year and she will be sharing information about the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Each of the volunteer watershed groups will then be asked to highlight one of their accomplishments over the last year. We would like each presentation to last for no more than five minutes with a question and answer period at the end of the evening. Also, written reports from the groups are optional this year. The event is being organized by the Cumberland, Franklin and Fulton County Conservation Districts. For more information, send email to Tammy Piper (Franklin County) by calling 717-264-5499 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. PennVEST OKs Public Money For Drilling-Affected Water Supplies In Dimock
The PA Infrastructure Investment Authority this week voted to approve an $11.7 million funding package to use public money to replace water supplies for 18 families in Dimock affected by Marcellus Shale Drilling. The project was one of 27 drinking water and wastewater projects in 21 counties totaling $174 million funded in this round of approvals. The financing package for Dimock would give an $11.5 million grant and a $172,000 loan to Pennsylvania American Water to install 5.4 miles of transmission line and 7 miles of distribution line to provide the option of public water to 18 homes with wells affected by drilling. The grant is one of the largest ever given by PennVEST for a single project. Opponents of the proposed water line are bombarding legislators and members of the Board of PennVEST with emails and petitions asking that funding not be approved. They also appeared at the meeting. Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) made a motion to table the funding package, but it was voted down. “Today’s meeting brings us to a total of $3.1 billion that the PENNVEST board has invested in 801 clean water projects in Pennsylvania since I took office,” Gov. Rendell said. “These investments are proof of our collective commitment to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and creating the opportunities for more dynamic economic future for our businesses, workers, and residents. I take great pride in this accomplishment and the resulting long-term benefits of cleaner water that residents, their children and their grandchildren will enjoy.” Of the $174 million total, $154 million is for low-interest loans and $20 million is offered as grants. The awards range from a $216,609 grant to install rain gardens and construct other facilities to control storm water runoff in a community in Luzerne County, to a $30 million loan that will be used to construct improvements to a wastewater treatment facility in Lycoming County that will reduce nutrient contamination of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. A list of projects approved is available online. NewsClips: Board Approves Water Line Connection Of Dimock Homes PennVEST Uses Public Money For Dimock Waterline State OKs $11.6 Million For Water Line In Dimock Agency Votes To Aid Owners Of Contaminated Wells In Dimock Dimock, Gas Driller On CBS News Show Funding For Scranton About $3 Million Less Than Sought SRBC Orders J-W Operating Drilling Company To Cease Operations In Cameron County The Susquehanna River Basin Commission this week ordered J-W Operating, LLC, a natural gas drilling company based in Sewickley, Pa, to immediately cease all water-related activities at a drilling pad site in the Marcellus shale formation in Shippen Township, Cameron County. The company began water-related activities at two wells without prior approval from SRBC at the pad known as Pardee & Curtin Lumber Company C Pad.
Natural gas drillers must have SRBC approval before any drilling activity occurs or any water-related facilities are constructed. The SRBC order also prohibits J-W Operating, LLC from continuing to drill or withdraw water for use at that drilling pad site. “Commission staff became aware of this violation during field inspections, the most recent one being yesterday November 9,” said SRBC Executive Director Paul Swartz. “At present, the Commission has been informed by the company that it set conductor pipe on November 3, 2010, which resulted in the violation. The exact time-frame will be determined and appropriate actions will be taken by the Commission.” Swartz said, “Since the company had not begun withdrawing, transporting or using any water, the Commission did not find any water resource impacts at this drilling pad.” J-W Operating, LLC has 30 days to submit an application to SRBC for water withdrawal and consumptive use, as well as the construction activities it has already completed. The company is prohibited from any further water-related actions until SRBC reviews and acts on the application. For more information, visit SRBC’s Natural Gas Well Development webpage. State Police Cite 1,066 Drilling Water Trucks For Safety Violations Citations were issued to 1,066 of the more than 1,400 trucks inspected late last month under the state's latest enforcement operation focusing on commercial vehicles hauling wastewater from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations. Known as "Operation FracNET," the inspections were conducted October 25-27 by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Environmental Protection. State police inspected 1,175 trucks, of which 207 were placed out of service because of safety concerns. Fifty-two drivers were also removed from service, while troopers issued a total of 1,057 traffic citations. The most common problems involved unsecured loads and inoperable vehicle lights and lamps. "Significant truck traffic has resulted in areas of Pennsylvania where Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling operations are taking place," state police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said. "Large numbers of vehicles are required to support the drilling operations and the state is committed to ensuring that those vehicles are in good condition and operated safely." Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said DEP personnel inspected 254 other trucks during the three-day operation, issuing notices of violation to 65 of the vehicles. DEP staff also issued nine citations. "These inspections are crucial because they ensure that wastewater haulers are working to comply with the commonwealth's environmental regulations and are keeping our roadways safe for other drivers," Secretary Hanger said. "Taking the time to do so now will go a long way toward making a positive difference as drilling continues." During FracNET inspections, state police teams check vehicle braking systems, exterior lighting and other equipment that plays a role in operational safety, as well as whether drivers possess the appropriate operator licenses. DEP inspects a more narrow range of issues pertaining to vehicle weight, proper waste hauler authorizations and standards for maintaining safe and secure loads.
In September, DEP and the state police entered into an agreement that increased funding so that both agencies are to conduct more frequent roadside inspections, helping to ensure waste haulers obey state laws. NewsClips: State Police Cite 1,000 Drilling Water Trucks For Violations Most Stopped Marcellus Shale Trucks Cited Runaway Water Tanker Hits Camptown Home Drilling Supply Truck Strikes Building In Ulster Driver Of Overturned Water Truck To Be Cited Chevron Announces Agreement to Acquire Atlas Energy In $4.3 Billion Deal Chevron Corporation and Atlas Energy, Inc. announced this week Chevron would acquire Atlas Energy for cash of $3.2 billion and assumed pro forma net debt of approximately $1.1 billion. The acquisition will provide Chevron with an attractive natural gas resource position primarily located in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. The acquisition is subject to certain Atlas Energy restructuring transactions, approval by Atlas Energy shareholders and regulatory clearance. NewsClips: Chevron To Buy Atlas Energy In $4.3 Billion Deal $4 Billion Deal Will Give Chevron PA Marcellus Stake Chevron Sees Atlas Gas Output Growing 7-Fold Range Resources, EQT, Ultra May Be Targets After Chevron Deal Chief Oil & Gas Announces Marcellus Shale Update, 660,000 Acre Increase In Holdings Chief Oil & Gas LLC this week reported its Marcellus Shale leasehold has increased to 600,000 gross acres in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland and the Marcellus drilling program continues to expand. To date, 93 wells have been drilled with 42 wells placed on production, 15 wells waiting on a pipeline, and 36 wells waiting on completion. Currently, 20 wells are being drilled or remain to be drilled in 2010. Chief entered 2010 with 3 drilling rigs and expects to exit 2010 with 7 rigs. Chief is producing 100 MMcfe per day with a target exit rate for 2010 of 115 MMcfe per day. "Chief has drilled and completed wells in 9 counties in Pennsylvania (Lycoming, Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Clearfield, Blair, Somerset, Greene and Fayette) as well as Marshall County in West Virginia," said Michael Radler, Chief Operating Officer. "Each of these areas has proved to be highly successful with EUR's ranging from 3.75 Bcf to 7 Bcf varying by county, Marcellus thickness and lateral length." Recent wells placed online in Northeast Pennsylvania continue to perform and are averaging between 4.7 and 8.0 MMcfd with an average lateral length of 2,568 ft. In addition, Chief has 3 multi-well pad sites in NEPA in two separate counties that have already reached more than 1 Bcf in production which was achieved in just a few months of production. In Central Pennsylvania, two recently completed wells had an average test rate of 4.9 MMcfd and 5.3 MMcfd with lateral lengths of 4,864 ft and 4,143 ft respectively. The most recent Chief well placed on production has a lateral length of 4,994 ft and a daily production rate in excess of 15 MMcfd on choke.
