Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network
This event highly recommended by UUPLAN board member Cynthia Jones: It's pretty easy to catch a bus from Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania to make our voices heard in protecting the environment and controlling the drilling. The post below also contains great facts on the damage done by the drillers, the failure rate and call for a study of the cumulative impact of fracking in Pennsylvania's 3 major watersheds:
Here is the latest from Protecting Our Waters:
Protectors, Please get on the bus! You can sign up here for the bus to head to Washington, D.C. for the major Stop the Frack Attack rally on Saturday, July 28th! The bus is shared by shared by Protecting Our Waters, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and Food and Water Watch. More info. below after this brief overview:
In western Pennsylvania, blockaders stopped EQT -- the same company responsible for a massive frack pit leak in Tioga County -- from fracking in Moshannon State Forest, for a day. Photo, story here http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/blockaders-stop... and also updated on StateImpact.
Please also check out protectingourwaters.com for this story: Marcellus Shale fracking corporations have another massive tax break: two-thirds of them are registered at the same address in the state of Delaware. More fiction, more exemptions, more theft from corporations that like to make up their own facts anyway!
And this unfolding story: In addition to a 4,500 gallon toxic spill in Bradford County; a leaking EQT fracking flowback waste impoundment's plastic liner has 75 - 100 holes.:
In southeastern Pennsylvania, certain Bucks County Republicans have tried to squirm their way out of responsibility for their votes in favor of Act 13, which stripped municipal rights from towns trying to ban, limit, or even safely zone heavy industrial fracking operations throughout Pennsylvania.
But Protecting Our Waters stands firmly for an immediate halt to unconventional gas drilling -- popularly known as "fracking," by which we mean the full life-cycle impacts of every phase of shale gas drilling -- throughout Pennsylvania, not just in affluent Philadelphia-area suburbs. We gain strength through broadening coalition work including allies in MD, NY, Ohio and West Virginia.
We demand a Health Impact Assessment for the entire state and a Cumulative Impact Study in each of the three great PA watersheds. High-volume fracking, which has a confirmed casing failure rate in PA of 6.2% for 2010 and 7.2% for 2011, running at least 7% for 2012 so far -- must stop, and the damage to air, water, health, farms, food and climate so far must be assessed. Too many Pennsylvanians must now get their safe drinking water from one-gallon jugs instead of their own tap. Illnesses associated with gas drilling are not yet well enough understood to be successfully treated. Confidentiality agreements and non-disclosure clauses are the order of the day. We demand an end to toxic secrets. We stand up to an industry which is writing their own rules and avoiding the painful realities of hard data, hard science, and actual on-the-ground impacts.
So... please join in this expanding movement at this critical time! Tell your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers:
1. Come to Washington, DC for STOP THE FRACK ATTACK, Saturday July 28th, 2012. It will be the first national rally and march against drilling and for clean energy. Be part of movement history and join others from around the country on the capitol grounds at 2pm. For a complete schedule of related events visit www.stopthefrackattack.org