Press Release: PA Statewide Earth Day Protest

On Thursday, April 22, the groups below will be gathering outside the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s regional offices – as one – to call for:

• an immediate moratorium on all horizontal hydrofracturing in the Commonwealth, including in our state forests and on floodplains,
• an immediate freeze on all new Marcellus Shale drilling permits throughout Pennsylvania,
• the immediate suspension of the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basin Commissions’ authority to approve drilling-related water withdrawals anywhere in their respective watersheds, and, if necessary,
• the immediate resignation of DEP Secretary John Hanger.

*** Keynote speakers and scheduled activities will commence at noon at the following DEP Regional Offices: Norristown / Wilkes-Barre / Pittsburgh / Williamsport / Meadville / Harrisburg ***

DEP Regional Office locations can be found at:

http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/regional_resources/13769

This April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In 1970, almost 20 million people gathered across the nation to celebrate, educate and demonstrate. It was a nationwide grassroots teach-in that gave rise to the modern day environmental movement.

The 1970s saw passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beginning in the 80s, large Earth Day events have been dominated by corporations with little grassroots input and limited involvement.

Today, drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation – utilizing horizontal hydrofracturing – is a serious and growing threat to our Commonwealth’s precious clean waters and majestic state forests.

Pennsylvania’s Constitution states that “All power is inherent in the people”. This April 22, it is time to come together – as one – to protect our Commonwealth’s public natural resources and to renew the promise of the first Earth Day for generations yet to come.

Local media are encouraged to attend, take photos, and ask questions.

Contacts and Coalition Partners:

Green Party of Pennsylvania: http://www.gpofpa.org – Jay Sweeney: 570-587-3603

Citizens for Clean Water: http://www.nepagasaction.org Vera Scroggins – 607-237-9685

NoDrill NEPA: baldwin@epix.net

Don Williams: djw444@gmail.com – 215-380-6166 (Harrisburg event)

Energy Justice Network http://www.energyjustice.net

Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition http://www.gasdrillingawarenesscoalition.wordpress.com

Friends of Animals – Pennsylvania Chapter http://www.friendsofanimals.org

8 thoughts on “Press Release: PA Statewide Earth Day Protest

  1. Mik Robertson

    This is an area that needs careful consideration. You don’t want to unduly restrict development of resources, but there is a significant potential for adverse environmental impacts that could linger far beyond the extraction of the resource. There has also already been one retention pond fire in the Commonwealth.

  2. Ross Levin Post author

    I’m going to one of these protests, if it turns out there is one in Norristown. I think that it’s been demonstrated from other places using fracking that it is not a good system. Not to mention, we should not be investing in more fossil fuels.

  3. Lee Woodmansee

    Ross: Good idea not to expand our use of Natural gas. How is that Coal thing working out for you?

  4. paulie

    Ross: Good idea not to expand our use of Natural gas. How is that Coal thing working out for you?

    As if coal and gas were the only options. Nice try.

  5. Rita McConnell

    Aside from media stories that bleed for people who’s complaints about fracing have been shown to have no validity, there has never been an actual case where this process has been proven to cause any contamination whatsoever. Fracing did not cause water contamination in Dimock — a release of gas into the aquifer from a shallow deposit did. Wells much closer to aquifers than anything being drilled in the Marcellus have been fraced, with no consequences.
    And as for asking John Hanger to resign — give me a break. Before becoming DEP secretary, he led the most powerful environmental organization in the state, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. Hanger has done a great job of walking the line here, but he has also been filling open DEP posts with folks from his activist days, ensuring the agency will be more eco-minded in the future. Any environmentalist out there with an ax to grind with DEP should be thanking him.

  6. Ross Levin Post author

    From Hugh Giordano:

    Hugh Giordano will be one of the featured speakers at a rally this Thursday, April 22, at the Regional Department of Environmental Protection offices in Norristown.

    The rally is to call attention to the state’s horrible record on allowing natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

    Activists from organizations including the Green Party of PA, Citizens for Clean Water, NoDrill NEPA, Energy Justice Network, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, and others, will gather outside each of the regional offices of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to call as one for the following demands:

    - An immediate moratorium on all horizontal hydrofracturing (“fracking”) in the Commonwealth, including our state forests and floodplains,
    - An immediate freeze on all new Marcellus Shale drilling permits throughout Pennsylvania,
    - The immediate suspension of the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to approve drilling-related water withdrawals anywhere in Pennsylvania – and, if necessary,
    - The unconditional resignation of DEP Secretary John Hanger.

    Speakers & activities will commence at 12:00 noon at the
    DEP Regional Offices
    2 E. Main Street, Norristown
    located one block from the Norristown Transportation Center — easily accessible via the Norristown High Speed Line from 69th Street and the R6 Regional Rail.

    as well as the Regional Offices in Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and Meadville, along with DEP Headquarters in Harrisburg.

    This April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In 1970, almost 20 million people gathered across the nation to celebrate, educate and demonstrate. It was a nationwide grassroots teach-in that gave rise to the modern environmental movement. The 1970s saw passage of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Beginning in the 1980s, however, large Earth Day events have been dominated by corporations, with little grassroots input and limited involvement by ordinary citizens.

    Today, drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation, utilizing horizontal hydrofracturing, is a serious and growing threat to the precious clean waters and majestic state forests of our Commonwealth.

    Pennsylvania’s Constitution states that “All power is inherent in the people,” that we “have a right to … pure water,” and “Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people.” This April 22nd, it is time to come together – as one – to protect our Commonwealth’s public natural resources and to renew the promise of the first Earth Day.

    for more information, contact the Green Party at gpop@gpop.org or 215-243-7103.

    http://www.hughgiordano.com/?p=90

  7. More Amen .......... Lake

    San Diego County and Balboa Park (site of the 1915 Panama Canal exposition) as the largest Earth Day (semi corporation) ‘celebration’!

    Our words: Love the Planet, trash the park!

    Pollution, some thing to work on!

    Climate change: massive, but already left the barn!

    Rising Oceans: (see above!)

    Word for the week: OK class, all together now “Counter Productive”!

  8. Ross Levin Post author

    So I went to one of these. Maybe a dozen and a half people were there, including Hugh Giordano and Mel Packer (Green candidate for US Senate). Hugh’s campaign is going well, I spoke to him, and the Democrats might be trying to shut him out of a candidate forum. I also spoke to a Green who’s trying to get on the ballot for state rep in Montgomery County, PA.

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