Individual Sign-On Letter in Opposition to the Appalachian Petrochemical Complex
We, the undersigned, come together as organizations, individuals, and allies to stand in solidarity to oppose a mega-petrochemical complex proposed for the Appalachian region. This proposed petrochemical industry build-out, often referred to as the Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub, would impact more than 400 miles of streams and rivers within the Ohio River basin and would encompass more than 50 counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Our reasons for opposing this project include:

1.) The proposed project would present a huge public health risk for the region, exposing people to increased air and water pollution;
2.) The project would increase the long-term economic risk for many people in our region who are already living in a fragile economic state;
3.) The project skews democratic processes because of the intensive lobbying activity underway from representatives of the petrochemical industry;
4.) The project would increase the likelihood of climate instability;
5.) The project is oriented around manufacturing plastics, which increasingly are harming people, animals, and the environment worldwide;
6.) The project would undermine regional efforts to bring about a more sustainable economic future;
7.) The project would pose severe risks to water supplies, streams, wetlands, and ecosystems;
8.) The project would benefit a few while passing along risks and costs to many;
9.) We want better alternatives for the region’s future with more sustainable options than a massive petrochemical complex.

This build-up would pose a threat to those living in the immediate area, exposing them to numerous health and safety risks, including air and water pollution, and also has the potential to impact the lives of those in other states living downstream. The majority of the petrochemical refining and storage would take place along the Ohio River, and would present a risk to aquatic ecosystems and the millions of people who depend on the river and its tributaries as drinking water.

The petrochemical complex would have an excess of potentially hazardous infrastructure such as pipelines, underground storage facilities, cracker plants, massive petrochemical refineries, and more that would zigzag our region. It would also facilitate an extreme increase of fracking infrastructure; meaning more frack pads, pipelines, and compressor stations. All of which comes with its own associated risks. The industry envisions this petrochemical complex as a reason to further tap the Marcellus, Utica, and other shale formations in Appalachia, as liquid byproducts from fracking would be used to to refine petrochemicals and manufacture plastics.

We, however, envision a region with a sustainable economy where workers, communities, and public health are not jeopardized. We reject a corporate business plan that puts profits over people. We no longer want to depend on a fossil-fuel-driven boom and bust mono-economy that hinders sustainable economic development for our region. Our region has a long history of extreme economic woes left in the wake of fossil-fuel-driven industries. Many areas identified for this proposed infrastructure are already low-income and struggling to recover from other extractive industries. Opportunistic companies behind the proposed petrochemical complex are using our economic hardships as a means to exploit our people and resources. This predatory-like behavior makes the issue not only one of environmental justice, but economic justice as well. Unlike the industry, we work from the grassroots and listen to the needs of our neighbors. We will collaborate for healthy families and a just economy to usher in a better alternative for our local communities.

Our struggle here also connects to the global community. This petrochemical build-up in Appalachia threatens our planet with increased greenhouse gases, which accelerate climate change. The plastics manufactured from this hub will lead to the further degradation of the oceans, and to suffering in other parts of the world already dealing with plastic pollution. For example in the Philippines, plastic waste is literally choking out the livelihood of fishing villages. We must take responsibility as a country and acknowledge our mass consumerism is harming our neighbors worldwide.

As we stand in opposition to this complex at our back door, we also pledge our solidarity to similar areas of existing petrochemical build-up like those in Texas and the infamous “Cancer Alley” in Louisiana. These are areas where environmental racism has resulted in petrochemical companies being allowed to impact residents’ mental and physical well-being. People living in Cancer Alley have spent decades putting their lives on the line battling petrochemical infrastructure, and as we highlight their own fights in the Gulf, we look to them for wisdom and inspiration. We are all truly in this together, as people, and must unite ourselves for a better world free from fossil-fuel-driven economic and environmental catastrophe.

In conclusion, we stand in coalition, working together for a better region and world where citizens have a say in their own lives and economy, and don’t have to sacrifice their communities for profit. We must all recognize our own use of the materials created at these refineries, and how they impact all our lives, from raw material extraction, to manufacturing, to the pollution that results from the end product. Studies have shown that solar and wind energy create many more jobs than fossil fuel industries, and those are safer jobs that don’t put our neighbors and future generations at risk. Small businesses could be manufacturing alternatives to plastic. Our representatives from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio should be working to facilitate the transition to modern and clean energy, a transition that could provide many thousands of jobs without sacrificing everything that makes the Ohio Valley region a good place to live and work. Instead, our politicians answer to corporate-paid lobbyists while we, the citizens, fight for a better tomorrow.

