Emergency Water Aid Rally to Demand that REX Energy Reinstate Water Deliveries to Connoquenessing Families
Below is a press release from Marcellus Outreach Butler about their action March 1st to assist the families impacted by gas drilling in Connoquenessing Township, Butler County, PA. Rex Energy is removing water buffaloes today, February 29th, which at least six families depend on for all their water needs; Rex already cut off four families in January, and Rex is discontinuing bottled water deliveries for several families as well.
For Immediate Release:
GROUPS PROVIDE EMERGENCY WATER AID MARCH 1st; DEMAND THAT REX ENERGY CONTINUE CLEAN, DRINKABLE WATER TO CONNOQUENESSING FAMILIES
BUTLER COUNTY, PA – A rally will be held to call attention to the plight of families in the Woodlands neighborhood of Connoquenessing Township whose water has been contaminated since natural gas drilling began and are to lose the water delivered by Rex Energy after February 29. On Thursday, March 1st at 3:15 pm, rally attendees will assemble at the Butler Farmer’s Market in the city of Butler, PA, located on West Diamond and Chestnut Streets between Race and Shore Streets (Note: this is not the Butler Farm Market on Rt. 68). From there, they will march 0.2 miles to Rex Energy’s Butler office.
Citizens will voice their outrage that Rex Energy is failing to live up to its corporate responsibilities. Rex Energy has been delivering water to at least eleven families—31 individuals and their animals—after they reported changes in their water quality, color, smell, and/or quantity since their rural neighborhood became the site of drilling pads, fracking, containment ponds, compression stations, a gas treatment plant, and ongoing pipeline construction. Rex Energy will stop the delivery of safe and clean water on this date. Citizens assembled at the rally will demand that Rex act responsibly and reinstate deliveries of replacement water so that they may safely drink, cook, wash, and bathe in their own homes.
Those attending the rally will also urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use their authority to protect the rights guaranteed to citizens under the Pennsylvania Constitution to clean water, air, and a healthy environment. To date, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has failed to ensure these rights. The EPA must step in to mandate clean and safe water be provided to replace the water that has been contaminated since gas drilling commenced in the area.
For further information contact Marcellus Outreach Butler organizer Diane Sipe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-272-4935.