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 two 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 in Dimock, the destruction of Dunkard Creek, pollution of the Monongahela River and 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 U.S. 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.”
The Green Party of Pennsylvania, www.gpofpa.org, is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of grassroots democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom and nonviolence.