PennFuture reacts to letter calling for petrochemical industry expansion

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 20, 2019) – PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo has released the following statement in reaction to a letter released Wednesday by regional officials that calls for more petrochemical production in western Pennsylvania. 

“This letter says nothing about the tolls these industries – and jobs – will take on public health and the environment. Has this region learned nothing from its polluted past? Surely, deep down, these elected officials must realize there will be a price to pay on health, clean air and clean water.

There are people who live here who staunchly reject the notion that their health has to suffer so others may prosper financially. How will their voices be heard? What about the droves of people who have already moved away from the region because decades of toxic pollution wrought destruction on their neighborhoods? Shell’s cracker plant in Beaver County will single-handedly wipe out three decades of progress made in regional air quality.

We at PennFuture stand in solidarity with those who refuse to prioritize jobs and profit margins over human health.”


PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information.

Jared Stonesifer
Director of Media Relations