"Our experienced shale team has done an excellent job with drilling and completion designs and our results in all areas of the Marcellus Shale continue to be impressive," continued Radler. DEP OKs First Mobile Aquatech Drilling Water Treatment System Integrated Water Technologies this week said it has proven the effectiveness of FracPure Produced Water Remediation for the Department of Environmental Protection. John T. Hines, Deputy Secretary, Office of Water Management for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection states, "This is the first frac wastewater treatment system that has been successfully demonstrated for the treatment of Marcellus Shale frac wastewater." The first unit will be operational and serving the natural gas industry in January 2011. FracPure Mobile Water Treatment Systems effectively remove all contaminants from frac water and return 80 percent of flowback, into clean water distillate for re-use on the drilling sites, or discharge into the environment. The remaining 20 percent is a concentrated salt brine, which will be treated at FracPure Centralized Treatment Plants, yielding beneficial salt products and distilled water. FracPur helps solves problems in frac water supply, handling and disposal, while eliminating long term environmental liabilities for the natural gas industry. The patent pending, FracPure remediates flow back brine into cleaned water exceeding all EPA and State drinking water standards of 500 parts per million of total dissolved solids, and Pennsylvania's new proposed wastewater requirements set to take effect January 1, 2011, which is safe to return to the water table and into rivers and streams. The only other byproducts are 99.7 percent pure salts for water softening and liquid salt for erosion control and de-icing of roads. FracPure is the most cost effective water management solution because it reduces water supply costs by creating new sources, reduces trucking costs with on-site treatment and recycling, and reduces plant operation costs by creating commercially sold salt products. For more information, visit the Integrated Water Technologies website.
Cultivating Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Resource As part of his campaign platform, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett laid out a series of commitments on protecting the environment, developing Pennsylvania's energy resources, enhancing agriculture and promoting sportsmen's issues. PA Environment Digest is taking a look at the commitments he made on developing Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas resource-Pennsylvania is home to one of the most abundant and diverse mineral resource fields in the world. The Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves in Pennsylvania represent the single largest economic
development opportunity in the Commonwealth over the next several decades, and Pennsylvania still remains the fourth largest coal producing state in the country. The responsible development of these resources will make Pennsylvania a world leader in energy supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. With proper oversight, accessing these resources can be accomplished in an environmentally safe manner that protects Pennsylvania’s rivers, streams, lands and forests. Extraction of natural gas, coal and crude oil can co-exist with environmental protection thanks to innovative technological advances in drilling, mining methods, equipment, water protection and treatment, and clean coal technology. As Governor, Tom Corbett will encourage the development of our natural resources and support policies that improve extraction efficiency and maximize environmental protection. Develop Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale resources. In 2009, it is estimated that Pennsylvania received more than $400 million in state and local tax revenue from the Marcellus Shale, with the industry creating thousands of new, high-paying jobs for people of all educational backgrounds. Considering the potential economic impact from Marcellus Shale, it is imperative that we continue to encourage and foster the responsible development of the industry. It will not only create thousands of quality local jobs within the industry, but it also will continue to grow jobs in support industries such as construction, water treatment, rail, trucking and pipelines, along with lodging facilities and restaurants. >> Create a Marcellus Shale Work Group. As Governor, Tom Corbett will create a Marcellus Shale work group to ensure the successful development of the industry and advise the Governor and the Energy Executive on pertinent issues, including possible legislative and regulatory changes. The work group will be comprised of industry and state government leaders and environmental experts. >> Direct interagency coordination of the Marcellus Shale. Responsible development and promotion of energy policy in Pennsylvania is central to the economic future of Pennsylvania. Tom Corbett will direct the new Governor’s Energy Executive to ensure that energy policy is coordinated among all state agencies that have a role and expertise within this broad issue. >> Direct state government to lead by example. As Governor, Tom Corbett will lead by example and begin the process of transitioning some of its aging vehicle fleet to natural gas. State government can serve as a leader and demonstrate the benefits of driving vehicles that use cleaner-burning, domestic fuel sources while at the same time creating a market for the evergrowing amount of natural gas that will be available. The Commonwealth could also explore the use of electric powered vehicles. >> Promote responsible use of and protection of Pennsylvania’s water supplies. Pennsylvania is one of the most water rich states in the United States. The Commonwealth is blessed with an abundance of this resource and, equally important, is tasked with proper stewardship. As Governor, Tom Corbett will work to protect our water supply through the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale and will bring together all stakeholders to address related issues. >> Protect the groundwater, encourage recycling and coordinate permitting. Protection of Pennsylvania’s drinking water sources is of paramount importance. Pennsylvania’s
water protection statutes and regulations relating to oil and gas drilling are among the toughest and most effective in the nation. In order to further protect this precious resource, Tom Corbett will work with the General Assembly, natural gas industry leaders and environmental and community groups to enhance the Commonwealth’s water protections where science-based analysis indicates that additional protections are prudent. In addition, Tom Corbett will encourage natural gas companies to maximize the recycling of water through best available water recycling and treatment technologies. He also will forge a closer relationship with the Susquehanna and Delaware River Basin Commissions and the Ohio River Water Sanitation Commission to ensure a coordination of water withdrawal efforts. >> Create a Marcellus Shale Science Advisory Board. Tom Corbett will create the Marcellus Shale Science Advisory Board within DEP to help identify the best available and practical water recycling and treatment technologies to protect ground and surface waters. >> Support New Technology Development. Working in conjunction with the new Marcellus Shale Science Advisory Board, Tom Corbett will work with the General Assembly to set aside a portion of the permit fees and royalties paid by the natural gas industry to the Commonwealth to support the development of new and improved wastewater recycling technologies for use in the state. >> Royalty fees on natural gas production. The Commonwealth currently finds itself at a competitive advantage when compared to other states with similar gas shale plays. Capital investment to develop Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale is increasing rapidly, and, according to an economic impact study released by Penn State University in 2009, industry activity is expected to generate over $600 million in tax revenues to the Commonwealth during 2010 without a severance tax. Tom Corbett believes that a punitive tax on the industry at this stage would reduce capital investment for drilling in the Commonwealth and reduce the potential for new jobs, tax revenues and other economic benefits associated with development of the Marcellus Shale. In addition, Tom Corbett supports dedicating a portion of the existing fees to communities being impacted by drilling. >> Encourage meaningful citizen involvement. Citizens and communities in the Marcellus Shale regions often feel left out of the process of creating public environmental and economic policies related to the development of this resource. As Governor, Tom Corbett will make sure that the voices of all stakeholders are heard through the creation of regional Marcellus Shale Stewardship Roundtables, which will enable a forum in which to exchange information between local communities, the natural gas industry and the agencies involved in overseeing Marcellus Shale activities. >> Protect state parks, game lands and forests. While Marcellus Shale development on state land represents 10 percent or less of development activity statewide, it occurs on land held in public trust for all Pennsylvanians. Tom Corbett will work with DCNR and the Game Commission to ensure that Pennsylvania’s state parks, game lands and forests are protected for Pennsylvanians to enjoy. A complete copy of the Energy Policy paper from Gov.-elect Corbett is available online. PA Section Water Works Association Lowers Membership Fees
