Featured speaker: Harry Campbell, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, on “State of the Bay, 2018”
The Harrisburg/Hershey chapter will offer the film “Living Downstream” documentary about Sandra Steingraber’s personal story. She struggled with cancer while leading a coalition to ban fracking in New York State. Everyone welcome.
PSR Pennsylvania will present a lecture/discussion by Eric Epstein, chairman of TMI Alert. Public is welcome.
Panel discussions covering recent publications including:
- The Sixth Edition of Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking by Concerned Health Professionals of NY and Physicians for Social Responsibility that references roughly 1,750 peer-reviewed studies
- Categorical Review of Health Reports on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development; Impacts in Pennsylvania written by Fractracker Alliance for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network
- Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth: Why Gas Is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary by Oil Change International. Dr. Brian Schwartz, author of several studies summarized in the Compendium will speak about his work in Pennsylvania.
In addition, attendees will hear about a public meeting that will have been held the previous evening in the Canon-McMillan school district on childhood cancers in four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania that is being organized by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project and the need for a thorough investigation into the disproportionate number of cases of Ewing Sarcoma there.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., biologist, author, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, and co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of NY
Brian Schwartz, M.D., M.S, Co-director, Program on Global Sustainability and Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins and Co-director, Joint Geisinger-JHSPH Environmental Health Institute.
Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P., Medical Advisor for Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project & PSR Pennsylvania board member
Lorne Stockman, Senior Research Analyst, Oil Change International
Karen Feridun, Co-Founder of the Better Path Coalition
This is a free public event. Doors open at 6:15. Free parking is available onsite. Sponsored by the Better Path Coalition.
On July 20, the PSR Philadelphia board members will journey to Harrisburg and join the Harrisburg Board for a visit to the Peace Garden. After the tour, we will have brunch and then tour the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ned Ketyer, a prominent pediatrician in Pittsburgh and a consultant for the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, has been conducting research in air quality and the health impacts of the proposed “ethane cracker plant” near Pittsburgh. Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC expects the Beaver County cracker plant to be operational in the early 2020s. It will “crack” ethane, one of the components of natural gas, to produce ethylene—the building block for plastics. The air quality of South-Western PA is already poor and there are more cancer cases there compared to other places in the state. Dr. Ketyer will explain his findings and answer questions about known health effects of “fracking and cracking” natural gas.
His talk is sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility/Harrisburg (PSR) and it is free to the public.