Spring, 2017 Issue of Sierra Watch

In This Issue


Importance of Social Media
  By Ken Hemphill

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Southeastern PA Group Facebook

Hey everybody – LIKE the SPG Facebook Page.

And share the posts you agree with.

The fight to protect the environment is increasingly being fought online. Instead of expensive mailers, we have free email. Instead of newspapers and magazines, which frankly were never very helpful to our cause to begin with (see Noam Chomsky's Manufacturing Consent), we now have facebook and websites. Instead of screaming from your kitchen window, we have twitter.

Facebook in particular is extremely useful for what we do. It's a paperless way to quickly and effectively communicate with many thousands of people from both sides of the aisle. Whereas various television news outlets and publications have their adherents who would never watch or read something outside their ideological ambit, facebook is able to cross into that territory and penetrate those bubbles. In other words, when facebook disseminates a post, it goes to all users regardless of ideology. So people caught in the Fox News echo chamber which would never expose them to important environmental stories from say The Intercept, The Guardian, or EcoWatch, can’t miss the links to such posts in their facebook "newsfeeds."

But there's a catch: facebook is no longer free. It was ten years ago and it still is for our personal accounts, but for owners of "pages" like SPG Sierra to get a post seen by thousands, facebook must now be paid. In their parlance, you must pay to "boost" your post. It's not a scam; it's a really powerful and inexpensive way to promote a post widely. For example, a typical post on Sierra Club of Chester County's page might show up in 100 newsfeeds and might be clicked on or "liked" by just one person. But by boosting that same post for as little as $10, many thousands will see it and hundreds will click on it. And the more you pay, the more facebook shares your post. This is incredibly powerfuI in a world where almost everyone is connected to the internet via their phone, computer, and microwave oven.

While boosting posts is absolutely necessary to expand our reach, there is a way to trick facebook into sharing a post more widely than it otherwise would be. Facebook's "algorithm" for determining how widely to share a post derives mainly from how many people have already liked it, clicked on it, or shared it. The more supporters of a cause who regularly check in on a facebook page and "like," click on, and share its posts, the greater the reach those posts achieve. Here’s how it works: everytime you interact with a post on a page, facebook reports your activity to your facebook “friends” in their newsfeeds. When one of your friends does the same, it's shared with that person's entire network of friends, and so on. So just one person's engagement can reach thousands of people in theory. That number grows exponentially the more people who engage with the post. We have 10,000+ SPG members and if just one tenth that number looked in a couple of times a week on our facebook page and liked, shared, and clicked on stories/posts, we would be reaching hundreds of thousands of people instead of a few hundred – for no charge. If all ten thousand regularly engaged with our page, all hell would be breaking loose.


Local Organizing
  By Jim Wylie, SPG Chair

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Southeastern PA Group Region
Organizing in every county

Oh My Goodness, are people motivated to volunteer and organize, or what? In the SPG region our membership has grown by at least 1,000 since November. And more people are sending me emails saying – “I want to volunteer”. I do my best to find a committee or project that matches their interest.

In each county we have local groups (one in every county) that are meeting every month or so to talk about how to organize: to promote clean energy, stop polluters, get outdoors and support the candidates that share our views of environmental protection and open space preservation.

To find a local team, meeting, issue committee, etc. go to the Volunteer Page and get on one of our email lists.

Don’t just join the Sierra Club – JOIN THE CLUB!!


Environmental Criminals Have Nothing to Fear Under Trump
  By Ken Hemphill

Donald Trump talked about law and order on the campaign trail every chance he got, frequently uttering dire things like “We need law and order. If we don't have it, we're not going to have a country." Now as president, his “tough on crime" attitude even extends to the role he sees for the U.S. military: as a cop on the world beat. He’s proposed increasing the Pentagon’s budget by more than $50 billion even though we already spend more on our military than the next seven countries combined. But Trump’s commitment to “law and order" doesn't square with his call to dismantle the EPA and eliminate most regulations. While he would have us believe he’s in favor of protecting public safety, his intention to remove regulatory cops from their beats plainly shows he has no interest in our safety. If he did, he would not be moving to weaken the EPA and other regulatory agencies which protect us from bad guys.

We got a glimpse of Trump’s actual attitude towards crime when he appointed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA despite the fact that Pruitt sued that agency 14 times to protect his polluter friends and campaign donors in Oklahoma. His regard for the law is further revealed by his proposed budget which would slash the EPA’s funding by 31% and sack a third of EPA workforce (an estimated 3,200 regulators). Firing these regulatory cops is worse than removing the same number of beat cops since the crimes committed by polluters can affect entire populations but be largely hidden from view.

