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New photos and videos of Shale Gas Outrage Rally; hundreds gather for Freedom From Fracking Conference

September 8, 2011


September 8, 2011

*For downloadable high res images from Sept. 7 rally and march see: [5 high res files]

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*For a downloadable high res video from Sept. 7 rally please visit:

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On day two of Shale Gas Outrage hundreds of activists gather for Freedom From Fracking Conference

Philadelphia, PA – A day after 1,500 outraged residents from half a dozen states confronted the Marcellus Shale industry with a mass rally and march against high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking), hundreds gather a few blocks from the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Freedom From Fracking: Building Strategies Together organizing conference.

Organized by the Philadelphia-based advocacy group Protecting Our Waters and endorsed by 65 local, regional and national environmental, labor and social justice groups, Freedom From Fracking includes eighteen workshops with activists and experts working together, calling for a ban on fracking in Pennsylvania and other Marcellus Shale states.

Opening plenary speakers included hydrologist and hydrogeologist Paul Rubin and internationally renowned author and ecologist Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. Bios of speakers and workshop descriptions can be found at

Shale Gas Outrage was organized in response to the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s industry conference happening at the convention center in Philadelphia yesterday and today. CEOs from major fracking companies are present along with current Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and former governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell. Dubbed “Shale Gas Insight,” this is not only a key trade show for the industry, but also a brazen expression of its political muscle. Yesterday, activists held signs saying “Shale Gas Inspite…. Of Clean Water and Air” and called for clean renewable energy now.

Residents of half a dozen Marcellus Shale states oppose fracking because of the frequency and deadliness of toxic spills; because of biocides, neurotoxins and carcinogens in fracking fluid and arsenic, Radium 226 and other deadly materials brought up from the shale by drilling and fracking; because of serious smog, climate harm, massive methane migration, the certainty of future groundwater contamination as cement casing inevitably degrades; erosion and degradation of streams, destruction of wildlife habitat and, most of all, the already intense impacts on human and animal health.

“We are delighted and inspired by yesterday’s turnout: the breadth, depth and spirit of the increasingly well-organized resistance to what Sandra Steingraber today termed the ‘most insane’ of any of the destructive practices to extract fossil fuel,” said Protecting Our Waters director Iris Marie Bloom.

*For a complete list of rally speakers, impacted people and bios from yesterday’s Rally to Stop Dirty Drilling please visit

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 at215-391-1630 or for more info.

Contact: Abe Allen


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