Green Party of Philadelphia endorses city council resolution against hydrofracking, seeks more action

From Philly Now:

Inappropriate analogies aside, the Green Party of Philadelphia has put out a statement on the moratorium (they’re for it), of which we’re pulling some parts:

Philadelphia’s Green Party leaders voted to endorse the proposed City Council Resolution, Belinda Davis, acting GPOP treasurer, who attended Council’s hearing in September, hailed the moratorium on fracking. She urged Council “to reinforce their important ban in their vote on additional recommendations. My children’s health and that of millions of others is in their hands.”

Other Green Party leaders were less enthusiastic. Carol McLean, acting GPOP membership secretary said, “On November 16, 2010, Pittsburgh’s City Council not only banned fracking, but it also issued a new Bill of Rights for Pittsburgh residents, which included the right to water along with rights for ecosystems and nature. Pittsburgh’s Council then banned those activities, including gas extraction, which violate those rights. I think Philadelphia’s citizens should use our municipal government to demand an end to all activities and policies that are harmful to our communities and the natural environment upon which our lives depend.

Some Green Party leaders here say the Philadelphia Council resolution shows progress, while warning that this belated resolution does not go nearly far enough. Chris Robinson, Green Party organizer in Germantown, said, “Philadelphia should have acted years ago. The Green Party has been lobbying for Council to take action on gas drilling since 2008.”

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