Media Advisory: Shale Gas Outrage Calls for a Halt on Unconventional Gas Drilling
UNCONVENTIONAL GAS DRILLING IMPACTS INCREASE; CLIMATE DOOR CLOSING
Shale Gas Outrage calls for a halt on unconventional gas drilling
Philadelphia: While Philadelphia’s Convention Center buzzes inside with Marcellus Shale lobbyists, politicians and policy-makers, a coalition of citizen’s groups alarmed by the acute and cumulative impacts of shale gas drilling will make their core message, “stop fracking now”, clearly heard outside the convention hall.
Led by the Philadelphia-based nonprofit group Protecting Our Waters, Shale Gas Outrage organizers bring together sobering concerns about drilling’s negative impacts on local communities and economies: air, soil and water pollution, public safety, and political corruption. Shale Gas Outrage rally speaker Bill McKibben’s recent article in Rolling Stone, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” makes it clear that we have less time than we thought to curb climate change. Fracking accelerates climate change.
What: Shale Gas Outrage press conference, rally, and march
When: Thursday September 20th
10 AM: Press Conference
12 noon: Rally
2:00 – 3:00: March
Where: Press Conference: Arch Street Methodist Church; Broad and Arch, Philadelphia
Rally: Arch Street between Broad and 13th Streets, Philadelphia
March: begins at Convention Center with stops: at President Obama’s campaign office; PNC Bank; Chamber of Commerce, and Governor Corbett’s Philadelphia office.
The press conference will include ample opportunity to interview speakers.
Rally and march will include colorful visuals.
An Interfaith Blessing of the Waters takes place at 5 PM, 9-20-12 at Arch Street Methodist Church.
On Friday September 21st, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia presents a health impacts conference:
What: Conference of health professionals, researchers and veterinarians regarding health impacts of shale gas drilling. Register here (free): http://phfracking.eventbrite.com/
When: 9:00 am – 12 noon, Friday, September 21st (Registration and coffee, 8:30 AM)
Where: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
Confirmed September 20th rally speakers include:
Bill McKibben, author. President and co-founder, 350.org
Sandra Steingraber, PhD, Ecologist, Author, Winner of Heinz Award
Josh Fox, Director of Gasland and The Sky is Pink
Stephen Cleghorn, PhD, organic farmer, researcher, advocate
Stewart Acuff, lifelong labor organizer, utility workers’ sector
Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper
Doug Shields, former Pittsburgh City Councilman
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch
The Shale Gas Outrage Steering Committee states, “Shale gas development contaminates our communities, harming human health and living ecosystems. It distracts us from taking the immediate steps essential to curb climate change. Building a thriving economy requires us to create green jobs, develop sustainable energy, and ensure a healthy environment. Therefore, we are committed to stopping fracking now, including maintaining and expanding each moratorium and ban already established. We are also committed to fighting for justice in place of the unacceptable and unequal burdens imposed by the shale gas industry upon vulnerable populations and future generations.”
Organizers will hold a mini-conference, Freedom from Fracking 2012, to share information, skills and strategies.
Where: Friends Center in Philadelphia, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA 19102 from
When: 1:30 – 5:30 PM. Friday September 21st. Program details TBA.
Detailed program information is on the Shale Gas Outrage website at www.shalegasoutrage.org
The Shale Gas Outrage Steering Committee members are:
Protecting Our Waters
Berks Gas Truth
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Food & Water Watch
Gas Truth of Central PA
Marcellus Outreach Butler
New Yorkers Against Fracking
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
The Shalom Center
United for Action