Meeting to consider the nomination of Sarah Clark to the Environmental Hearing Board, followed by a voting meeting to consider SB 1338 and SB 1339, followed by an informational briefing on Legionnaires Disease and related legislation (SB 1225)

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Tuesday, October 25 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Schedule

  • Nomination of Sarah Clark, Esq., 352 Willow Avenue, Camp Hill 17011, Cumberland County, to the Environmental Hearing Board.
  • SB 1338, PN 1951 (Yaw, Martin) – An Act amending the act of July 10, 2008 (P.L.1009, No.78), known as the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act, further providing for short title of act and for definitions; providing for low emission transportation fuel incentive and for registration and other requirements; and further providing for department authority and responsibility and for infrastructure reports.
  • SB 1339, PN 1952 (Yaw, Martin) – An Act amending the act of November 29, 2004 (P.L.1376, No.178), known as the Alternative Fuels Incentive Act, further providing for title of act, for short title of act, for definitions and for Alternative Fuels Incentive Fund; repealing provisions relating to biomass-based diesel production incentives; further providing for annual report; and repealing provisions relating to interfund transfer.
  • Amendment A05827 to House Bill 2528, PN 3254:
    • Amends Title 58 (Oil and Gas) Chapter 28.  Oil and Gas Well Plugging Oversight to comply with federal requirements as outlined in the Orphaned Well Site Plugging, Remediation and Restoration Program under section 40601 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act;
    • Increases grant amounts from $10,000 (for wells 3,000 feet or less) to $40,000, or the actual cost to plug the well, whichever is less;
    • Increases grant amounts from $20,000 (for wells greater than 3,000 feet) to $70,000, or the actual cost to plug the well, whichever is less;
    • Sets publication requirements for awarding of grant funding;
    • Ensures well plugger compliance if they demonstrate access to the equipment, materials, resources and services to plug wells in accordance with Chapter 32, Section 3220;
    • Addresses continuing violations and ensures that a well plugging applicant takes corrective action to the satisfaction of the Department; shall not apply to an applicant who has committed a violation until the Department has taken the final action on the violation and the applicant has not appealed the final action. If an appeal has been filed, no supersedeas has been issued;
    • Includes an attestation that the qualified well plugger will provide documentation necessary for the Department in order to comply with the requirements, as well as an attestation that each well is plugged in accordance with the plugging requirements as outlined in Title 58;
    • Allows for additional grant awards as available by the Department;
    • Allows any Pennsylvania company to bid for a contract it will award for plugging oil and gas wells, regardless of the size of the company;
    • A Pennsylvania company is defined as a business entity which has its main offices or headquarters located within Pennsylvania and conducts at least 50% of its business activities within Pennsylvania; or will bid for state contracts for plugging oil or gas wells and subcontract the work to subcontractors selected through a competitive bidding process which satisfy the criteria in the first bullet point when possible;
    • Makes technical changes.

Agenda 

“Informational Briefing on Legionnaires Disease and Related Legislation (SB 1125)”

10:15AM      Welcome
                       Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair

                       Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair

                       PANEL 1

10:20AM      Dr. Jen Clancy, Chief Scientist
                       Environmental Science, Policy & Research Institute – Testimony

                       Ron Gribik, Vice President Operations
                       CWM Environmental – Testimony

                        Patsy Root, Senior Manager
                        Government Affairs
                        IDEXX Water – Testimony

                        John J. Farmerie, Executive Consultant
                        Cyrus Rice Water Consulting, Inc. – Testimony

                        Dr. Meilin Young, Pulmonologist
                        Allegheny Health Network – Testimony

                        PANEL 2

11:05AM        Bob Bowcock
                        Integrated Resource Management, Inc. – Testimony

                        Andre Del Valle, Vice President of Gov. Affairs
                        Pennsylvania Apartment Association

                        Amanda Schaub, Executive Director
                        Building Owners & Managers Association of Pittsburgh

                        Daryn Cline
                        Global Cold Chain Alliance

                        Brad Considine
                        Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease – Testimony

11:50AM        Closing
                        Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair

                        Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair

Additional Written Testimonies 

ASHRAE – Testimony

Association of Water Technologies – Testimony

IAPMO – Testimony

Legionnairs’ Disease in PA – Report

Public hearing to examine the role of LNG in strengthening American energy security on the world stage

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Thursday, October 27 | 9:00 a.m.

