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Spotlight: Wesley Silva

The borough of Marianna in Washington County, PA, has a total area of two square miles and a population of just under 500 residents. A drive through Marianna showcases pockets of residential areas — modest ranchers and simple brick homes mixed with wood-framed farmhouses — tucked between spans of trees and open fields. Recently, Marianna entered the spotlight when a shale gas producer came to town.

Wesley Silva, a current pastor at First Baptist Church of Smock and former Council President of Marianna Borough, discussed his... Read More

Shale Gas Development and Childhood Cancer: Should I Worry About My Kids?

On October 7, 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) held a community meeting in Canonsburg, PA, to discuss whether a cluster of rare childhood cancers (called Ewing sarcoma) exists in the Canon-McMillan School District in southwestern Pennsylvania. The event was attended by more than 200 concerned citizens, some of them parents or relatives of children who had died from the disease.

Is My Health at Risk from Shale Gas Development?

Over the past decade, southwestern Pennsylvania has become a web of nearly 2,000 wells and hundreds more storage facilities, pipelines, and compressor stations that go with them. Soon, an immense plastics cracker plant will be added to the mix, requiring more wells and more pipelines to feed it.

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