Important Meetings Next Week
Important Township Meetings:
Monday, February 29th @ 7:30pm: Continuation of Beattie ZHB & Start of Draftina Special Exception Hearing (2001 Municipal Court Harrison City, PA 15636)
Thursday, March 1st @ 7:30pm Planning & Zoning Meeting
(2001 Municipal Court Harrison City, PA 15636)
Preliminary applications land development for the proposed 7 wells in Penn Township have been submitted and the agenda indicates these will be discussed and potentially accepted. Click here to view agenda.
Health Education Notice:
AT 6:30pm, before the February 29th Zoning Hearing, Dr. Cynthia Walter has offered to come to the Municipal Building before the hearing to talk to residents concerned about well water contamination from shale gas development. She will give educational materials to residents and give individuals who wish to participate instructions to bring water samples to the Triple Divide screening on the 5th. (see details below) Cynthia Walter, Ph.D. has thirty years experience in teaching and research on environmental sciences, with a special emphasis on water pollution.
Protect PT Educational Events
Please attend these important events to learn more about the issues that face our community.
March 5th @ 6PM Triple Divide Screening
Bushy Run American Legion Post 260
3002 Main Street Claridge, PA 15623
Free and open to the public, the doors will open at 6 PM with the screening to begin at 6:30 PM. Triple Divide is said be the only documentary on the controversial subject of fracking that speaks to all sides, with interviews from the industry, experts (i.e. geologists, hydrologists, former regulators, attorneys), and the citizens impacted by shale gas development. “It’s hard to imagine anyone could have a fully-informed opinion about fracking without seeing Triple Divide.” Jed Thorp. Ohio Sierra Club.
March 9th @ 6:30PM Educational Meeting
Co-Hosted by Delaware Riverkeeper Network Bushy Run Campus Classroom 9105 (6706 Mellon Rd, Export, PA 15632)
Speaker: Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Tracy will discuss the organization’s recently published “Defending the Environmental Rights of Pennsylvania Communities from Shale Gas Development; Strategies for Residents and Local Officials”, followed by open discussion, questions and answers. The guidebook offers strategies that can be implemented at the municipal level, including sample ordinance provisions that apply to the resources that matter in local communities, including residents’ health and quality of life.
At DEP Pittsburgh Regional Office
Natural gas well setbacks are not adequate to protect the public
Wednesday, March 2nd @ 10:30am
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Department
400 Waterfront Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Please join Moms Clean Air Force and members of Protect Our Children Coalition for a press conference where Dr. Marsha Haley and colleagues will deliver to the Pittsburgh DEP their new research* concluding that current setbacks may not be sufficient to protect public health from the dangers of unconventional gas wells. This fact brings into particular question the wisdom of granting permits for unconventional gas wells in close proximity to schools and health care facilities, where a significant number of vulnerable individuals would be expected to be located. The authors of the research speaking along with impacted community members and environmental organizations.
*Haley M, McCawley M, Epstein AC, Arrington B, Bjerke EF. Adequacy of Current State Setbacks for Directional High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus, Barnett, and Niobrara Shale Plays. Environ Health Perspect; http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10547/