Steamfitter Local 420, Philadelphia


AGENDA

Public hearing to examine the role of LNG in strengthening American energy security on the world stage.

Schedule

9AM   Welcome    Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair
                                  Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair

9:05AM                   Hon. Martina White (R-170)
                                  PA State House of Representatives

Panel 1                    David Callahan, President
9:25                          Marcellus Shale Coalition – Testimony
                                  William Jordan, Executive Vice President & General Counsel – EQT – Testimony
                                  Chad Zamarin, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategic Development Williams – Testimony

Panel 2                    Hasna Achik, Manager
10:15 AM                 Energy Initiatives and Economic Competitiveness
                                  The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia – Testimony
                                  Bruce McKay, Senior Director
                                  Berkshire Hathaway Energy GT&S – Testimony
                                  Jim Snell, Business Manager
                                  Steamfitters Local 420 – Testimony

Panel 3                    Ivo Konstantinov, U.S Office Director
11 AM                       American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria  – Testimony
                                  Michał Kurtyka, Former Minister
                                  Climate and Environment
                                  Republic of Poland
                                  Franc James, Founder
                                  Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
                                  Penn America Energy – Testimony

11:50AM Closing  Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair
                                  Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair

Additional Testimonies

Sierra Club – Testimony
Delaware Riverkeeper Network – Testimony 
Garland L. Thompson – Testimony

Meeting to consider SB 1331, HB 2367, HB 2404, HB 2405, HB 2406, HB 2407 and HB 2458

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Tuesday, October 18 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461


Agenda

I.      Call to Order

II.    Bill Consideration

  • SB 1331, PN 1892 (Yaw) This legislation prohibits counties that ban natural gas
    development from receiving county share of Impact Fee / MLF drilling funds.
  • HB 2367, PN 3345 (Mako) This legislation limits the issuance of permits for the
    construction or installation of wind turbines that negatively affect military
    installations.
  • HB 2404, PN 3204 (Owlett) This legislation amends the Dam Safety and
    Encroachments Act to create a continuous maintenance permit.
  • HB 2405, PN 2959 (Pickett) This legislation amends the Dam Safety and
    Encroachments Act to provide for county programs for the removal of obstructions
    and flood-related hazards on streams. *AMENDMENT A05557
  • HB 2406, PN 2960 (Fritz) This legislation amends the Dam Safety and
    Encroachments Act to create a small stream maintenance project permit.
  • HB 2407, PN 3205 (Hamm) This legislation amends the Dam Safety and
    Encroachments Act to limit Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission authority or
    jurisdiction related to stream maintenance or clearing activities.
  • HB 2458, PN 2981 (White) This legislation will create a taskforce to study the
    exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to supply the energy needs of allies
    around the world and what obstacles are currently preventing Philadelphia from
    becoming a leader in exporting LNG.
  • HB 2528, PN 3254 (Struzzi) This legislation requires the Department of
    Environmental Protection to prioritize awarding well plugging contracts to
    Pennsylvania companies before considering out-of-state companies.*POSSIBLE AMENDMENTIII.      Adjourn

    If you have any questions regarding this voting meeting, please contact Nick Troutman of
    my office at 717-787-3280 (ntroutman@pasen.gov).

