Moms In HazMat Suits

Families fracked as threat of shale gas pollution hits home…, an impressive anti-fracking organization in Colorado, recently reposted this item from The Denver Post. The story made me mad. Madd mad.

DENVER — A small group of mothers and children from Erie marched into the building that houses Encana Corp.’s Denver headquarters this morning to present a petition signed by 21,000 people demanding that the energy giant forgo a planned natural gas drilling site near elementary schools and an adjoining neighborhood…

Why should these women have to fight for their children’s right to clean air? Probably because adequate zoning restrictions don’t exist in their neighborhood. And thanks to Act 13, they don’t exist in my Pennsylvania neighborhood anymore, either. I applaud these moms for organizing a direct action. I’m certain they have plenty of other things to do.

Closer to home, Iris Bloom of Protecting Our Waters reports that “Protesters Occupy PA Rep. Ellis’ Office, Take His Tap Water for Fracked Families.Marcellus Outreach Butler and their allies made an eloquent statement akin to performance art. Maybe if everyone donates a garden hose, we can run it out the Representative’s window to these fracked families? Seems only fitting considering Ellis’ role in toeing the Marcellus Shale Coalition party line, lobbying for – and being lobbied for – the distressingly bad law that is PA Act 13.

Mother of All Issues

All this recent news made me think of Angela Monti Fox, who has thoughtfully spearheaded The Mothers Project, which you can read more about at

As a mother, I’m infuriated that a single, heavily lobbied, hugely intrusive and polluting industry is waging war on the health of families in my state, or anywhere for that matter. Families are being fracked along with the shale beneath their feet. So, in the face of seemingly unstoppable multi-national energy corporations, and a population gluttonous in its demand for cheap fossil fuel, what’s a mother to do?

As an environmentalist, I ponder this daily, and maybe that’s why the mission statement at totally resonates:

This is a global coalition of mothers formed on behalf of children who cannot vote or make public policy. As their advocates and protectors, we support energy sources that do not fill our children’s environment—and thus their bodies—with toxic pollutants. Recognizing that our children’s lives are inextricably bound to the abiding ecology of the planet, we support energy sources that do not threaten the stability of the world’s climate, acidify its oceans, or fill the air with asthma- inducing, cancer-causing fumes. As mothers are the first environments for our children, we mothers support energy sources that do not threaten the inner sanctuaries of pregnancy with chemicals linked to birth defects, preterm birth, and cognitive deficits.

Monti Fox is the mother of Gasland documentary-maker Josh Fox, and she recently wrote an Open Letter to Michelle Obama, which you too can sign. The letter was published in an ad in The New York Times on Mother’s Day, 2012, and signatures began pouring in immediately afterwards.

A few dats later, Alison Rose Levy had a conversation with Monti Fox on her weekly show, Connect the Dots on Progressive Radio Network (May 16, 2012). Monti Fox calls on Mrs. Obama to “look at what is happening on the ground in many communities in terms of the impact polluted air and water from hydraulic fracturing. It’s a public appeal to her… to become our 21st century first lady, like an Eleanor Roosevelt.”

Monti Fox also recommends having a look at, which has recently begun tracking all the toxic waste water produced in the Marcellus.

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One Response to “Moms In HazMat Suits”

  1. Angela Monti Fox Says:

    Dear Mothers of the Earth:
    Sorry it’s taken so long to reply; so much action in our movement these past months has been great! and kept us here at The Mothers Project very busy. I am so grateful for the massive response to our public letter to our First Lady. We are still collecting signatures, our new goal is aimed at 1 million signatures around the world to be presented “in person” to her once this goal is achieved. We must be heard!
    Please help us achieve this goal. The letter is posted on our site as is the letter to the Senators from Colorado-initiated by Colorado Moms, reaching out to all who have concerns for children and the environment they live in.

    We hope to launch the “membership” portion of our site soon! This will be combined with a massive out reach to existing grassroots and new “Moms/women” everywhere to join our coalition. Those new to the movement, perhaps isolated in their communities will have a voice through The Mothers Project. As you know our “mission” started with “fracking” but does not stop there! We are advocating a full scale change from a fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable energy economy for the next generations. As mothers we are mobilizing the voices of all women to join this effort.
    with warm regards,
    Angela Monti Fox, Founder,
    We speak for children who can not vote or nor make public policy.

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