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Fill the Hall! Philadelphia City Council Hearing September 28th 10 AM

September 14, 2010

Date: Tuesday, September 28th 10:00 AM*

Place: City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Time: *Gather at 9:30; Fill the hall at 10 AM

Event: City Council is opening the door to residents of Philadelphia and surrounding region for its first public hearing on unconventional gas drilling (fracking) economic and environmental impacts in our watershed.

This hearing is our chance to speak out on behalf of public health, to protect our communities and the rivers and streams on which we depend – to prevent contamination before it begins.  The Marcellus Shale Coalition and other industry representatives will be there, making their voices heard.  Make sure City Council and the press hear your voice too.  Once contaminated, you can’t clean a watershed — and health impacts are expensive, too.  Let’s fill the room!

Enter on the north-east corner of City Hall and please arrive at 9:30. To confirm your attendance and for more information, call Iris at (215) 840-6489 or contact Cecily of Protecting Our Waters at

(NOTE: YES, YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP — confirmation ahead of time is not essential, just very helpful!  Thanks!

Background: Philadelphia gets 100% of our drinking water from the Delaware River watershed, and the Upper Delaware River in particular is now endangered by the threat of gas drilling.  Congressmen Sestak, Holt, and Hinchey have procured $1 M in federal funding for a cumulative impacts study for this watershed, which should take place before any rules are made or permits issued for fracking in our watershed.  City Council and Mayor Nutter should stand up and demand protection for the drinking water of millions of residents.

Thanks to Councilman Curtis Jones, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Councilman Kenney for calling the hearing.  Hundreds of concerned people showing up in person at this hearing will let Council know how important you feel it is to keep toxic chemicals, endocrine disruptors, heavy metals, and radioactive materials (Radium 226) out of our rivers and streams.   The Monongahela River is impaired by fracking, the Susquehanna River is bubbling with contaminants, and this is our chance to stand up for the Delaware River watershed and its 15 million human inhabitants.

  1. Alice Zinnes permalink
    September 19, 2010 8:01 pm

    I live in the Upper Delaware River Basin, where test wells are ALREADY being drilled. Recently, for a number of days, sulfur gas was smelled at the site 3 miles from the river. Sulfur is a deadly gas. Also, the water in two water wells near another site has already turned brown, and the Newfield Exploration Company (the gas company) has supplied the households with bottled water. This site is 185 feet uphill from the tributary that is 1.5 miles from the river. These two wells are unregulated by the DRBC. Although PADEP was repeatedly called about the sulfur fumes, no one ever came, and PADEP now admits they’d had a communication problem. What will happen when these two wells become full-fracking wells in a number of months? The DRBC plans to issue its fracking regulations by Oct. 15, and soon thereafter full-fracking will begin along the Upper Delaware River. Unless we stop it of course.

  2. September 22, 2010 2:21 pm

    Ms. Bloom,

    I’ve been active in grassroots opposition to Marcellus drilling in western PA. News of this City Council meeting in Philadelphia is very encouraging, thank you for posting it!

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