Fifty Shades of Fracking

Once again, PennEnvironment has smashed the barrier between Big Green and grassroots by eloquently framing the case for a moratorium on fracking in Pennsylvania. This week, PennEnviro presented a series of videos entitled Marcellus Shale Stories. Each clip features citizens speaking out, succinctly describing one aspect of the complex story that is Industrial Shale Gas Drilling. Together, their experiences are a testament to the devastating toll that shale gas production is presently exacting from unwitting Pennsylvanians like you and me.

Non-hysterically narrated by PennEnvironment‘s Erica Staaf, Marcellus Shale Stories is more than a catalog of the ill-effects of gas drilling. It’s an anthology of cautionary tales from Pennsylvania’s Sacrifice Zone, and it underscores the serious need for a moratorium on new drilling permits until comprehensive socio-economic and environmental impact studies are conducted. Otherwise, we are all vulnerable to:

  • Adverse Health Impacts
  • Water Contamination
  • Declining Property Values
  • Compromised Agriculture and Food Safety
  • Loss and Fragmentation of State Forest Land to Gas Drilling
  • Destruction of Scenic Landscapes Adversely Impacting Tourism
  • Downstream Pollution in Cities and Neighboring States


Philadelphia Freedom…  From Fracking

The Gentleman From Philly Objects
Rep. Tony Payton, Jr.  [Pennsylvania’s 179th district] discusses why people in Philadelphia should be concerned about the current Marcellus Shale drilling. Narrated by PennEnvironment’s Erika Staaf. PennEnvironment is the state affiliate of Environment America, a national federation of state-based environmental organizations.  [SOURCE: www.PennEnvironment.org; www.EnvironmentAmerica.org]

www.pennenvironment.org/page/pae/pennenvironments-marcellus-shale-stories

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