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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

Potential IMCA Modified payoff tops $5,000 at Hogan Memorial

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The winner of one of the longest-running special events for IMCA Modifieds could earn more than $5,000 for their pre-holiday efforts.Benton County Speedway in Vinton hosts the 24th annual Hogan Memorial on Tuesday, July 3. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event pays a minimum of $2,333 to win.Fifty dollars will be paid to the leader of each of the feature’s 50 laps with an increased bonus of $450 plus a new Hoosier G-60 tire going to the leader when the race is stopped at halfway.The feature is also a Harris Dash at the Clash qualifier. In addition, the Hogan pays $983 for se­cond, $808 for third, $683 for fourth and $558 for fifth. Minimum start money is $283.Also on the program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars running for $1,000 to win and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, both for $750 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Iowa State points will be awarded. Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and SportMods also chase track points. There is no entry fee and all classes are draw/redraw.IMCA and Bob Harris Enterprises give the halfway Modified bonus. There’s also a bonus of $100 for the Northern SportMod leader at halfway.Hard charger awards are $450 for the Modifieds and $125 for both the Stocks and the SportMods; Modified, Stock Car and SportMod heat race wins are each worth $100 while Hobby Stock heat wins pay $50.Regardless of how they fare on the track, the Stock Car driver making the longest tow to Vinton takes home $80.Grandstand admission will be $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under admit­ted free. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and rac­ing to follow.More information about the Hogan Memorial is avail­a­ble at the www.jjamracing.net website or by calling 515 201-5526. Numerous prizes will be given to fans.Hunter Marriott is the defending Modi­fied race winner. Forty-three Modified drivers entered last year’s Hogan Memorial.The Hogan will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Rain date is July 4.last_img read more

Governor DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Paramedics To Be Armed

first_imgThe Broward County sheriff and the Chiefs of Police Association pushed for the change, which takes effect July First. Paramedics can pack in Florida now that a new law has passed.Deputies and police officers in Broward County are claiming victory in their fight to allow paramedics to arm themselves in situations like the Parkland mass shooting.Governor Ron DeSantis last week signed a bill that allows paramedics to be armed in high-risk situations. Thank you @GovRonDeSantis for signing this good legislation. I am proud to stand with our first reposnders as a cosponsor of this bill that provides SWAT Medics with the resources they need to save lives. #ThankYouFirstResponder https://t.co/TgG1Xa4o0V— Chip LaMarca (@ChipLaMarca) June 11, 2019last_img read more

Attorney General Ashley Moody issues statement on FDLE phone scam

first_imgFlorida Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a statement warning Florida residents about a new phone scam where the perpetrators are pretending to be the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and have been calling unsuspecting victims to demand payment or their personal information.Moody says the scammers are using a method called spoofing to make it seem as if the call is truly coming from the FDLE, however, Moody says the department would never call you and ask for money or your personal information over the phone.If you believe you have been the victim of this scam, you are asked to call FDLE at (850) 410-7000 or (866) 9NO-SCAM.last_img read more

Impressive! Nigerian Youngster Inyang Wins Feinberg Tennis Title In US Again

first_imgYoung Nigerian tennis sensation Gabriel Inyang continued his rich vein of form during his summer training tour of the United States (US) after he retained the Feinberg 12 and Under 12 tournament which took place at the Brant Lake Camp in New York.Inyang defeated his American opponent Alex Weinberg 6-0 6-3 in less than an hour in what was a one-sided clay court.The Victoria Garden City Club of Lagos player was very impressive during the tournament which played host to 32 players. He didn’t drop a single set en route his title win.Inyang had earlier beaten Weinberg in the final of the Beco Tournament some three weeks ago. Both Feinberg Junior Tournament and Beco Junior Tournament were organised by the United States Tennis Association.Speaking about Inyang, a UK-based tennis pro at the camp Jon Bradley said: “I have had to oversee a talented young player who is also matured beyond his years. I have been extremely impressed with his attitude during training and during matches. He is always calm under pressure and continues to fight even when he is down.“Gabriel is an extremely promising young player who possesses all the right traits to make it far in tennis if he is motivated.” he added.Relatedlast_img read more

