Changes in the Political Ecosystem. Tuesday’s midterms made great changes in both the national and regional political ecosystem. This change includes local candidates such as Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee who have made national news for their climate change activism.
House Call. The Pittsburgh Regional Tenants’ Union is making a city-wide house call to action. “We want tenants to be able to form their community, build a council and be able to advocate for themselves,” explains community organizer Jala Rucker. What will this look like? Well, the group is beginning by asking the city to develop more and to protect existing affordable housing. Read more about its house call here.
Chalk it out! The vacant Historic Larimar High School building is in works to get school house rocking again, thanks to the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HCAP) and its Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, an on-going program to build affordable housing throughout Pittsburgh. Inspired by similar school building restoration projects across the city, such as School House Lofts or the Residences at South High, the now abandoned building will be converted into 334 units of mixed-income housing. Now that could be an A+ project!
Gassed Up. This week, the federal Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered Southwest Pennsylvania’s largest gas utility company MPLX LLC to pay a $7 million settlement. Why? MPLX is accused of violations against clean air laws at its gas processing utilities in six states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania. The $7 million includes an almost $600,000 fine and money for upgraded air monitoring equipment and new environmental controls.
Drawing the [pipe]line. More news coming down the pipeline: the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission is forming a new utility safe digging committee to draw the line on accidental utility line mishaps and safety fails. Why? There were nearly 6,000 utility pipelines hits last year alone, and the commission hopes to half that through reflection and education.