Senior Researcher, Energy and Petrochemicals, Ohio River Valley Institute
Mr. O’Leary is a native of Wheeling, WV. He has written about coal, natural gas, and their role in the economies of Appalachia in a book, a newspaper column, and blog titled, “The State of My State”. He can speak to concerns around carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, economics.
Executive Director Environmental Health Project
Ms. Steele is a public health expert and works with frontline communities. She can address: research findings from epidemiologic and health studies, public health ramifications of poor air quality and proximity to shale gas infrastructure; policy landscape in Pennsylvania related to shale gas development and advocacy steps to support better public health protections.
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Transitioning away from fossil fuels will rapidly improve air quality and the health of people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of fracking, plastic and petrochemical pollution, and climate change: Pregnant women and their infants and young children, the elderly, the poor, Indigenous and racially marginalized communities, people living with chronic medical conditions, and outdoor laborers.
Executive Director, FracTracker Alliance
FracTracker Alliance is an organization that analyzes publicly available data to monitor trends related to the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. FracTracker has mapped and written extensively on the health, social, environmental, and climate impacts of upstream, midstream, and downstream activities.
Executive Director, Breathe Project
Matt has worked with the Breathe Collaborative and its communication platform, the Breathe Project, since September 2016. From 2007 – 2016, he served as Program Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh where he created Pittsburgh’s sustainable business network, Champions for Sustainability, and its performance programs and networks. Matt has been teaching sustainability and environmental policy at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, since 2008.
Beaver County Resident
Mr. Schmetzer has been active with the community group Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community (BCMAC), that has formed “Eyes On Shell,” a group of residents actively watching activities around the Shell Petrochemical Plastic Plant in Monaca, PA.