Halt natural gas exploration on the Yough!
Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Youghiogheny River (known by its friends as “the Yough”) is endangered. Typically, the river is widely used by locals and visitors alike for fishing, paddling or enjoying the world-renowned Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). The clean waters of the Yough are now threatened by pollution from nearby natural gas fracking platforms, and pumps continually drawing river water to support these operations. A vast network of drilling platforms and pipelines now crisscross the Yough watershed and tributaries. Furthermore, the Yough River and adjacent GAP Trail will be forever changed by a recently proposed gas-fired power plant.
Many communities along the river have experienced growth associated with sustainable, recreation/tourism-based economies. These same communities have already been devastated by the historic and ongoing impacts from coal mining. We cannot allow further adverse impacts to public health and clean water by unchecked permitting of natural gas development projects.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environment Protection (DEP) permitting policies governing natural gas development throughout the Lower Youghiogheny must be reexamined to protect the river and its environment. Government officials who prioritize industry demands for profitable use of the river and watershed land at the expense of the public must be held accountable.
Please join us in urging PA Governor Tom Wolf to oppose future natural gas drilling operations, deny any gas-fired power plant proposals, and defend the communities along the Yough and GAP Trail!