About Protect PT

Who are we?


Protect PT is a 501(c)3 non-profit citizens’ organization working to ensure the safety, security and quality of life for residents of Penn Township, Trafford and surrounding communities in Westmoreland County, PA. We are a community organization led by socially and environmentally conscious members and volunteers who reside within the impacted community.  Promote PT works to empower area residents to become informed and involved in current local events to promote a more viable and communal future.

Our Goals


Educate, Empower, and Engage


Educate residents and local lawmakers with factual and important information so they may better protect themselves.  We hold educational meetings, invite guest speakers, conduct research, and publish resources for public benefit.

Empower residents to get involved in the local government process.

Engage our lawmakers directly at local meetings and hearings to ensure our rights are protected.

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Protect PT’s Position On UNGD


Unconventional Natural Gas Development (UNDG) is a heavy industrial activity and, as such, should be restricted to industrial zones to ensure the status quo is maintained within residential and agricultural zones. While some critics say that UNDG is compatible with agriculture, we would argue that since UNDG creates a tremendous amount of dust, light, and noise, as well as taking up valuable land that could be used for farming, this industrial process is not compatible with agriculture.

Even in industrial zones, local conditions must be evaluated to ensure that nearby residents are not harmed by the activity. As Pennsylvanians, under Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, we have the right to:

"Clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."

While municipalities do have the power to use zoning laws to regulate the gas industry, they must apply those laws in a way that is constitutional and follow established legal precedent on zoning laws. Allowing a single type of industrial use, natural gas development, in otherwise non-industrial zones is unconstitutional. By allowing residents to suffer from air, light, noise, and water pollution, local and state governments prioritize a boom and bust industry using precious resources (water) to extract a finite resource for private gain over the life and health of residents who depend on these natural resources and ecosystems to survive.

Our Financial Supporters

Our financial supporters include community member contributions as well as the organizations below that fiscally support our work in a variety of ways.



The Heinz Endowments

11th Hour Project The Schmidt Family Foundation

Center for Health, Environment & Justice


Mountain Watershed Association


Protect PT Members who volunteer & help fundraise: Click here to learn how you can help



The Heinz Endowments

11th Hour Project The Schmidt Family Foundation


Join Our Team

Protect PT is a non-profit citizens organization with the mission of working to ensure the safety, security, and quality of life for people in Penn Township, Trafford, and surrounding communities.  Since we are a community organization we are led and funded by community members.  Your neighbors and members of our board volunteer their time to make sure our goals are met.  100% of donations and grant money fund the operation of our organization and are directly applied to accomplishing our mission.  

Please help us in our mission today by becoming a member of Protect PT.  Your membership is important because as a community organization, we need community participation at all levels to be successful.  Being a member doesn't mean you have to volunteer your time but if you would like to, we would love to hear from you.  It simply means that you will have the unique opportunity to help us decide where we focus our efforts, increase our ability to fulfill our mission, and create standing at local hearings for development happening close to you.  




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Protect PT, PO Box 137, 3344 Route 130, Suite D, Harrison City, PA 15636, USA, 724-392-7023, info@protecpt.org