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Earth Day Actions at DEP Offices: Six Actions at Six Locations Statewide!

April 28, 2013

Pittsburgh activists were part of a river protest march that joined a land march towards the DEP to protest fracking. Photo by Kevin Lorenzi of The Times

On Earth Day, April 22nd, Pennsylvania citizens all across the state gathered at their local Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offices to demand that the DEP 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.”

Actions happened in Pittsburgh, Norristown, Williamsport, Wilkesbarre, Harrisburg, and Meadville. In the shape of rallies, marches and boat parades, Pennsylvania citizens gathered with the same message: The DEP has not been doing its job.

Read below to see the press, video, and pictures from each individual protest.

– PIITSBURGH: Over 1,000 participated at PA DEP’s office; 25 small craft paraded across the Allegheny River to the protest:

– The TimesOnline : Local Environmentalists Protest DEP in honor of Earth Day 
– Pictures from the Event can be found here: Shadbush Collective photos on Flickr.
– Check out this video of the boat parade!

– Norristown Action:
–  CBS: Protesters Gather Outside DEP Offices on Earth Day, Rallying Against Marcellus Shale Fracking
– Intelligencer: Earth Day Call for Fracking Ban
– Williamsport:
–  WNEP: Protest Against Fracking
–  Williamsport photos on Flickr
–  Williamsport photos on Facebook
Erie Times News : 100 Environmentalists March in Meadville on Earth Day
– Wilkes-Barre:
Times-Leader: Earth Day protesters rally against fracking

– Harrisburg: Photos on Facebook

  1. April 30, 2013 1:09 am

    You are organizing by state and city or county it would be more powerful when it comes to fracking to also organize by river basin. Note the excitement about saving our Delaware River Water in near by New Jersey

    • Iris Marie Bloom permalink
      May 1, 2013 11:53 am

      Thanks Richard! Actually we have been doing exactly what you suggest since 2009. Protecting Our Waters has been in the heart of the fight for the Delaware River Basin, galvanizing Philadelphia City Council to pass four resolutions pressing DRBC (Delaware River Basin Commission — our watershed agency) for the moratorium we still have, helping our coalition, led by Delaware Riverkeeper Network, generate 100,000 comments to DRBC, testifying at almost every DRBC meeting for years, and joining in the fight against pipeline damage in the Delaware River Basin. POW also was the first organization to send activists to testify against fracking at Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) meetings, before others like Earthworks and Sierra Club joined in; we’ve helped galvanize the effort to stop SRBC rubber-stamping approvals for fracking water withdrawals and continue to press SRBC on that issue, even meeting with them in Annapolis. When it comes to tactics, it’s important not to abandon the state in favor of only working with the watersheds, or vice versa — we have to choose the tactic which is most strategic at each moment, and since we won a major battle for the Delaware River Basin moratorium in November 2011, we’ve had a chance to do much more on the Susquehanna River Basin, statewide, regional and national fronts. Thanks Richard — we need people like you to keep raising consciousness because so many people don’t even understand what a watershed is, let alone how to organize watershed by watershed. Great idea.

  2. April 30, 2013 2:48 am

    great compilation, thanks for the news round-up!

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