Quick Action Alert: Protect the Susquehanna with Written Comment by Feb. 27th
No problem if you couldn’t get to Harrisburg for the Feb. 16th public hearing of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. You can still tell the Commissioners what you think. Written comments on water withdrawal permits for shale gas development and related matters are being accepted until February 27.
Take action here, where Earthworks has created a sample letter to tailor and send, talking points, and links for more information.
Remind the Commission that its job is not to facilitate risky drilling for short-term gain – but to protect public water resources for a long time to come. Call for a moratorium on water withdrawal permits, since there’s been no assessment whatsoever of the full life-cycle impacts from high-volume hydrofracking in the huge, beautiful and endangered Susquehanna River watershed.
You can also comment by snail mail or e-mail:
Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 1721 North Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa. 17102-2391, or submitted electronically to Richard A. Cairo, General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments mailed or electronically submitted must be received by the Commission on or
before February 27, 2012 at 5 pm.
Fractured bureaucracies may not protect us from toxic fracking, but our public outcry is essential since the damage is escalating so quickly right now. We must build the people’s powers of protection. The Susquehanna River Basin and its people, including the Chesapeake Bay, are too important, too vital to allow this poisoning. Ninety percent of the freshwater for the northern Chesapeake Bay comes from the Susquehanna River. Downstreamers, the time is now to raise your voices.
Thanks for all you do! Next step: Mark your calendars now. The actual vote on these water withdrawals for fracking will take place in Harrisburg on March 15th.