A new report from EarthWorks shows the shocking amount of radioactive waste being created by fracking in Pennsylvania and being shipped to 11 states for disposal. Continuing down this destructive, unsustainable path to create this extreme form of energy bodes badly for the Pennsylvania environment and citizens of the Commonwealth. Unexplained childhood cancer clusters, like Ewing sarcoma, have begun to appear, matching the timeline of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in western Pennsylvania, where methane, propane and ethane are being extracted and processed from the Marcellus shale.

Weather patterns have definitely changed in western Pennsylvania over the past few years. In a Pittsburgh region that normally receives enough rain, the first three weeks of July had two-and-one-half times normal rainfall amounts. Since many houses were built in low-lying areas, flooding has become a recurring issue.

Pine trees and pine shrubs have a “window” of time when they should be pruned each year and that is usually the month of June in Pennsylvania and the northeastern United States. Pruning focuses on shortening the new growth on pines called “candles” once that growth has elongated. This is how Christmas tree growers produce those shapely trees!