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Injection Wells: What you need to know
The waste products from oil and gas development are highly radioactive and pose dangerous risks to human health and the environment. These wastes are often stored in injection wells, which can potentially lead to earthquakes, leaks and contamination of local water sources and other issues. While states like Ohio have traditionally taken this waste for injection well storage, they are running out of room for storing the large volumes of waste. Now, other states like Pennsylvania are preparing for an increase of these toxic sites. Even if your community is not currently facing a proposed injection site, it could be at risk for future injection sites. Challenging injection wells can be extremely difficult. A few communities have strong ordinances that protect them from these sites, but most municipalities either do not have a strong ordinance or do not address these sites in their ordinance at all, making their communities easy targets for the industry. Once an injection site is proposed, it may be approved with little to no community knowledge or involvement. Not knowing how to navigate the injection well permitting process puts communities at increased risk. Matt Kelso from FracTracker Alliance and Megan Hunter of EarthJustice share about the permitting process for waste injection sites, what to look for when preparing a challenge, how to request public hearings and more.
Community Meeting on the Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill: March 25, 2021
This meeting hosted by Protect PT with guests Dr. Beth Weinberger from the Environmental Health Project and James Miller, Director of the PA DEP Southwest Regional Office will give residents the opportunity to share their stories of impact from the Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill with representatives from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and local government.
Lunch and Learn with Kristinaa Marusic and Lois Bower-Bjornson talking about Fractured
The recent decision to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin cited the risks to human health and impacts that residents throughout Pennsylvania have experienced. Environmental Health News reporter Kristina Marusic studied the health impacts on multiple families living near fracking development. The results of this study were released in the article series “Fractured: The Body Burden of Living Near Fracking”. Hear from Kristina Marusic and Lois Bower-Brjornson about the reasons for the study, the process of going through the study and what is next for families in Pennsylvania who are experiencing these impacts. Resources: If you have not had the opportunity to read the article series, you can do so here https://www.ehn.org/fractured-series-on-fracking-pollution-2650624600.html Watch a video overview of the project. https://youtu.be/3LlkJ1_TDw8 Part 1: "Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking" Our urine tests of five families found hazardous pollution likely linked to fracking activity in children at levels well above what adult daily smokers see. https://www.ehn.org/fractured-harmful-chemicals-fracking-2650428324.html Part 2: "The stress of being surrounded" The pervasiveness of the industry in rural America leads to mental health issues including anxiety and depression, and opens hard-to-heal rifts in communities. https://www.ehn.org/fractured-fracking-mental-health-toll-2650516366.html Part 3: "Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators" Residents – distrustful of doctors, fracking companies and state agencies – are getting few answers to their pleas for help. https://www.ehn.org/fractured-fracking-regulation-neglect-2650594611.html Part 4: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution Activists dedicated to keeping fracking wells out of their small township have been successful so far, but pollution is encroaching as a dense network of oil and gas infrastructure grows more pervasive. https://www.ehn.org/fractured-oil-and-gas-pollution-2650623184.html Learn more about how EHN conducted the study. https://www.ehn.org/fractured-series-fracking-data-2650699245.html Read the FAQ about our findings https://www.ehn.org/fractured-faqs-page-2650790584.html About the speakers: Kristina Marusic is an award-winning investigative reporter with the national, nonprofit media organization Environmental Health News. She writes about environmental health and justice issues in western Pennsylvania. Prior to joining EHN, Kristina covered issues related to environmental and social justice as a freelancer for a wide range of digital media outlets including Slate, Vice, Women's Health, MTV News, The Advocate, CNN, and Bustle. She is the co-president and co-founder of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association of LGBTQ Journalists and she is currently writing a book, "The New War on Cancer," about the doctors, researchers, and activists leading a nationwide movement to rethink cancer prevention strategies through the lens of toxic exposures, to be published by Island Press in 2022. Lois Bower-Bjornson is the mother of 4 children: 3 boys and a girl. Lois is a graduate of West Virginia University. She holds a Bachelors degree in dance and communications. Lois has danced professionally with 3 local Pittsburgh companies and helped to found L.A.B.C.O a modern sister company to the now resolved Pittsburgh Dance Alloy. Currently Lois lives in the Marcellus shale fields in Washington County. Unconventional natural gas development is rampant and encompasses her community and home. This has brought Lois to her desire to help, educate and learn what she can do for future and current generations. She is the Southwestern field organizer with Clean Air Council and host of the Frackland tours. Lois works on the local, state, and federal level educating legislators, students, and various groups who want to understand what it is like living in the Shale fields. Lois was honored to represent Washington County Pennsylvania at the United Nations in March 2020.