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Our children will bear the brunt
of Trump's environmental rollbacks

None of us can possibly know if our water, air, soil, or food is poisoned unless regulators and scientists find evidence of it. If corporations like Monsanto, Exxon, and DuPont can poison your food, air, and water with impunity to minimize their production costs, they will. Profits come first. But unlike a small-scale offense committed by an impoverished city kid, corporate crime and the harm it causes can take a decade to give thousands of people cancer or other diseases. Does this long delay make it less of a crime?

It’s not just environmental criminals who would get a pass to profit at the expense of your family’s health and welfare. Trump would take cops off the beat in other agencies like USDA, FDA, SEC, and others whose sole purpose is to protect you and your children. Sadly, these agencies are already chronically underfunded thanks to Congress, but now Trump wants to weaken them further.

Think for a moment how crazy this is. If a poor kid gets caught selling drugs on a corner, he gets locked up. But if you’re an executive at a drug company and you knowingly sell a dangerous product that makes people sick or kills them, rest easy because Trump will have fired government scientists and regulators who police this sort of thing.

If someone is murdered with a gun in suburban Philadelphia, you can bet the police will make every effort to put the killer behind bars. But if you’re an executive at Monsanto and you sell a carcinogenic product or poison which kills hundreds of thousands of people over, say, twenty years, Trump will give you a pass.

Rob a convenience store and go to jail. But if you’re a Wall Street executive and you steal the retirements of millions of people, or if you’re a coal or natural gas company executive and you dump poisons into waterways and groundwater, you are safe with Trump. So is your bonus.

It’s a rare fortune 500 corporation that hasn’t been fined by a regulatory agency for breaking the law and endangering people’s health, welfare, or safety. As the film The Corporation points out, most large corporations do this on a regular basis. Yet “law and order" Trump would now allow them to get away with their crimes because as he says “regulations are oppressive and kill jobs." Not only is this demonstrably false, it ignores the economic costs of pollution and corporate crime in the form of sick workers, injured children, poisoned rivers and groundwater, polluted air, bankrupted families, lost property values, dead lakes, and so on.

Protecting us from polluters does not increase electricity prices or hurt the economy. As PennFuture energy researchers found, “when adjusted for inflation, the cost of electricity is less than it was in 1960." Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican head of the EPA, said that “between 1970 and 2006, U.S. GDP grew by 195 percent, yet thanks to regulatory changes, annual emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead all decreased significantly… Economic prosperity and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive goals."

So what’s the difference between someone who murders with a gun and someone who murders with carcinogens? What’s the difference between a shoplifter or burglar and someone who steals your retirement savings? What’s the difference between someone who puts cyanide in your tap water and someone who poisons your groundwater with fracking fluids? The difference is that if you can make millions from your crimes, you have nothing to worry about under Trump.


Update: The Mariner East Pipeline Project
  By Bernie Greenberg

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Sunoco has the worst safety record in
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Pictured here: workers clean up after a
Sunoco spill in John Heinz Refuge

BREAKING NEWS - Pipeline Forum at E Goshen Twp Building May 4

On December 4, 2013 Sunoco Logistics Partners announced the start of an Open Season for its Mariner East 2 project (also known as the Philadelphia Pipeline Project). This pipeline would transport natural gas liquids(NGLs) from the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions in Western PA, West Virginia, and Ohio to its Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River and was expected to be operational in early 2016. By early 2017 however the construction has just started. We will review the status of this controversial pipeline and why the long delay to the start of construction.

We must begin with Mariner East 1 (ME 1) which was originally built in 1931 to transport petroleum products from Sunoco's Marcus Hook refinery to Western PA. It is 300 miles long and 8" in diameter. Around the end of 2015 Sunoco "repurposed" ME 1 by reversing flow to transport 70,000 barrels of NGLs from the Marcellus Shale region to their Marcus Hook facility for export overseas. Sunoco has not only reversed the flow, they’ve increased the pressure and changed the product in ME 1. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has cautioned that any ONE of these changes may compromise the safety of the pipeline.

