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Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Yough River | 0 comments

Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Looking to get away from the city of Greensburg, Jennifer Bertha and her family have had their hopes set on moving to a quiet mountain town. When they found a house for sale on Ruff Lane in Donegal, the family felt they had found the perfect match.  “The house checked off for us across the board. We loved it, and it was move-in ready,” Jennifer noted. That was until their real estate agent informed them that the home was in the footprint of LCT Energy’s Rustic Ridge Deep Mine, with the entrance to the mine just over 1,000 feet away. The seller of a home and their agent are legally required...

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Education and Outreach: A Part of MWA’s Mission

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Posts | Comments Off on Education and Outreach: A Part of MWA’s Mission

Education and Outreach: A Part of MWA’s Mission

As a part of MWA’s mission, we provide free, educational outreach programs to the community by visiting classrooms, scout groups, civic groups, and other organizations. We provide information about the issues surrounding clean water but also provide the tools needed for folks to help protect and preserve water in their community and downstream. We offer a variety of informational programs that include hands-on learning, classroom activities as well as outdoor activities such as, water quality monitoring including biological (macroinvertebrate), chemical, and physical aspects, “Enviroscape”...

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Coming Soon- New Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Coming Soon- New Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps

Coming Soon- New Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps

We are proud to announce the arrival of new and revised Youghiogheny River Water Trail Maps. The popularity of water trails is exploding across the country and this project will encourage both visitorship and stewardship in the Youghiogheny River watershed. MWA manages the 74 mile trail, from Confluence to the mouth of the river at McKeesport. These maps will guide and enhance paddling opportunities on the river as well as highlight amenities in the surrounding area. 10,000 maps will be printed and distributed throughout the business and tourism communities. Maps will also be available...

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Direct Support Funds Available For Shale Gas Advocacy

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Direct Support Funds Available For Shale Gas Advocacy

Direct Support Funds Available For Shale Gas Advocacy

Since August 2014, Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper, has been working to fund grassroots efforts throughout communities impacted by Marcellus shale gas development. Made possible by several grants, the Direct Support Fund has distributed over $140,000 to support grassroots groups and individuals working to organize and protect their communities from the damaging repercussions of natural gas development. Some of the battles impacted communities have been fighting include well pads and power plants in residential communities, highly-explosive pipelines  near...

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Elizabeth Township Commissioners Vote to Deny Invenergy’s Rezoning Application

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Allegheny Energy Center, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Yough River | 2 comments

In an unexpected and commendable move during their meeting this past Monday, the Elizabeth Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to deny Invenergy’s rezoning proposal. The proposal was needed in order for Invenergy to build a 550-megawatt gas-fired power plant near the residential area of Smithdale and within a half-mile of the Youghiogheny River. Invenergy, via their subsidiary Allegheny Energy Center (AEC), has had their sights set on developing a gas-fired power plant in the suburban area of Elizabeth Township for over a year. The community has largely resisted the idea that such a...

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Allegheny County Recommends No Rezoning for Power Plant in Elizabeth Township

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Allegheny Energy Center, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 1 comment

Allegheny County Recommends No Rezoning for Power Plant in Elizabeth Township

Recently, the Planning Division of Allegheny County Economic Development issued a comment to the Elizabeth Township Board of Commissioners on a proposed rezoning in order to develop a gas-fired power plant. The comment advised the Commissioners not to amend their zoning ordinance and zoning map for such an incompatible use in the township. For over a year, the Chicago-based corporation Invenergy has been looking to build a 550-megawatt gas-fired power plant known as the Allegheny Energy Center (AEC) in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County. In June 2016, the Elizabeth Township Zoning Hearing...

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