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A Call to Action: Moratorium Action on April 30th!

April 26, 2013

Protecting Our Waters, along with allies from across the region, have been organizing a fight for a statewide moratorium on fracking.

Now, the time to take action is upon us!

Please join us in Harrisburg next Tuesday as our coalition, with strong leadership from PennEnvironment, holds a press conference at 12:30. At 1, we’ll deliver over 100,000 petitions for a statewide moratorium.

Where: State Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

When:  Tuesday April 30th: 12:30 Press Conference; 1 PM Petition Delivery

Who:  PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center * Berks Gas Truth * Clean Water Action * Credo * Delaware Riverkeeper Network * Democracy For America * Environmental Action * Food And Water Watch * Keystone Progress * Mountain Watershed Association * Protecting Our Waters * 350.org

Iris Marie Bloom, of Protecting Our Waters, shares her account of why this moratorium is so timely and so necessary:

As Pennsylvania communities are fractured, residents and workers are suffering both the health impacts and the quality of life impacts which make life unbearable for many in shale country. The drilling and fracking is terrible, causing methane migration and a “roulette” in which some water is contaminated, some not; it kills animals through spills, illegal dumping, access to toxic frack waste ponds; it causes erosion, fish kills, and more. But the infrastructure — flares, waste pits, compressor stations, separators, dehydrators and many other toxic fume-emitting components of shale gas development — is even more overwhelming.

Economists find that dairy production is going down in shale country. Yesterday I met yet another farmer from Bradford County, PA who has relocated out of state because fracking surrounds her farm.  Workers are getting skin lesions and going to the emergency room for little-understood illnesses; residents are being forced out of their homes at times with respiratory distress, nosebleeds, scorched throats from flaring, and other impacts.  IT’S TIME TO CALL A HALT!  – Iris Marie Bloom, Protecting Our Waters

We hope to see you there!

2 Comments
  1. tam permalink
    April 28, 2013 4:51 pm

    Our personal lives take us in and out of our focus on what is most important; speaking up for the thousands of persons who’s lives are broken by the insidious harm of the shale gas industry. I hear it again and again, “We should have never let them in.”

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