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Video: Tribute to Fallen Environmental Warrior George Jucha

Here’s a video produced by environmental activist and University of Pittsburgh professor George Jucha (1964-2015) and posted on December 14, 2014, showing an illegal flaring of a fracking well in Washington County, Pennsylvania. This well on Hicks Road in the Claysville Sportsmen’s Club is owned by Range Resources.

George died recently, killed on the highway by an allegedly drunk driver. Let this video, one of hundreds produced by George, stand as a memorial to his important work fighting the frackers in Western Pennsylvania.

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Obituary written by fellow activist Bob Donnan:

George R. Jucha Jr., 50, of Moon Township, died accidentally Sunday, June 7, 2015. He was born Aug. 20, 1964, a son of George R. Jucha Sr. and Antoinette Zombek Jucha. George graduated from Chartiers Valley High School and Slippery Rock University.

He was the owner of Independent Recycling and was an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a computer science department professor and was ranked 16th in the nation by his students on www.ratemyprofessors.com.

George Jucha loved nature and sought to protect our parks. As an active member of Protect Our Parks, George participated in events to foster awareness and support of our most precious resources. He exposed the dramatically negative effects of “fracking” and pollution of our environment.

George enjoyed outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and coming to the aide of animals, such as housing feral cats. Lastly, he was above all a good friend, family member and overall good man.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Joseph J. (Jocelyn) Jucha; aunts, Charlotte A. Zombek and Patty Jucha; uncles, Richard (Kathy) Jucha and Joe (Patti) Jucha; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Bill Jucha.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2015, and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015, in the WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road., Scott Township where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

The family requests that donations to Protect Our Parks be made in lieu of flowers.
Donations can be made online: http://www.protectparks.org/donate-legal-fund

Mail checks, made out to POP, to:
Protect Our Parks
Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh 15224

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— George Jucha (1964-2015)

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