HARRISBURG (10-8-15) – A proposal introduced by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) to reduce the use of fresh water in oil and gas drilling operations was signed into law today.
Act 47 clarifies legal liabilities associated with the use of treated mine water in oil and gas operations. The use of treated mine water holds the potential to significantly reduce the withdrawal demand on Pennsylvania rivers, lakes and streams.
A number of oil and gas companies already use treated mine water in place of fresh water in the natural gas extraction process, but concerns regarding liability issues have prevented many companies from utilizing this approach.
“It is imperative for lawmakers to support efforts to protect our environment and develop our natural resources safely and responsibly,” Bartolotta said. “The use of treated mine water by natural gas companies is an innovative approach that will help preserve millions of gallons of fresh water, and I am thankful that more companies will have the freedom to explore this option.”
Bartolotta, who serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, emphasized that the new law does not weaken any existing environmental safeguards designed to protect public health. It only clarifies parties that could be held responsible if the mine water is not treated or utilized properly.
Interested in working on natural disasters, and planning for them? Are you passionate about flooplain management, flood mitigation, and working with municipalities to achieve more resilient communities? If so, click here to learn about a job listing just for you!
Groups operating in the Bay should explore this funding opportunity.
This initiative will provide facilitation services, technical assistance, training and grants to strengthen and diversify regional collaborations working together to advance a shared regional and community driven agenda that improves the quality of life in the region and protects and restores natural resources. This request for proposals invites organizations working at the community, watershed and/or regional level to improve human health, create economic opportunity, advance clean water plans, increase access of local, sustainable food, conserve lands, protect and enhance community open space, etc, to seek assistance to develop and support cross sector collaborative strategies and also build individual organizational capacity.
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is seeking a candidate for the position of River Towns Planner (RTP) to develop and implement programs that build the capacity of local partners to envision, plan, construct and sustain riverfront parks, walking and biking trails, river accesses, green infrastructure, and greenway signs. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or Community Design is required. Relevant experience in community engagement strategies, community assessments, conceptual renderings, landscape design, historic preservation, graphic design, and project management is needed.
To submit an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org your cover letter, resume, and short writing samples. PLEASE PUT “River Towns Planner” IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR MESSAGE.
Application Deadline: September 14, 2015
Building a Stream Protection Rule
The U.S. Government’s Official Website for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). OSMRE’s business practices are to reclaim abandoned mine lands (Title IV), regulate active coal mines (Title V), and apply sound science through technology transfer.
Branden S. Diehl, Grant and Project Consultant for the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds said, “The rule-making, as we understand it, is based on science, and reforms previous rules that were more than 30 years old. In that time, not only have mining practices changed, but so have restoration practices. Mining is still part of our energy portfolio, and it is important that both economic and environmental needs are protected. Based on the rule-making’s Economic Impact Statement (EIS) there will be marginal gains or losses in jobs and other external costs to consumers. As a Pennsylvania nonprofit that provides mine-related, restoration funding, we are pleased that the rule will provide enhanced protection for 6,500 stream miles over the next 20 years.”
Do you work in an AMD-impacted region? Do you need help with outreach and monitoring? Do you have limited funding to support such a position? The good news is that the OSM VISTA program is now accepting applications. Click here for more information.
The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) has a great opportunity for a paid, summer internship for graduating seniors. Applications must be submitted no later than March 31.
This is the third year for the Foundation’s paid, summer internship program, which provides opportunities for eight 2015 graduates from Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties to:
- Work in teams to develop and implement philanthropic projects focusing on community issues.
- Research issues, create funding guidelines, and award funds to organizations working to improve our region.
- Learn how to create media projects to spread their messages.
- Earn money while learning about the Greater Johnstown area and current events that affect the region.
- Engage with community organizations, residents, and leaders to understand how to be a force for positive change.
Applications are due March 31. Please direct interested students to this link for a copy of the complete job description and a link to the application.
Click here to learn more about the overall experience through a slide show and radio documentaries from last year’s participants.
The application period for DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program opened January 14, 2015 and will close at 4:00 p.m. on April 16, 2015. This year, applicants will apply using DCNR’s new online grants portal. The new application system is menu driven and includes a number of enhancements to help users submit a complete and competitive application. Internal and external testing has shown that the interface is intuitive and user friendly.
Two grant training webinars were recently conducted and are posted at this link:
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/brcinteractivemapping1/trainingandworkshops/recordedwebinars/index.htm. These trainings offer an overview of DCNR’s grant program and a tutorial on the new grants portal.
We strongly recommend applicants contact their BRC Regional Recreation and Park Advisor to discuss proposed projects and program application requirements prior to submitting an application. To find your advisor, go to www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/index.htm and select “About Us.”
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Educational Television Association (also known as WVIA) has recently completed season three of their Greenlife Pennsylvania series. The theme is to “Think Globally, Act Locally,” and the series focuses on how Pennsylvanians are tackling universal environmental issues such as habitat loss and restoration, invasive species, and a loss of connection to the outdoors. This series shows how DCNR, our partners and grantees are using cutting-edge tactics with a can-do spirit to make our state a better place to live. The entire series can be viewed by clicking here and then by clicking on the “Videos” tab on the middle right side of the page.
Make plans to attend the Foundation’s ACT2013 Symposium. The event will be April 5 & 6 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Register now, and we’ll see you there!
For details click here.
A new movie, that will hit the streets in May, is causing a stir. Last Call at the Oasis, calls for a more responsible approach to water resource use and management. The author proposes that we can’t continue wasting water, and that the time is drawing near for a paradigm shift towards reusing waste water.
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