Virtual Lunch Hours/Events
Up To Heaven and Down to Hell: A Discussion with Colin Jerolmack and Ralph Kisberg
Colin Jerolmack spent several months in Williamsport, PA to learn first hand about the dynamics of fracking in a small town community. His book, UP TO HEAVEN AND DOWN TO HELL: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town, recounts stories from the residents of a community with a wide range of perspectives.
Community Lunch & Learn: Why the Appalachian Gas Boom Failed: Economics and Jobs
Ohio River Valley Institute has a mission of helping the greater Ohio Valley region mark out a path toward shared prosperity, clean energy, and equitable civic structures by using research and solutions for a stronger Appalachia. We will be speaking with Ben Hunkler, Communication Associate, discussing ORVI's recent reports on the economic failures of the gas boom in Appalachia and the Centralia model for a just transition to clean energy.
Community Lunch & Learn: Fracking, Forever Chemicals & Radioactive Waste
Join us Tuesday, July 27th for a lunch and learn on PFAS (forever chemicals), radioactivity and fracking. Both Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Natural Resources Defense Council have released reports on these topics. Tomorrow, Dr. Walter Tsou from PSR and Amy Mall from NRDC will join us to talk about the reports and what the public needs to know.
Protect PT's New Mobile Monitoring & Reporting Tool
Have you ever seen an environmental issue and wondered how to document it? Or wanted to report something but didn’t know where to start? This month, Protect PT is launching our new Environmental Mobile App. This app will allow you to record observations for spills, discharges, accidents or other incidents and direct you to the authorities you can report to. Learn how you can use the mobile app and how it was made. Join us Tuesday June 29 @ noon on YouTube for a conversation with Steven Moye and Allen Jaqua, the volunteers who designed and built our mobile app. You can check out the app at https://report.protectpt.org/portal.php About Steven and Allen: Steven Moye is a web developer from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. After graduating from Duquesne University he joined SunKing Interactive Group and the This Is Red Agency, in 2010 which he's been working with ever since as a long time senior member of the development team. Allen Jaqua is a UX Designer living in Chicago. Allen got involved with Protect PT to build technology that can impact real change.
Toxic oil & gas waste and how it gets into your home
Learn how new bills in Ohio and Pennsylvania could increase your risk of exposure to toxic oil and gas waste and what you can do. Join us May 25 @ noon for a conversation with Dr. John Stolz and Teresa Mills about Aqua Salina, bills in OH and PA and how you can advocate for better protections.
Community Lunch & Learn: 6 Years of Protecting Economic, Environmental and Legal Rights in PA
Join us for an interview with our Executive Director, Gillian Graber, about why Protect PT started, what some of the early challenges and lessons were and how community members organized together to protect their rights to clean air and water as outlined in Article 1 section 27 of the PA constitution.
CleanChoice Energy Intro
Do you know where your electricity comes from? Stop paying for polluting fossil fuels; choose 100% clean electricity and $50 will be donated to Protect PT. We’ve partnered with CleanChoice Energy to help you reduce your emissions and help us plant more family gardens and promote sustainability in the Turtle Creek Watershed Region. Enroll in 100% Clean Electricity today, and CleanChoice will donate $50 to Protect PT to support Reimagine Turtle Creek. When you choose clean energy, you’re not only supporting 100% regional wind and solar power; you’re saying no to paying for polluting fossil fuels to power your home. There are no sign-up or cancellation fees, and no changes to your energy reliability. Simply choose to pay for clean energy over polluting power sources. Enrolling in clean energy is one of the biggest impacts you can make in the fight against climate change. Together, we can support clean air for our planet and invest in our community. Be sure to use this link for enrollment: http://bit.ly/protect_pt If you have any questions about CleanChoice Energy, please contact email@example.com
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.