I started this blog a year ago, freaked over Fracking and the hydrological catastrophe coming to Pennsylvania. I was determined to reach one thousand people with the message that industrial shale gas drilling will forever destroy beautiful, economically struggling regions of rural PA. I wanted them to know that the unchecked, under-regulated shale gas industry is already polluting the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Mostly, I wanted people to Take Action to protect the imperiled Delaware and Schuylkill River watersheds.
One hundred-fifty posts later, there are many more blogs and websites designed to promote the truth about Marcellus shale drilling, and to expose the failures and, some might say, corruption of the Corbett administration. There have been moments when we’ve all focused on the same news, and I’ve questioned KeepTap’s relevancy. Once or twice, I feared the echo-chamber effect. I’ve since come to realize that sometimes, when a cause is this vital, we need a chorus.
Today, it’s obvious that “Unconventional Gas Drilling” takes a too great a toll on our Environment and Public Health. Yet, bad lawmakers continue to dismiss good science, and people’s lives are being ruined. Judging from my site stats, visitors find blogs like this in their search for objective information about our water supply. Clean water is one of those few, purely non-partisan issues, something on which we can all agree. I surpassed my original goal months ago, and it seems to me the chorus is growing louder, calling attention to the moral outrages of our state leadership.
In and around Philadelphia, interest in Delaware River watershed protection is finally coming to the fore. Once thought of as something happening ‘over there’ in the Western counties, Fracking has arrived in the social and political lexicon. It’s become cause celebre, as Moms in minivans want their own “No Frack” magnets, and kids fill up the church halls with music and the anti-fracking message. Everyday in the Delaware Valley, people are recognizing the increasing threat hydraulic fracturing poses to the water supply of 15.6 million, and they want to know what they can do to Protect Our Waters.
Water Is Life
Around the globe, people are mobilizing against toxic threats to their precious water supplies, educating their opinions and fighting for their Environmental Human Rights. The uniquely insidious pollution from hydraulic fracturing has rapidly become an issue in England, Ireland, France, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Wales.
Pennsylvania – with its surfeit of fraccidents, blowouts, explosions and spills – has become the sorry poster child for the Fracking frenzy, a place where the environmental impacts of accelerated industrial gas development are rapidly accumulating. Concern over water withdrawals, pollution from drilling, cement seal failures, unregulated toxic air emissions and inadequate waste water disposal practices, has never been more pronounced. As the list of Pennsylvanians’ whose lives have been destroyed by sickness or the sudden loss of clean, potable water only gets longer, we all have a duty to fight for our right to clean air and water. This right is guaranteed to us in our State Constitution. It’s a basic human right, and it’s being trampled in a most Machiavellian way.
Spring Into Action! Four Ways to Fight Fracking Today…
I. Where’s the “Enforcement Secretary”?
Ten families in Butler County, PA have had their water fouled since Rex Energy began “unconventional drilling” nearby. Either directly or indirectly, Rex likely caused the problem, and probably directly, as the company was already sited for faulty well casings by PA DEP inspectors. But the state let Rex off the hook anyway. DEP did take some water samples, then later said the lab screwed up the test results, and left it at that. There’s been no further DEP testing, and Rex Energy is no longer required to provide replacement water to these Connoquenessing Township families.
So where’s EPA? Tell Lisa Jackson: EPA Must Take Action!
Sign on to this Citizen Speak email created by the Philadelphia-based environmental group Protecting Our Waters.
Make a donation to help families without water.
2. Save The Delaware, Seriously
Contribute to one (or all) of these worthy environmental groups. Each is working hard everyday to keep “Unconventional Gas Drilling” out of the Delaware River Watershed:
3. Act Global, Think Local: Write Your Legislators
Thanks to the freshly inked Gas Impact Fee Legislation, Act 13, “municipalities can no longer adequately protect homes or businesses, and possibly even schools or parks, from nearby drilling activity that could damage a community’s quality of life and property values.” The part that truly sucks for Southeastern PA: “The law limits municipal authority over the industry’s “downstream” compressor stations and pipelines that bring the gas to consumers.” Read more from The Associated Press.
Tell Your Local Legislators how you feel about being stripped of your local zoning rights and protections.
4. Wake Your Village, or Town, or Neighborhood…
Talk up this important issue! Don’t start a panic, but do let people know you have concerns about Watershed Protection. Write an email to all your friends, or “Share” a link you really like on Facebook. People are actively looking for quality information. You may inspire others to take action without even knowing it.