On Wednesday May 18th, Protecting Our Waters along with 60 protesters had a strong action, turning out in the rain to confront former governor Ridge’s doublespeak, on behalf of his employer, the industry lobby group Marcellus Shale Coalition, at the Doubletree Hotel.
The protest was covered by Fox 29, WHYY radio, Grid Magazine and Philadelphia Weekly.
Video recap from the Protect Our People, Not Our Polluters Protest:
A delegation of eight knowledgeable, powerfully well-spoken people visited Governor Corbett’s Philadelphia office, marched inside and expressed our concerns and demands to Adam Gattuso, Director of the Governor’s Southeast Regional Office at 200 S. Broad Street. To read the letter of demands presented, to download a copy for yourself to sign and send, and to hear more about this part of the day, please click here.
Three rally speakers took center stage during the demonstration: Rebecca Roter, Mark Schmerling, and Julie Ann Edgar of Berks Gas Truth. To read Julie Ann Edgar’s speech please click here
Photographs from the Protect Our People, Not Our Polluters Protest:
"Don't Pass Gas" refers to the NatGas Act, which would give $5B in subsidies to convert vehicles to natural gas; "We Can't Drink Money" ... well, when water in fracking areas is contaminated with methane, benzene, arsenic, barium, glutaraldehyde and 2-butoxyethanol (so far), it's not safe to drink! (Source: Mark Schmerling)
Street Theater makes fun of former governor Ridge's pro-fracking speech with a "Marcellus Shale Coalition Rep" (Ridge's industry employer) and a "potential investor" being told by onlookers, "fracking is a crime... don't invest in fracking!" (Source: Mark Schmerling)
Man with sign: "R.I.P. Towanda Creek" (Source: Mark Schmerling)