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Apply Now To Become The New Youghiogheny Riverkeeper!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Posts, Yough River | 0 comments

Apply Now To Become The New Youghiogheny Riverkeeper!

The Mountain Watershed Association is now accepting resumes for the full-time position of Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. The Youghiogheny Riverkeeper is a program of the Mountain Watershed Association and has expanded the organization’s vision into the larger Youghiogheny River basin. The Yough Riverkeeper is the public advocate for the watershed and will work to build MWA’s advocacy initiatives and the capacity of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper program to support advancement of environmental protection in the basin.  We use grassroots efforts...

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Renewable Energy Is The Real Job Creator

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Coal, Posts | 0 comments

Renewable Energy Is The Real Job Creator

Earlier this week, an executive order was signed which pulled back numerous restrictions on fossil fuel extraction previously set in place by the Clean Power Plan. The current administration is claiming an end to the “War on Coal” and promising to bring back jobs for unemployed coal miners. The problem with this proclamation – and larger line of thinking – is that it completely ignores multiple factors pushing against a revival of the coal industry. “Can the coal industry be brought back? The answer is, I’ve suggested to President Trump...

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Maryland Will Ban Fracking!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Maryland Will Ban Fracking!

Last evening the Maryland Senate passed HB 1325, a bill that would ban fracking statewide, by a vote of 35 to 10. Passage of this bill comes after an incredibly powerful grassroots movement which included organizing, marches, phone call drives, community meetings, and petition deliveries by thousands of people across Maryland. The bill will now go to Governor Hogan’s desk. He is expected to sign it after announcing his support for a ban on fracking earlier in March. Governor Hogan’s signature will make Maryland the first...

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Overflow Crowd Questions Chevron about Proposed Water Withdrawal

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Posts | 0 comments

Overflow Crowd Questions Chevron about Proposed Water Withdrawal

Approximately 50 people filled the West Newton VFW last night after the regular venue for West Newton Borough Council meeting exceeded capacity, unable to accommodate the overflow crowd. Chevron representatives in attendance discussed specifics regarding the right-of-way proposal presented to the borough council including the following: A 416-foot right-of-way is proposed on borough property The entire pipeline would span approximately 3 miles and would support Chevron’s future development area in Sewickley Township Chevron must apply for a...

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AmeriCorps Internship Available for Summer 2017

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Posts, Swimmable Waters, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

AmeriCorps Internship Available for Summer 2017

We’re hiring an AmeriCorps Volunteer to assist with our Swimmable Waters program this summer! Do you want to work for clean water in the Laurel Highlands this summer? This position is offered through the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corporation and is a 300 hour temporary position from May 22, 2017 – August 11, 2017. While the internship is unpaid, volunteers will at the completion of the internship period and after the terms of the PMSC agreement are met receive an education award of $1,221.96.  Responsibilities: Coordinate water...

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Siding Dumped Illegally Along Yough near Draketown

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Siding Dumped Illegally Along Yough near Draketown

While the good folks from the Turkeyfoot Fish and Game Association did the heavy lifting, we recently provided a dumpster for the clean up of a house-load of siding dumped along the Yough on river right just downstream of Confluence. Many thanks to all of the community members who spent much of last weekend gathering up the siding– and then picking up trash along both sides of the river in the same area! We’d like to know who is using our beloved river as a dumping ground. If you know who dumped the vinyl siding please contact our...

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Chevron Proposes Withdrawal from Yough at West Newton

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Chevron Proposes Withdrawal from Yough at West Newton

Chevron Appalachia, LLC has approached the borough of West Newton for a right-of-way agreement to establish a new surface water withdrawal from the Yough. According to two West Newton council members, Chevron has stated the surface withdrawal will provide up to 1 million gallons of water per day to each of seven wells in South Huntingdon. A meeting will be held at the West Newton Borough Building (112 South Water St.) this coming Monday, March 6th at 6PM for residents to ask questions and offer comments. Chevron has not submitted a detailed...

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Environmental Groups Appeal Permits for Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Environmental Groups Appeal Permits for Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

On Monday, February 13, 2017, environmental advocacy groups Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and Mountain Watershed Association immediately appealed the issuance of twenty permits necessary for Sunoco Pipeline L.P. to begin construction of its proposed Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipelines. Earlier that evening, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the erosion and sedimentation control and water obstruction and encroachment permits, designed to ensure watershed protection. Environmental...

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Rustic Ridge #1 Deep Mine: Our Position

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water | 1 comment

Rustic Ridge #1 Deep Mine: Our Position

We apologize in advance for this lengthy post but hope you’ll stick with us until the end. LCT Energy LP has proposed an underground mine in the Donegal and Saltlick Township areas of the Indian Creek watershed. The permit for the Rustic Ridge #1 mine was issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on December 23, 2016. We have serious concerns about risks to community health and safety given the history of abandoned mine drainage in the Indian Creek watershed. The history of deep mining in our area is one...

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Gutting Stream Protection Rule Puts Communities & Water At Risk

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Coal, Posts, Water | 0 comments

Gutting Stream Protection Rule Puts Communities & Water At Risk

Congress is attempting to gut a commonsense protection for communities devastated by pollution from coal mining. And they are using an obscure provision – the Congressional Review Act – to do it with almost no debate. Why? Because coal companies want them to. After close to a decade of work, the Obama administration finalized the Stream Protection Rule. The SPR is the first major update to surface mining protections in 30 years. This long awaited rule is pretty simple. It gives communities information about mining operations near...

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