About Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Welcome to the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Founded in 1964, we are one of Pennsylvania’s oldest chapters, and help protect many miles of central Pennsylvania’s finest streams. Some of our waters include Muncy Creek, Loyalsock Creek, Black Hole Creek and Lycoming Creek

Fly Fishing Meet Up with PA Fish and Boat

Sign Up Now for Fly Fishing Meet-Ups occurring in June in NEPA!

Location: Ricketts Glen State Park – Western Boat Launch
Time: 12-2p.m.

Registration:
June 8th: http://ow.ly/2nf950EQuML
June 15th: http://ow.ly/micB50EQuMO
June 22nd: http://ow.ly/dbeH50EQuMN
June 29th: http://ow.ly/YA5r50EQuMJ

Program Description:
🎣Participants will be taught the basics of fly fishing including equipment overview, casting, & fly selection.
🎣PFBC staff provide all fishing equipment, flies, and instruction.
A FISHING LICENSE is not required; the equipment, flies and instruction are provided for FREE.
🎣Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. This is a great opportunity to bring your newly purchased fishing rod and learn how to use it!
🎣Pre-registration is required and can be completed at the (above) provided links.

LOYALSOCK CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION CANE POLE FISHING DERBY

THE LOYALSOCK CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE 16TH ANNUAL CANE POLE FISHING DERBY AT ROSE VALLEY LAKE ON MONDAY, MAY 31ST FROM 8AM UNTIL NOON.  WHILE THE DERBY IS AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS, EVERYONE INCLUDING FIRST TIME FISHERS IS INVITED TO ATTEND.  AT REGISTRATION, CONTESTANTS WILL RECEIVE A FISHING PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES A CANE POLE, FISHING LINE, HOOK, BOBBER, BAIT AND ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS.  AN EMBROIDERED, COLLECTIBLE PATCH CELEBRATING THE EVENT WILL ALSO BE ISSUED (FIRST 125 REGISTRANTS ONLY)

House Republicans Pass Bill Legalizing Road Dumping Of Conventional Oil & Gas Well Wastewater, Rolling Back Environmental Protection Standards

On May 25, House Republicans voted to pass House Bill 1144House Bill 1144 (Causer-R-Cameron) that would not only roll back environmental protection standards for conventional oil and gas wells generally, but would also specifically make road dumping of drilling wastewater legal again. 

Gov. Wolf vetoed similar legislation in November. Read more here.

The bill now goes to the Senate for action.

Go to https://paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com/2021/05/house-republicans-pass-bill-legalizing.html?m=1 for more information.

Road Dumping Of Oil & Gas Well Wastewater Is Happening Now In Crawford, Erie, Warren Counties As House Prepares To Take Up Bill This Week To Make It Legal

Taken from http://paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com/2021/05/road-dumping-of-oil-gas-well-wastewater.html?m=1. Please visit the site for much more information on this issue

Witnesses late Friday reported heavy road dumping of oil and gas well wastewater is occurring in southern Warren County and around Oil City in Venango County on back roads off of Route 27.

On Tuesday, witnesses said fresh road dumping of oil and gas well wastewater occurred outside of Corry in Erie County.

The dumping is believed to be wastewater from conventional oil and gas wells.

http://paenvironmentdaily.blogspot.com/2021/05/road-dumping-of-oil-gas-well-wastewater.html?m=1All this is happening now when there is supposed to be a moratorium on road dumping of wastewater as a result of a settlement in a 2017 appeal of DEP’s requirements to the Environmental Hearing Board.  Read more here.

The only road dumping of oil and gas wastewater that is supposed to be happening is under a co-product determination that allows the use of treated waste that has similar properties to commercial products.  Read more here.

A witness said given the volume of road dumping they said is happening now, it is unlikely to all be legal co-product materials.

What Is Road Dumping?

Photos that were part of the 2017-2018 Environmental Hearing Board appeal show the process involved in road dumping. (See photos above from the case with this article.)

Road dumping of oil and gas wastewater on dirt roads involves a vac truck making typically three passes on each section of road using a combination of an open value on the back of the truck and then a blanket pass with a homemade spreader bar that offers no control on the amount of brine spread.

Click Here to see photos from the case.  They were taken by the vac truck operator.

DEP Staff Reductions

DEP’s Oil and Gas Management Program cannot fill an estimated 40 positions– nearly 18 percent of its staff- out of a complement of 226 due to a reduction in revenue from oil and gas drilling permit fees earmarked to fund the program.

These are the staff responsible for enforcing oil and gas drilling-related regulations, including the proper disposal of drilling wastewater.

DEP reported in December it expects a 70 percent decline in revenue from the permit fees this year because of the general downturn in the natural gas industry over the last two years primarily due to natural gas prices.  New fees increases were just effective on August 1, 2020.  Read more here.

House To Move Bill Legalizing Road Dumping

House Republican leadership notified its members Friday they will put House Bill 1144 (Causer-R-Cameron) up for a final vote this week hoping to move it to the Senate quickly.

The bill would not only roll back environmental protection standards for conventional oil and gas wells generally, but would also specifically make road dumping of drilling wastewater legal again. 

Gov. Wolf vetoed similar legislation in November. Read more here.

