Philly: Friday Morning Rally & Press Conference for Clean Water in Dimock
Protecting Our Waters, Frack Action, Food & Water Watch, and Clean Water Action Stand with Dimock Residents, Public Health and Environmental Advocates to Urge EPA to Send Water to Dimock.
We are organizing an emergency demonstration and press conference this Friday morning because the people of Dimock, PA must not endure one more day without clean safe water! Dimock families will be present and we hope you will too! Basics: Rally 8:30 AM; Press Conference 9 AM; outside the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. If possible, please bring 1, 2, and 5-gallon jugs of water we can donate to the families of Dimock.
“We call on EPA to ensure that the families of Dimock do not endure another day without access to safe drinking water,” said biologist Sandra Steingraber and 25 health professionals in a letter to the EPA Monday.
Last week, several Dimock families received phone calls from EPA Region 3, based in Philadelphia, assuring them that EPA would begin delivering safe clean water to them by Friday or Saturday. No delivery has happened and the EPA has, at this time, backed down from that promise.
With EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in town this Friday for a Town Hall with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, we have the perfect opportunity to tell the head of the EPA to do the right thing by providing clean water, a basic human right, to the affected families in Dimock.
What: Morning rally and press conference:
1. Demonstration asking EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to “do the right thing” by delivering clean water to victims of gas industry water contamination
2. Press Conference featuring residents of Dimock, PA, including Craig and Julie Sautner; and public health and environmental advocates
Join us the morning of Friday, January 13, 2012, outside the Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
9:00am: Press Conference
9:30am: Lisa Jackson’s town hall meeting (inside, tickets required)
Background: Nineteen families in Dimock, Pennsylvania have suffered from contaminated drinking water for over three years. Despite enormous pressure brought to bear on them to sign a legal agreement requiring them to fall silent regarding their drinking water contamination, caused by Cabot Oil and Gas, eleven of the families have not signed a “non-disclosure clause” and therefore have maintained their freedom of speech. In December the EPA received documents showing the intensity and toxicity of these families’ drinking water contamination. The EPA has responded by telling the families, according to Craig Sautner, that “they absolutely don’t want us using our [water] wells at all.”
Yet Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has not only reneged on a promise made by former PA DEP Secretary John Hanger to provide all the affected families with a clean and permanent supply of drinking water, but it has allowed Cabot to cease providing safe clean drinking waters for these families. The families are becoming increasingly desperate, since Cabot’s last delivery was on November 30th.