Worst of the Worst: A first-hand view of PA’s oil and gas polluters

September 17, 2020 • Leann Leiter
After years of work by communities and advocates, Pennsylvania is now poised to adopt new rules requiring oil and gas companies to reduce their pollution. Oil and gas companies have created a 1 million+ ton methane and air pollution problem… More »

Public Lands Victory Highlights Need to Clean Up Old Wells

April 29, 2020 • Leann Leiter
With the federal government pushing to open more public land to oil and gas drilling, the courts have an important role to play in protecting the places we need for recreation and nature’s solace. That reality played out last month… More »

Ohio marks anniversary of record-setting climate disaster

March 25, 2020 • Leann Leiter
As the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus spread across the country, Ohio quietly marked the anniversary of a different kind of crisis that also underscored the need for swift action.  March 7, 2018 was the day that operators… More »

Hidden History in the Wayne National Forest

November 7, 2019 • Leann Leiter
This blog was co-written with Raphael Breit, Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project Coordinator. Right now, a range of groups are vying to determine the future of the Wayne National Forest (WNF), Ohio’s only national forest. Some, such as the Ohio Oil… More »

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Cancer Cluster Controversy in the Gas Patch

October 28, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Written with support from Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks’ Community Empowerment Project Manager. The news on potential health impacts from the shale gas boom is coming out of Pennsylvania at a rapid pace –right alongside the rapid pace of drilling. The trend… More »

Will federal rollback leave Pennsylvania with “weak and meek” pollution protections?

October 7, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board’s call for strong Pennsylvania methane rules here. There is visible proof that oil and gas air pollution is making our climate crisis worse and impacting communities across Pennsylvania.  It is an urgent reminder that… More »

Part of the public land experience: Waste and pollution

August 13, 2019 • Leann Leiter
You may well know, Pennsylvania readers, that you are a part-owner of the stunning Pine Creek Gorge (known as the state’s “Grand Canyon”) and its diverse and verdant watershed. But the oil and gas industry’s free rein in these lush… More »

Madness at the Mad Dog well site: one family’s quest for change

August 5, 2019 • Leann Leiter
Seems like it takes far less time to build and drill an oil and gas well than for nearby residents to get relief from the consequences. At least that’s what the Tiberie family of Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania found out the… More »