Community Lunch and Learn : Protecting Your Community Through Ordinances
Protective Ordinances are crucial to keeping your community safe, but how do you make sure your municipal ordinance is protective? Join us Tuesday, February 23 at noon for a live conversation with Robin Martin from Food and Water Watch about updating ordinances at the local level and what you can do to make sure your ordinance is keeping your community safe. Robin Martin is the Allegheny County Organizer for Food & Water Watch’s Municipal Ordinance Project (MOP). A lifelong resident of Allegheny County, she is currently bottom-lining our work in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and select Northern communities. Robin has a Masters in Counseling from Chatham University, specializing in Environmental Psychology.
Story of Plastic Panel Discussion
[Westmoreland County, PA] -- Promote Penn-Trafford (PT) is hosting an online screening of THE STORY OF PLASTIC, a documentary film directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg, which exposes the astonishing global environmental, climate, justice, and health impacts of the plastic industry. In light of the film’s importance and the relevance of the debate over single-use plastics in the COVID-19 pandemic, Promote PT has organized a special screening on Saturday, February 13 at 11 am EST to make it available to wider audiences and to let local groups in the growing movement interact with the filmmaker and regional activists.
The Story of Plastic Film Screening and Discussion Panel
Community screening with panelists Stiv Wilson (CoDirector, Peak Plastic Foundation, Creator and Executive Producer, The Story of Plastic), Patty Demarco Ph.D. (Forest Hills Borough Council, Chatham Professor), and Anaȉs Peterson (Earthworks Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Class of 2020)
The 7th Edition Fracking Compendium and Emerging Trends
Join our Community Lunch and Learn for a conversation with Dr. Ned Ketyer and Laura Dagley about the 7th edition of the Fracking Compendium and emerging trends identified in health studies around fracking development. The latest edition of the Fracking Compendium was released in December 2020 by Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility. It contains numerous peer-reviewed studies on fracking impacts to public health. Both Dr. Ned Ketyer and Laura Dagley helped edit the 6th and 7th editions of the Fracking Compendium. About the speakers: Laura Dagley, BSN, RN Laura Dagley is a registered nurse and the Medical Advocacy Coordinator for Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania (PSR PA). She has worked in hospital, home health, and hospice settings, where she began to connect her patient's health to their environmental exposures. She now works in Pittsburgh with PSR as an advocate for healthcare providers, their patients, and the environments they live in. Her focus is educating on the research surrounding the health impacts from the oil and gas industry, where she has testified as an expert witness, organized CMEs for healthcare providers, and organized outreach around PSR's Compendium. Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P. AHN Pediatrics - Pediatric Alliance Editor, The PediaBlog AAP Council on Environmental Health SWPA Environmental Health Project (consultant) Physicians for Social Responsibility - Pennsylvania (board member) Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps. Dr. Ned Ketyer is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-area pediatrician. Dr. Ketyer enjoyed 26 years in private practice before retiring from patient care in 2017. He remains a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and is a board member and President-elect of PSR-Pennsylvania. Dr. Ketyer is a consultant for the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project bringing attention to the health impacts of fracking in the Marcellus Shale gas patch. Resources: Read the full compendium here: Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction)
Fracking Waste Disposal Injection Well Threatens Pittsburgh’s Drinking Water.
The residents of the Allegheny River Valley urgently ask Governor Tom Wolf to exercise his executive power to revoke the permit for the Penneco Sedat #3A class 2 waste disposal well in Plum Borough. The well site would present devastating risks to several downstream Allegheny River public drinking water systems, including the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority which provides water to hundreds of thousands of City of Pittsburgh residents and businesses. New scientific evidence suggests there are numerous pathways for pollution. Protect PT, the Breathe Collaborative and Citizens for Plum are presenting this press conference to highlight the issues. Speakers: Gillian Graber, MC Matt Kelso, Local Plum Resident: Resident concerns and mine subsidence Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University: Engineering inadequacies Melissa Troutman, Research & Policy Analyst, EarthWorks, Co-Founder of Public Herald: Radioactivity in fracking waste Dr. Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P Physicians for Social Responsibility and Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project: Health impacts