Pittsburgh March & Rally Against Fracking on June 20th

by Duane Nichols on June 10, 2017

Bringing the “Green” Curtain Down on Fracking in the Marcellus Region

Message from the Center for Coalfield Justice, June 7, 2017

The week of June 20th, two major petrochemical conferences will be descending on Pittsburgh, the first city to ban fracking. The Northeast US Petrochemical Construction Conference will meet at Station Square for the first half of the week, and the DUG East Conference will be held at the Convention Center the second half of the week. The fracking companies are doubling down on destroying western Pennsylvania.

Let’s tell the frackers that they’re not welcome in Pittsburgh or anywhere in Pennsylvania! Join CCJ for the March and Rally Against Fracking at 5pm on June 20, and send a strong message to the fracking industry that we won’t stand quietly by as our water and air are polluted for private profits. We’ll meet at Station Square (125 W Station Square Dr.) and march to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

There will be transportation provided from Washington, PA and other locations around western Pennsylvania if you need a ride. Please make sure you sign up by June 13 so that we can make sure there are enough seats for everyone who needs one. If you are driving yourself, we suggest parking by the Convention Center and either walking, taking the T, or taking a cab Station Square.

For more information, check out the Facebook page, or contact Sarah Martik at 724-229-3550 or smartik@coalfieldjustice.org.

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Less Than Two Weeks Until DRYerson

For more than two decades, the Center for Coalfield Justice has been involved in the protection of Ryerson Station State Park: to this day, we fight for the streams within and around the park in an effort to preserve the recreational and economic opportunities.

To celebrate this, the 11th Annual DRYerson Festival will take place on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Pavilion #1 at the park. We will have live music, hot dogs and side dish, and games for kids and adults, all for free.

We will also have a raffle basket table where you can buy tickets for the chance to win an item, our annual membership drive, and event t-shirts. Bring your friends, relatives, and dogs (on a leash, please) to enjoy a day in the sun, celebrating the park we have worked so hard to save.

The Sierra Club will be tent camping that night, so if you are interested in spending a night under the stars, consider joining them by registering here. If you are living in the city, reserve your spot on the bus coming from Pittsburgh, and support your rural neighbors.

If you’re interested in volunteering, help us screen print DRYerson T-shirts on Tuesday, June 13th during the day at the Carnegie Library in Homewood, or join us on Thursday, June 15th for phone banking in the CCJ office. Contact our community organizer, Sarah Martik, at smartik@gmail.com or call 724-229-3550, or use this link to let us know you can volunteer. Regardless of whether you want to donate time or enjoy the day, be sure to join us for the DRYerson Festival.

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Support the Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ)

We could not do this work without the continued support of our members and supporters. Please help us to continue our work to protect Ryerson and fight for environmental justice in southwestern Pennsylvania by making a donation to CCJ. Any gift made to the Center for Coalfield Justice is 100% tax-deductible.

Our mailing address is:

Center for Coalfield Justice

184 South Main Street
PO Box 4023

Washington, PA 15301

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Science Editorial June 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm


Pittsburgh myth, Paris reality

From Patrick Gallagher
Patrick Gallagher is chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Science 16 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6343, pp. 1103


When announcing his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, President Trump reminded the world that, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” In doing so, he repeated a tired trope: that Pittsburgh is a rusty urban relic—a manufacturing city of steel that has fallen on hard times, held back by unfair global competition and onerous environmental regulation. But such a nostalgic version of Pittsburgh, and of many other communities across the country, is a myth. If the president truly wants to represent the interests of Americans, he would learn from the real histories of these regions and promote economic and environmental progress through research, education, and innovation.


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