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Action Alert: End the Broken Promises in Butler County

May 14, 2012
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On Saturday, March 17, 2012 PA Representative Brian Ellis, a prime sponsor of Act 13 (“The Mad Rush to Drill Act”), publicly announced that he had brokered a deal with Wal-Mart to help the families whose well water became contaminated since natural gas drilling starting in their rural community. It was reported by Ellis that Wal-Mart would be donating enough funds to purchase 2,000 gallons of drinking water for the families. The community has yet to see a single gallon of what was promised them.

Butler County residents have created an online petition and have organized two phone-in days to PA. Rep. Ellis’ offices on May 14th and 15th asking him to live up to his promise to provide water to the Woodlands area of Connoquesessing Township.

On March 1, 2012 Rex Energy—with the approval of the DEP—removed water buffalos and stopped water deliveries to the affected families despite reported testing irregularities and conflicting test results. Since then private citizens, area churches, and other organizations have stepped up to help alleviate some of the suffering of the community by donating an estimated $3,500 in cash, bottled water, and transport costs. Still many of the affected families are struggling.

May 14th will mark the tenth water delivery by community members and 8 weeks since Rep. Ellis vowed to help.

Can you take the time to communicate Rep. Ellis’ office and ask him what is holding this up? Please call and email Rep. Ellis’ offices on May 14th and 15th to demand that he fulfill his promise of 2,000 gallons to these families.

Butler County Office: (724) 283-5852
Harrisburg Office: (717) 787-7686
Email: bellis@pahousegop.com

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While it is always best to make a personal plea when asking an official to take action, here are some suggested comments/details that you can use.

Rep. Ellis,

Fulfill your promise to provide delivery of 2,000 gallons of water to the families of Connoquenessing Township, Butler County, PA whose well water became contaminated since natural gas drilling starting in their rural community. On March 1, 2012 Rex Energy—with the approval of the DEP—removed the water buffalos and stopped water deliveries to the affected families. At a breakfast with constituents in Butler, PA on March 17, 2012 you publicly announced that you had helped broker a deal with Wal-Mart to provide the community with 2,000 gallons of clean drinkable water. Although 2,000 gallons will not last long, the community struggles to make due on a daily basis and depends on each and every gallon. Despite repeated phone calls to your office from community members the families in the Woodlands have yet to see a single gallon of what was promised them.

While I am sure that you were sincere when you committed to provide delivery of 2,000 gallons of water, I ask that you fulfill your commitment to those in the Woodlands who have been living in a state of emergency and assure the public that this was not just an empty promise for political gain.

One Comment
  1. May 14, 2012 12:10 pm

    Thank you POW for this action alert! I just called Senator Ellis’ office and spoke with a very receptive and polite staff person named Ryan. He said Senator Ellis rec’d word that the water is coming and they are only waiting on Walmart to execute the delivery. I asked him when that will be and he said they will not know for a few days and to call back but that they are actively working on it. Do we need to pressure Walmart to speed up this process?
    Shannon

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