Category: Washington County PA

3 Major Natural Gas Articles from David Hess – PA Environment Digest Blog

Mr. Hess served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection from 2001 to 2003, Executive Deputy at DEP from 1995 to 2001, as staff to the PA Senate Environmental Committee and various positions in the former Department of Environmental Resources, working on… Continue Reading “3 Major Natural Gas Articles from David Hess – PA Environment Digest Blog”

Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022

The following DEP notices were published in the November 12 PA Bulletin related to oil and gas industry facilities.  Many of the notices offer the opportunity for public comments. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog Land Recycling/Brownfield Cleanups — Lower Mount… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania DEP Permit Notices | Compliance Dashboard | Nov 5-12, 2022”

LANDMARK LAWSUIT: Latkanich v Chevron, EQT, PFAS Defendants

Lawsuit filed October 28, 2022 in Washington County, Pennsylvania Washington County Courthouse Latkanich v. Chevron et al PFAS: The latest toxic concern for those near fracking By Kristina Marusic | Environmental Health News | August 4, 2022 For more than a decade, Bryan Latkanich… Continue Reading “LANDMARK LAWSUIT: Latkanich v Chevron, EQT, PFAS Defendants”

EPA awards $4 million for new air monitoring in Pennsylvania

Funding came partly from federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Reid Frazier reports on November 4, 2022 in StateImpact Pennsylvania: EPA awards $4 million for new air monitoring in Pa. environmental justice areas The grants will pay for 11 projects around the state, totaling $4.27… Continue Reading “EPA awards $4 million for new air monitoring in Pennsylvania”

Governor Tom Wolf’s Fracking Legacy

Photo by Governor Tom Wolf from Harrisburg, PA Governor Wolf Portrait, CC BY 2.0, Source In one of his final acts as Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf signed a huge, multi-billion dollar taxpayer giveaway, in large part to the oil and gas industry. Stephen Caruso… Continue Reading “Governor Tom Wolf’s Fracking Legacy”

7 Questions to Ask Candidates about Gas Development & Public Health

Environmental Health Project Blog (Note: Images and Bob’s comments have been inserted into the original blog found here) If you’re like most people, you want to be healthy. You want pure drinking water and clean air. You want rivers, streams, and oceans that are… Continue Reading “7 Questions to Ask Candidates about Gas Development & Public Health”

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”

Environmental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Dr. Oz flip-flopped on the fracking issue in Pennsylvania. Is he now ignoring his health education and medical knowledge, just to garner votes? Kristina Marusic of Environmental Health News posted an excellent guide October 24, 2022 on the unique environmental health challenges facing Pittsburgh… Continue Reading “Environmental Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania”

PA DEP: Shell, Pipeline Contractor Assessed $670,000 Penalty

Falcon Ethane Pipeline Construction Violations in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington Counties in Western Pennsylvania On October 13, the Department of Environmental Protection announced it has executed a $670,000 consent assessment of civil penalty with Shell Pipeline Company LP and its contractor, Minnesota Limited LLC, for… Continue Reading “PA DEP: Shell, Pipeline Contractor Assessed $670,000 Penalty”

FLARING: Where ‘Cancer is Rife’

Definition of ‘Rife’ – In widespread existence, practice, or use; increasingly prevalent. An October 1, 2022 BBC story by Jess Kelly, Owen Pinnell & Esme Stallard paints the dark reality facing children and their parents around the oilfields in Iraq. That reality is more poignantly displayed in a video that shows… Continue Reading “FLARING: Where ‘Cancer is Rife’”

Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill

$6.57 to be exact, which also included home EV charging and 1,067 kWh left ‘in the bank’ for future months. We also generated another SREC to sell for $40. Meantime, a neighbor in the same size ranch home got a bill for $197. Other… Continue Reading “Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill”

Water Summit: Oct. 20 & 27 by SWPA Water Network

MISSION: Protect public health and the environment, enhance community and system resilience, and deliver economic, ecological and social benefits for all people in the ten county region. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest | September 5, 2022 The Southwestern PA Water Network… Continue Reading “Water Summit: Oct. 20 & 27 by SWPA Water Network”

Justification for More Robust Gas Leak Prevention Programs

Study: Industry Data Shows Hazardous Air Pollutants Are ‘Ubiquitous’ in the Natural Gas Transmission System By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 21, 2022 (Note: Photos and quotes have been added to the original blog) In the first peer-reviewed study… Continue Reading “Justification for More Robust Gas Leak Prevention Programs”

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”

OXYMORON: Ruining Millions of Gallons of Water to Frac During a Drought

With some Marcellus Shale gas production requiring 17-million gallons of water just to frac one well, one has to wonder how it can be justified under drought conditions Map: Red Dots are withdrawal locations with water use restrictions. Susquehanna River Basin Commission Monitors Hydrologic… Continue Reading “OXYMORON: Ruining Millions of Gallons of Water to Frac During a Drought”

Childhood Cancer Study near Fracking in S.W. Pennsylvania

On Wednesday October 5, 2022 community members and reporters are invited to hear about the progress that has been made and ask questions about the Childhood Cancer Study being conducted by researchers at PITT. Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) hosts meeting CCJ will host a panel discussion with… Continue Reading “Childhood Cancer Study near Fracking in S.W. Pennsylvania”

Fracking ‘Groundhog Day’ in Washington County PA

Just when we thought we had seen an end to leaky frac wastewater impoundments – the size of football fields – we see new permit requests. Be sure to comment! PA DEP Invites Comments On 2 Proposed Oil & Gas Wastewater Impoundments by Range… Continue Reading “Fracking ‘Groundhog Day’ in Washington County PA”

Reflections on the Lessons of  ‘Amity and Prosperity’

Q&A: Eliza Griswold Reflects on the Lessons of  ‘Amity and Prosperity,’ Her Deep Dive Into Fracking in Southwest Pennsylvania Inside Climate News published that story by David Schribman with that same headline on August 21, 2022. While Shribman’s story focused on updates from the… Continue Reading “Reflections on the Lessons of  ‘Amity and Prosperity’”

What’s That Smell?

Hickory and Mt. Pleasant Township were ground zero when Marcellus Shale fracking began in Pennsylvania back in 2004. As with many communities, gas development became an extremely divisive issue among neighbors. Today’s story by Mike Jones in the Observer-Reporter, DEP investigating mysterious odor emitted… Continue Reading “What’s That Smell?”

Washington County Comprehensive Plan

Washington County, Pennsylvania wants to hear from county residents on their new Comprehensive Plan, last adopted in 2005. The updated plan is being developed with an advisory committee and stakeholder/public input. The final plan will be adopted in Fall 2022. Take the short Public… Continue Reading “Washington County Comprehensive Plan”