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Press Conference, Shale Gas Outrage Rally and March; Interfaith Blessing. Impacted Families, Josh Fox to Speak in Philadelphia September 7, 2011

September 6, 2011

Media Advisory: Press Conference

Tuesday September 6, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Francesca Lo Basso, Communications Director, Shale Gas Outrage

Cell: 215-717-8364, francesca@protectingourwaters.com

Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network,

Cell: 215-692-2329, tracy@delawareriverkeeper.org

Families directly impacted by fracking and Oscar-nominated Gasland director Josh Fox to speak tomorrow at Shale Gas Outrage press conference

FULL LIST OF EVENTS FOR SHALE GAS OUTRAGE:

WHO: Protecting Our Waters, Delaware Riverkeeper Network & 65 endorsing organizations

WHEN: All events take place on Wednesday, September 7

WHAT & WHERE:

Press Conference with impacted people from PA and TX

10:30 am – Chapel at Arch St. United Methodist Church (55 N. Broad St.)

*Speakers available for interview immediately following press conference.

Rally to Stop Dirty Gas Drilling

Noon – 2pm – on Arch St. between 13th and Broad Sts.

Speakers include Oscar-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox, Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Councilman Curtis Jones, Pittsburgh City Council President Doug Shields, PA State Reps Babette Josephs and Kenyatta Johnson; impacted people; Al Appleton and other environmental experts; musicians and more. A full list is available at www.shalegasoutrage.org.

 

March; Deliver Kim McEvoy’s Letter to Governor Corbett

2-3pm – Stops at EPA office (Arch & 17th), Obama’s re-election office (15th and Sansom) and Corbett’s Southeastern PA office (Broad between Locust & Walnut)

*Letter from Butler County, PA resident Kim McEvoy attached.

Interfaith Blessing of the Waters

5:30-7pm – Penn Treaty Park (1199 N. Delaware Ave.)

An interfaith gathering and ceremony at the shore of the Delaware River for the protection of all waterways being threatened by fracking.

Philadelphia – Shale Gas Outrage, a two-day event endorsed by over 65 organizations outraged by fracking’s environmental impacts and unacceptable risks, will open with a press conference – unprecedented in Philadelphia – featuring individuals personally impacted by gas drilling. Families from Susquehanna, Butler, Washington and Jefferson Counties (PA), and from Texas will be making statements in person; impacted individuals include three farmers – one whose cows delivered stillborn, deformed calves after exposure to fracking chemicals – and an individual who has experienced illness associated with her family’s contaminated water.

Speakers will be available immediately afterward for interviews, along with Oscar-nominated Gasland director Josh Fox (who has interviewed impacted people in states around the country).

Protecting Our Waters, pushing for a Pennsylvania statewide halt on high-volume hydrofracking and for a continued moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, will host the press conference along with Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  “These people with poisoned water are the canaries in the coal mine,” said Protecting Our Waters director Iris Marie Bloom. “Not one more fracking permit should be issued in PA. People are getting seriously sick and doctors don’t even know how to treat them for exposure to multiple chemicals.”

“Outrageously, the PA DEP spends as little as 2 to 30 minutes approving fracking permits – there are 11 environmental violations a day and not a single cumulative impact study has been done in the state. We say time to call a halt,” said Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

Families throughout Pennsylvania’s “shale country” have lost access to drinkable water due to gas drilling impacts. Some have reported severe abdominal pain, mouth ulcers, vomiting, hair loss, signs of arsenic poisoning and other serious health issues as a result of water and air contamination. Farmers and others report dead animals and lost or threatened livelihoods as a result of gas drilling.

*For further information on fracking and for continuing press updates, please visit http://www.shalegasoutrage.org/media-press.

Protecting Our Waters is a Philadelphia-based grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the Delaware River basin, the state of PA and the region from unconventional gas drilling and other threats to drinking water, environment and public health. Please contact us at 215-391-1630 or abe@protectingourwaters.com.

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