Earth Day Actions Confront PA DEP Statewide: Demand Moratorium, Shale Justice, No More Toxic Secrets
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and Patrick Young: 412 298 6361 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org and Michael Bagdes-Canning: email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Deirdre Lally: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3 – 5 PM: PA DEP Southeast Regional Office: 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401
12 noon – 2 pm DEP South Central Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.