Informational briefing on Carbon Capture Technology and related legislation

 

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Monday, September 19 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-B


Agenda

Topic: Informational briefing on Carbon Capture Technology and related legislation

Schedule

Opening Remarks 10:00am

Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair
Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair

State Agency Perspective 10:05-10:45

Ramez Ziadeh, Acting Secretary – Testimony
Department of Environmental Protection

Adam Walters, Senior Energy Advisor – Testimony
Department of Community and Economic Development

Dr. Gale C. Blackmer, Director 
Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Industry Update 10:45am-11:05am

Matt Mangum, Carbon Capture & Storage Business Opportunity Manager
Shell – Testimony

Closing Remarks 11:05am

Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair
Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair

Additional written testimony – Pennsylvania Environmental Council – Testimony

 

Meeting to consider a Disapproval Letter to IRRC

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

To consider a Disapproval Letter to IRRC regarding the Environmental Quality Board’s manganese final-regulation; Regulation #7-553: Water Quality Standard for Manganese and Implementation

 

Voting meeting for HB 1780

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Monday, June 20, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

AGENDA

Voting meeting for HB 1780

Schedule

House Bill 1780, PN 3134 (Armanini) This legislation extends the sunset dates for the Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program, which were established in the Storage Tank Spill and Prevention Act (Act 32 of 1989).  The sunset for these programs is currently set for June 30th, 2022. House Bill 1780 extends the sunset until December 31, 2027.

*Technical amendment A04364 is attached.

Voting meeting to consider HB 2075, SB 692, SB 1255 and SR 285

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Voting meeting to consider HB 2075, SB 692, SB 1255 and SR 285

Schedule

House Bill 2075, PN 2529 (Knowles) – The legislation creates a free-standing act to be known as the Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Program Suspension Procedures Act. The legislation temporarily suspends a subchapter of regulations, 25 Pa. Code Ch. 126 Subch. E, which adopted and incorporated by reference California regulations for heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

Senate Bill 692, PN 771 (Bartolotta) – The legislation creates a free-standing act to be known as the Erosion and Sediment Control Act to ensure complete review of E&S permit applications.

Senate Bill 1255, PN 1698 (Pittman) – The legislation amends Pennsylvania’s Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act to provide PA DEP’s Bureau of Mine Safety the flexibility in the schedule of maintenance for the replacement of oil and oil filter(s) on diesel-powered equipment.

Senate Resolution 285, PN 1630 (Gordner) – The resolution directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an assessment and analysis of public and private recycling infrastructure and operations across the Commonwealth.

*Amendment will be offered extending the timeframe to conduct the study (from “seven” to 12 months).

Meeting to consider SB 1038 and SR 229

Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 9:30 a.m.

Main Capitol, Room 461

Agenda

Meeting to consider SB 1038 and SR 229

Schedule

Senate Bill 1038, PN 1359 (Stefano) – The legislation requires civil penalties collected for Clean Streams Law water quality violations, which are connected with or related to a coal mining activity, to be deposited into the Reclamation Fee (Operations & Maintenance) Trust Account for treatment of postmining pollution discharges.

Senate Resolution 229, PN 1451 (Dush) – The resolution directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study of the economic, environmental and health impacts relating to the development of the critical mineral industry in Pennsylvania. 

Independent Analysis Concludes RGGI Carbon Tax Could Increase Pennsylvania Electricity Costs 3.8x More Than Wolf’s Projections

HARRISBURG – Impartial analysis from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) projects the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) could nearly quadruple new electricity costs for consumers, Sens. Gene Yaw (R-23) and John Yudichak (I-14) said today.

The IFO, revered across state government for its nonpartisan examination of budgetary policy, reviewed the administration’s outdated RGGI modeling and presented its findings to a joint hearing of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee on Tuesday.

Among the many shocking details of the report, IFO Director Matthew Knittel said Pennsylvania energy generators could spend upwards of $781 million annually on emissions credits at the RGGI auctions – nearly four times the amount anticipated by the administration’s taxpayer-funded analysis used to justify our participation in RGGI in 2020. The IFO also warned members that “those costs would be pushed through to final customers.”

