Special event features Pulitzer Prize-winning environmentalist discussing coal-to-diesel issues

Nationally recognized environmentalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, John Blair, will make a multi-media presentation Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the Astra in Jasper.

Blair will speak about the existing air and water pollution problems of Southwestern Indiana and the impact the proposed Riverview “Coal-to-Diesel” plant just south of Dubois County will have on the drinking water and air quality of Huntingburg, Ferdinand, and Jasper.

The event is sponsored and paid for by the Dubois County Democratic Party and its newly created Issues Division. The Environmental discussion is open to the public and free of charge.

In announcing Blair’s appearance, Dubois County Democratic Party Issue Director Matt Brosmer explained, “The drinking water of Huntingburg and other water supplies in Dubois County, and the air my parents and my generation breathe, are at stake because the proposed plant will
make its pollution here and sell its product abroad.”

John Blair is the founder and president of Valley Watch, Inc. He is also past-president of the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC), founder of SynFuel Inquiry, Editor and Publisher of Ohio Valley Environment (OVE), and chair of the State’s Environmental Exposure Task Force.

In addition, Blair has won 11 awards for journalism, photography, and environmental advocacy, including the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism-News Photography and the Gold Spirit Award from the Catholic Health Association of the U.S.

Blair has also taught photojournalism at the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Questions from the audience are invited during and after the presentation. An opportunity for further news media questions will follow.

“This is the first in a series of public events to be sponsored by the Dubois County Democratic Party this year to provide everyone in our county with a chance to ask questions about tough problems facing our towns and farms,” said Democratic Chair Mike Kendall in announcing the event.

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