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After natural gas explosion, Green Party of PA issues anti-drilling statement

Press release:

The Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for an end to
drilling for natural gas and other fossil fuels

After a blowback spewed gas and toxic water in Clearfield, PA, plus serious
incidents including deaths of oil and gas employees in West Virginia and
Texas, nearly 2 months of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and years of
mountain top removal, the Green Party of Pennsylvania says “enough already.”

Still in its infancy, drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale has resulted
in the poisoning of private drinking water sources in Dimock, the
destruction of Dunkard Creek, the pollution of the Monongahela River and the
transformation of billions of gallons of Pennsylvania’s fresh water
resources into untreatable toxic waste.

“The destruction that the oil, gas and coal industry does to our environment
is short sighted, unconscionable and criminal,” stated Green Party State
Representative candidate Jay Sweeney.  “It is time to implement a 21st
century energy policy based on solar, wind, geothermal and other clean,
non-polluting energy sources.  If these technologies received the subsidies
that the polluting industries receive, we would be well on our way to a
clean energy future,” Sweeney concluded.

Sweeney is running in the 111th District which covers northeast
Pennsylvania, an area with a large amount of drilling activity.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania believes that despite the apparent
short-term economic benefits, Marcellus Shale gas drilling will have a net
negative economic and environmental impact for Pennsylvania. We do not need
these fossil fuels. We should instead be conserving energy, and developing
clean, renewable energy sources, activities which if structured effectively
can also create jobs and spur economic development.

“Marcellus Shale drilling is poisoning our air, water, and land and must be
stopped,” declared Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Mel Packer.  “These are
my comments both as a citizen of this planet, a parent, and as the Green
Party candidate for US Senate. I urge all of you to join the struggle to
stop ALL Marcellus Shale drilling before Pennsylvania and other states as
well become one big SuperFund cleanup site and our children are left with a
destroyed environment.”


  1. Dave Schwab Dave Schwab June 15, 2010

    Hey, I agree with the libertarians on this one. Removing the liability cap for nuclear power sounds like a great way to ensure that no new nuclear power plants are ever built.

  2. Ross Ross June 14, 2010

    Good for you, Green Party Conservative. In the past month or so my family’s had a lot of new insulation put in our house. Conservation and renewables makes so much more sense than fossil fuels and nuclear (especially when nuclear, iirc, costs the government about $10 billion per new plant, money that could go into renewables).

  3. Green Party Conservative Green Party Conservative June 14, 2010

    This is one green party family heating with GEOTHERMAL, Solar…

    And if you’re talking heating or cooling you must have the new soy based liquid insulation. It has as much as four times the R value of fiberglass..

    Geothermal is the way to go for heating home.

    All earn tax deductions…thanks to Van Jones influence on new adminstration..

  4. inDglass inDglass June 14, 2010

    I wonder how many of these Greens will be heating their homes with natural gas this winter.

  5. Vaughn Vaughn June 14, 2010

    We don’t need our own Chernobyl.

  6. Steven R Linnabary Steven R Linnabary June 14, 2010

    Nuclear power should have been expanded decades ago ,

    Perhaps. But not until the Price-Anderson Act is repealed (which limits liability). Even the so-called “non-accident” at Three Mile Island was in excess of three times the legal liability.

    I don’t think we need to see another BP style evasion of liability when something goes wrong (and it will).


  7. LibertarianGirl LibertarianGirl June 14, 2010

    Nuclear power should have been expanded decades ago ,

  8. AroundtheblockAFT AroundtheblockAFT June 14, 2010

    What about coal? The Penna. economy depends heavily on that and it makes an environmental mess too.

    Nuclear? Is that o.k. with you Greens?

    In any case, like many Libertarians, the Greens have to realize there must be transition periods in order to transition from an existing situation to an ideal one. (“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”)

    Unless you can cogently lay out the transition,
    hardly anyone will take you seriously.

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