Sincerely,
(Your Name)

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Individuals Signed-On In Support
A. Llewellyn
Alexandra K. Rolde, M.D.
Alicia Wright
Amanda Hammond
Amanda Means
Amy Scott
Andrew Hinz
Anna Kelley
Anne Caruso
Anne Hunter
Annie Shaw
April Keating
Arianne Elinich
Ashleigh Deemer
Barbara Andes
Barbara George
Barbara Jarmoska
Barbara Klinger
Barbara Lee Ballagh
Barbara M. Daniels
Barbara Sims
Barry Wendell
Basil Keaton
Becky Maxey Lorenz
Becky Meier
Beth Jamison
Beth Shapiro
Betty Wiley
Blaine Martin
Bob Krasen
Bob Parker
Brad Bolton
Bruce Huber
C Ciucci
C. P. Keaton
Carol Anne Donohoe
Carolyn Steglich
Carrington Petras
Catherine Pardee
Cathryn McCue
Cathy Cowan Becker
Cathy Wallace
Cheryl Ferreira
Chris Digiulio
Chris Tandy
Christina Woods
Christopher L. Dolmetsch
Chuck Conner
Cindy
Cindy Rank
Claire M. Cohen
Cynthia Canaris
Cynthia M. Torges
Dale Marie Prenatt
Danica Schimmel
Darlene Dech
David Andrews
David Ankin
David B Ramsey
David Copper
David Fast
David Friedman
Debbie Naeter
Deborah Rosen
Debra Borowiec
Debra Brandis
Debra L. Hamilton
Diane Clark
Diane Sipe
Dianna Strickland
Dianne Arnold
Dianne Peterson
DK Anestos
Don Alexander
Don Himber
Donna Farley
Donna Shaunesey
Doug Grandt
Doug Wingeier
Dr. Randi Pokladnik
Duane G. Nichols
Dustin White
Ed Haffmans
Ed Scerbo
Eileen Flanagan
Eileen Reed
Elaine Tanner
Elisa Beck
Elisa Young
Elise Keaton
Elizabeth Freeman
Elizabeth Shafer
Ellen E Barfield
Ellen Gerhart
Ellen Weininger
Emily Obringer
Emily Richards
Eric Harder
Erica Johanson
Fr. Bernard Survil
Francis Sullivan
G. Paul Richter, Ph.D.
Geoff Buckley
George W. Little
Gerard Tessier
Ginnie McNeil
Gloria Mahin
Gregory P. Kochanski
Harry Vincent
Harvey Holtz
Heather Cantino
Heather Fisher
Heather Lyle
Helen Homer
Henry Fitzpatrick
Hilary Schenker
Isabelle Ouyang
J D Hohman
Janice Valder
Jason Hochreiter
Jay Walker
Jeffrey Lang
Jenn Soros
Jennifer Krill
Jennifer Porter
Jennifer Wells
Jenny Lisak
Jeri
Jessica Crawford
Jessica Lynn
Jimmy Hall
Joann Hamer
Joanne Martin
Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick
Jody Neugebauer
Joe Lung
Joel Pokladnik
Jon Bogle
Josh Carpenter
Joyce Dauria
Judith Smith Wilkinson
Juliana Landis
Karen Herrell
Katherine Peterson
Kathleen Krebs, RN
Kathy Flora
Kevin Campbell
Kim Fraczek
Kimberly Donovan
Kimberly Mann
Kimberly Roseberry
Lara Mack
Larry & Evelyn Dadisman
Leah Michels
Leann Leiter
Leslee McCarty
Leslee Moire
Leslie Devine-Milbourne
Leslie Rubin
Linda Breen
Linda Frame
Linda Himber
Linda New
Linda Schiffman
Lisa D. Iacobellis
Lisa leshinsky
Lisa Minetti
Lois McClendon
Lori Criswell
Lyndsay Tarus
Lynn Ockenden
Madge Torres
Margaret Beckwith
Margie Dalzell
Marie Manilla
Marilyn K. Hunt
Mark Connelly
Mark Dixon
Marta Pelusi
Martha evans
Mary Ann Capp
Mary Kelsey
Mary Wildfire
Maryanne Graham
Mason Stallings
Melanie R. Oyster
Melissa Troutman
Melvin A. Hoover
Merrit Deslauriers
Michael Babcock
Michael J. Iafrate
Michael Schroering, M.D.
Michele Fetting
Michelle Jarrell
Mimi Morrison
Mirijana Beram
Montie VanNostrand
Moshe Sherman
Nada White
Nancy Hilsbos
Nancy Martin- Silber
Nancy Schell
Natalie Thompson
Nathalie Eddy
Nona T. Dolmetsch
Nora Johnson
Orly Aridor
Patricia Gundrum
Paul Joseph
Paul Sherlock
Philip Ateto
Phoebe Sharp
Rachael Neffshade
Rachel M
Ramona Stoner
Ran Flasterstein
Randy Cunningham
Rebecca Scott
Rhonda Marrone
Richard Karp
Rita Lewis
RJ Sigmund
Robert Cross
Robert Habegger
Robert Nishikawa
Robert Ziller
Robin Webb
Rose Edington
Ruth E. Smith
Ryan Leach
S. Thomas Bond
Samrat
Sandra Engle
Sarah Damron
Sarah Menkedick
Sarah Umbarger Wells
Scott Bushbaum
Shawna Laws
Sheila Fitzpatrick
Sherry McNeil
Shirley Lamdan
Sonja Jasovsky
Stephanie J Hysmith
Stephanie Malady
Stephanie Sloman
Susan Ferrandiz
Susan Holland
Susan Kelley
Susan Lennon
Suzanne E. Watson
Tammy Walker
Tara Alexander
Terry Wyrostok
Theresa Clark
Thomas T Bouldin
Traci Hickson
Tracy Marsh
Travis London
Tyler Rivlin
Vicki Fisher
Vicky Mattson
Vivian Stockman
Wendy M. Graca
Wendy Mellott
William Lyons
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