May 30, 2014

June 2 PA Environment Digest Now Available

June 2 PA Environment Digest now available.  Click Here to print entire Digest.

PEC Opposes Bill Mandating Different Environmental Safeguards For Conventional Wells
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council Tuesday sent a communication to the Pennsylvania State Senate to express its opposition to the recently introduced Senate Bill 1378 (Scrantai-R- Jefferson, Hutchinson-R-Venango) (P.N. 2053).

Former Rendell Officials Now Say Marcellus Natural Gas Drilling Exploited State Forests
StateImpact, the Patriot-News, Post-Gazette and the Citizens Voice Thursday reported former DCNR officals in the Rendell Administration now say the leasing of 137,000 acres of State Forest land for drilling exploited State Forests as a “cash cow.”

Budget Preview: 28 Days Before State Budget Deadline, Will Zack And Miri Get A Raise?
The deadline to have a state General Fund budget in place is July 1.  When the Senate and House return to session on June 2 they will have 28 days left before a budget should be done.
The Independent Fiscal Office said in its most recent estimates state revenues are projected to be down $608 million for FY 2013-14 and another $990 million for FY 2014-15 totaling a nearly $1.6 billion budget hole.

Delaware County High School Team Claims State Envirothon Honors
Students of Penncrest High School in Delaware County walked off with first-place honors after competing May 20 and 21 in the 31st Pennsylvania State Envirothon at Susquehanna University and PPL Montour Preserve.

Schuylkill River Celebration Highlights PA Rivers Month Activities
Plans for fun on the Schuylkill River -- from canoes and kayaks slicing through headwaters to leisurely tube floats in urban environs -- is expected to draw hundreds of paddlers, campers and other outdoors enthusiasts to a rebounding waterway named River of the Year for 2014.