Mariner East 2 (ME 2) is actually two pipelines, one 20" in diameter and a second 16" in diameter(ME 2X) to follow the existing right-of -way of ME 1. It will cost approximately 2.5 billion dollars and represents one of the largest construction projects in the history of the State of Pennsylvania. It will be 350 miles long when new pipeline is added from Houston to Delmont PA.

These pipelines will transport highly volatile, odorless NGLs under high pressure (1480psi) from the Marcellus Shale region to Marcus Hook with more than 90% slated to be shipped overseas. They will require 16 new pumping stations with 34 feet high flare stacks and 17 new valve control stations. When all three Mariner East pipelines are functioning they will transport 675,000 barrels of NGLs/day.

It should be noted that Sunoco only officially announced ME 2X on February 23, 2017, right after they finally received approval from the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) for their permit applications for erosion and sediment control (chapter102) and wetlands and waterways (chapter105) which had been revised several times.

NGLs consist of propane, butane and ethane. They are odorless and highly flammable and are transported under high pressure as liquids, but if they escape they revert back to their gaseous states. They are heavier than air and tend to "hug" the ground. Industrially they are used in the production of plastics as well as antifreeze and detergents. While natural gas is mostly methane and is lighter than air, any escaping NGLs will travel as a heavier-than-air vapors, migrating up to 1800 feet in only three minutes. Any ignition source (e.g. auto, cell phone, etc.) could cause a massive explosion.

Some of the important concerns include:

  1. Air quality compromised by flare stacks which have the potential for exacerbating asthma and similar respiratory conditions
  2. Water pollution from leaking pipes which cross many rivers and streams. These pipelines are particularly vulnerable to breaks when heavy rains or floods occur.
  3. Increased risk of fires and explosions from leaks and ruptures
  4. Fugitive methane leaks which will accelerate climate change.
  5. Recruitment and training of adequate numbers of first responders
  6. Lack of approved evacuations plans
  7. Decreased home values, increased homeowner's insurance and loss of usage of property
  8. Ability of the DEP to monitor the pipelines post construction considering this agency's lack of resources. It has seen its state funding fall by 40% over the past decade. Furthermore, the DEP relies on the Federal government for about 1/3rd of its funding and this is sure to be decreased even further by President Trump’s proposed cuts of 31% to the EPA’s budget.
  9. The route of the pipelines through densely populated suburban counties (Chester and Delaware) is unprecedented for a NGL pipeline. This is probably due to the fact that Pennsylvania is only one of two states in the nation that does not have an agency responsible for siting this type of pipeline.
  10. Sunoco's poor safety record one of the worst if not the worst in the industry.

From 2006 to 2016 Sunoco has averaged over two accidents/month with over 733,000 gallons of hazardous liquids spilled resulting in almost $47 millions in direct property damage.

The principal organizations in opposition to ME 2 are the Clean Air Council, Mountain Watershed, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Sierra Club, and the Middletown Coalition for Community Safety. The first three are litigating the seriously technically deficient permit applications that DEP hastily approved. Sunoco's right to claim eminent domain as a public utility is being challenged in a lawsuit to be heard in Federal Court in Philadelphia. Last but far from least, several townships through which ME 2 and 2x cross are enforcing local ordinances to halt construction. The pipeline construction has already been delayed a couple of years and the fight is far from done.

Bernard Greenberg. MD
Chairman SPG Pipeline Subcommittee


Energy Production in Pennsylvania and its negative consequences
  By Carol Armstrong, Malvern, PA
Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, Chester, PA
Nancy Harkins, West Chester, PA

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Can fossil fuel industries make their profits and protect American’s health, air, and water at the same time? Based on prior research studies, many doubt it including the Pennsylvania Medical Society which urgently wants more research into the effects the gas extraction industry is having on human health and our environment. Others, such as Governor Wolf, think the trade off between business profits and public safety is worthwhile... in the short-run. Yet the evidence is growing for a connection between environmental pollution and neurodevelopmental disorders, and since the latter half of the 20th century, IQs have been declining globally. Air and water pollution are also associated with brain development disorders and various other childhood health problems.1

The ubiquity of energy production in Pennsylvania makes pollution everyone’s problem. Pennsylvania is the country’s 2nd largest holder of nuclear waste, the 2nd largest producer of nuclear energy, the 4th largest coal producer, and the 4th largest natural gas producer (Nuclear Energy Institute, U. S. Energy Information Administration (USEIA)). As a whole, Pennsylvania ranks 3rd in the production of all sources of electricity, and 3rd in CO2 emissions (USEIA). However, Pennsylvania ranks only 20th in the country in clean energy production. If we are to improve our pollution problem, we must cut our emissions either by increasing federal regulatory compliance (sadly now less likely), enforcing energy market competition, or increasing constituent demand. From 2001 to 2014 Pennsylvania achieved a reduction of just 1.4% in CO2 emissions, yet many corporate leaders and the citizens are ready to achieve much more under the Clean Power Plan which would reduce CO2 pollution from coal and gas fired power plants (which generate 58% of PA’s electricity).