Trump campaign touts fossil fuels as Trump meets oil-state senators

first_imgWASHINGTON — As Iowa’s ethanol industry awaits word on a Trump Administration plan to boost the federal ethanol mandate, President Trump’s reelection campaign has sent an email warning “Democrats’ disdain for fossil fuels will destroy America’s economy.”The Trump campaign email denounces the so-called “Green New Deal” as seeking to eliminate fossil fuels and credits the fossil fuel industry with contributing “nearly $7 billion to Iowa’s economy annually.” The Trump campaign also indicated more than 83-thousand Iowa jobs are supported by the fossil fuel industry.Trump met Thursday with key senators who represent oil-producing states. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst told reporters Thursday she, too, has had “many, many, many conversations” with the president about corn-based ethanol.“I do believe that we will come away with a solution for the crisis that we see with our ethanol facilities,” Ernst said during a telephone conference call.Ernst and other Iowa officials, though, have made clear they need to see a document from the EPA laying out the details of any ethanol agreement before they’ll celebrate.“I really do need to see something written on a piece of paper,” Ernst said, “because while the president, I think his intentions are wonderful in supporting our farmers, we have seen EPA throw us under the bus before.”Ernst said Trump has “made a very strong commitment” to force the oil industry to blend millions of additional gallons of ethanol into gasoline, but there are a lot of people inside the administration, she said, who “support big oil.”“We need to see this deal in writing before we are out there applauding it or supporting it, so I do think that we will have that information to us very soon,” Ernst said. “It should, hopefully, come out this week.”Ernst said she and other ethanol advocates must continue to be “very, very aggressive and vocal” with the president. According to Ernst, Trump “did not understand the full implications” when he gave the EPA the go-ahead in August to grant 31 oil refineries an ethanol waiver.“The president expressed to me he didn’t want to see small refineries close and I said: ‘Yes, I understand that, Mr. President. We don’t either. We don’t want to see people their lose jobs,’ but certainly we see that in Iowa with our own ethanol industry. You know, our plants are closing now,’” Ernst said, “and that wasn’t fully explained to him.”Two northwest Iowa ethanol plants have temporarily shut down and a handful of others have reduced production levels.last_img read more

Top players to follow in Rose and Donald’s footsteps

first_img23 Apr 2015 Top players to follow in Rose and Donald’s footsteps Top amateur players from England and Spain will face each other next month in an international match at Burnham & Berrow in Somerset – and it’s a must for talent spotters. Spectators at past matches have watched Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia – who all played in the 1997 teams – as well as players such as Tommy Fleetwood, David Howell, Jose Maria Olazabal, Alvaro Quiros, Pablo Larrazabal and Ignacio Garrido. This year’s match takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, and will again feature outstanding players and, for the first time, it will include women. Each team will be made up of six men and four women, playing five foursomes and 10 singles on both days. The England team is: Ashley Chesters of Shropshire; Nick Marsh of Yorkshire; Jimmy Mullen of Devon; Michael Saunders of Kent; Sean Towndrow of Lancashire; Ashton Turner of Lincolnshire; Gemma Clews of Cheshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Sophie Lamb and Hollie Muse, both of Lancashire. Chesters, the double European amateur champion; Marsh, the English amateur champion; and Hewson, an international; are all ranked in either the men’s or women’s top 50 in the world. Spain’s representatives include Mario Galiano, who is currently ranked third in Europe and seventh in the world; and Nuria Iturrios, the world’s ninth best woman amateur. Spectators are very welcome to watch the action unfold on Burnham & Berrow’s links, which is ranked among country’s top courses and has hosted many prestigious tournaments. England have held the upper hand throughout the history of the biennial match, which started in 1985. The team have won 13 matches to Spain’s two – and never lost at home. However the most recent match, at El Prat in 2013, was won by the Spanish by the narrow margin of one point. This season’s European Nations Cup, played at La Reserva, Spain, in February, provided a hint of what will be in store at the match. In the men’s event, England, whose representatives included Chesters and Marsh, won the trophy by a stroke after producing a big finish to hold off a charging Spanish side, who will all be at Burnham & Berrow. Spain won the ladies’ championship and two of their three players are heading for Somerset. The players England Ashley Chesters, 25, (Hawkstone Park) won the European amateur championship last year and in 2013. He was in England’s winning team at the 2015 European Nations Cup.  Nick Marsh, 20, (Huddersfield) is the 2014 English amateur champion and also won the Scottish open youths’ title. He was in England’s winning team at the 2015 European Nations Cup.  Jimmy Mullen, 21, (Royal North Devon) won the Duncan Putter in Wales in 2014 and tied third this year. He reached the last 16 of the US amateur. Michael Saunders, 24, (Dartford) has just won the Hampshire Salver and is a past winner and runner-up in the Lagonda Trophy. Sean Towndrow, 24, (Southport & Ainsdale) reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Amateur Championship and helped Southport & Ainsdale to win the English Champion Club title. Ashton Turner, 19, (Kenwick Park) recently won the Darwin Salver for the second time and has represented GB&I as well as England. Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) helped England win the 2014 ladies’ Home Internationals and recently retained her title in the Delamere Comboy scratch tournament at her home club. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berkhamsted) has just won the Hampshire Rose and last year helped England win both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals Sophie Lamb, 17, (Clitheroe) successfully defended the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies in 2014 and has been in England’s winning teams at the girls’ Home Internationals for the last two years. Hollie Muse,15, (West Lancashire) has just won the Scottish U16 girls’ championship and The Leveret. She helped England win both the women’s and girls’ Home Internationals last year. Spain  Daniel Berna Ivan Cantero Mario Galiano Xabier Gorospe Victor Pastor Pablo Rodriguez-Tabernero Natalia Escuriola Nuria Iturrios Maria Parra Luna Sobron Caption: The 17th hole at Burnham & Berrow (image GolfWorking)last_img read more