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Shale Gas Outrage in Photos (Part One)

September 10, 2011

Shale Gas Outrage, an empowering two-day stand against fracking and shale gas drilling, brought over 1,500 people together in the streets of Philadelphia outside the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s industry convention.  Beginning with a press conference highlighting impacts of poisoned water on real people, including three farmers, Shale Gas Outrage included a rally, march, interfaith blessing, and full-day conference.

While the industry tried to belittle our overwhelmingly strong presence, others listened closely. Today, The Scranton Times Tribune published an editorial titled “Protesters Have Point” in which they conclude: “The industry, and the state agencies that regulate it, have a long way to go if they are serious about proving the protesters wrong.”

Below are just a few shots of the people energizing this growing movement.  They made sure our voices were heard as we declared fracking’s impacts on air, water, earth, climate and health are unacceptable and demanded:  Not One More Permit…No Fracking Way! 

The Rally

Craig and Julie Sautner from Dimock, PA share their story about how they've been living with contaminated water for almost three years due to Cabot's drilling nearby. Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood

Reverend Leah Schade connects our spirituality to our fight to protect our Earth. Photo by Amy Roe

Bilingual hip-hop performers rouse the crowd with words that encourage political action. Photo by Josh Lopez

This baby appears very concerned about fracking and her future; the mom, however, seems encouraged by the size of the anti-fracking crowd on the streets of Philadelphia as they participate in the rally. Photo by Kate Krauss

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown addresses the crowd. She sponsored the first City Council resolution (3/25/10) calling for a moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood

After the two-hour long rally, protesters marched through the city to the EPA, to President Obama's re-election campaign office, and to Governor Corbett's Southeast Regional office where a spirited delegation delivered Kim McEvoy's letter. Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood

More photos to follow. Thanks to all who helped document this pivotal event!

  1. G Preston permalink
    September 10, 2011 9:13 pm

    Thank you for the photos! What an energizing experience Shale Shock Outrage was … energizing and mobilizing us for the long haul! Iris & event staff, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for such a fantastic event! We will be ready to tackle the industry & the DRBC, on October 21! This is a battle that must be won!

  2. G Preston permalink
    September 10, 2011 9:16 pm

    Thank you for your insightful comments, and for keeping us up to date on fracking events.

  3. binny permalink
    September 10, 2011 10:07 pm

    Photos are appreciated. I was feeling guilty for not making the drive from Bradford County, ground zero for drilling in the state. My back was bothering me, the guy who was supposed to come along backed out, blah blah blah…I’m sure there’s several thousand of us slackers for every activist who did show up. God bless you all for actually doing it!

  4. September 11, 2011 11:22 am

    Global Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

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