As of 2014, Pennsylvania’s total mileage of fossil fuel pipelines ranks 7th it in the nation (American Gas Association). This energy is sold in other states and other countries, but we take the risks. The Nature Conservancy reported in 2011 that gathering lines are likely to comprise the greatest extent of new large diameter pipeline construction in Pennsylvania in the next 20 years.2 Pipelines impact the environment in the form of habitat loss and fragmentation, changes in species movement, sedimentation of waterways, and emissions. Pipelines will also destroy 60,000-to-150,000 acres of forestlands along with their CO2 and pollution-absorbing capacities. These changes will also exacerbate global warming.

In addition to their significant impact on the atmosphere, pipelines are safety threats as well. To take just one operator in Pennsylvania: Sunoco Logistics Partners does not monitor their pipelines closely enough to prevent hazardous releases and permanent damage to our groundwater and wells. Of 429 pipeline breaks and explosions in the U.S. in the past 17 years (25/year), 1 in 20 have occurred in Pennsylvania. This is more than our fair share. Sunoco’s level of monitoring of fossil fuel pipelines is dismal and alarming (e.g., the gasoline spill into a tributary creek of the Susquehanna River on 10/21/16). According to Sunoco, the amount of gas that leaks from the proposed Mariner East II pipeline will be the extremely volatile condensed gas volume of a 20 inch diameter pipeline over four to six miles. An explosion of its contents would destroy a three-mile area around the leak.

It’s time our General Assembly and Governor committed to solar, wind, and geothermal energy. It’s time something was done to upgrade the electricity grid if we’re to attract green industries to Pennsylvania. The Governor’s modest new plans for solar energy are an important start, but they will need legislative support. The more rapidly we transition to renewable energy in Pennsylvania, the more environmental destruction we will avoid. It will also create jobs, but our state needs to invest in its workers by upgrading their skills. The state also needs to create new training opportunities for high school students and the newly graduated to help them enter the green industry workforce. Moreover, increased education investment in various technology fields should be a priority as it is one of PA’s largest employment sectors. With increased education will come increased wages. To wit: nationally we are 8th in technology employment, but only 18th in technology wages (CompTIA).

Pennsylvania could follow Germany’s lead and build out our solar capacity, but the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy in Pennsylvania is being hampered by increasing gas production, which, despite propaganda to the contrary, is no transitional energy source. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council analyzed Germany’s energy transition and made recommendations for development of programs and policies in Pennsylvania.3 Germany has become an international leader by committing to 45% renewable energy by 2030 (achieving almost 30% in 2016).4 Their plan also includes minimizing fossil fuel consumption by reducing energy consumption.

One resource necessary to prevent environmental degradation is political will of our politicians, a renewable resource. Progress on environmental and human health will depend on the political will of citizens, too, since if we fail to express our needs and opinions about industrial and governmental actions that degrade the environment, we will have contributed to our own climate-related dangers.

Notes:

  1. “In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development”, 2000; “Using biologic markers in blood to assess exposure to multiple environmental chemicals for inner-city children 3-6 years of age”, 2006; “A review of epidemiological studies on neuropsychological effects of air pollution”, 2012
  2. Natural Gas Pipelines: Excerpt from Report 2 of the Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment, 12/16/11
  3. The German Energiewende: Informing Pennsylvania’s Clean Energy Policy, 2016
  4. (AG Energiebilanzen, reported by Renewable Energy Germany)


Report from Don't Spray Me
  By Nataniel Smith

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Last summer we aimed to reduce the West Chester Borough mosquito population and prevent the spraying of toxic anti-mosquito pesticides by the Chester County Health Department in the Borough. We did it!

With the help of Mayor Comitta and the support of Borough Council and the Public Works Department, we were able to get storm drains cleaned up, spread non-toxic larvicide in identified standing water, recruit 116 block captains to educate neighbors. and keep watch for mosquito breeding locations. In the end, we reduced the number of mosquitoes in the Borough, and we were not sprayed.

