Dear Friends of PSR Philadelphia,
We thank you for your long standing and dedicated support !
Support the Release of the Fracking Compendium 5.0!
The fifth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking was released by PSR and NY Concerned Health Professionals. The report summarizes more than 1,300 studies, and helps to track and analyze the increasing threat posed by fracking to health, including respiratory disease, cancer risk, and low birth weight and preterm birth, both of which are leading causes of infant death.
Join PSR Philadelphia at the
We Choose a Better Path, Governor Wolf Rally!
Event D ate: Friday, April 13, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT
Join Pennsylvanians in rallying for a government that is responsive to its people's desires for a cleaner future! At this march, our own Medical Advocacy Coordinator, Laura Dagley, BSN, RN will be speaking and will deliver copies of the updated Compendium to Governor Wolf , Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other policy makers.

There are more than 500 individual signers and 42 organizational signers of the letter we'll deliver to Governor Tom Wolf on Friday after our rally.  If you haven't signed on yet, please use one of the following links to sign TODAY at noon: 
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Visit the event page and rally website for more information!
PAST EVENT: Risks and Harms of Fracking: A Public Discussion
Event D ate: Friday, March 30
A discussion of the 2018 edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking was held in Harrisburg last Friday. Leaders from PSR, along with many others, joined together to analyze this historic report!
Upcoming Events
1) Spring Fest for Clean Air
Event D ate: Saturday, April 14 12:00-3:00 PM
Join PSR and Neighbors Against the Gas Plants at this festival to promote clean air and raise awareness about the various issues we face here in Philadelphia! For more information visit the website and Facebook page .
2) Appeals Hearing
Event D ate: Tuesday, April 17 1:15-1:45 PM
Neighbors Against the Gas Plants, 350 Philadelphia, and Center for Returning Citizens have written appeals to SEPTA’s “Air Permit” granted by Phila. Health Department. We’re determined to overturn the permit granted for SEPTA’s polluting gas power plant in Nicetown, where nearly 1/3 of children already suffer from asthma. Continued use of this plant will produce 81.6 tons of toxic emissions a year, for 20 to 30 years. This threat to public health is unacceptable.

Show you support by also attending a small rally during this event at 1:15 to 2:45 PM on 1515 Arch street.
Updates on PSR
Meeting with Senator Pat Toomey and Dwight Evans!
PSR PA representatives Dr. Walter Tsou, Dr. Robert Little and Dr. Alan Peterson went to Washington DC to meet with the staff of Senator Pat Toomey and Dwight Evans to discuss the environment and climate change.
Medical Society Climate Symposium
The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (Consortium) held its annual meeting, Climate Health Solutions, in Arlington, Virginia on April 9-10, 2018 at the George Mason University Founders Hall located at 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.  

PSR National's own Director of Environment and Health, Barb Gottlieb, MPH presented "Focus on Methane."
Meet Youth Court Teacher Sid Evans
Sid Evans (brown shirt) is our lead Youth Court teacher at MLK High School. He joined 26 9th graders over lunch after they visited the municipal court to learn how court is organized and to hear a case.  
Current News
PSR Blogs
Penn Township fracking dispute heads to court, with state’s Environmental Rights Amendment at center of lawsuit
The citizens group ProtectPT is challenging Penn Township’s zoning ordinance, arguing that the ordinance deprives residents in more densely populated parts of the township their rights under the Pennsylvania Constitution to a clean environment. The group wants the judge to limit fracking to a handful of industrial zones inside the township. Read more here.
PA Superior Court: Taking Natural Gas Without Permission From Neighboring Property Is Trespass
Members of the Briggs family own about 11 acres of land adjacent to an unconventional natural gas well operated by Southwestern Energy. The court issued an opinion saying the drilling company trespassed on the property of the landowners by taking natural gas from the adjacent property without permission, by rule of capture through its unconventional drilling operations. Read more here.
Poll: Public concern grows over natural gas industry’s environmental impact
In the latest poll, conducted in late March, 50% of respondents said they support the gas industry, 42% say they don’t and 55% say the environmental risks of fracking are greater than its economic benefits. Read more here.
Babies are Being Born Pre-Polluted: A recent report, Saving Energy, Saving Lives , discusses the relationship between air pollution and premature death and proposes a solution relating to reduction in annual electric consumption. Click here to read Dr. Ned Ketyer's response to this report. 
Pennsylvania Oil, Methane, and Gas Emissions: A recent report released by the EDF estimates that emissions in Pennsylvania are five times higher than previously estimated. Click here to read Coryn Wolk's blog response to this study and what this means for our state's future.
Wild West In Whiteland Township: On March 15th, an emergency order to halt the operation of the Mariner East 1 pipeline "due to a clear and present danger to life or property" was ratified. Click here to read more about the damages it caused and what this means going forward in Whiteland Township.