Activists Stand in Solidarity with Families Facing Eviction by “Arrogant Aqua”
Unfazed by an overcast and drizzly afternoon, over twenty activists gathered outside the headquaters of Aqua America in Bryn Mawr, PA today at noon to confront the corporation about their “moral deficit.” Aqua is in the process of evicting 32 low-income families from Riverdale Mobile Home Park in order to build a water withdrawal facility to sell 3 million gallons of Susquehanna River water per day, for the next four years and beyond, to the fracking industry. The small Riverdale community in Jersey Shore, PA was rocked by the news of the sudden evictions less than one month ago, after the Susquehanna River Basin Commission awarded Aqua its permit to withdraw water for fracking on March 15th.
“This is about human beings losing their homes,” said Nathan Sooy of Clean Water Action. “We need to protect families like the family of (Riverdale resident) Kevin June… Aqua is certainly making enough money to treat them right.”
“Aqua America made $143 million net last year; they’re a major corporation, and they don’t need to make more money by poisoning our water permanently through all phases of the fracking process. They certainly don’t need to displace these families and insult their dignity by refusing to even offer them just compensation,” said Iris Marie Bloom of Protecting Our Waters.
Charlie Kratovil of Food & Water Watch said, “The oil and gas industry promises people that fracking will provide jobs and a thriving local economy, but the truth is, these companies could care less about the communities they are destroying with their actions.”
Vigil Still to Come: This evening, 6 pm, 762 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr PA 19010.
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