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This year we are continuing our anti-spraying work in the Borough and reaching out to start up chapters of Don't Spray Me in East Bradford, Westtown and West Goshen Townships.

A related initiative - new this year - is a Sustainability Youth Corps. Six teens have been selected as a task force to conduct a demonstration project on alternatives to Roundup (how to kill weeds on brick sidewalks through natural means) and to help educate summer camp participants about the environment.

For more information about these initiatives or to volunteer, contact Margaret Hudgings at mhudgingsgmail.com and see the Don't Spray Me website, dontsprayme.com.


The SEPTA gas-fired power plant
  By Karen Melton

In our last newsletter we told you about the November SEPTA board meeting where citizens testifying in opposition to the proposed Nicetown gas-fired power plant were cut off, and the board members left the room. Minutes published a month later said they had voted unanimously to approve the plant.

A law suit was filed by groups against the plant because SEPTA had failed to meet the public notice requirements for this type of project. SEPTA attempted unsuccessfully to have the suit thrown out, then scheduled a re-vote at the March 23rd board meeting.

Meanwhile SE PA Sierra Club joined with 350.org and more than 50 other local community, environmental and religious groups in an effort to convince Councilwoman Cindy Bass to take action to prevent the plant from being built in her district. Days before the board meeting she sent a letter to SEPTA requesting they either postpone the plant until health impact studies could be performed, or seek a alternate location that is not in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood.

Nevertheless the board voted once again in March to approve the plant.

Next steps are being planned. SEPTA has referred to this plant as a pilot, and hopes to build more. In addition, SEPTA plans to order 525 diesel-hybrid buses over the next five years, but has only purchased 25 electric buses, so there is much more work needed to get SEPTA on a transition to renewables.

To learn more or get involved go to www.350philadelphia.org/septa.


What Are We Marching For?
  By Jim Wylie

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Solar Canopy in West Chester

Well, of course there is the defensive team. The team that is trying to protect the advances that we have achieved in the last few years: pollution standards, gas mileage standards, wind production tax credits, equal pay for equal work, internaltional climate agreements, health care, LGBT rights, religious tollerance and more.

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There is also the offensive team - advancing the ball toward the goal. The goal of 100% Clean, Renewable Energy For All.

On April 29, a contingent from Philadelphia and many other cities will be marching in the People's Climate March to celebrate that 25 US cities have made a pledge to get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. And we are working on the rest. If all major municipalities in the US continue seriously on this course, we can reduce our carbon emissions by the will of the people - not the proclamantion of our government.

Find out about People's Climate March promotional events, how to join the 100% Clean Energy Cities contingent in the march, transportation to DC (buy bus tickets) and how you can help others get there by going to the PCM Info Page. We have tickets below Rally Bus rates, and sponsored tickets for in-need riders.

To learn more about the Ready For 100 project in Philly and in the suburbs and how your can join the team and represent us in DC, click HERE.


Beat the System by Joining It
  By John Macoretta
Sierra Club member and candidate for judge of Phila Court of Common Pleas Court

There are many ways to push back against what is happening in or political system. An effective long-term response could be to join the system and run for the most local of offices. You could be a party committeeperson in your neighborhood. Committee people are the foot soldiers of the party machine. As a soldier you will have more exposure to the process and your voice will be amplified. If the Sierra Club could get a substantial number of Committee people elected the Club’s voice will be amplified as well.

There are 2 Committee people for every polling place. They are elected for a four year term, the next election will be in the May 2018 primary. In Philadelphia, you can see who your current Committee people are and whether there might be an opening at http://www.phila3-0.org/committee_person.

As a long-time committeeman in Philadelphia’s Mt. Airy neighborhood I know the value of this office. Committee people have greater exposure to officials and candidates. You can interact with our leaders and express your views on the environment in non-confrontational way. Elected officials understand the power of the party, and so are more likely to listen to and respond to committee people. Those politicians want and need the committee people’s support on election day. That makes them much more receptive to what you have to say.

Maybe you are thinking of running for office someday. Being a committeeman gives you great experience in being a candidate, responding to constituents and seeing how the process really works. I have never been in an actual smoke-filled room, but I have been present at very frank discussions about what candidates the party will support and why.

Finally, since you are knocking on your neighbors’ doors and standing at the polls, being a committeeperson is also a great way to connect with your neighbors and start organizing your neighborhood for whatever local issue is of importance.

