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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 »
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EPA head keynotes fracking conference while undermining impacted communities

October 23, 2018 • Earthworks
“When Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Wheeler speaks at the Shale Gas Insight conference in Pittsburgh, he won’t be visiting to talk about protecting the health of the 1.5 million Pennsylvanians living within ½ mile of our state’s 100,000 active… More »
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Leaky oil wells in Allegheny National Forest prove Pennsylvania needs conventional drilling rules more than ever

October 9, 2018 • Leann Leiter
On a trip through Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest (ANF), you’ll of course see trees, streams, and wildlife. But what might come as a surprise is all the industrial equipment along the road and jutting out from weedy clearings. As you… More »
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Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy Comments for PA DEP

August 28, 2018 • Earthworks

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Community Empowerment Program: Real Stories and Real Results

August 17, 2018 • Phil Dickieson
I recently visited Westmoreland County, PA, to participate in a field trip with Earthworks Community Empowerment Project (CEP) team members Leann Leiter and Sharon Wilson. Leann and Sharon were visiting the area on behalf of community members looking to record… More »
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Washington County, Pennsylvania

Dale Tiberie Washington County, Pennsylvania Dale is a 23-year resident of West Pike Run Township who, along with his family and community, is experiencing the health impacts caused by air pollution from the oil and gas industry. Dale’s is just… More »
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Shell’s Falcon: A Pipeline and an Incomplete Plan

August 8, 2018 • Leann Leiter
In late 2017, Shell Pipeline Company filed a 20,000 page application for permits to construct the 45-mile Falcon Ethane Pipeline —and that’s just for its route through Pennsylvania. But don’t be fooled by the huge volume of information: this plan… More »
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Letter: Potential rulemaking allowing road spreading of oil and gas wastewater

August 1, 2018 • Earthworks et al
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Defend the Defenders: Ellen Sue Gerhart needs our support!

August 1, 2018 • Ethan Buckner
Late last Friday afternoon, four officers with the Huntingdon County Sheriff’s Department arrested grandmother, retired teacher, and advocate Ellen Sue Gerhart on her own property – likely in retaliation for her tireless work to protect her family’s land and Pennsylvania’s… More »
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Spreading Oil & Gas “Brine” Waste On PA Roads Halted… For Now

June 18, 2018 • Melissa Troutman
For someone who doesn’t have an email account, Siri Lawson gets a lot done. In fact, she accomplishes more than most people who do use email. After observing the use of oil and gas “brine” on her local roads and… More »
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Governor Wolf moves forward with natural gas pollution safeguards

June 14, 2018 • Earthworks
“We congratulate Governor Wolf on taking this critical step to reduce methane pollution from natural gas production. However, it won’t mean much unless DEP enforces these new permitting requirements. We’ve documented this normally invisible pollution across the state. We’ve also documented… More »
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Women from plastics-polluted Asian communities visit oil & gas impacted U.S. communities to support global efforts to #BreakFreeFromPlastic

May 14, 2018 • #BreakFreeFromPlastic * Earthworks
HOUSTON, Texas (May 14, 2018) — To show the negative impacts of plastics production throughout its supply chain, two grassroots women activists impacted by plastic end-use waste in India and the Philippines today started an unprecedented tour of U.S. communities harmed… More »
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Challenging Industry-Funded “Research” and What Pennsylvanians Deserve from the Shale Gas Boom

January 30, 2018 • Leann Leiter
Oil and gas proponents used to insist, there is no evidence of negative impacts from fracking. Then, in several short years, hundreds of studies have demonstrated the very real risks to air, water, health, and the climate. Not happy with the findings, proponents… More »
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Earthworks cheers PA move on methane and pushes for DEP and Gov. Wolf to fulfill their promises

December 22, 2017 • Leann Leiter
After years of government promises and public anticipation, Pennsylvania will soon have brand-new rules to reign in future fracking pollution. Last week, I attended the quarterly meeting of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee… More »
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Earthworks hires new PA/OH oil & gas field advocate

November 17, 2017 • Earthworks
Canonsburg, PA & Washington, DC; Nov 17 — Today Earthworks announced the hire of Leann Leiter as the Oil & Gas Field Advocate for eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The new position is part of Earthworks’ expanded Community Empowerment Project (CEP) to reduce the… More »