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
Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill Press Conference
[WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PA] - Protect Penn-Trafford will hold a virtual press conference Jan. 7 at 9:30 a.m. in regards to resident concerns of the Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill (WSL). In October 2020, Protect PT sent over 7,000 Every Door Direct Mailed surveys to residents surrounding the Westmoreland County Landfill to learn about their experiences living near the landfill. Neighboring residential communities have been adversely affected by environmental pollutants, including the landfill’s intake of fracking waste that detriments these communities’ quality of life.
Virtual Lunch Hour : November 24th- Stories Behind the Artwork
Artists Meg Lemieur and Bri Barton join us to talk about the process of creating designs for merchandise in our new catalog, the sites they were inspired by, and how collaboration is key to communicating your campaign’s message. Shop merchandise (t-shirts, hoodies, posters, stickers, water bottles, etc) from our store TODAY at protectpt.org/shop! About the speakers: Lemieur and Barton have been collaborating since 2016, and are the creators of Water Ways, a highly intricate illustration that tells the story of water and the impacts of the natural gas industry in the Mid-Atlantic region. Water Ways is a tapestry of the stories and research gathered in places hit hardest by fracking, and is used in educational, interactive workshops. Lemieur is an artist and activist whose artwork juxtaposes nature with the human experience while exploring the themes of social and environmental justice. Her dedication to environmental justice manifests into her visual, written, and performative art which can be used by many to aid the health of the earth, humans, and all who dwell here. Barton is an artist and educator. Her work elevates and embodies earth worship, racial and environmental justice, and defiant celebrations of life. She creates art that is collaborative, participatory, and informative. Barton is also the writer and illustrator of “Everything Dies! A Coloring Book About Life!”
People's Hearing: Stories of Mariner East
Residents from across the state of Pennsylvania will share their stories of impact from the Mariner East Pipeline at a Virtual People’s Hearing November 16 from 7-9 pm. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Public Utilities Board Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell have been invited to attend and listen to the testimony of residents. The HaltMarinerNow Coalition will host the event, with collaboration from Protect PT, Sierra Club and Berks Gas Truth.
Virtual Lunch Hour : Sept. 24- Radioactive Radon Reduction
Learn what you need to know about radon and why testing is so important with Jackie Nixon and Nathaniel Burden of Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction.. Visit https://citizensforradioactiveradonreduction.org/ to learn more. If you would like to support educational programs like this, please consider becoming a sustaining member at protectpt.org/sustaining.
Virtual Lunch Hour : Sept. 17 - Fractracker Mapping & Data on UNGD
Matt Kelso and Erica Jackson from FracTracker share about their work in mapping oil and gas developing, tracking violations, and more! This includes updates to the Mariner East map of inadvertant returns at Marsh Creek and more. If you would like to support educational programs like this, please become a sustaining member of Protect PT at protectpt.org/sustaining. About the speakers: Matt Kelso: Manager of Data & Technology Matt Kelso has been with the FracTracker Alliance since 2010. Matt maintains numerous oil and gas related maps and performs data analysis for the FracTracker site. He also works extensively with other nonprofit organizations in order to help them with their oil and gas related data and mapping needs. Matt is a graduate of Humboldt State University, and has worked as an archaeologist and casino auditor in the past. He enjoys spending time with his family, learning about alternative energy solutions, and identifying everything that grows in his yard. Erica Jackson: Community Outreach and Communications Specialist Erica supports FracTracker’s communication and outreach activities. Through FracTracker’s website, social media platforms, and outreach programs, Erica engages the public in issues surrounding oil and gas development. Her work focuses on industry in the Ohio River corridor and is in partnership with other organizations in the region dedicated to fighting fossil fuel harms. Erica received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate career, she completed research on environmental justice concerns regarding Pittsburgh’s air quality, and continued to research the region’s air as a fellow within Pitt’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities. She has also held various environmental education positions in Pittsburgh, California, and Alaska, and enjoys engaging people with their outdoor surroundings.In her free time, Erica likes to explore the outdoors with friends or stay inside painting and crafting. Learn more about FracTracker at https://www.fractracker.org/
Virtual Lunch Hour : September 10 - Radioactivity and Oil and Gas Waste
Oil and gas waste is becoming a hot topic, as more research delves into the radioactivity of this waste. The impacts of this waste cannot be ignored. Join us September 10th with Rolling Stone journalist Justin Noble for a conversation about radioactivity and oil and gas waste. Justin Nobel writes on issues of science and the environment for Rolling Stone, Audubon, Oxford American, DeSmog, and other US magazines, investigative sites and literary journals. If you would like to support continued educational programming like this, please consider becoming a sustaining member of Protect PT at protectpt.org/sustaining. About Justin: Justin Nobel writes on issues of science and the environment for Rolling Stone, Audubon, Oxford American, DeSmog, and other US magazines, investigative sites and literary journals. His work has been published in Best American Travel Writing 2011, and 2016, and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. A book he co-wrote with a death row exoneree, “The Story of Dan Bright,” was published in 2016 by University of New Orleans Press. He is presently working on a book about the issue of the radioactivity brought to the surface in oil and gas production and the many different pathways of contamination posed to the industry’s workers, the public and communities, and the environment to be published with Simon & Schuster and tentatively titled, “Petroleum 238 - Big Oil’s Dangerous Secret and the Grassroots Fight to Stop It.” His work on this issue is supported by the journalism nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
Virtual Lunch Hour : Sept. 3- The Global Resistance Against Fossil Fuel Extraction
Fossil Fuels have impacts communities around the globe. Join us Thursday, September 3rd at noon for a conversation with Inken Behrmann about why climate change matters for us as humans and how resistance in Germany differs from the US. If you would like to support continued educational programming like these virtual lunch hours, please consider becoming a sustaining member of Protect PT at protectpt.org/sustaining. By making a small monthly contribution, you can have great impact! About Inken: Inken Behrmann is a climate campaigner in Germany. She fought in the resistance against coal energy with "Ende Gelände" (Here and no further) and organized mass actions of civil disobedience in lignite mines. Last year she focused on taking on the mobility transition and car industry. Currently she is campaigning for climate justice with the organization Campact. Learn more about Campact https://www.campact.de/