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Earth Day Actions Confront PA DEP Statewide: Demand Moratorium, Shale Justice, No More Toxic Secrets

April 22, 2013

Calling on PA DEP to Return to its Mission:

Today, Monday April 22nd, Six Demonstrations across Pennsylvania stretch from 11 AM – 5 PM:

Please join us on Earth Day as we call on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to fulfill its mission to “protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment” and to “work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to prevent pollution and restore our natural resources.”

Join with us as we gather at DEP’s regional offices in Harrisburg, Norristown, Meadville, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport to demand:

• Appoint an environmental expert without industry ties as DEP Secretary to ensure DEP’s mission is fulfilled;

• Place a moratorium on permits for gas wells, compressor stations, pipelines, water withdrawals, coal mines, and other infrastructure related to fossil fuel extraction;

• Allow no more toxic secrets and full disclosure of water tests and other studies by DEP;

• Provide justice for those harmed by the oil and gas industry; and

• Reopen the DEP Office of Energy and Technology Deployment to develop solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies.

Protect Pennsylvania: Details of Each Event

Southwest: (Pittsburgh) Mel Packer:  melpacker@aol.com and Patrick Young: 412 298 6361  patrickjamesyoung@gmail.com

     2 – 5 PM: Washington’s Landing, Herr’s Island, in the middle of the Allegheny River; includes walking track and kayaks / small craft circling island.  PA DEP Southwest Regional Office: 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Note: 2 pm March starts at 2 pm in the North Shore Trail Parking Lot closest to the Walking Bridge and a river march by boat across the Allegheny River.

Northwest: (Meadville) Diane Sipe:  sipediane5@gmail.com and Michael Bagdes-Canning:  mbagdes@embarqmail.com

     STARTS 11 AM at Diamond Park: 902 Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335. Gather, rally before march to DEP.

     11:30 AM – 1 PM: Protest: PA DEP Northwest Regional Office: 230 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335

Notheast: (Wilkes-Barre) Jay Sweeney: 570-587-3603 jnln@epix.net  (go to Public Square; music by Don Chapelle)

     12 noon – 2 pm: PA DEP Northeast Regional Office: 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

North Central: (Williamsport) Russell Zerbo: 215-567-4004 x130 rzerbo@cleanair.org and Deirdre Lally: theonlydeirdre@gmail.com

     12 noon: PA DEP North Central Regional Office: 208 West Third Street, Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701-6448

Southeast: (Norristown) Chris Robinson: 215-843-4256 chrisrecon@netzero.net 

     3 – 5 PM: PA DEP Southeast Regional Office: 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401 

South Central (Harrisburg)  Contact Maria Payan:  717-456-5800, payans@zoominte​rnet.net

12 noon – 2 pm DEP South Central Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS: Green Party of Pennsylvania, Lenape Nation, Cross County Citizens Clean Air Coalition, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Green Party of Luzerne County, Lehigh Valley Gas Truth, Marcellus Outreach Butler, Brandywine Peace Community, Food and Water Watch, Green Party of Bucks County, Green Party of Delaware County, Green Party of Philadelphia, Northwest Greens, Protecting Our Waters, Green Party of York County, Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens Group, Marcellus Protest, Mountain Watershed Association, Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective, Westmoreland Marcellus Citizen Group, Shale Justice Coalition, Energy Justice Network, Fracking Truth Alliance,  Communities United for Rights and Environment, Environmental Justice Committee of the Thomas Merton Center, Berks Gas Truth, 350 Berks, Lehigh Valley Climate Action, Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, Citizens for Clean Water, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, South Hills Area Against Dangerous Drilling (SHAADD), Erie County League of Women Voters, Lehigh Valley Greens, Growing Community Project of West Chester
2 Comments
  1. April 22, 2013 10:27 am

    I am with you all of you on the street of PA 550 percent! Let us all, from wherever we are, make it loud and clear that we, as citizens of this United States of America, will not accept dirty energy corruption in any form any more!!! Listen up PA DEP and get with the program!

  2. April 22, 2013 10:41 am

    Stay the course, PA! Well done!

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