“Thoughtful, independent testimony from a diverse group of experts in government, business, and organized labor confirms the many concerns legislators have raised about the administration’s unilateral and unconstitutional decision to push Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative without legislative action,” said Yudichak.

This $781 million represents a carbon tax on electricity generation that will have a direct impact on electricity rates for residential, commercial and industrial customers. This will be particularly harmful to low and fixed income households already smothered by energy poverty and runaway inflation, Yaw said.

“The IFO’s findings confirm my worst fears about the administration’s hasty push to join RGGI,” Yaw said. “The cost of this program will cripple our economy at a time when we can least afford it.”

“Growing evidence from economists and environmental scientists suggest that RGGI will devastate Pennsylvania’s energy industry, dramatically increase energy costs for every consumer and produce no material gains in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Yudichak said.

Yaw and Yudichak sent a letter to the IFO last month requesting an audit of the modeling completed by ICF International and used by the Department of Environmental Protection to tout RGGI’s supposed economic and environmental benefits.

When Gov. Tom Wolf signed the 2019 executive order that would force Pennsylvania into the regional carbon tax program, auction clearing prices – the amount energy producers pay to buy “credits” to offset their emissions – would only be $3.24 per short ton in 2022. At that time, taxpayer-funded analysts insisted prices would stay under $4 through 2030.

The auction clearing price set on Dec. 1, however, exceeded $13 per short ton, more than four times what the department estimated and 40% above the Sept. 8 clearing price alone.

The IFO said this spike in clearing prices casts doubt on every projection the former analysis made. For example, net generation from coal and natural gas – two sources of carbon emissions targeted by RGGI – will likely grow 16%, not the flat rate assumed by ICF, to account for increased demand.

IFO analysis also concluded that emissions reductions between 2008 and 2020 for the 10 RGGI states were comparable to non-participating states – a fact that unravels the entire premise for joining the program in the first place, Yaw said.

“This is disastrous policy built on delusions of grandeur, and we must do everything we can to prevent Pennsylvania from diving headfirst off this proverbial cliff,” Yaw said.

The hearing also included perspectives from Pennsylvania’s business, labor and educational experts. Full video of the hearing and testimony from each of the participants can be found on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee’s website.

CONTACT:

Nick Troutman (Yaw)
Scot Pitzer (Yudichak)

Public hearing on the economic impacts of RGGI

JOINT HEARING
Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

AND Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.

North Office Building, Hearing Room #1

Agenda

Public hearing on the economic impacts of RGGI

Schedule

Opening Remarks (10:00 am)

Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
Sen. John Yudichak, Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee
Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee

Independent Fiscal Office Matthew Knittel, Director (10:15am-10:45am) Testimony

Economic Development (10:45 am-11:30 am)

Kevin Sunday, Director, Government Affairs, PA Chamber of Business & Industry – Testimony
Melissa Morgan, Assistant State Director, National Federation of Independent Business – Testimony
Carl Marrara – Vice President, Government Affairs, PA Manufacturers Association – Testimony
Brett Vassey – President & CEO, Virginia Manufacturers Association – Testimony

Labor (11:30 am-12:15 pm)

Kris Anderson, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Third District – Testimony
Martin Williams, National Coordinator of State Legislative Affairs; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Testimony
Shawn Steffee, Business Agent, Boilermakers Local 154 – Testimony

Education (12:15 pm-12:45 pm)

Professor Daniel Mallinson – Assistant Professor of Public Policy & Administration, School of Public Affairs, Penn State-Harrisburg (Zoom)
Dr. William M. Shobe, Director, Center for Economic & Policy Studies, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; Adjunct Professor of Economics; University of Virginia – Testimony

Closing Remarks & Adjournment.

Sen. Gene Yaw, Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.
Sen. John Yudichak, Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.
Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy Committee.
Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, Minority Chair, Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee.

Additional Written Testimony

Department of Environmental Protection – Testimony

Herr’s – Testimony

Ohio River Valley Institute – Testimony

The Pennsylvania State University-Dr. Seth Blumsack Testimony