Virtual Lunch Hours/Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.