Archive for the ‘Marcellus Shale’ Category

“This Changes Everything” Film Screening in Butler

Marcellus Outreach Butler will host a screening of This Changes Everything, on Saturday, January 23, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Butler Public Library, 218 North McKean Street, Butler. The event is free and open to all. Based on Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes
Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
, the film presents stories of seven communities, interwoven with Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.   (See additional details about the film in the November 3rd post below.)

Marcellus Outreach Butler Presentation: Shale Gas Infrastructure and Community Organizing

On Saturday, December 1st Marcellus Outreach Butler will host a presentation by Alex Lotorto of the Energy Justice Network. The presentation is scheduled from 1:00 until 3:00 PM at the Butler Public Library (218 Noshaleshock image resizedrth McKean Street). It is free and open to the public.

Mr. Lotorto will review the natural gas midstream from wellhead to end use, explaining cryogenic processing plants, pipelines and compressor stations and the potential impacts of each of these. He’ll also discuss how various strategies and tactics implemented through community organizing have been used across the state to influence decision making by gas companies. Find further details and information on the Marcellus Outreach Butler website: 


Don’t miss the FOSSIL-FREE ENERGY FAIR tomorrow July 26th!


Marcellus Outreach Butler and Slippery Rock University’s Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), with various additional sponsors that include Sustainable Slippery Rock, will present the second annual “Fossil-free  Energy Fair” on Saturday, July 26th from 11 a.m. until 7 pm.  The free event will be held in the Advanced Technology and Science (ATS) Hall on the Slippery Rock University campus.  This is a premier opportunity to learn more about and celebrate renewable energy alternatives through speakers, vendors, displays, children’s activities (with Jennings Environmental Education Center staff), music, and entertainment.   Free solar-cooked hot dogs will be featured.

Also, just announced, BMW and Ford will display their latest electric vehicles. Pittsburgh’s BMW dealer, P&W Motors, will display the BMW i3 with Range Extender (also called the REx), which has a backup internal combustion engine.  Ford Motor Company will showcase the Ford C-Max Energi, featuring a combination of an electric moter and gasoline engine.   Unlike a conventional hybrid, the C-Max Energi has a battery that can be charged overnight by plugging into a 120-volt outlet, or within 2.5 hours on a 240 volt circuit.

For more information, including a detailed schedule and lists of presenters, exhibitors and sponsors, see the event website at 



Upcoming opportunities to learn about shale gas development, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and related issues

Saturday, November 9th, 2:00 p.m.
Free screening of Gasland Part II, HBO documentary film, presented by Marcellus Outreach Butler, at the Robert Smith Student Center at Slippery Rock University. Filmmaker Josh Fox, former Pittsburgh Councilman Doug Shields, and Bridget Shields will lead a Q & A session following the film.
For information, contact Dr. Itzi Meztli, Department of English, 724-738-4933.

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Succop Theater at Butler County Community College (BC3) in Butler.
“The Science of Shale Gas; The Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells, Methane Emissions, and Implications for Public Policy”, with  Cornell University Professor of Engineering, Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, on the science, safety and debate over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Free and open to the public. Co-hosted by Marcellus Outreach Butler.

Upcoming Regional Event: Pittsburgh Environment and Health Conference

The Pittsburgh Environment and Health Conference: Building Healthy Lifestyles, Communities and Environments is scheduled for Friday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Presented by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and Women for a Healthy Environment, the conference will offer a daylong program of speakers, panels and workshops designed for the concerned, general public. Hear from Lois Gibbs; Ted Schettler, MD; Edward Humes; Richard Louv; David Orr; and many others.  Learn about greening your lifestyle, revitalizing your community, connecting your life’s work to the environment, protecting air quality, understanding the potential health impacts of shale gas drilling, and more.  Details at:

Precautionary Perspective on Marcellus Shale

Presented by Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.
When:    Saturday, May 19, 2012, 1:00 pm

Where:   Butler Public Library, 218 N. McKean St., Butler PA 16001

Finding it difficult to counter the feel good advertising done by the gas industry that portrays natural gas as the answer to our energy needs and our energy future? Frustrated that other people appear unconcerned about all the negative impacts of unconventional gas drilling? Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D., Director, Rachel Carson Institute School of Sustainability and the Environment, who has testified before the Department of Energy and spoken around the country, will share with us what people may need to consider to be more effective in talking about the damaging aspects of drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shales. Just to be against something is not as powerful as being for something. Beginning with Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, Dr. DeMarco will talk about how we got to where we are today with extraction of gas and oil and what real energy options we have for the future. By increasing our understanding of ways to frame and have these conversations about current, toxic, energy practices and our energy future, we can enlist others to work for a sustainable energy future.


Lou Hancherick
Marcellus Outreach Butler


Visual Assessment Workshop at Villa Maria sponsored by Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project

 Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project:  Building Skills in Visual Assessmentand Advocacy To Protect Your Community

WHEN:  Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Villa Maria Community Center

In this workshop, staff from the Mountain Watershed Association will conduct an informative workshop that will build participants’ knowledge of potential environmental impacts related to the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry and of what you can do to help protect your community. Participants will learn how to track wells and permits, and how to identify, assess, and report issues that may occur related to drilling operations in their communities.

This workshop is FREE and open to the public but registration is required.

To Register:

Contact 412-365-2985 or Register On-line at

For more information on the PASA Marcellus Shale Choices Workshop Series and Registration for this workshop:

Questions?: Contact Leah Smith: or 412-977-6514
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
This program is being presented by PASA in cooperation with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary and supported by the Colcom Foundation.


Villa Maria Community Center
225 Villa Marie Dr. Villa Maria, PA 16155
Phone: 724.964.8920, ext. 3331

April 2011 – Earth Day Marcellus Shale Symposium

Earth Day – Weekend Events

We are planning to celebrate Earth Day with a Marcellus Shale Symposium on Friday (April 21, 2011) and an Earth Day Picnic on Saturday (April 22, 2011). Please also see our Events page for a complete copy of the symposium program and additional information about ongoing events and news.