Essential Pittsburgh
8:52 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Wednesday Rundown: Oil & Gas in Western PA, Fort Pitt Block House, and Classes in Curling

The Fort Pitt Block House turns 250 years old this year
Credit Kevin Myers / wikipedia

These topics air Wednesday February 19, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. Join the conversation LIVE between 12pm & 1 pm weekdays at 412-246-2002. More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be heard here.

Are Gas and Oil Endangering Western PA?
In light of a recent train derailment and fire in Greene County; is gas drilling endangering the people, property and public lands of Western PA? We’ll get insight into this issue from Cindy Dun, president and CEO of the Statewide Environmental Advocacy organization PennFuture and Natasha Khan, reporter for Public Source.

Getting a Handle of Curling
Curling has been growing in popularity, especially during the Winter Olympics. While it may be a while before Team USA wins a medal, Pittsburgh has a growing curling culture. The Pittsburgh Curling Club, an official member of the US Curling Association has offered Curling Experience classes throughout the Winter Olympics. Listen as Paul Guggenheimer takes a lesson at the Schenley Park Ice Rink. And stay tuned for a special web video.

250 Years of the Fort Pitt Block House
Throughout 2013, the Fort Pitt Society conducted a 10-month preservation and restoration project at the Block House. This undertaking came just in time as 2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the structure. Joining us to discuss the past, present and future of the Block House is curator Emily Weaver.

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