Virtual Lunch Hours/Events
Community Lunch and Learn: April 26 - Seven Years of Advocacy, Protect PT’s Anniversary
Join us for a celebration of 7 years working to protect the community! Together, we have established noise, air and radon monitoring programs, provided educational programs for hundreds, and advocated for the protections of our rights to safety, security, and a healthy environment.
Community Lunch and Learn : March 29- Oil and Gas Pollution in Your Backyard
Join us in continuation of our February Lunch and Learn where we are now going to dive deeper into oil and gas wells in our local community. Joined by Melissa Ostroff, a Pennsylvaina Field Advocate at Earthworks, we will cover topics surrounding orphaned and abandoned wells and what the process for reporting one looks like. Melissa will also explain the camera technology Earthworks uses to monitor wells and other infrastructure and look for leaks. Tune in live March 29 @ noon on YouTube. Get involved with your local community and learn how your sense of smell and knowledge about your own backyard can positively impact the health of your community!
Press Conference March 10, 2022 Community Group Protect PT Supports Plum Borough in its Appeal
MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Gillian Graber, Protect PT Gillian@protectpt.org, 412-376-3762 Community Group Protect PT Supports Plum Borough in its Appeal of a Second Gas Waste Injection Well in Plum PENNECO receives DEP violations and resident complaints. Plum Council appeals its own Zoning Board in a unique case. _________________________________________________________________________ Plum Borough, Pa. – Community group Protect PT joins Plum Borough’s appeal against its own Zoning Hearing Board to stop a second gas wastewater injection well in the borough. The Zoning Hearing Board as a separate quasi-judicial body made a judgment to allow a second injection to be built adjacent to an existing operation. The announcement will be made at a press conference on Thursday March 10, 2022 at 10 a.m. The media is invited to attend the Zoom call. Register here. Speakers: Gillian Graber, Executive Director Protect PT Katie Sheehan, Plum Resident Laura Dagley, R.N. Matt Kelso, Manager of Data and Technology at FracTracker Alliance and Plum Resident Register at: https://protectpt.info/Plum ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Community Lunch and Learn : February 15 - PA Has No Money To Plug!
Join us to learn about the new bonding rulemaking petitions in PA proposed by groups in PA and led by the Sierra Club’s Kelsey Krepps and Ankit Jain. Oil and gas well bonds have not increased to match the costs of plugging a well at the end of its lifespan, and as a result the industry’s wells are woefully underfunded. In fact, only 0.4% of Pennsylvania’s wells are covered by the total funds needed according to Carbon Tracker’s Asset Retirement Obligations Portal. A deficit of billions of dollars that falls back to the state, it’s landowner, and it’s taxpayers. Sierra Club, Protect Penn-Trafford, and other Pennsylvania groups filed rulemaking petitions to increase the state’s bond amounts. Join us to learn more about this campaign and get involved!
Max Press Conference Feb 3, 2022
In May 2019, MAX Environmental Technologies, Inc. (MAX) submitted two petitions to the EQB requesting that the Board promulgate a rule that the sludge generated from the leachate treatment system at the Yukon and Bulger facilities be delisted as an F039 hazardous waste. Here is a DEP portal designed to educate the public on the process and the stages of rulemaking.
What is the Methane Rule and Why is it so Important?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comments on a proposal to reduce methane and other harmful pollutants from new and existing sources in the oil and natural gas industry. Hear from Russell Zerbo of Clean Air Council about how this rule came about, what this could mean for future development and why it is so critical to act now. The deadline to submit comments to the EPA is Jan. 31. If you have not submitted a comment yet (or would like to submit an additional comment) you can do so on https://www.protectpt.org/actions.
Community Lunch and Learn with Nicholas Muller
Tune in for a live conversation with Nicholas Muller from Carnegie Mellon University about the cumulative environmental and employment impacts of the shale gas boom. You can read one of the studies Nicholas worked on here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0420-1?sap-outbound-id=A3040FB6E429E8841D30071FCC0C1A54A117F77C&utm_source=hybris-campaign&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=000_MMN6385_0000017749_NRRJ+natsustain+dec19&utm_content=EN_internal_39287_20191211&mkt-key=005056B0331B1ED782EE41F48BD9EF08#citeas About our speaker: Nicholas Muller works for the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Nicholas has received the United States Environmental Protection Agency Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Level II (2013) and served on the University Education Council, Committee Member (2017 - 2018).