Opposition

On May 3, the Environmental Defense Fund and the PA Environmental Council wrote to members of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee urging them to vote against House Bill 1144 (Causer-R-Cameron) setting standards for conventional oil and gas drilling because the bill would result in “dramatic reductions to health and environmental protections that are unwarranted and unsafe.”  Read more here.

“Instead of adjusting for true differences between conventional and unconventional operations, House Bill 1144 inappropriately shifts the costs and risks inherent in conventional operations to the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

“While we recognize that low commodity prices have hampered the conventional industry, that challenge is wholly unrelated to protection standards. It certainly does not warrant the unraveling of standards that have been in place, and practiced by both the conventional and unconventional industries, for decades.

“EDF and PEC have continually stated our willingness to come to the table and work with the General Assembly, Administration, and conventional industry to develop an appropriate framework.”

Click Here for a copy of the letter.

On May 4, a letter and petition organized by Berks Gas Truth was sent in anticipation of consideration of the bill by the House Committee.  Read more here.

Although the bill is full of bad provisions, the group focused on the same issue it focused on in the last session when a similar bill, Senate Bill 790, was making its way through the legislature. 

Last year’s bill would have reinstated the practice of road spreading of toxic, radioactive drilling waste on unpaved roads. This year’s bill, and its Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 534, would allow the waste to be spread on paved roads, as well.

Last year, the group presented a letter to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee the morning of its consideration of Senate Bill 790. The Committee amended the bill to remove the road spreading provision. 

The letter updates and appends that letter to express that much attention has been given to the contents of drilling waste since last year and concerns for potential impacts to water and air quality, human health, and safety have only increased.

“The people spoke clearly last year and the Committee, and ultimately Governor Wolf who vetoed the bill he rightly considered to be a bad bill even without the road spreading provision, heard them. This time, the House is moving this bill very quickly. With only a short time to circulate the letter and petition, we exceeded the number of signatures we’d gathered last time. Let’s face  it, ‘I’d like toxic, radioactive waste to be spread on the roads where I live,’ said no one ever,” said Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gas Truth.

CBF Pennsylvania Learning Series: What Lives In PA Waterways, May 26 Webinar

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and partner organizations will host a new Pennsylvania learning Series Webinar– What Lives In PA Waterways— on May 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Do you know what lives in our rivers, creeks, and streams in the Keystone State? Pennsylvania is home to some incredible biodiversity, which is why it’s a favorite for anglers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts alike!

Join this roundtable discussion with a few of our very own fishing and stream-health enthusiasts as we talk about the species that call our state home, the importance of stream health, and ways we can improve our impaired waterways, making them better and healthier homes for aquatic species.

Speakers include:

— Derek Eberly – Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

— Brian Gish – CBF staff, Watershed Coordinator

— BJ Small – CBF staff, PA Communications and Media Coordinator

Click Here to register for this free event.

Visit CBF’s Pennsylvania Learning Series webpage for more information on this series.

For more on Chesapeake Bay-related issues in Pennsylvania, visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA webpage.  Click Here to sign up for Pennsylvania updates (bottom of left column).  Click Here to support their work.

Also visit the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership to learn how you can help clean water grow on trees.

CBF has over 275,000 members in Bay Watershed.

PA Chesapeake Bay Plan

For more information on Pennsylvania’s plan, visit DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Office webpage.

How Clean Is Your Stream?

DEP’s Interactive Report Viewer allows you to zoom in on your own stream or watershed to find out how clean your stream is or if it has impaired water quality using the latest information in the draft 2020 Water Quality Report.

Release Fish Not Lures Canpaign

The Pitch It campaign was first started by Keep America Fishing in response to a legislative proposal in Maine to ban all non-biodegradable soft plastic lures.

It was soon expanded to a nationwide anti-litter campaign in which anglers were asked to “Sign the Pledge to Pitch It” to properly dispose of their worn-out soft plastic baits by recycling them or, where recycling wasn’t available, throwing them in the trash rather than in the water. The pledge program generated thousands of signatures and was embraced by tournament fishing organizations like BASS and FLW.

Starting in 2021, the program is being expanded to educate the public on how to retain soft plastic lures while they are being fished. These new and innovative techniques to retain lures, combined with proper disposal once a lure has been used, will help keep our waterways clean and clear and our fisheries healthy.

Professional tournament fishermen and recreational anglers from coast to coast will share their tips and tricks for keeping waterways clean and free of litter – especially used and worn-out soft plastic lures.

For more information and tips, go https://www.pledgetopitchit.org/

Trout Unlimited and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Virtual Event: Introduction To Trout Fishing

Are you or somebody you know interested in trout fishing, but you aren’t sure where to start? Join Trout Unlimited and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers for our FREE “Introduction to Trout Fishing” virtual event. Over three Friday evenings in May, we will cover everything an angler needs to know in order to gear up and find success in pursuit of America’s favorite coldwater fish.

This program is absolutely free, open to anyone of any age, and families are encouraged to join together. Whether you are completely new to fishing, or you are an experienced angler looking for a new way to test your skills, this program will have something for you. Please visit the website to see the full event schedule and to register today.

Event website: https://www.tu.org/get-involved/events/tu-bha-intro-to-trout-fishing/