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Full-Time Community Advocate Position Available Immediately

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Bomb Trains, Coal, Indian Creek, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Full-Time Community Advocate Position Available Immediately

We are currently accepting resumes for a full-time Community Advocate. Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor Degree with a certificate or experience in environmental and land use law, be willing to litigate, be enthusiastic and motivated self-starters, and be outgoing and able to work with diverse groups of people. Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing is critical. The position will work with our Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project (MCSP) which seeks to develop community leadership through outreach, assessment, and monitoring activities and by providing assistance to...

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2016 Membership Campaign to Protect Indian Creek & the Yough River

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Bomb Trains, Coal, Energy Conservation Series, Events, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

2016 Membership Campaign to Protect Indian Creek & the Yough River

Dear Friend, The Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, is now in its 21st year. Your support has helped to sustain our organization since its inception in 1994.   For nearly two decades, we have made great strides toward the protection, preservation, and restoration of the Indian Creek and greater Youghiogheny River watersheds.  We are grateful for your past investment, and we ask you, once again, to support our work by joining or renewing your membership today.   Over the past year, and thanks to your commitment, we have: Secured funding to construct an...

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2015 Annual Report

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Bomb Trains, Coal, Curry, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

2015 Annual Report

Our mission is to protect, preserve and restore the Indian Creek and greater Youghiogheny River watersheds. We’ve made a lot of progress toward that goal in 2015. Please take a moment to read our Annual Report so that we may share some of our achievements. Your support, both financially and through your volunteer efforts, makes this work possible and we thank you!      

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Yough Riverkeeper Participates in Release of Waterkeeper Oil Train Infrastructure Report

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Bomb Trains, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Yough Riverkeeper Participates in Release of Waterkeeper Oil Train Infrastructure Report

Today we joined Waterkeeper Alliance, ForestEthics and a national network of Waterkeeper organizations today in releasing a new investigative report exploring the condition of our nation’s rail infrastructure. From July – September 2015, Waterkeepers from across the country documented the structural integrity of 250 railway bridges along known and potential routes of explosive oil trains, capturing the state of this often neglected infrastructure in their communities. The Waterkeepers identified areas of concern with 114 bridges, nearly half of those observed. Photos and video footage of the...

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Do you live in a bomb train evacuation zone?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Bomb Trains, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Do you live in a bomb train evacuation zone?

The dangers of transporting crude oil by rail are now well known following high profile and fiery derailments in Lynchburg, Virginia; Fayette County, West Virginia; and tragically, Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.  Trains carrying highly flammable Bakken crude travel daily from McKeesport upstream along the Youghiogheny River to Confluence and then upstream along the Casselman River en route to Cumberland, MD.  These trains travel through the communities of Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Confluence, Rockwood and many others.  Often over a mile long and with placards marked “1267,” bomb trains...

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PEMA Protects Bomb Trains

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Bomb Trains, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

PEMA Protects Bomb Trains

You’ve likely seen them.  Very long trains with all black cylindrical rail cars.  The red placard shows the number 1267.  These trains are carrying explosive crude oil, and they’re frequently passing through small towns in our watershed including Ohiopyle, Confluence, and Connellsville. Oil Change International recently came out with a great tool showing where crude oil is being shipped by rail.  Check it out and you’ll see why we are concerned, especially given the recent spate of train derailments including the one on the McKeesport bridge over the Yough.  While that...

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