The PA Section of the American Water Works Association has, for the first time, lowered its membership fees. A basic operator membership fee is now just $30. AWWA provides a variety of technical resources, training and continuing education programs to help you meet operator certification requirements. For more information, visit the PA-AWWA website. Holiday Gifts: Creating Pottery With A Very Special Glaze To Support Watershed Restoration Looking for a holiday gift that will please the most discriminating taste and help the environment? Consider pottery products from Clean Creek. Clean Creek Products, a division of Stream Restoration Inc. (nonprofit), was formed to market the metals recovered in treating abandoned mine drainage. One of the uses for these metals is in ceramic pottery glazing. Every product you purchase from Clean Creek will not only support the artists that create them, but also helps support watershed groups doing local projects to help restore Pennsylvania's 19,000 miles of polluted waterways. Click here to see a new video on Clean Creek pottery. Foundation For PA Watersheds Capacity Building Project Seeking Groups Once again, the Foundation for PA Watersheds will be working with groups to enhance their organizational capacity building efforts. Groups can receive either soft-science assistance including: board, procedural, and organizational development assistance or receive technical assistance including: monitoring program development, educational and outreach planning, project assistance, and watershed planning assistance. If you are interested in applying for project funds, please contact Foundation’s Capacity Building Project Coordinator Gwen Johnston by sending email to: email@example.com or call 814-669-4244. Penn State Extension Holds Webinar On Pharmaceuticals, Water Quality Nov. 17 Penn State Water Resources Extension will hold a webinar on Pharmaceuticals and Their Proper Disposal to Protect Water Resources on November 17 at noon featuring Jim Clark, McKean County Cooperative Extension Educator. Jim organized and conducted one of the first Unwanted Medication Collection Events in Pennsylvania. He also organized a McKean County Site for the recent DEA National Drug Take Back Program. His presentation will briefly summarize the research that has documented the problem of pharmaceuticals in water. He will also describe the process he has used for each of the
successful collection events to find proper disposal methods for pharmaceuticals and personal care products for individuals and health institutions. The goals of Jim's work has been to prevent the flushing of unwanted medications into wastewater systems to protect the environment and our drinking water resources. To participate in the live webinar you will need to have registered and received a "Friend of Penn State" ID and password. Click here to learn more about registration and additional details. Taped versions of each webinar in the series are available to anyone. A link to the presentation video along with a PDF copy of the presentation slides, links to relevant publications, and a copy of the question/answer session are posted online. Upcoming webinars include--- January 26 – Innovative Stormwater Management Practices; -- February 23 – Household Water Treatment Systems; and -- March 30 - Management of Nuisance Aquatic Plants and Algae in Ponds and Lakes. Drought Watches, Warnings Lifted For 46 Counties, 21 Counties Still In Watch Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has removed about two-thirds of the state from drought watch and warning status. DEP lifted the declarations for 46 counties located primarily in central and eastern Pennsylvania. In western Pennsylvania, 21 counties either remain in or were reclassified to drought watch status. "The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole dropped two to seven inches of rain above the average for the eastern two-thirds of the state in late September, helping to return stream flow measurements in those regions to normal," said DEP Secretary John Hanger. "That same weather system bypassed the western part of the state, though, and more recently, ongoing dry conditions have worsened the region's precipitation deficit, so we're keeping drought watch designations in place for the time being." The Pennsylvania Drought Task Force used reports and forecasts from the National Weather Service and DEP's drought monitoring network to form its recommendations. Effective last Wednesday, drought watch and drought warning designations were lifted in Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York counties. The following western Pennsylvania counties remain in drought watch status: Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, Venango, Warren and Westmoreland. DEP upgraded the following counties from drought warning to drought watch status: Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset and Washington.
A drought watch declaration is the first — and least severe — of the state's three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use. The next stage, a drought warning, calls for a voluntary reduction of 10 percent to 15 percent. A drought watch and drought warning was declared on Sept. 16 following months of below-normal rainfall that resulted in low stream flow conditions and precipitation deficits of as much as 5 inches. DEP offers conservation recommendations for residential water users as well as commercial and industrial users such as food processors, hotels and motels, schools and colleges. Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online on DEP's Drought webpage. NewsClips: Drought Warnings End For 8 Counties Drought Warning, Watch Lifted In Northeast Keep PA Beautiful Announces Presidents Award, Legacy Award Winners Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, formerly PA CleanWays, announced they have awarded Carl Williams with their President’s Award and Jerry Zona with their Legacy Award at their Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held October 27 at the Fred Rogers Center on the St. Vincent College campus. President's Award - Carl Williams The President’s Award for Distinction in Volunteerism was developed in 2007. This annual award honors a volunteer who has demonstrated a sustained commitment and exceptional contributions to the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful mission. Carl helped found PA CleanWays of Fayette County, the local affiliate to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, in 1992. He is a former educator and maintains a strong desire to inspire future generations to become stewards of their environment. Recognizing that engaging local citizens would help multiply his efforts, Carl began campaigning throughout the county to grow an extensive network of volunteers. He has forged partnerships with groups, agencies, and individuals including the Fayette County Solid Waste and Recycling Department, Fayette County Conservation District, Penn State Extension Office, Penn State University, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, township supervisors, high school students, civic groups, watershed groups, recreation groups, and local citizens creating personal relationships that have been the force behind successful community events for over 15 years. Carl understands that education is the key to encouraging positive behaviors that can lead to community improvement. With this philosophy in mind, Carl personally distributed tens of thousands of activity books with the focus of litter and illegal dumping prevention to all of the 43 public elementary schools in Fayette County. Since the chapter’s infancy, Carl has taken the lead to promote the adoption of areas where illegal dumping continues to be active through our Adoption Program. He personally calls each adopter every spring and fall not only to motivate them to get out and clean up Fayette County, but also to thank them for their efforts.
