Hidden History in the Wayne National Forest

November 7, 2019 • Leann Leiter
This blog was co-written with Raphael Breit, Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project Coordinator. Right now, a range of groups are vying to determine the future of the Wayne National Forest (WNF), Ohio’s only national forest. Some, such as the Ohio Oil… More »

Cancer Cluster Controversy in the Gas Patch

October 28, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Written with support from Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project Manager. The news on potential health impacts from the shale gas boom is coming out of Pennsylvania at a rapid pace –right alongside the rapid pace of drilling. The trend… More »

Will federal rollback leave Pennsylvania with “weak and meek” pollution protections?

October 7, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board’s call for strong Pennsylvania methane rules here. There is visible proof that oil and gas air pollution is making our climate crisis worse and impacting communities across Pennsylvania.  It is an urgent reminder that… More »

Part of the public land experience: Waste and pollution

August 13, 2019 • Leann Leiter
You may well know, Pennsylvania readers, that you are a part-owner of the stunning Pine Creek Gorge (known as the state’s “Grand Canyon”) and its diverse and verdant watershed. But the oil and gas industry’s free rein in these lush… More »

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Madness at the Mad Dog well site: one family’s quest for change

August 5, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Seems like it takes far less time to build and drill an oil and gas well than for nearby residents to get relief from the consequences. At least that’s what the Tiberie family of Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania found out the… More »

Governor Wolf’s climate and infrastructure contradiction

February 5, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Pennsylvania’s governor can’t have his cake and eat it too when it comes to climate Ethan Buckner co-authored this blog. On January 8, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order mandating new climate goals for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Wolf… More »

While Wheeler gives gas industry pat on the back, residents call on EPA to protect them–not polluters

October 31, 2018 • Leann Leiter
Last week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania–the first city in the world to ban the practice of fracking, in a state second only to Texas for its production of shale gas. But Mr. Wheeler… More »

Latest footage from Ohio & PA shows: We need protections from oil & gas pollution

October 29, 2018 • Leann Leiter
Tyler Rivlin co-authored this blog with Leann Leiter. No matter where Earthworks’ field staff go, we see the oil and gas industry’s air pollution. Whether visiting a new facility or returning to notorious polluters, the Community Empowerment Project continually documents… More »