July 3, 2015

July 6 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The July 6 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

Republicans Vote To Kill Conventional Gas Well Regulations, Wolf Vetoes Bill
Senate and House Republicans sent a Fiscal Code bill-- Senate Bill 655 (Browne-R-Lehigh)-- to the Governor that invalidates the regulations DEP proposed to ensure conventional oil and gas wells protect the environment and makes DEP start the process over.

Growing Greener Coalition: PA Should Enact Natural Gas Severance Tax
The PA Growing Greener Coalition Thursday issued the following statement from Executive Director Andrew Heath in response to recent discussions concerning the enactment of a severance tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania: 

SRBC Water Monitoring Network Shows No Water Quality Changes Due To Drilling
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Thursday released its third report on water quality conditions in select watersheds in the Marcellus shale region of the Susquehanna River Basin.

First Meeting Of DEP Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force July 22
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold the first meeting of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force on July 22 at DEP’s Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg starting at 1:00, according to a notice published in the July 4 PA Bulletin.

Healthy Watersheds Tour Brings Stormwater Professionals To Lancaster Area
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay partnered with LandStudies Inc. to host a tour of innovative green infrastructure sites throughout Lancaster County, PA on June 30th.

C.O.G.E.N.T. Successfully Completes Pipeline Emergency Training In Northern Tier
C.O.G.E.N.T. (Connection For Oil, Gas And Environment In The Northern Tier) announced Thursday it has completed Pipeline Emergency training in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties.

CBF-PA: Trees Are A Cool Solution To Water Pollution
By Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
These arid days of summer aren’t so dogged, spent under the cool canopy of an old oak tree, a cold drink in hand, and a refreshing breeze on your face.  While looking for relief and grabbing some shade, we might pause to appreciate the health, economic, and esthetic values that trees add to our lives.

PA Outdoor Recreation Plan Focuses On Connecting Health, Outdoor Activities
Pennsylvania’s new five-year Outdoor Recreation Plan to connect citizens to healthy outdoor recreation shows maintenance of existing park and recreation areas continues to be a top concern and priority for citizens and providers, and that park and recreation services are a central asset in combating societal health care issues like obesity and mental health.

Pennsylvania Reports Record Number Of Bald Eagle Nests
It was a scene that warmed many hearts.  A bald eagle incubating two eggs in a falling snow, unwilling to budge as the nest turned white. As the flakes piled high, the bird was blanketed. Only its head could been seen, periscoping above the snow.

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