June 26, 2015

June 29 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The June 29 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

The House Appropriations Committee late Friday evening amended House Bill 1192 (Adolph-R-Delaware) with the Senate/House Republican version of the General Fund budget and reported it to the full House.  It is a $30.1 billion no tax increase state budget, just over $1 billion more than last year.
The intent of Republicans is to move it through the House and Senate and put it on the Governor's desk by the end of June 30.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA, Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Pennsylvania Environmental Council Thursday issued the following statement concerning state budget deliberations now going on in Harrisburg--

The Independent Fiscal Office Wednesday released an update report on Act 13 drilling fee revenues estimates the drilling impact fee will result decline from $208.6  million to $189.6 million in revenue from a total of $223.5 million in 2014.

The PA Independent Oil and Gas Association announced Monday it filed a petition with the PA Supreme Court last week asking the Court to eliminate DEP’s enforcement of setbacks from streams, wetlands and other natural features as well as protection of public resources like parks, game land or wildlife area, protect endangered species, historic sites and wellhead protection areas.

On June 17 the PA Environmental Council hosted the 2015 Environmental Partnership Dinner, celebrating PEC’s work to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s natural and built environment and to enhance and preserve natural resources.

PA Environmental Council welcomes Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA, as the first author in its guest blog series.
A significant challenge to restoring the Chesapeake Bay is the disconnect that Commonwealth residents perceive with the nation’s largest and most important estuary. That the Bay is not geographically located within our borders leaves it out of sight, out of mind for most Pennsylvanians.

In recognition of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 25 year anniversary, the organization awarded 25 grants in 25 days to local affiliates and other tax-exempt groups across the state. The grants provided up to $1,000 for community improvement projects in their three focus areas of Prevent It, Clean It, or Keep It.

Department of Environmental Protection officials joined members of the Tioga County Conservation District, Blossburg Municipal Authority and the Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a passive treatment system that will restore five miles of the Tioga River.

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PA Environment Digest is edited by David E. Hess, former Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and is published as a service of Crisci Associates.

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