Because of Carl’s devotion and determination, 37 municipal roads, trails, and waterways have been adopted and continue to be cared for in Fayette County. Carl maintains 2 of those adoptions personally with the help of his equally dedicated wife, Shelley. Carl is committed to the belief that trash attracts trash. He and the rest of the chapter have done almost 50 illegal dump cleanups in Fayette County. They expect to eclipse the 700 ton mark this fall in regards to the amount of waste they have removed from the landscape of Fayette County. “Carl has made an incredibly positive impact on the Fayette County landscape and its youth,” says Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful President Shannon Reiter. “We could not be more pleased to honor Carl and recognize him for the tremendous work he has done to make Fayette County a better place to live, work, and play.” Legacy Award - Jerry Zona In 2008, the Legacy Award was developed to recognize individuals who have made significant and tangible contributions to the organization’s mission. At that time, the award was given to PA CleanWays’ founder, Sue Wiseman. Jerry Zona is the second recipient of the Legacy Award. Jerry has served the organization in many ways since he joined it in 1993. He was a cofounder of PA CleanWays of Lawrence County in 1993 and was the Director of that organization from 1993 to 2000 and again from 2002 to 2004. He has also served as the PA CleanWays Council of Chapters Recording Secretary and the PA CleanWays State Board Director and PA CleanWays State Board President. Jerry was the PA CleanWays of Lawrence County President and the PA CleanWays Staff Regional Director as well. He has been the Executive Director of PA CleanWays ButlerLawrence Counties since 2006. He has also been elected to serve on the Keep Pennsylvania Board of Directors. Jerry is also the Director of Recycling and Solid Waste of Lawrence County. “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is so pleased to be able to honor Jerry with the Legacy Award as his leadership, community service, and character has served not only his own local community, but the entire Commonwealth,” says Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. For more information, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, or to become a member or volunteer, please call 877-772-3673. America Recycles Day: Recommit To Recycling November 15 Every day Americans recycle their trash because they know it’s an important activity that can have a positive impact on the environment. But once a year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets aside November 15 to remind everyone that recycling plays a dramatic role in reducing pollution. It’s a great day to recommit to recycling, and to consider adding some additional recycling activities to our daily routines. The average American discards about 4.5 pounds of trash, also known as solid waste, every day. This trash goes mostly to landfills, where it is compacted and buried. Thirty-three percent of solid waste, or 83 million tons, is recovered and recycled or composted; and 54 percent, or 135 million tons, is disposed of in landfills.
But within your trash are many valuable resources which can be recycled and reused, such as glass bottles and jars, plastic detergent jugs, aluminum cans, paper containers and packaging, yard clippings and even food scraps. As the population grows and the amount of trash continues to grow, so will pressure on our landfills, our resources and our environment. There is nothing new under the sun, according to the National Recycling Coalition. “Before the 1920s, 70 percent of U.S. cities ran programs to recycle certain materials. During World War II, industry recycled and reused about 25 percent of the waste stream.” America Recycles Day helps to raise awareness of the importance of recycling today. The nation's composting and recycling rate rose from 7.7 percent of the waste stream in 1960 to 17 percent in 1990 and is currently hovering around 33 percent. Your contribution matters. In 2008 -- the latest recycling statistics available -- recycling and composting 83 million tons of waste saved the equivalent of more than 10.2 billion gallons of gasoline. To bring the idea of what can be saved closer to home, think about this: By tossing one aluminum soda into the recycling bin, you’ve just saved enough energy to run your TV for two hours. It all comes back to our individual efforts. Reduce, reuse, and recycle! For more information on recycling go to EPA Region 3 Recycling webpage and the America Recycles Day website. Weis Markets’ Associates Increase Commitment To Recycling On November 15, Weis Markets will participate in America Recycles Day, a day dedicated to the promotion of daily recycling programs. America Recycles Day is being promoted by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and encourages people to recycle more at home, work, and on the go and to buy recycled products. As part of this day, every Weis associate including those who work in the company’s 164 stores will take part in America Recycles Day by signing the Weis “Trash Treaty” commitment to take part in the company’s recycling programs. This trash treaty will be displayed in the Company’s stores. The Trash Treaty reinforces the company’s efforts to reduce waste, recycle and find new opportunities to reduce its impact on the environment. "We are proud that all Weis associates are participating in America Recycles Day and are making an effort to conserve natural resources by recycling every day," said David Hepfinger, Weis Markets President and CEO. "Today, it’s not just about trash or garbage. There’s more to it and we want our associates to be more aware of what can be recycled or reused.” As part of this pledge, Weis Markets’ associates are acknowledging that trash disposal is expensive and is a source of pollution that creates unnecessary greenhouse gases. And each associate pledges to understand the benefits of recycling to the environment and their company. “We know that 80 percent of what we discard can be recycled or reused. As a company that’s been recycling for 30 years, we recycled 1.5 million pounds of plastic bags and 45.8 million pounds of cardboard in 2009,” said Patti Olenick, Weis Markets Sustainability Specialist. “Our Trash Treaty reflects our collective commitment to do even more in the coming years.” Ms. Olenick also said her company is also involved in two pilot programs evaluating the feasibility of composting food waste typically thrown in the dumpster. Since the largest portion
of a grocery store's waste stream is food waste, Weis Markets is looking for ways to recycle food waste and turn it into compost. As part of America Recycles Day on Monday, November 15, Weis Markets will feature a buy one get one free deal on its newly redesigned reusable shopping bags with a buy one get one free offer at our stores. The bags are made with microban to prohibit bacterial growth. Washington County Commissioners Proclaim Nov. 15 America Recycles Day Washington County Commissioners this week proclaimed November 15 as America Recycles Day in Washington County. In the proclamation, the Commissioners encouraged every citizen to take a few minutes on that day to commit to recycling and buying recycled products whenever they can. One unique feature of the campaign is the opportunity for people to sign a personal pledge to recycle. The pledge forms can be picked up at several participating organizations or pledges can be made online. The combination of millions of Americans making a commitment can deliver huge benefits to all of us. America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven national awareness initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to promote environmental citizenship, educate and encourage action. Through America Recycles Day, KAB and our partners empower communities to directly engage their residents in the act of recycling. America’s leading companies and organizations support recycling through sponsorships and partnerships with America Recycles Day 2010: American Chemistry Council, AnheuserBusch, Disney’s Friends for Change, Earth911.com, Naked Juice, Nestle Waters North America, PepsiCo and Waste Management. Partners include: Glass Packaging Institute, Soles 4 Souls, Solid Waste Association of North America and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Washington County Affiliate of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful was created in July 2009. Partnering organizations include the Washington County Department of Parks and Recreation, Washington County Planning Commission, Chartiers Creek Watershed Association, Washington County Watershed Alliance, and the Washington County Conservation District. Since then, eight cleanups have been conducted along with several education and outreach events. The statistics from October 2010: 4.65 tons of trash, 1 ton of scrap, 1,353 tires recycled, 4,900 people educated from the “Litter IQ Board,” Cigarette Litter Prevention Program conducted at Canonsburg Lake, Installed 6 ash receptacles (3 Peters Township side and 3 North Strabane side), Handed out over 400 pocket ash trays to people at the lake, reduced cigarette litter at the lake by approximately 43 percent. Young Scholars Of Central PA Charter School Win Statewide Recycling Competition
The winner of this year's first statewide GreenSylvania school recycling competition is The Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School in Centre County. The competition is sponsored by the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania and Keep America Beautiful. The Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School has come away with the victory, recycling a total of 4,408 pounds of paper during the month of October. That’s a whopping 18.84 pounds of paper per person at the school. Young Scholars will receive a traveling trophy made from recycled materials as well as a check for $250 to be donated towards their recycling program. An awards ceremony is scheduled for November 22 at 2:00 pm, at the school. Rounding out the top 10 schools were-2. Riverside Elementary School West – Lackawanna County, 8 pounds per capita; 3. Roslyn Elementary School – Montgomery County, 6.7 pounds per capita; 4. McDowell Intermediate High School – Erie County, 6.6 pounds per capita; 5. Highland Elementary School – Montgomery County, 6.5 pounds per capita; 6. Abington Junior High School – Montgomery County, 5.2 pounds per capita; 7. Abington Senior High School – Montgomery County, 5.19 pounds per capita; 8. South Fayette School District – Allegheny County, 5.16 pounds per capita; 9. John Marshall Elementary School – Lackawanna County, 4.6 pounds per capita; and 10. Fulton County Community Christian School – Fulton County, 4.5 pounds per capita. In all, ver 60 tons of paper were collected and recycled saving more than 1,020 trees, 22,800 gallons of oil, 180 cubic yards of landfill space, 240,000 kilowatts of energy, and 420,000 gallons of water. Centre County also came in first with the number of schools entering the competition. 16 Centre County schools entered recycling 23,415 pounds of paper during the competition. The Centre County Solid Waste Authority would like to thank all schools for participating, especially the schools from Centre County who entered. Great job all! For more information, visit the GreenSylvania website.
