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River to River March April 23: Protecting Our Waters Photo Petition at Fishtown Shadfest

April 26, 2011

Protect Our Water(ice) Photo Petition at Fishtown Shadfest, a set on Flickr.

The River to River March on Saturday April 23 drew about 300 people and covered 4+ miles across Philadelphia from the Schuylkill River to the Delaware River.

Protecting Our Waters set up a photo petition truck at the March’s end in Fishtown right in the midst of the annual Shadfest.

Here we present strong and passionate messages from concerned citizens like you.

  1. April 26, 2011 1:59 pm

    This looks awesome, Kristian! All these people standing up for our water, air and climate make me so happy.

  2. charlie permalink
    April 26, 2011 4:40 pm

    I like the signs, “we cant drink money”

    do you drink anything from the skukyll anyway?
    do you drink waste water?

    im pretty sure they clean teh water, and im pretty sure the gas companies already stated they would phase out the dumping of wastewater within 30 days or so.

    jobs are good.

    • Kristian Boose permalink
      April 28, 2011 10:05 am

      Hi Charlie. Thanks for checking out our blog and for taking the time to comment.

      In fact, Philadelphia’s drinking water is drawn from our two rivers, the Delaware and Schuylkill.

      According to the City of Philadelphia Water Department website; “More than 2,000 women and men of the Philadelphia Water Department work around the clock to make sure that a safe, high-quality of water is always on tap. Our commitment to providing a safe and abundant supply of water is our commitment to all of our customers, both large and small.” Unfortunately, if our waterways become polluted (even more than they already are) by toxic waste from Marcellus Shale industry all those fine folks working so hard to provide us with clean drinking water will be working for nothing.

      There is currently no way that I know of to clean or filter or process all of the radioactivity and chemicals out of fracking flowback water. Water treatment plants have had very expensive machinery and equipment ruined by this stuff. They are not set up to handle it. Some plants don’t even have the proper equipment in place to handle it and don’t have it in their strapped budgets to purchase it. To add to that, drilling companies are not required to release complete information about what constitutes the mixture in their fracking fluids, so water treatment plants can’t properly filter the waste if they don’t know what’s in it to begin with. Some of the known chemicals don’t even have safe regulated limits placed on them at this time from what I understand.

      Anyway, it’s not as simple as being sure they can clean up the water. Once this fresh water is contaminated with fracking chemicals, I don’t know if anyone is really sure it can ever be cleaned up again and be safe to drink.

      The DEP and EPA requesting that companies stop dumping the wastewater at PA treatment plants is a great first step. But, it only begs the question of where all that polluted toxic water will go instead. To Ohio or NY? To deep injection wells out of state or open lined pits (where it can evaporate into the air we breathe). It is just a shifting of the problem.

      This also does not address the problems that can occur when spills due to negligence or accidents happen. The more this toxic fluid is handled the more chance it could be spilled on site, from a truck hauling it, or wherever it ends up. And the more wells drilled, the more fluid out there being trucked around. This contributes to the pollution of our waterways and the poisoning of our wildlife and habitats also. The cumulative effects I don’t even want to imagine when and if this industry gets up to full speed where it wants to be with well density, etc. There have been so many problems already and this is really just the tip of the iceberg.

      On the jobs idea, I agree that jobs are good but very little has been published to date indicating that this industry is actually good for job creation. There is a lot of propaganda out there on the subject, but so far little to indicate any truth. A few people are making a lot of money and others are suffering. A lot of the drilling jobs are from out of state, so far the emergency response teams seem to have to be flown in from Texas, a lot of the trucking jobs leach workers off other jobs and those other employers are now suffering from the loss. There might be temporary upticks for staffing at places like restaurants, hotels, suppliers, and convenience stores, but will these be long term or is this all just a few year boom and bust? No one seems to know the answer to this being just a couple year or a 50 year process. And then where will folks be without jobs, without clean water to drink, and without any land to use because it’s all a polluted industrial site with no property value to speak of? I’ve heard jokes that jobs are being created because we need more people to staff the hospitals, more police and firefighters to control the crime and accidents, and more lawyers for all the lawsuits being filed. It’s not funny to me because it just possibly might be true.


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