Sunday, August 5, 2018

Health Effects of Unconventional Shale Gas Development on Children

Please attend the August meeting of Sustainable Monroeville at the Monroeville Public Library on Monday evening, August 6, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The program will cover the health effects of fracking on children and adults in communities where unconventional shale gas development (fracking) is occuring. Some of the  amazing speakers include Lois Bjornson, Dr. Ned Ketyer, and Kelly Yagatich. We'll hear an update on the state of the oil and gas ordinance in Monroeville, PA and will share the map our municipal manager, Tim Little prepared showing the proximity of both active and proposed well pads in Plum and Penn Township to Monroeville, PA. Existing Murrysville well pads are not yet on this map. Flyers will be available detailing the Environmental Health Registry for people who live within five miles of a well pad which already includes some of the population in Monroeville and likely will include all who live in Monroeville once all of the proposed pads are built likely within the next few years.

Lois Bower-Bjornson is the mother of four and lives in the most heavily fracked county in Pennsylvania Washington County. Lois is a field organizer for Clean Air Council. She works on the local, state, & federal levels to address communities concerns of living with oil and gas and their backyards.

Dr. Ned Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 
Kelly Yagatich works for Clean Air Council and is a resident of Monroeville. Kelly will be informing us of the petrochemical build out of Shell's new proposed ethane cracker plant 30 miles north of Pittsburgh and sharing the same airshed as Pittsburgh, PA.

SAVE the DATE: There will be an event co-sponsored by the Environmental Health Project, ProtecT PT and Sustainable Monroeville on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Penn Area Library Multi-Purpose room from 10 am to 2 pm in Harrison City, PA 15636 to register with the health registry

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please share this information widely. We are depending on you the community to spread the word and bring your friends as neighbors to this informative meeting. 
Thanks so much!
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