Maurice Goddard Documentary To Air November 28 On WITF A one-hour documentary on the life of Maurice Goddard will air on WITF-TV in Central PA at Noon on November 28. Maurice K. Goddard was a man who committed his life to the conservation and environmental concerns of Pennsylvania and the nation. His legacy includes numerous endeavors which helped shape Pennsylvania’s status as a
national leader for environmental conservation, among them, a State Park within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian. The one hour documentary will follow the chronology of Goddard’s life touching on the various accomplishments and challenges he faced. A series of interviews with friends and colleagues tell Goddard’s story in conjunction with a narration connecting the historical context of his career. Click here to watch a trailer. Read more on Dr. Goddard at the Goddard Legacy Project webpage.
DCNR At 15: Creating The Growing Greener Program Announced in January 1999 by the Ridge administration, a proposal to re-prioritize the way environmental funds are spent became the “Growing Greener” initiative. Tied to the 21st Century Environment Commission recommendations, Growing Greener was passed as legislation in December 1999. Gov. Ridge created the 21st Century Environment Commission in July 1997. The commissioners were charged with recommending methods and policies to improve the environmental quality of the Commonwealth and to measure results, allowing for enhanced economic and social progress. The passage of Growing Greener provided for funding sources throughout the rest of the Ridge and Schweiker administrations, and was continued by the Rendell administration—and was deemed such a success that Gov. Rendell proposed “Growing Greener II.” Click here to read more about its impact on Department of Conservation and Natural Resources programs. Cherry Valley Partnership Receives National Conservation Award The Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge Partnership has received a prestigious U.S. Department of the Interior 2010 Partners in Conservation Award. The Secretary of the Interior presents the award annually to individuals and organizations that achieve exceptional conservation goals through collaboration and building partnerships. "The awards recognize the dedicated efforts of people from all walks of life and from across our nation," according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "They celebrate partnerships that conserve and restore our nation's treasured landscapes and watersheds." Award recipients include the The Nature Conservancy – Pennsylvania, Friends of Cherry Valley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, National Park Service, Monroe County Planning Commission, Monroe County Conservation District, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission,
Northampton Community College, East Stroudsburg University, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pocono Avian Research Center. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service late last month announced the establishment of Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge as America's 553rd national wildlife refuge. The refuge will conserve nationally significant wildlife areas, including habitat for threatened and endangered species and a major corridor for migratory birds and bats. Located only 75 miles from New York City and 100 miles from Philadelphia, the refuge represents a new opportunity to connect more than three million citizens with the outdoors. "Cherry Valley is … an example of how private citizens and local communities can safeguard the places they care about," said Rowan Gould, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the National Wildlife Refuge System. "The Service is pleased to be part of the citizen-led partnership that helped create this refuge." For more information, visit the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge website. DCNR Designates Wild Plant Sanctuaries On Two Areas Of Lacawac Sanctuary In Poconos The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will designate two areas on the Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, Wayne County, as Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuaries. The areas include a natural boreal bog around Lake Lacawac and the Wallenpaupack Ledges Natural Area. The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on November 16, at the Coulter Visitors Center of Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, in Salem Township. The public is welcome to attend. Most of Pennsylvania's threatened and endangered plants are found on privately-owned land. "The Wild Plant Sanctuary program is meant to encourage the conservation of natural areas and native plants, and to recognize private landowners who serve as models of good conservation and stewardship of these special resources," DCNR Secretary John Quigley said. "With strategies to conserve rare plants as part of its management plan, the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation serves as a model for other landowners." The natural boreal bog community surrounding Lake Lacawac is an undisturbed, relatively pollution-free wetland and is known to be habitat for at least nine plant species of concern. The 52-acre Lake Lacawac is the southernmost glacial lake in the northern hemisphere. The Wallenpaupack Ledges Natural area is habitat for two plant species of concern and also contains some of the most spectacular lichen communities in the state. The Ledges area was protected from development by Lacawac with the assistance of a grant through DCNR's Community Conservation Partnerships Program and with the participation of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Both of these sites represent outstanding examples of the conservation of native plant communities through public awareness and stewardship. "We are really pleased to receive this recognition today as it validates the work Lacawac does in bringing together the elements of environmental stewardship – education, research and preservation. For years we were known as an aquatic research station because of work done on Lake Lacawac, but those who visit Lacawac have long known that the terrestrial portion harbors some beautiful and exotic native plant colonies which we are pleased to protect and encompass in our education efforts," said Lacawac Executive Director Michael Peterson.
The mission of the non-profit Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation is to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures, as well as to provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide public education on environmental and conservation issues; and conserve open space in Pennsylvania. The property is open to the public and includes educational programs, hiking trails, and historic buildings. The Wild Plant Sanctuary Program was established through the Wild Resource Conservation Act of 1982 to establish a voluntary statewide network of native plant sanctuaries. Landowners agree to protect the area and educate others about the importance of native and wild plants and habitats. In return, they receive any needed assistance with developing a management plan and have access to technical assistance and ecological checkups. For more information, visit DCNR's Wild Plant Sanctuary Program webpage or contact DCNR's Bureau of Forestry at 717-787-3444 or send email to: RAPAPlandSanctuary@state.pa.us. Forestry Experts From 15 Nations Tour PA Nature Conservancy Properties The Nature Conservancy’s West Branch Forest in Clinton County — and the innovative work that TNC staff are doing on-site — have earned a global reputation for innovative conservation forestry practices, including sustainability certification, carbon marketing and forest restoration. This week, scientists from Asia, Africa and Europe will visit Williamsport and West Branch to share strategies with Conservancy foresters and tour local forest research and demonstration projects. “Williamsport is on the international radar,” said Jenkins. “They will be learning from us, and we’ll also be learning from them.” Bruce Cabarle, Director of Forest Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund and a founder of the international Forest Stewardship Council certification program and Dylan Jenkins, Director of Forest Conservation for The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Chapter will lead the discussion of a wide range of forest issues and will be available for interviews. The visiting scientists will tour West Branch Forest, a 3,000-acre property bordering Sproul State Forest, where Conservancy scientists develop and demonstrate new forest conservation practices. Ongoing research projects include strategies for regenerating oaks utilizing prescribed fire and understory mowing, field tests of blight-resistant hybrid American chestnut trees and development of the FoRest Decision Tool, a model that foresters and landowners can use to better manage their lands for biodiversity as well as economic return. For more information, visit the TNC Pennsylvania webpage. Latest Natural Biodiversity Newsletter The Leaflet Now Online Natural Biodiversity now has available the latest edition of its newsletter the Leaflet. This issue highlights the October 27 annual meeting of Natural Biodiversity. Natural Biodiversity is a nonprofit program created to control invasive, non-native plants and to restore native plants within the Allegheny Mountains' rivers and streams. Click here to read the newsletter.
