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Environmental Justice Organizing & Storytelling
Part of a One PA and Mothers Out Front storytelling project featuring mothers in Southwest PA and the day to day impact of fracking and the petrochemical buildout.
Megan McDonough, the PA State Director of Food & Water Watch lives in Elizabeth, PA. She fights local oil and gas companies who try to buy mineral rights from rural land owners with the promise of big yearly payoffs. When I worked with Megan in East Pittsburgh she used municipal zoning laws to stop Merrion Oil and Gas from building a fracking well pad at the Edgar Thomson Steel Mill in Braddock, PA.
Jona Reyes is an herbalist, a Sunday school teacher and the mother of 5 kids. In 2019 her husband ran for borough council in East Pittsburgh primarily because the two of them wanted to stop Merrion and other oil and gas companies from encroaching on their town. As someone who grew up in Washington County, one of the most heavily fracked counties in PA, Jona had seen what fracking can do to the water, the air, and the overall morale of a town.
Lois Bower-Bjornson is a dance teacher and mother of 4 whose rural home is surrounded by fracking wells. There is no zoning in her area to limit where oil and gas companies operate in the community. Lois leads guided tours of fracking wells in her community in order to help people from all over the world see and understand the realities of fracking for themselves.