New Photos & Video from Shale Gas Outrage
September 7, 2011
Shale Gas Outrage kicked off with a 10:30am press conference featuring families from Pennsylvania and Texas whose water has been poisoned by gas drilling. Speakers included several farmers and a rancher.
Francesca Lo Basso reading a statement from Janet McIntyre of Connoquenessing Township, PA.
Rally to Stop Dirty Drilling
Following the press conference, over 2,000 outraged residents from around the region rallied. Speakers and performers included Josh Fox; Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown; Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones; Pittsburgh City Council President Doug Shields; Al Appleton, former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection; Iris Marie Bloom, Director of Protecting Our Waters; David Braun of United for Action; Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director of Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Jim Walsh, Eastern Region Director of Food and Water Watch and more.
Further video of rally speakers courtesy of Antoine.
Another video sampling of rally and press conference speakers.
Photos of press conference and rally by Reverend Jesse Brown.
March to Governor Corbett’s Office
At the conclusion of the rally, a spirited mass of protestors wound through Center City, shouting at the EPA to crack down on the fracking industry and concluding at Governor Corbett’s Southeastern PA office. An angry delegation delivered a letter from Butler County, PA resident Kim McEvoy which says, “Dear Governor Corbett, I own my home in Connoquenessing Township and I have black water…. Please stop the drilling. It’s not right to allow the gas companies to gamble with our lives.”
Interfaith Blessing of the Waters
The day of events ended with an Interfaith Blessing of the Waters — a ceremony calling for the protection of air, water, earth and health from the toxic impacts of fracking.
September 8, 2011
Freedom From Fracking Conference
Day two of Shale Gas Outrage saw hundreds of activists and organizers from around the region at the Freedom From Fracking: Building Strategies Together Conference. The conference featured eighteen workshops with activists and experts working together, calling for a ban on fracking in Pennsylvania and other Marcellus Shale states.