PA Parks And Forests Foundation Accepting 2011 Award Nominations The PA Parks and Forests Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2011 awards. Nominations are due on December 30. PPFF recognizes outstanding service, programs and places which remind us of the exemplary work being done in parks and forests, by both staff and volunteers, to improve Pennsylvania’s quality of life and to protect our natural assets for future generations. Awards include the Cliff Jones Keystone Legacy Award, the Joseph Ibberson Government Award, Park of the Year, Forest of the Year, and three Friends Group Awards. For more information, download the award nomination form. PUC Reminds Electric, Natural Gas Utilities To Help Consumers Prepare Now Despite rebounding temperatures, Old Man Winter is right around the corner so the Public Utility Commission this week reminded electric and natural gas utilities to take extra steps to help consumers – especially those on limited and fixed incomes – "Prepare Now" for winter heating costs. A letter, which was signed by all five PUC Commissioners, was sent to electric and natural gas utilities under the PUC's jurisdiction asking the utilities to join the PUC in reaching out and educating consumers, especially those on limited and fixed incomes. The letter contained specific suggestions as to how the utilities can help. The utilities are asked to inform the PUC of any of the suggested actions they implement. The Commission's focus for the eighth year of its "Prepare Now" outreach campaign is increasing consumer awareness on rising energy prices; exploring ways to reduce energy usage; educating consumers about the availability of low-income programs; and increasing awareness for safe home heating. "Winter months and winter heating bills are approaching," the letter said. "As a result of the nation's economic status, we are entering the winter months with low natural gas prices, but rate caps expiring for a majority of electric customers. The economic conditions continue to put many families in difficult financial positions. Many families are struggling as they face the routine costs of winter energy bills." The letter encourages consumers on limited or fixed incomes to call their utility about programs to help heat their homes or pay their energy bills such as Customer Assistance Programs and Low Income Usage Reduction Programs. It also appeals to the companies to increase efforts to educate consumers with limited or fixed incomes about special programs such as Customer Assistance Programs and Low Income Usage Reduction Programs, which assist consumers in paying their energy bills and controlling their energy usage. The PUC's message is simple: "Prepare Now" for higher energy costs this winter. Learn about changes in the law related to utility shut-offs and know your rights. Save money by learning how to conserve energy. Heat your home safely. Explore budget billing options. Look into programs that help low-income customers restore and maintain service.
Visit the "Prepare Now" webpage or call the PUC at 1-800-692-7380. The PUC also is actively participating in Gov. Rendell's third annual Stay Warm PA campaign – "Turn Down. Seal Off. Save Up." PPL Energy Plus Helps Businesses In Met-Ed, Penelec Areas Save Money Now that Met-Ed and Penelec have announced their “price to compare” for 2011, and with wholesale electricity prices lower than they have been in several years, it is a great time for business customers of those utilities to shop around for electricity supply. PPL EnergyPlus is ready to help commercial, industrial and institutional customers of Met-Ed and Penelec understand the competitive market, manage their energy costs and access valuable energy services such as efficiency improvements, demand response and renewable energy. PPL EnergyPlus offers customized pricing specific to the ways each customer uses energy. For most customers, PPL EnergyPlus can offer lower prices than the utilities’ price to compare for default service. “The opportunities for businesses to save money on their energy costs by shopping for electricity supply are here, and they’re much clearer now that Met-Ed and Penelec have announced their default service prices,” said Gene Alessandrini, senior vice president of marketing for PPL EnergyPlus. “We can offer prices customized to the ways businesses use energy, rather than a onesize-fits-all rate under the default service option offered by Met-Ed and Penelec,” he said. “Our knowledgeable team works with customers on solutions to meet their specific energy supply needs and builds a business relationship that’s sustained long after the contract is signed.” PPL EnergyPlus is already the energy supplier of choice for many businesses in areas of Pennsylvania where electricity rate caps have expired. The rate caps for Met-Ed and Penelec expire December 31. “As businesses sort out offers they’ll be receiving from competitive suppliers, it’s important to understand the terms and know that the supplier is interested in having a solid business relationship for the long haul,” Alessandrini said. “PPL EnergyPlus fits that description. We make clear and transparent proposals. We are part of a company that has been in the energy business in Pennsylvania for 90 years,” he said. “And we’ve built our competitive retail energy sales business on understanding the needs of customers and working with them for the long term to reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency.” Businesses interested in getting a customized quote from a trusted supplier should contact a PPL EnergyPlus energy expert at 888-BUY-POWER (888-289-7693). More information about PPL EnergyPlus is available online. Sheetz Creating E-85 Clean Fuel Corridor Across Pennsylvania Pennsylvania motorists wishing to use E-85, a cleaner fuel consisting of 85 percent Ethanol, will soon have a more consistent source of fuel as they travel between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.
Sheetz this week unveiled its "East-West Clean Fuel Corridor" where E-85 fuel may be purchased. That includes three Pittsburgh area Sheetz locations and three locations in and near Harrisburg. "We are taking this step to help our customers who want to use E-85," said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, Inc. "They shouldn't have to search for E-85 locations as they travel. Our customers in Pittsburgh have had access to E-85 at three locations since 2007. Now, commuters traveling east and west between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg will know exactly where they can refuel. Our goal is to expand the use of E-85 into more locations to extend the corridor and help our customers." The six Sheetz locations selling E-85 include: 5410 Campbells Run Road, Pittsburgh; 1000 Clairton Blvd, Pittsburgh;3954 William Penn Hwy; Monroeville; 1098 Harrisburg Pike; Carlisle; 1796 West Trindle Road; Carlisle; and 6290 Allentown Blvd, Harrisburg. The six Sheetz locations will display special E-85 signage to show that the fuel is available. Informational brochures also will be available for motorists at each location. "With gasoline prices constantly fluctuating, it's important that we provide our customers fuel options," added Sheetz. "Increasing the use of E-85 decreases our reliance on foreign oil while providing more opportunities for America's corn farmers. It also reduces emissions and helps with cleaner air." E-85 is a biofuel mixture of 85 percent Ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline. While all vehicles are not equipped to use E-85, a growing number of cars and trucks have that flexibility. Deputy For Mineral Resources Scott Roberts To Leave DEP J. Scott Roberts, Deputy Secretary for Mineral Resources Management at the Department of Environmental Protection, announced he was leaving the agency this week effective December 3. Scott was appointed to this position in February 2002. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary, he served as Director of DEP’s Bureau of Mining and Reclamation for two years where he developed and revised Pennsylvania’s mining regulations, oversaw federal grants, administered operator assistance programs and served as chairman of the board for Pennsylvania’s Mine Subsidence Insurance program. Prior to that, he was the Chief of the Permits and Technical Division in the Greensburg Office of District Mining Operations. A native of Johnstown, Cambria County, Scott once served as curator of the Johnstown Flood Museum. He is a Registered Professional Geologist, with degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and California University of Pennsylvania. As Deputy, he oversaw five program areas, encompassing 555 employees, with an annual operating budget of $110 million. Mineral Resources is responsible for developing and implementing Pennsylvania's policies and programs for surface and underground coal and industrial mineral mining, oil and gas exploration and production, mine safety and the reclamation of abandoned mines and wells. The direct economic impact of these programs in Pennsylvania exceeds $2 billion annually.
