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May 10th PA Day of Action

May 9, 2012

Stand Up for Environmental Justice on Thursday, May 10th

Protecting Our Waters invites you to join and support three actions in three far-flung Pennsylvania counties. And, whether you can physically attend the May 10th Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) Public Hearing at 2:30 in Harrisburg, please write them  a letter right now.

On Thursday May 10th, help us protect clean water, air, land, health and democracy throughout Pennsylvania. We stand steadfastly with vulnerable and courageous people, including the Riverdale families threatened with eviction June 1st by water-privatizing profiteer Aqua America; and farmer Stephen Cleghorn, who is making history with his May 10th “Declaration of a Farm Inviolate of Gas Drilling.”
From 7:45 AM (Aqua shareholder action), to 11 AM (Protecting Paradise with the Cleghorn farm Declaration) and 2:30 PM (SRBC Hearing in Harrisburg), on Pennsylvania’s May 10th Day of Action, social justice for the 99% meets up with environmental justice and the call to protect all people, ecosystems and foodsheds threatened by fracking.

Don’t Take the River Out of Riverdale

Stand up for Clean Water and the Riverdale Families!
What: Demonstration, shareholder education outside Aqua America shareholders’ meeting followed by press conference
Where: Drexelbrook Banquet Facility and Corporate Events Center, Drexel Hill (Delaware County) PA (directions below)
4700 Drexelbrook Drive Drexel Hill, PA 19026
When: 7:45 a.m., Thursday, May 10th (you can still get to work on time after this early morning action!)
Press Conference: 8:45 a.m. with one or more Riverdale families speaking out
Why: Aqua America is colluding with the fracking industry in the Susquehanna River Basin to pollute air, water and land, and to destroy an intact community. Aqua plans to begin construction June 1st on an industrial facility withdrawing billions of gallons of water right where the Riverdale Mobile Home Village sits near the vital Susquehanna River.  Aqua has threatened the remaining families, who have nowhere to go, with eviction. Many families who live in Riverdale cannot afford to move, and do not want to abandon their close, peaceful community. We gather outside Aqua’s annual shareholders’ meeting to educate the owners of Aqua, and tell them to demand the company not begin construction June 1st. Aqua must respect the rights of the Riverdale families to stay in their homes undisturbed, and scrap its plans to sell water to the frackers.
Who: You, of course! AND: Kevin June, a Riverdale resident, will be present and Riverdale resident Deb Eck, who works twelve-hour days as a manager at the Family Dollar, is making every effort to come. Their travel is difficult. Come if you can.
Directions: From Philly by public transit, take Market-Frankford El West to 69th Street, then transfer to Route 101 trolley.  Get off at Drexelbrook stop (the next one after Anderson Ave.).  Walk south towards strip mall from the trolley stop, then left in front of the strip mall.  Walk past Revere Road. On your right, you’ll see driveway entrance to Drexelbrook, a large facility set back by parking lot.  We will gather by the entrance.  Est. 30 minutes on SEPTA from City Hall, 5 minutes walking.  Driving directions are here.
Contact: Alex Bomstein at (RSVPs welcome), (215) 850-8781 with Protecting Our Waters
Write a letter to Aqua.

Protecting Paradise: A Declaration of a Farm Inviolate of Gas Drilling

WHERE:  2771 Paradise Road, Reynoldsville, PA 15851 – in the upper pasture.

WHEN:  May 10, 2012.  11 AM – 12:30 PM.  (Rain or shine)

Six kids on the slide at Paradise Gardens and Farm, April 2012 Photo: Iris Marie Bloom

WHY:  Paradise Gardens and Farm has been leased against the will of the stewards of the land. Stephen Cleghorn will honor his wife and co-founder of Paradise, Lucinda Hart-Gonzalez, who died last November, while publicly declaring the farm permanently off-limits to gas drilling. He adds, “The recently enacted Act 13 is an unacceptable corporate raid on our democracy.  Pennsylvanians will not stand for it.”

Cleghorn will stand his ground against the corporate tyranny that is poisoning the state’s water and air while sickening its people and animals. “We need a new paradigm for how we live on this Earth,” states Cleghorn.  ”Let’s have a little rebellion.”

Protect the Susquehanna River Basin: SRBC Public Hearing 2:30 pm, May 10th, Harrisburg

* Note: Riverdale resident Kevin June will be present to testify in person at the hearing.

What: Testify in Person at the only public hearing prior to the next SRBC vote on yet more water withdrawals for fracking (June 7th)..Bring photo ID.

* Can’t come in person? Write a letter to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission right now: 

When: Thursday May 10th 2012, 2:30 – 5 pm (come at 2 pm).

Where: Pennsylvania State Capitol, East Wing, Room 8E-B, Harrisburg, Pa

All details (rules, link to docket) here.

To sign up to testify in person: Email Richard Cairo, General Counsel, at and Stephanie Richardson, SRBC Secretary,; call Richard Cairo at (717) 238-0423, ext. 306 or call Susan Obleski at (717) 215-7278. Those who do not sign up ahead of time will be first-come first-serve.

You can also submit comments until May 21st at this SRBC comment site

Protectors, please stand up for life. Bring out your tenderness and your steadfastness. Rebel against the fracking onslaught.  Come in person if you can; write a letter to Aqua and a letter to the SRBC (by May 21st 5 pm); and stay tuned.


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