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:
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: email@example.com
Don Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org – 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