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