Among many other accomplishments, Scott was instrumental in guiding DEP's efforts to rescue nine miners trapped in the Quecreek Mine in 2002.
Opinion Let's Make Sure Marcellus Shale Is Developed Correctly
By Gov. Tom Ridge It's an honor to join my fellow Pennsylvanians in welcoming Gov.-elect Tom Corbett and his team to Harrisburg in this new capacity. While we have a new administration, many challenges await them as they embark on a new beginning for Pennsylvania state government. These challenges bring with them great opportunity for our Commonwealth, but it is essential that we get "it" right. Fortunately, Gov.elect Corbett and his team begin their days of renewal with a state that is blessed with a talented workforce, an unrivaled work ethic, and a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that can make us leaders in the 21st century economy. We also are blessed with abundant natural resources that when developed responsibly, will make us a global leader in the production of clean energy. My great affection for Penn's Woods, the 12 million Pennsylvanians I was privileged to serve, and the need for domestic energy security has called me to action. The Marcellus Shale represents a transformational opportunity for the Commonwealth; one that will use our skilled workforce, reduce energy costs for consumers and enhance our economic and environmental well-being. I stand ready to work with our governor-elect, the newly elected state officials and all of my fellow citizens to make sure we develop this resource the right way. With the campaign ads and election season now behind us, it is time to develop a plan for the future of Pennsylvania. On September 30, I joined with the leadership of the Marcellus Shale Coalition as we made a pledge to all Pennsylvanians when we released our "Guiding Principles: Our Commitment to the Community." It is under these principles that the shale gas industry will operate and ultimately be judged in Pennsylvania. Environmental protection, workplace safety, developing an engaged local workforce and involvement in our local communities are commitments that we have made together. The jobs that are being created are substantial; the tax revenues significant. The progress on regulatory modernization for this industry in Pennsylvania is already moving us forward, and the benefits for all Pennsylvanians, including the development of new markets for clean natural gas, are very exciting. In the coming months, we plan to expand upon our "Guiding Principles" one-by-one, highlighting innovations and best practices being employed by our members. We are already redoubling our efforts to reach out to the leaders of Pennsylvania's workforce: our farmers and landowners, conservationists, sportsmen and community leaders to learn about their concerns in the interest of improving the industry's performance in every respect. As the Marcellus Shale is developed, every issue needs to be addressed, and continuous improvement in every aspect is a daily goal. We are developing this clean energy resource for
the benefit of our environment, communities and the nation. No corner can be cut, and our commitment to safety and the safeguarding of our air and water is an absolute priority. When I was governor, we were successful in achieving many of our goals. I insisted as we moved forward that we take a long-term view and execute a comprehensive plan, always in an effort to make Pennsylvania a "leader among states and a competitor among nations." As the plan for the development of the Marcellus Shale continues to evolve, we stand ready to work with the new team in Harrisburg not just to get something done, but to get something done right. By working together, once again, Pennsylvania has the opportunity to grow and prosper by offering our very best for the benefit of our state and our nation. Tom Ridge is the former governor of Pennsylvania and former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security. He has been hired as a strategic adviser to the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
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. November 15-- NEW. PACD Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education Grants December 15-- Western PA Conservancy, Dominion Watershed Mini Grants December 17-- DEP Environmental Education Grants December 17-- Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grants December 30-- NEW. PA Parks & Forest Foundation 2011 Awards December 31-- Fish & Boat Commission 2010 Photo Contest December 31-- PPL Small Business Energy Audits ASAP-- NRCS Health Forest Reserve Program Grants January 7-- PA Conservation Corps Grants February 15-- PennVEST Water Infrastructure Funding March 1-- Schuylkill Action Network Schuylkill Stories Contest March 1-- Schuylkill Action Network Drinking Water Scholastic Award Contest April 20-- DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Grants 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.
Here's a selection of NewClips on environmental topics from around the state-Budget Corbett Professes Confidence In Solving Deficit As Corbett Follows NJ's Christie Expect Cuts Corbett Sees Gradual State Forest Leasing Corbett's Pledges Causes Speculation On State Layoffs Corbett's Fiscal Agenda: What It Means For You Corbett Planning To Zero In On Budget GOP In Control Of State, Huge Deficit Looms Corbett Less Likely To Hand Out Capital Grants Gas Impact Fee Has Some GOP Support GOP Victory Could Boost Natural Gas Drilling New Leaders, But Same Old Budget Concerns In PA Rendell: Beware Budget Cuts' Effects PA Facing Transportation Crisis Op-Ed: Make Sure Marcellus Shale Is Developed Correctly, Gov. Ridge Op-Ed: Corbett Needs To Get Facts Straight On Marcellus Shale Editorial: Severance Tax Necessary Benefit To PA Editorial: Republicans Must Live Up To Their Mandate Editorial: Drilling Issues Lost On Corbett State Terrorist Monitoring State Homeland Security Compared Political Groups To Al Qaeda Former State Homeland Security Director Destroyed Intelligence Reports Activists Want To End Homeland Security Monitoring Other Conservationists To Be Recognized In Latrobe Schools Benefit From Going Green Philadelphia Celebrates Its First Green Block Study Could Lead To Green Boulevard Along Allegheny Column: Renewable Energy Support Will Wane Income Restrictions Eased For Home Heating Grants Program Debuts To Cut Biz, Home Energy Bills Feds' Home Energy Score Targets Allegheny County Solar Energy Farms Causing Angst Solar Panels Get A Drubbing Cost Of Green Power Makes Projects Tougher Sell Plainfield Twp Taxes Could Double As Landfill Revenue Falls Taylor Faces Budget Shortfall Due To Landfill Changes Editorial: Use Weapons Against Blight EPA Final Reports Released On Air Toxics Near Two PA Schools Erie Woman Finalist For Wildlife Habitat Council Award North Lebanon Gets Growing Greener Grant For Park Insect Returns To Infest Firewood Deer Making More Of An Impact On Erie Roads
Nature Reserve Cautions With Drilling Costs Delco Buys Mineral Hill, Adding To Open Space Tract Conservancy May Buy PA Land From MD City Schuylkill River Heritage Gets Grant For Trails, Ecotourism TNC: Pennsylvania Becoming World Leader in Forest Research State Police Catch Killer Of Game Commission WCO Archaeological Exploring Post To Probe Long-Gone Community Consultant To Advise Harrisburg On Short, Long Term Goals Editorial: Bring In The A Team For Harrisburg
Marcellus Shale NewsClips
