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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

Elizabeth Township Commissioners Vote to Deny Invenergy’s Rezoning Application

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 | 0 comments

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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Blowout Spills into the Yough River

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Blowout Spills into the Yough River

On Saturday, July 15, 2017 the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper (YRK) from the Mountain Watershed Association responded to a call about a mine blowout.  The blowout washed thousands of gallons of contaminated mine discharge into Jims Run (Jims Run flows directly into the Youghiogheny River), destroyed roadway infrastructure, and shut down Rt. 381 for several hours.  The source was located.  Water samples were collected, photos were taken, and pH was measured during the site investigation.  The pH was extremely acidic (pH=3) which is inhabitable by fish and most macroinvertebrates.  This was the...

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MWA, Clean Air Council, and Delaware Riverkeeper Network File Legal Action to Halt Mariner East 2 Drilling

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Mariner East, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

MWA, Clean Air Council, and Delaware Riverkeeper Network File Legal Action to Halt Mariner East 2 Drilling

UPDATE: All drilling operations associated with the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline have been temporarily halted as a result of the legal action of Mountain Watershed, Clean Air Council, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network! The shutdown of drilling will remain in effect until a full hearing can take place on our petition, which is scheduled for August 7 – 9, 2017. On July 19th, 2017, Mountain Watershed, Clean Air Council, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed legal action that calls on Sunoco Pipeline L.P. to halt drilling operations associated with the construction of the...

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The Sweet Green Project

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Energy Conservation Series, Indian Creek, Posts, Yough River | 0 comments

The Sweet Green Project

Last summer an energy audit was performed on the office building by Envinity, a company from State College that offers design, building, and energy services to create money saving, energy efficient homes and work places. With this recent energy audit performed and recommendations given, MWA took greater strides into greening our office. This project was funded by a grant from West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF). When the audit was finished we were provided with information on how we could improve the energy and cost efficiency of the building while providing a more comfortable...

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