Category: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Hospital Groups Promote Fracked Gas Despite Known Health Risks

On Friday morning, January 20, 2023, PA Senate Republicans held a mostly one-sided, pro-fracking, “public hearing” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. David Hess of the PA Environment Digest Blog, filed a report on the meeting here: Natural Gas Industry, Senate Republicans Launch Effort To Unleash The… Continue Reading “Pittsburgh Hospital Groups Promote Fracked Gas Despite Known Health Risks”

Personhood for a Pittsburgh Tree

‘The Sovereign Tree’ Bill O’Driscoll of The Allegheny Front writes on January 13, 2023, CARNEGIE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SEEKS LEGAL PERSONHOOD FOR A TREE The black gum — leafless in winter, and about 10 feet tall — is located on the southern edge of Community… Continue Reading “Personhood for a Pittsburgh Tree”

Pittsburgh Air Quality

Logan Hullinger writes in the January 13, 2023 TribLive: “Steelers’ Levi Wallace talks importance of air quality with Acmetonia Primary School students“ An educational show featuring an NFL football player and a professional DJ made for a fun afternoon for Acmetonia Primary School students.… Continue Reading “Pittsburgh Air Quality”

PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm

A new 55,000 solar panel farm will provide the Pittsburgh campus with nearly one-fifth of its electricity through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Pitt signed a 20-year agreement with Vesper to purchase all of the electricity produced on the site. Aurora Sharrard, Pitt’s… Continue Reading “PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm”

Shell Cracker Plant: Aerial Views Oct 2021 & Oct 2022

From an October 1, 2021 flight, to a second flight a year later on October 21, 2022, we see further development at Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex along the Ohio River north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: VIDEO: Ethane Crackers & Associated Health Impacts UPDATES: LTE –… Continue Reading “Shell Cracker Plant: Aerial Views Oct 2021 & Oct 2022”

VIDEO: Creating a Healthy Home with Shale Gas Development Nearby

On-Demand Webinar: Creating A Healthy Home And Community With Shale Gas Development In Your Neighborhood By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | November 1, 2022 Center for Coalfield Justice, the Environmental Health Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility, FracTracker Alliance, and Mountain… Continue Reading “VIDEO: Creating a Healthy Home with Shale Gas Development Nearby”

Duquesne Light Commits to New PA Solar Farm

7,000 Pittsburgh area homes to be powered by solar energy On September 28, 2022, An-Li Herring reports on WESA 90.5 “Duquesne Light Co. announced Monday that the Pennsylvania Utility Commission approved its 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pine Gate Renewables. As part of… Continue Reading “Duquesne Light Commits to New PA Solar Farm”

Blue Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Hype

Hydrogen and carbon capture talk visits Pittsburgh during the Global Clean Energy Action Forum. The Infrastructure Act’s provision of  $8 billion in subsidies for four hydrogen hubs has set off a race among fossil fuel states to position themselves as the leaders for blue hydrogen and CCUS technologies. … Continue Reading “Blue Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Hype”

New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009

Expanded report also provides a historical overview of efforts since 2009 when the first Sustainability Manager was hired By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 1, 2022 On August 31, the Allegheny County Office of Sustainability issued the 2022 Allegheny… Continue Reading “New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009”

STUDY: Fossil Fuel Pollution Likely Accelerates Lung Cancer

September 10, 2022 news headlines spelled it out: “The latest work unveils this mechanism through a series of meticulous experiments showing that cells carrying dormant mutations can turn cancerous when exposed to PM2.5 particles. The pollutant is the equivalent of the ignition spark on… Continue Reading “STUDY: Fossil Fuel Pollution Likely Accelerates Lung Cancer”