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Frack Radio Episode 5; Action Calendar: What You Can Do

February 11, 2011

We encourage you to attend one of the three Delaware River Basin Commission hearings in person:

  • Tues. Feb. 22, Honesdale, PA (Wayne County): Honesdale High School (459 Terrace St.), cap. 990;
  • Tues. Feb. 22, Liberty, NY (Sullivan County): Liberty High School (125 Buckley St.), cap. 750;
  • Thur. Feb 24, Trenton, NJ (Mercer County): Patriots Theater @ War Memorial (1 Memorial Dr.), cap. 1,833.

Sessions for all meetings run from 1:30 to 5 pm and from 6 – 9:30 pm. Reservations to speak are on a first come first serve basis, opening one hour prior to each session.

If you live in the Delaware River Basin, comment on the proposed fracking regulations for the Delaware River watershed.  You may comment early and often, and you may also help generate a river of comments by involving your family, friends, and network in protecting surface water, groundwater, wetlands and drinking water.  You can find information at protectingourwaters.com and delawareriverkeeper.org.

On the Federal level, write and call your Senator and Representative for two reasons this week.  Ask them to give strong backup to the three House Democrats demanding a full investigation by the EPA into the tens of millions of gallons of diesel fuel injected underground by shale gas drillers in 19 states for four years in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  At the same time, ask federal lawmakers to provide strong support for the EPA in assessing the life cycle impacts on water from hydraulic fracturing and in regulating life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas drillers.

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show seemed to not quite have his facts straight regarding the life cycle impacts from shale gas drilling when he invited T. Boone Pickens on his show recently.  Stewart said that he’d  heard shale gas drilling has some environmental impacts, but that Pickens’ plan to vastly increase the use of natural gas for transportation sounds good to him if drilling can be done safely.  Please write and call the Daily Show to let Stewart know about ALL of unconventional gas drilling’s impacts, from deforestation and water contamination to health impacts and climate.  Let him know the EPA recently found methane emissions from shale gas drilling are 9,000 times greater than previously thought.  You can’t clean up greenhouse gas problems by spewing more potent greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.  Email thedailyshow@comedycentral.com and call 212/ 586-2477.

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