Tag: air pollution

‘Orange Sky at Night, Frackers Delight’

Massive flare-offs at Shell’s newly operational PENNSYLVANIA PETROCHEMICALS COMPLEX is a sure sign that things are well underway, converting shale gas ethane into little plastic nurdles. What the company calls “full production” won’t occur until some point next year, all while their air permit… Continue Reading “‘Orange Sky at Night, Frackers Delight’”

Proposed Pipeline Expansion in WV, Ohio & PA – Comment Period Open

FERC is taking public comments on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) until 5:00pm ET on November 21, 2022 Mike Tony reports in the October 26, 2022 Charleston Gazette-Mail: Equitrans LP, subsidiary of Mountain Valley Pipeline lead developer Equitrans Midstream Corp., has proposed construction… Continue Reading “Proposed Pipeline Expansion in WV, Ohio & PA – Comment Period Open”

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”

PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals

Passed in Hours with No Public Accountability or Environmental Safeguards By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog | October 27, 2022 On October 26, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out House Bill 1059 (Hickernell-R-Lancaster) after amending it to provide $106.6 million in annual… Continue Reading “PA Senate, House Pass Massive, 20-Year Taxpayer Subsidies for Fracked Gas, Hydrogen & Petrochemicals”

Franklin Kury: 2 Jars of Water and a Lasting Environmental Legacy for Pennsylvania

As a Keystone State legislator, Franklin L. Kury drafted the Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA) and was a principal co-author of the Clean Streams Law. By B.J. Small, Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA When the federal Clean Water Act was established 50 years ago to regulate pollution… Continue Reading “Franklin Kury: 2 Jars of Water and a Lasting Environmental Legacy for Pennsylvania”

US STEEL: Is ‘Serial Stinker’ in Pittsburgh’s Mon Valley Beyond Reproach?

Allegheny County Exec & Health Officials Remain ‘Mum’ on Latest Stench as U.S. Steel’s Appeal of $1.8 Million March 7, 2022 Enforcement Order Lingers Like a Bad Fart Hydrogen Sulfide Pollution Remains BAD for Days on End in the Monongahela River Valley From October… Continue Reading “US STEEL: Is ‘Serial Stinker’ in Pittsburgh’s Mon Valley Beyond Reproach?”

MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More

OPINION: Joseph Otis Minott | Clean Air Council | October 6, 2022 Big gas has throttled Pennsylvania’s economy and that of the wider Ohio Valley for the last fifteen years. While gas executives like Energy Transfer’s Kelcy Warren and Chesapeake’s Aubrey McClendon managed to… Continue Reading “MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More”

Yin & yang of climate & energy in China

A September 14, 2022 Opinion, China Is Writing the Story of the Climate Future, by David Wallace-Wells in The New York Times, points out the complexities of climate change and renewable energy in China, a country that was blanketed by heat and drought during… Continue Reading “Yin & yang of climate & energy in China”

Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction

That subtitle is part of a September 15, 2022 Environmental Health News story, The Titans of Plastic, in partnership with Sierra Magazine, where reporter Kristina Marusic writes about Shell’s new Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, PA, as it nears production of plastic ‘nurdles.’ “Shell ranks in… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction”

Biden administration denies Cheniere’s request to sidestep LNG pollution rule

The September 7, 2022 Reuters story by Valerie Volcovici and Nichola Groom reported an end to the 18-year hazardous pollution rule exemption for turbines at two of Cheniere’s Gulf Coast LNG terminals. Gas turbine owners had until September 5th to comply with NESHAP (National Emission… Continue Reading “Biden administration denies Cheniere’s request to sidestep LNG pollution rule”

Update on RGGI in PA with 2nd Quarter Report

On April 23, 2022, Pennsylvania became the 12th state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”). However, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has since issued an injunction against further implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). While Pennsylvania drifts between political and judicial… Continue Reading “Update on RGGI in PA with 2nd Quarter Report”

Electricity Worth More than Bitcoin Mining!

Dimming bitcoin profits shift bitcoin mining company towards the electric grid On August 22, 2022, reporter Anya Litvak published a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the changing fortunes of a local bitcoin mining company whose stock has dropped over 90-percent in the past… Continue Reading “Electricity Worth More than Bitcoin Mining!”

