Approximately 30 people attended the Bi-Annual Protect PT member meeting held November 28, 2016 at Level Green Presbyterian Church. Executive director Gillian Graber spoke about the importance of protecting the community against unconventional gas drilling, a heavy industrial process that pollutes air, soil and drinking water and creates noise, light and truck traffic.
Protect PT is cultivating relationships with organizations in nearby communities, including Murrysville and Salem, and has teamed up with Southwest Environmental Health Project to provide free air monitoring.
Some questions and concerns raised by residents at the meeting:
1. What impact do subdivision restrictions about “noxious” activities have on leasing and gas development?
2. What are neighboring communities doing about development?
3. Has there been any study on pollution and the proximity of drilling to Valley Landfill?
4. What should residents do when approached about leasing?
5. What are the financial impacts? How does drilling affect homeowner insurance, mortgages and home values?
6. What studies have been done on earthquakes and drilling in mined areas?
Many of these questions can be answered by visiting Protect PT and Protect Our Children.