Posts Tagged ‘Shale Gas Opposition’

Can’t Get No Protection

May 26, 2012

Anti-Fracking Petitions Proliferate in PA and Around the World
There are tons of anti-fracking petitions floating around these days. A few years ago, it would have been a challenge to find one, but now they’re like fish in a barrel. Some have gained heavy traction, like PennEnvironment’s “Protect Pennsylvania from Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling” which has more than 35,000 signatures, yet lawmakers of both parties regularly remark that they tend to pay “internet petitions” scant notice.

Nobody pays attention to them,” confirmed State Senator Daylin Leach [D-17th] at an informal discussion on gas drilling issues hosted by PennEnvironment in Upper Merion earlier this year. I guess I already kinda knew that but I’m optimistic by nature and, after all, it’s only a few clicks, right? If nothing else, I’ll lend a little moral support to the petitioners? Leach recommends letters and petitions on paper, and calling on your legislators.

Still, maybe lawmakers ought to at least take note of the sheer number of online anti-fracking petitions. If nothing else, it’s an indication that the public is trying to tell them something. There are way more petitions than I could possibly list here, of course that didn’t stop me from trying! Please let me know if I missed yours.

Say No To Shale Gas! Current Petitions:

Upgrade The Delaware River to Exceptional Value Status  (Delaware Riverkeeper Network)

Protect the Susquehanna River Basin  (Protecting Our Waters)

No New Permits – A Moratorium for Pennsylvania  (Pennsylvanians for Clean Land, Air and Water)

Tell Governor Corbett to Provide Water for Fracking Victims  (Water Defense)

Tell Congress to Ban Fracking Now!  (Food and Water Watch)

Tell State Legislators to Ban Fracking Now!  (Food and Water Watch)

Save the Clean Water Act from Attack by Gas Drillers  (Sierra/PA)

Stop Fracking in Bucks County PA and Repeal Act 13!  (Concerned Bucks County Pa Family)

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Battle Ballads: Alerte Schiste Lists Hundreds of Anti-Fracking Songs

May 26, 2012

It’s too easy to waste time on Facebook, yet every once in a while you find something big and beautiful. So, while I hope Mr. Zuckerberg’s new marriage goes more smoothly than his recent IPO, and I was initially daunted by Timeline, I had to share this recent fb discovery, which I happened upon via Alerte Schiste via Fracking Hell UK via Protecting Our Waters via …

Anti-Fracking Songs Version 2.1 (24.3.12) No. Entries 233

If  you’ve got the music in you, be sure to send your anti-fracking tune to alerte.schiste@gmail.com.

Fracked vs. Fiction, and the Very Real Need for a Moratorium in Pennsylvania

January 21, 2012

“Fifty Percent of Pennsylvania’s Land Mass (22,835 square miles) will become an heavily industrialized zone over the next fifty years…” *

“Wellbores, even perfectly sealed, will be thousands of times more porous than the rock between the shale and the surface, a multi-generational legacy of pollution could be the result.” *

“Three EPA studies have found that the migration of fracturing fluids into groundwater is unpredictable or has already happened.” *

POW!  Bam!!  Free Facts Fuel Democracy

Regularly circulating valuable links, articles and information, the venerable people at Protecting Our Waters are ever satisfying the public’s right-to-know about the impacts of industrial shale gas drilling on our fresh water supply. The group demonstrates that no matter how much money the gas industry spends on media and lobbying, they cannot captivate the national conversation. (more…)