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Bill McKibben: Shale Gas Outrage filled with “spirit and creativity and passion”

September 23, 2012
Reporter Susan Phillips filed this story, headlined “Shale Gas Outrage: Organizers See Civil Disobedience on the Horizon” on Thursday, September 20th even as about 1,000 protesters marched through Philadelphia after the rally:

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Maya van Rossum with the Delaware River­keeper Net­work speaks at “Shale Gas Outrage.”

Hun­dreds of pro­tes­tors are ral­ly­ing in the street out­side the Penn­syl­va­nia Con­ven­tion Cen­ter today. Orga­niz­ers of “Shale Gas Out­rage” say gas drilling is pol­lut­ing water wells, the air, and destroy­ing the pris­tine land­scape of rural Penn­syl­va­nia. The event began with a song by gospel singer Rhetta Mor­gan. Later Maya van Rossum, from the Delaware River­keeper Net­work took the stage, telling the crowd that envi­ron­men­tal­ists like her are keep­ing up the pres­sure to ban gas drilling.

“Now the gas drillers, they want us to believe that drilling and frack­ing is inevitable and we should just sit back and take it,” said van Rossum. “Well we’re here today to say ‘No Frack­ing Way!’ We are tak­ing action every sin­gle day to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties from drilling and frack­ing whether that means keep­ing the drillers out or kick­ing them out if they’ve already got­ten a foothold.”

Van Rossum is a vocal critic of gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, where a mora­to­rium on gas devel­op­ment con­tin­ues. Author and cli­mate change activist Bill McK­ibben said the grow­ing grass­roots move­ment is up against a lot of money and will have to do more than rally to make an impact.

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Ray Lewis, a retired Philadel­phia Police offi­cer joins the frac­tivists to protest gas drilling.

“This is the rich­est indus­try in the world,” said McK­ibben. “We’re not going to match them dol­lar for dol­lar. We’re going to have to find alter­na­tive cur­ren­cies to work in. It’s spirit and cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion and you can hear it behind me. Civil dis­obe­di­ence I think is going to be the final answer to the absolute arro­gant power of the fos­sil fuel industry.”

Read the full story here.

One Comment
  1. September 23, 2012 2:14 pm

    The oil and gas industry is like a vicious wild animal. It simply is, what it is. The corrupt, and greedy politicians don’t have the courage or the integrity to control. Ultimately, it’s is going to be up to the people to stop this destructive invasion of the shale army. It’s time that we understand that there is not going to be any legislative control, regulatory protection, or effective legal recourse. We are beyond petitioning the politicians that have been bought and paid for by the industry’s lobbyists. It’s time to step up to the plate and seriously take to the streets. We can not undo the damage this industry has already caused, but we can, and must, stop this industry in it’s tracks to preserve and protect what is left. If you feel, as I do, that your family, your children, your home, and your way of life is worth fighting for, then it’s time to commit to doing just that. Fighting for your right, and your children’s right to exist. It’s time to fight for what is right! Thge time for lawful, non-violent, and massive demonstrations of civil disobedience is NOW! It’s “Fight, or Flight”. What other choice do we really have?

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