Here are NewsClips on topics related to Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling--Corbett Sees Gradual State Forest Leasing GOP Victory Could Boost Natural Gas Drilling The Great Natural Gas Divide, New York, PA Gas Impact Fee Has Some GOP Support State Police Cite 1,000 Drilling Water Trucks For Violations Most Stopped Marcellus Shale Trucks Cited Drilling Supply Truck Strikes Building In Ulster Driver Of Overturned Water Truck To Be Cited Board Approves Water Line Connection Of Dimock Homes PennVEST Uses Public Money For Dimock Waterline State OKs $11.6 Million For Water Line In Dimock Agency Votes To Aid Owners Of Contaminated Wells In Dimock DEP Releases Video Of Dimock Gas Well Leaks Dimock, Gas Driller On CBS News Show Delaware River Flows, Gas Woes Gas Drilling Rules Offer More, But Not Complete Gas Well Training Expanding In Northeast Vets Find A Buddy In Gas Industry Shepstone: Natural Gas Will Rescue Region Business Leaders Tout Marcellus Gas Drilling Potential So Far, Gas Jobs Mainly In Related Fields Southwest Energy Opens Tunkhannock Office Penn State, Partners Form Marcellus Group Penn State Extension: Rooted In Education For 100 Years Fracking Arrives In Luzerne County Community Luzerne Gas Well May Be Fracked Soon Lake Twp. Gas Well Progresses In Luzerne Marcellus Shale Protest Walk Marches Through Honesdale Marcellus Expert Advises Caution As Drilling Expands NYT: When A Drilling Rig Moves In Next Door
200+ Attend S. Fayette Hearing On Drilling Ordinance Pittsburgh Council Favors Ban On Gas Drilling In City Nature Reserve Cautions With Drilling Costs Revised Gas Rules Limit Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals Op-Ed: Make Sure Marcellus Shale Is Developed Correctly, Gov. Ridge Op-Ed: Let's Be Smart About Marcellus Shale Gas Op-Ed: Corbett Needs To Get Facts Straight On Marcellus Shale Editorial: True Energy Independence And Marcellus Gas Editorial: Mideast Visitors Eye Marcellus, Pittsburgh Editorial: Gas Drilling Moratorium Was Wise Idea Editorial: Lawmakers Must Act In Taxpayer's Interest In Drilling Moratorium Editorial: Drilling Issues Lost On Corbett Financial Chevron To Buy Atlas Energy In $4.3 Billion Deal $4 Billion Deal Will Give Chevron PA Marcellus Stake Chevron Sees Atlas Gas Output Growing 7-Fold Range Resources, EQT, Ultra May Be Targets After Chevron Deal Chief Oil Says Marcellus Shale Reaches Production Milestone Qatar Exec: Shale Gas Not Cheap, Copious State Terrorist Monitoring State Homeland Security Compared Political Groups To Al Qaeda Former State Homeland Security Director Destroyed Intelligence Reports Activists Want To End Homeland Security Monitoring
Here are NewsClips on watershed topics from around the state-Communities Fighting Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Mandates Clean Water Bill Might Get Shot Down, Chesapeake Bay Grants Awarded To Conserve Chesapeake Bay Bethlehem Considers Streambank Grass Buffers PACD Watershed Education Experience Grants Due Nov. 15 Environmental Groups Receive Grants To Improve Watersheds Op-Ed: Harsh Reality Of Meeting Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet Editorial: EPA Unrealistic About Chesapeake Bay Clean Up Editorial: State At Crossroads For Clean, Pure Water Board Approves Water Line Connection Of Dimock Homes PennVEST Uses Public Money For Dimock Waterline State OKs $11.6 Million For Water Line In Dimock Agency Votes To Aid Owners Of Contaminated Wells In Dimock Funding For Scranton About $3 Million Less Than Sought DuBois Forms Committee To Protect City's Watershed Delaware River Flows, Gas Woes
Plan Taking Shape To Restore North Philadelphia Waterfront Pinecreek Watershed Plan Puts Flooding, Erosion In Crosshairs Students Wild About Watersheds Drink Bottled Water? Read The Label, Tap Into Savings Editorial: By The Delaware River Pinecreek Watershed Plan Puts Flooding, Erosion In Crosshairs Study Could Lead To Green Boulevard Along Allegheny Army Corps Hosts Lehigh River Release Review Lower Macungie Will Appeal Stormwater Lawsuit Drought Warnings End For 8 Counties Drought Warning, Watch Lifted In Northeast Fisheries Biologist Exam Now Open
Regulations, Technical Guidance & Permits
The Environmental Quality Board meets for the final time under the Rendell Administration on November 16 to consider final changes to remining financial guarantees, finalize Air Quality Permit fee increase generating $7.4 million more for the Air Quality Program and proposed rule changes increasing fees for the Drinking Water Program by $8.1 million from $250,000 annually to $8.3 million annually. The Environmental Quality Board published notice of a final-omitted rulemaking to rescind mercury emission standards for coal-fired power plants. Pennsylvania Bulletin - November 13, 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 the rescission of guidance establishing the interim program for water and wastewater operator certification and notice of a Radioactive Material License termination request from Chevron Mining for radioactive slag material left behind in Washington, Pa. DEP also published notice of an update to the Certified Emission Reduction Credits Registry (Pa Bulletin, page 6600) and notice of changes to list of companies certified to perform radon-related activities in Pennsylvania (Pa Bulletin, page 6612). Rescission: DEP ID: 383-2300-001. Pennsylvania's Interim Program for Operator Certification.
The purposes of this document was to: (1) meet the requirements of Section 1419 of the 1996 Amendment to the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act; (2) help ensure Pennsylvania's continued eligibility to receive federal funding to support the operator certification program; (3) identify and implement specific sections of the amended Water and Wastewater Systems Operator's Certification Act in such a manner to provide a smooth program transition as a result of these amendments, until promulgation of final rules and regulations by the Environmental Quality Board. 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 week. November 15-- America Recycles Day. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. November 16-- Agenda Released. DEP Environmental Quality Board meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 9:00. November 16-- Agenda Released. DEP Citizens Advisory Council meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 11:00. November 17-- Senate Republican Policy Committee holds a hearing on impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on employment opportunities. PA College of Technology, Williamsport. 10:30. November 17-- CANCELED. DEP Small Water Systems Technical Assistance Center Advisory Board. There are no further meetings scheduled in 2010. (formal notice) November 17-- Agenda Released. DCNR Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Councilmeeting. 2nd Floor Training Room, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. (formal notice) November 18-- Agenda Released. DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00.
November 18-- Agenda Released. DEP Water Resources Committee meeting. 10th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 9:30. (formal notice) November 19-- Agenda Released. DEP Small Water Systems Technical Advisory Board. Room 105 Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. (formal notice) December 10-- DEP Board for Certification of Water and Wastewater Systems Operators. Rescheduled from December 17. 10th Floor Conference Room, Rachel Carson Building. 10:00. (formal notice) December 16-- Forestry Task Force, Joint Legislative Air & Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee. Celebration Hall, State College. 10:00. December 17-- CANCELED. DEP Board for Certification of Water and Wastewater Systems Operators. Rescheduled for December 10. (formal notice) DEP Calendar of Events Environmental Education Workshop/Training Calendar (PA Center for Environmental Education) Senate Committee Schedule House Committee Schedule
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