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BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Air, Land, Water, and Public Health

first_imgBLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Air, Land, Water, and Public Health Environment,  Government That Works,  The Blog,  Year in Review Under the Wolf Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has worked to use innovation to help restore the capacity and integrity of the agency that protects Pennsylvania’s air, land, water, and public health.We are committed to collaboration and transparency, driven by science, in meeting the agency’s mission. Over the past year, the Department of Environmental Protection has made major advances, even though it lost 14% of its staff complement over the last 10 years.With modernization in mind, the department achieved the following successes in 2015:Protecting Public Health and the EnvironmentThe Department of Environmental Protection updated the performance standards for surface activities at conventional and unconventional oil and gas well sites to ensure additional protections to the environment, public health, and safety. This rulemaking represents the first update to rules governing surface activities associated with the development of oil and gas wells since 2001 and implements provisions of the 2012 Oil and Gas Act. After an unprecedented 12 public hearings, almost 28,000 public comments, and the creation of the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee (COGAC), the rules are on track for Spring 2016 adoption.We also implemented monthly online production reporting for unconventional natural gas wells, to improve transparency in gas production that will be particularly useful for royalty owners and production forecasters. Production data was previously reported on a semi-annual basis.The Department of Environmental Protection partnered with DCNR to create a statewide seismic monitoring network. The new, joint effort will maintain a network of 30 real-time monitoring stations, most of which will be located on state park lands. In addition to the 30 fixed stations, 5 additional temporary stations will be available for rapid deployment to investigate seismic events in detail.Addressing Climate ChangeGovernor Wolf and DEP announced a nation-leading strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and has been implicated in health risks. The plan is designed to protect the environment and public health, reduce climate change, and help businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product by reducing methane leaks and emissions from natural gas well sites, processing facilities, compressor stations and along pipelines.Pennsylvania released a scientific assessment of the impacts of climate disruption. The report, prepared for the Department of Environmental Protection at the direction of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, finds that Pennsylvania has warmed 1.8°F in the past 110 years, and the warming will increase at an accelerated rate. By 2050, Pennsylvania will be 5.4°F warmer than it was in the year 2000. By 2050, Philadelphia’s climate will be similar to current-day Richmond, Virginia. Pittsburgh will be similar to current-day Washington, DC or Baltimore, Maryland.The Department of Environmental Protection commenced work on Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan, with Secretary Quigley chairing 14 listening sessions as part of the effort to develop a made-for-Pennsylvania plan to achieve federal mandates. DEP was selected by the National Governors Association as one of four states to participate in a Policy Academy to help states examine cost-effective strategies for meeting the potential requirements of federal regulations to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants.Increasing Public ParticipationThe Department of Environmental Protection revived and renamed DEP Office of Environmental Justice, to serve all residents of Pennsylvania, and improve partnerships with Environmental Justice community members and advocates in policy, planning and permitting processes. New staff are establishing a dialogue with communities that do not always have a voice in environmental issues, ensuring that their concerns are heard, and where possible addressed, by the agency.I was honored to chair Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, a collaborative task force to explore the burgeoning construction of as many as 25,000 miles of natural gas gathering lines and 5,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines. In early 2016, the multi-agency, multi-stakeholder task force will recommend practices that will create predictability in permitting while simultaneously achieving environmental and community benefits.We also launched the online eComment tool to enhance public participation in and transparency of regulatory process. Nearly 4,000 comments have been submitted to the system on issues like climate change, pipeline infrastructure, water management, and the federal Clean Power Plan.These accomplishments are just some of our successes in protecting Pennsylvania’s air, land, water and public health, reflecting our commitment to collaboration, to science, and to transparency in meeting our mission. These achievements and so many more are a testament to the women and men of DEP. January 27, 2016 By: John Quigley, Secretary of Environmental Protection center_img Read more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Mayweather, Pacquiao Rematch Underway

first_imgKhan, in the course of promoting next month’s surprise challenge for the world middleweight title in a Las Vegas superfight against Mexican idol Canelo Alvarez, said: ‘I am very interested in trying to turn my silver medal at the Athens Games into gold in Rio. My trainer Virgil Hunter and I will sit down after the Canelo fight in May and see if we can fit the Olympics into my schedule.’Khan would compete in the same weight division as Pacquiao, who has already responded positively to suggestions from the Philippines government and the boxing federation there for him to try to win his country’s first Olympic gold medal.The Bolton-born fighter last fought in May 2015 against Chris Algieri and faces Canelo Alvarez in MayBoth men were approached by the leaders of world amateur boxing at a tournament in Qatar and promised exemptions from the current Olympics qualifying process.Most top professionals are shying away from boxing against young amateurs but AIBA are getting ready to vote on the admission of world champions to the boxing events in Rio.Pacquiao declared he would retire from the ring to concentrate on gaining election to the Philippines Senate after the Bradley fight but having boxed well said: ‘I will go home to think about my future.’Arum, talking to the TMZ website, said: ‘Given all his charity work building schools and hospitals I think Manny may need another big pay day.’The rematch with Mayweather would not gross the $600million of the first fight, a lacklustre affair after which Pacquiao revealed he was handicapped by a shoulder injury which then required major surgery.But if it only banked half that amount it would still be the second-richest fight ever.Espinoza told Ring Magazine that Pacquiao’s performance against Bradley had reawakened the interest of Mayweather, whose permanent retirement is doubted by many in boxing.Espinoza said: ‘Pacquiao looked as good as at any time in the last four years. He was active, quick and showed power in knocking down Bradley twice in the fight. Mayweather has been looking for something to peak his interest. If people show they think the fight would have been different if Pacquiao had not been injured, that could motivate him to get back into training camp.’Mayweather has repeatedly insisted he is happy in retirement and posted a message on social media in March saying that he was ‘blessed’ to hang up his gloves before his 40th birthday.‘As I sit here acknowledging how blessed I am to be retired a year shy of my 40th birthday, it’s impossible to say that I am not living the “American Dream”,’ he wrote.‘I’m blessed to wake up every morning certain that my bank accounts are growing.’Despite his contentment, it would be hard for a man nicknamed ‘Money’ to turn down the riches on offer in a rematch.Bob Arum says he wouldn’t be surprised if Pacquiao fought again.‘He is likely to just call it a day right now, I’d say there’s a good chance he’s walking away … but would I be shocked if he said he wanted to fight again? No,’ he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A rematch of the richest fight in boxing history – between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao – is under discussion even though both men claim they have retired.Not only that but Amir Khan may get his dream fight with Pacquiao – over three rounds at the Rio Olympics.Promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that there is a ‘better than 50-50 chance’ of Mayweather-Pacquiao II following the PacMan’s impressive victory in his third fight with Tim Bradley on Saturday night.That followed talks between Mayweather and the boss of the US television cable network Showtime, Stephen Espinoza, who said: ‘If there is a demand for this fight I believe Floyd will give it strong consideration.‘It is up to the fans and the media but if people are interested and make their voices heard we will start working on it.’Amir Khan could fight Pacquiao at the Rio Olympics as professionals are now allowed to competeThe chances of Khan finally boxing Pacquiao hardened as he expressed a desire to go to Rio if plans for top professionals to compete in those Games are approved.last_img read more