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“No Fracking Way” Resonated from Hundreds of Voices through the Streets of Philadelphia

April 24, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sunday April 24, 2011

Contacts:   Iris Marie Bloom, Protecting Our Waters: (215) 840-6489

Corina Delman, River to River: (267) 242-5133

Geoff Belforti, River to River: (717) 572-8139

“No Fracking Way” Resonated from Hundreds of Voices through the Streets of Philadelphia

River to River March crowd at Love Park Philadelphia, PA.

Marchers blasted the industry for failing to protect families from blowouts and contamination; urged Governor Corbett to deny permits for unconventional gas drilling (fracking) statewide; and pressed for complete moratorium in the Delaware River Basin.

Philadelphia, PA – Just after a three-day blowout contaminated Towanda Creek in Bradford County, PA, and angry families there demanded that Governor Corbett stop allowing fracking, community groups in Philadelphia marched 300 strong with the same demand. Starting at the Schuykill River and marching to the Delaware River at Penn Treaty Park, concerned residents called for an end to high-volume horizontal hydrofracking, the controversial gas extraction method commonly called fracking. Protecting Our Waters Director Iris Marie Bloom said fracking “damages air, water, earth, climate, and human health.”

Pro drilling? Only as part of a very creative and sarcastic skit performed at Love Park in Philadelphia during the River to River March.

Showing the passion of the people who walked 4 miles, creative costumes and signs decorated the River to River March in Philadelphia.

Opinions about fracking crossed generational boundaries at the River to River March in Philadelphia Saturday April 23

At Love Park, Cheri Honkala of Kensington Welfare Rights Union gave a fiery speech about “corporate greed,” saying that for low-income people water is a bottom line issue even more important than housing. “What good is an apartment if you can’t drink the water?” she asked. State Representative Kenyatta Johnson brought the crowd alive with chants of “no fracking way” and “protect our waters” in call and response. Reverend Jesse Brown called for green jobs and renewable energy. Artist Peter Handler pointed out that in the big picture, “natural gas extraction is worse than coal for climate.” Dr. Poune Saberi said that human health is at risk, since over 596 chemicals are used in fracking, including carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

Marching drummers wore Tyvek suits; while some marchers wore large fish puppets one woman carried a 13 foot tall drilling rig for the entire march route, over four miles. Colorful flags, signs, and banners proclaimed, “Don’t Frack with Our Water!”

Organizers: River to River, Protecting Our Waters. Co-sponsors: Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Food and Water Watch, Drexel Student Sierra Club, PennEnvironment, Temple Students for Environmental Action.

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3 Comments
  1. Lori permalink
    April 24, 2011 7:29 pm

    Go Pennsylvania! Go, Go , GO!!! YES!

  2. May 27, 2011 3:51 pm

    We need to push for a moratorium! Safety first before profits!

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