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The Petrochemical Invasion of Western PA

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The Petrochemical Invasion of Western PA

Its environmental consequences and What Can Be Done about It.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills (Sunnyhill)

1240 Washington Rd. Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228.


Matt Mehalik, Executive Director of the Breathe Project, a clearinghouse for information on air quality in Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. Breathe Project uses the best available science and technology to better understand the quality of the air we breathe and provide opportunities for citizens to engage and take action.

Patricia DeMarco, IWL Member, Author: “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – Global Perspective from Pittsburgh“, Forest Hills Borough Council, 2016-2020

Robert Schmetzer, Chairman of the Beaver County Marcellus Community / BCMAC . and Citizens to protect the Ambridge Reservoir. CPAR. 

Terri Baumgardner – Beaver County activist, Field Organizer for Clean Air Council, volunteer with Beaver Marcellus Community and Citizens to Protect the Ambridge Reservoir

A major part of this event will be a discussion between audience activists, and the presenters. Please join us for this excellent educational event.

Sponsored by:  The Izaak Walton League of America, Allegheny County Chapter

Our Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use of our natural resources; and To unite the environmental movements of Western PA

Event Description: On the heels of the shale gas rush that’s swept the U.S. for the past decade, another wave of fossil fuel-based projects is coming — a plastic and petrochemical manufacturing rush that environmentalists warn could make smog worse in communities already breathing air pollution from fracking, sicken workers, and expand the plastic trash gyres in the world’s oceans. The current petrochemical and plastics industry is located in southern Louisiana, as well as eastern Texas. With the continuous disruptions brought on by climate change – hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, massive storms, etc. – fossil fuel conglomerates such as Shell, Exon-Mobil and Sunoco are, as a recent Shell Study stated, “…heading for the hills.”  The hills of Western PA and Eastern Ohio that is!


January 15th 2019
7:00 PM


1240 Washington Rd. Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228