June 2023 – HHN Newsletter (Issue #13)
This week marked Juneteenth, a holiday that reminds us that big structural changes are possible through organizing and action.
Understanding our history can prepare us to navigate today and the future we’re creating. Here’s to moving forward in solidarity toward a safer and equitable future.
🚨 Network & Partner Alerts
The following alerts are posted in the Network Bulletin. Visit the network to add your updates.
- Crowdfunding campaign to support the documentary “Fracking the System: Colorado’s Oil & Gas Wars” – Brian Hedden, Film Director
- Visualizing Pollution: Corpus Christi Data Dashboard – FracTracker Alliance
- ORVI is releasing a report on the Shell Ethane Cracker in Beaver County, detailing the economic trajectory of Beaver County since the plant was proposed in 2012. – Ben Hunkler, ORVI
- FracTracker has a new report analyzing the capacity for water recycling in Colorado for Oil & Gas extraction – Kyle Ferrar, FracTracker
- 🔥 Urgent Action Required to Protect Wallace, Louisiana! – Jo & Joy Banner, The Descendants Project.
- Cancel MVP published an article in EJ Today magazine (Pg 47-48) on their efforts to press the Senate Finance Committee to investigate the financial viability of the Mountain Valley Pipeline – Freeda Cathcart, Cancel MVP
- The Mountain Valley Pipeline Fight: Where’s it at and where it’s going – Kevin Richardson, Halt the Harm Network
- Are Synthetic Playing Surfaces Doing More Harm Than Good? – Tamela Trussell, Move Past Plastic
- SIGN ON: Group comment letter on BLM Public Lands Rule – James Sigaran, American Rivers and Natural Resources Defense Council
- Petition urging the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to use FLIR Optimal Gas Imaging (OGI) – Tonyehn Verkitus,
📆 Upcoming Events
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- June 24: Celebrate and Protect Our Beautiful Ohio River by Volunteering with CROW, Citizens for Rights of the Ohio River Watershed
- June 28: Environmental Polling Consortium Community Poll Briefing
- June 28: A New War on Cancer – Book Event, Protect PT
- June 29: Virtual Screening – “Fracking the System: Colorado’s Oil & Gas Wars”, Halt the Harm Network
- July 13: HHN Monthly Call
- July 18: Hazards of Synthetic Playing Surfaces, Move Past Plastic
📹 Event Recordings
Here are links to the last 4 recordings available in the network
- Leader Interview: Creating Engaging Community Programs with Hannah Spencer of Mountain Watershed
- Leader Interview: Fighting forever chemicals on the local and federal level – Teena Halbig
- Discussion of “A New War on Cancer” by Kristina Marusic, PSR PA
- A Public, Renewable Power Future: Moving Beyond Monopoly, Fossil-Fueled Utilities, Center for Biological Diversity
👋 Leader Profile:
Meet Hannah Spencer, Mountain Watershed Association
Hannah is the Program Development Manager at Mountain Watershed Association, situated in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. We recently interviewed her for Halt the Harm Network’s Cafe Chat. Catch the replay of that here.
Hannah’s passion for environmental justice and nature conservation stems from her upbringing in West Virginia, where she developed a deep love and appreciation for the outdoors. Her journey into environmental activism began in high school when she researched mountain top removal mining, which sparked her interest in protecting the environment.
At Mountain Watershed Association (MWA), Hannah plays a vital role in the organization’s multifaceted work. MWA has a number of water quality initiatives, including manages 6 abandoned mine drainage treatment sites within the Indian Creek watershed that treat water from iron and aluminum contamination from legacy coal mining. The organization leads efforts in land conservation, recently acquiring nearly 200 acres in the Indian Creek Gorge to promote public access for fishing and conserve a wild-reproducing trout stream. MWA organizes to protect the community and watershed from pollution from coal mines, methane gas activities, and hazardous waste landfills.
We want to thank you to Hannah for sharing her story and for all of the incredible work her and her team at Mountain Watershed Association do! Learn more about their work here: https://mtwatershed.com/
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the dedicated team at BEAT/No Fracked Gas in Mass! Your exemplary efforts in advocating for environmental justice by expediting the transition from polluting power plants to clean, cost-effective energy solutions are truly commendable.
By retiring two plants in Berkshire County and negotiating with others, you’re not only lowering the climate impact but also enhancing the health of local communities, especially those disproportionately affected by emissions. → Read more here
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