Boom and Bust: 2nd Virtual Movie Screening Tonight

Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT >> REGISTER HERE << Watch as seven residents of western PA travel to the Gulf Coast region to explore what it looks like to live alongside a cracker plant. Travel along with them as they ask the… Continue Reading “Boom and Bust: 2nd Virtual Movie Screening Tonight”

Pittsburgh PA | Allegheny County 2021 Air Quality Review

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) released an Annual Air Quality Review yesterday covering 2021. “The Air Quality Program publishes an air quality dashboard on the ACHD website, showing hourly air quality readings throughout Allegheny County. It shows the AQI at select monitoring locations… Continue Reading “Pittsburgh PA | Allegheny County 2021 Air Quality Review”

2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored by the EPA

August 22-25, 2022 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Google map) The 2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference, sponsored by EPA in conjunction with the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is a… Continue Reading “2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored by the EPA”

Boom and Bust: Virtual Movie Screening Tonight

Monday August 8, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT >> REGISTER HERE << Watch as seven residents of western PA travel to the Gulf Coast region to explore what it looks like to live alongside a cracker plant. Travel along with them as they ask the… Continue Reading “Boom and Bust: Virtual Movie Screening Tonight”

Early Exodus from Cracker Plant Area

While some ‘shale refugees’ — the term I use to describe families who have moved away from the nascent yet burgeoning shale gas industry in western Pennsylvania — move out-of-county, some move out-of-state. Reid Frazier’s StateImpact story “Pa. sees Shell’s ethane cracker as an… Continue Reading “Early Exodus from Cracker Plant Area”

Hey Joe, where you going with our future in your hand?

Joe Manchin not only delayed climate action by President Biden for 18 months, he has walked away without taking any action to secure a better environment for future generations. No surprise really, since he receives more political contributions from oil and gas than any… Continue Reading “Hey Joe, where you going with our future in your hand?”

Backwards Pennsylvania

You can thank ‘frac happy’ Republican legislators like Yaw and Metcalfe for keeping our Commonwealth in the ‘stone ages’ when it comes to promoting a healthy environment. Also, their latest ‘gas buddy’ enabling efforts will likely cause Pennsylvania to lose federal highway funds. David… Continue Reading “Backwards Pennsylvania”

Mail Trucks: An Ideal Use for Electric Vehicles

Mail trucks spend so much time starting, stopping and idling, that building a new mail truck fleet of EV’s makes perfect sense in over 90-percent of the cases. Right now, only 20-percent are planned to be built as EV’s. The old mail trucks still… Continue Reading “Mail Trucks: An Ideal Use for Electric Vehicles”

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Judge Michael H. Wojcik of Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has blocked the full implementation of ‘Reggie’ (RGGI or Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative). It’s another step backwards for Pennsylvania and efforts to address climate change in a timely manner. Reporter Laura Legere added these additional details:… Continue Reading “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”

Doctors Report: When Shell Cracker Plant Opens Soon

In a new YouTube video, two local doctors ‘spell it out’ for those wondering about all the air pollution that will be generated by the new Shell Cracker Plant in Monaca, PA, and what to expect in: “Eyes on Shell Watchdog Meeting – July… Continue Reading “Doctors Report: When Shell Cracker Plant Opens Soon”

2021 RGGI Annual Report

Pennsylvania is on track to fully participate in ‘Reggie’ if GOP lawsuits, or the November 8, 2022 gubernatorial election, doesn’t derail the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “This regulation has the support of businesses and residents, and will save lives… Continue Reading “2021 RGGI Annual Report”

Frackin’ & Crackin’ Plastic This Summer

The story ‘Preparing for Petrochemicals‘ by Rick Mullin appeared on Chemical & Engineering News (c&en) on May 9th. The author took a balanced approach to what this massive Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex (aka ‘cracker plant’) will mean to Beaver County and the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania tri-state… Continue Reading “Frackin’ & Crackin’ Plastic This Summer”

‘The Power of Big Oil: Part 3 – Delay’

In addition to a tornado warning —that had us eating supper in our basement at 6:00PM Tuesday evening— the third segment of this PBS Frontline documentary aired later that same evening. I recognized a couple powerful allies in the oil & gas air pollution… Continue Reading “‘The Power of Big Oil: Part 3 – Delay’”

Risks and Harms of Fracking and Oil and Gas Infrastructure

On April 28, the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Concerned Health Professionals of New York released their Eighth Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking and Associated Gas and Oil Infrastructure. The Compendium is a collection of… Continue Reading “Risks and Harms of Fracking and Oil and Gas Infrastructure”