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AFT Union Calls Fracking Risks “Unacceptable”; Urges Clean Energy Jobs

December 6, 2012

A standing-room-only meeting of the Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia, AFT Local 2026, passed this resolution Tuesday in a near-unanimous vote. Kudos for clarity, integrity, and vision:

Faculty and Staff Federation of the Community College of Philadelphia

AFT Local 2026


APPROVED 4 December 2012

WHEREAS Community College of Philadelphia has announced plans for a new College Energy Training Center, which “will offer post-secondary career, certificate and academic programs and work with leading companies on workforce development,” and which “is designed to serve as an education and training partner for the energy sector in the Philadelphia region, including companies in the natural gas and “Marcellus Shale related industries” (CCP Press Release of November 14, 2012);

AND WHEREAS the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a natural gas trade group, has offered an initial $15,000 to the College for scholarships (ThePhiladelphia Inquirer, November 15, 2012);

AND WHEREAS the College proposes to establish the “Center” without the consideration or approval of the faculty, and with total disregard for established College procedures for instituting new academic curricula;

AND WHEREAS the natural gas drilling, or “fracking,” industry and peripheral and related industries present unacceptable dangers and risks to public health, worker safety, the natural environment, and quality of life, including but not limited to:

  • Exposure to and poisoning from toxic substances
  • Dangerous working conditions
  • Migration of contaminants into groundwater and surface water drinking supplies
  • Pollution of air, water and soil
  • Destruction of natural habitats and degradation of public lands
  • Habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity
  • Dangers from leaks, explosions, spills and accidents
  • Release of greenhouse gases, known accelerators of climate disruption and global warming

AND WHEREAS, we believe that our College should pursue the policies and programs that most prudently and responsibly address the economic, environmental, and energy future of the region; and are committed to preparing our students for good, safe, life-sustaining, and rewarding careers;


Declare our unequivocal opposition to the College’s initiative to prepare students for work in the Marcellus shale gas industry;

Call upon the College immediately to sever all ties to the Marcellus Shale Coalition, halt the implementation of any workforce training efforts related to the shale-gas fracking industry, and insist that any energy training programs be disassociated from the fracking industry and decided through the normal College governance process;

Urge the College to expand its initiatives and offerings in clean, green energy, and environmental career fields; AND

Express our solidarity with the CCP Coalition for a Sustainable Future’s “Stop Fracking with CCP” initiative, and authorize and direct the FSF Communications Committee to assist that effort.


For information contact:  Margaret Stephens, 215

John Braxton, 215 751-8555,

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