So when you vote on May 16, imagine yourself working the polls, talking to your neighbors and being a part of the system you want to change. Then take action.


UPCOMING EVENTS
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Are you an artist or photographer? You may be interested in Chester County Sierra’s Paint Chester County fundraiser. Paint, draw, or photograph a Chester County landscape or historic building in the style of your choice. Show and/or sell your piece(s) at the first annual Paint Chester County Art Show at Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery in Kennett Square on November 4, 2017 from Noon to 6PM. Proceeds from the event benefit Sierra Club of Chester County and will help increase public awareness necessary to fight the various threats to our environment and landscapes. Learn more at:
chestercounty.pasierra.org/paint

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Delaware County Environmental Summit at the John Heinz Refuge in Tinicum

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April Lecture Series - Join Sierra Club and the CCP Coalition for a Sustainable Future on April 17th at 6:45, Center for Business and Industry Room C2-28, Community College of Philadelphia, for a panel discussion on Defending the EPA. We will have lots of before and after pictures showing the difference the EPA has made by enforcing the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Speakers will tell us about the history and accomplishments of the EPA, as well as the threats it faces today.

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March Lecture Series, Recap - In March we heard from Dr. Bernard Greenberg and Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gas Truth, about the history and current status of the PennEast, Mariner East 2 and DTE Birdsboro pipelines. Despite widespread public opposition and safety concerns, many of the required permits have already been approved by state and federal agencies, in some cases in spite of numerous permit deficiencies. To get involved, visit the SE PA Sierra Club website http://southeastern.pasierra.org/

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Sierra Club of Chester County - Earth Day Road Clean Up Event
4/22/2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 PM
Rain Date: 4/23/2017
RSVP HERE

Other Info
All equipment will be provided, but bring your own gloves if you prefer. Meet other Sierra Club members and friends, and do a random act of kindness for the planet, and Chester County!

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Sierra Club PA's Annual Outing, Hickory Run State Park, Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club invites you to 16,000 acre Hickory Run State Park for a weekend of fun, exploring and skill-building. We will be swimming, hiking, and strategizing at Camp Daddy Allen, a cabin camp located within the park. Come try out disc golf and orienteering. Join in a midnight hike with owls. Participate in a service opportunity to address Acid Mine Drainage and see the incredible remediation efforts of our Lehigh Valley group. Do some climbing around the Boulder Field. Meet and greet Sierra Club members working on pipelines, Ready for 100, or Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO). Meet others who are running for office, exploring public lands, or a part of Sierra Club Military Outdoors. Leave with new skills, great memories, and being a part of a dedicated community working to Explore, Enjoy, and Protect Pennsylvania.

This event is open to any supporter of Sierra Club's work - membership encouraged but not required. As host, Sierra Club PA is providing the accommodations at Camp Daddy Allen, a 'rustic' cabin camp located within the park. Cabins accommodate 2-4 people. There are bed frames but no mattresses. Participants should plan on providing their own sleeping gear, cooking equipment, and food.

Never been camping? Or it's a been awhile? Have no idea where your gear is? Never had a reason to get any gear? Just let us know - we have extras and are happy to have you use it!

Registration

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March for Science Philadelphia Saturday, April 22, 2017?, 10a-2p EST
We will assemble at 10:00a on the south side of City Hall (Juniper Street). The March will kick-off promptly at 11:00a and will go down Market street to Front street, Front street to Chestnut street and then over Chestnut street to Penn's Landing - Great Plaza. Entertainment will begin at 11:30a and the March for Science PHL speakers will begin at 12n. The event will end by 2p.
http://sciencemarchphl.strikingly.com/

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Pipeline Safety Forum: Mariner East 2/ 2X - Thursday May 4, 2017 at 7pm. East Goshen Township Building 1580 Paoli Pike West Chester
Cosponsored by the Chester County Sierra Club and Safety First for East Goshen
Introduction, Review of Risks, Evacuation Scenarios, Impact on Landowners, Coalition Objectives, Petitiona dn recommendations, Q&A.
Speakers from Sierra Club, Middletown Coalition.

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Philadelphia Inaugural Environmental Film Festival Earth day weekend, 2017
The inaugural Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will use the power of film to offer fresh insights and raise awareness about critical issues affecting our environment, along with films celebrating the profound beauty of our planet

Is there Sierra Club info that can be re posted describing how people can reserve spot of bus to go to DC science march?