As Fracking Moratorium Movement Builds, Philadelphia Hosts Water Drive and Freedom from Fracking Conference
For Immediate Release: September 19th, 2013
Contact: Tracy Carluccio, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 215.692.2329
Iris Marie Bloom, Protecting Our Waters, 215.840.6489
Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, 610.678.7726
Adam Garber, PennEnvironment, 267.515.1220
AS FRACKING MORATORIUM MOVEMENT BUILDS, PHILADELPHIA HOSTS WATER DRIVE AND FREEDOM FROM FRACKING CONFERENCE
Pointing to thousands of fracking well pads underwater in Colorado, the proposed Los Angeles moratorium on fracking, and the growing support for a Pennsylvania statewide moratorium, organizers expose the true cost of fracking next week in Philadelphia.
PRESS CONFERENCE Thursday, September 26th 2013
When: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM including speakers, Q and A, Water Drive send-off
Where: Arch Street Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19107
SHALE GAS OUTRAGE WATER DRIVE, SEPT. 24th – 26th
While shale industry insiders and public officials meet inside the Philadelphia Convention Center from September 24th through September 26th, anti-fracking organizations will be outside collecting jugs of water and cash contributions to purchase water for Pennsylvanians who have lost their water by drilling operations. You can also donate here, or through the link in our sidebar.
Where: Arch St. United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, PA 19107
When: Starts September 24th at 12pm; concludes on September 26th at 10:30am when the water is sent to impacted Pennsylvanians
Visuals: Donated water jugs marked with messages from donors; signs, banners, volunteers loading water onto a truck, residents impacted by fracking
FREEDOM FROM FRACKING CONFERENCE, SEPT. 26th
The conference theme is the True Cost of Fracking. Panels and keynotes will focus on the toxic impacts of shale gas development in Pennsylvania and beyond, and how we can stop it.
Where: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
When: 2 p.m. to 8 PM on Thursday, September 26th
Keynote speaker: John Fenton is a Pavillion, Wyoming farmer and rancher whose water was impacted by fracking. The impacts on his land and life were poignantly captured by director Josh Fox in his Gasland documentaries. Fenton will advocate for the EPA’s investigation into water contamination in Pavillion, abruptly stopped earlier this year, to be reopened.
Conference sessions will include:
- Understanding the economic costs of fracking
- Health impacts of fracking
- Reports from people in impacted communities
- Air, climate, & health impacts of shale gas infrastructure and possible solutions
- The need for a drilling moratorium and other action
- The shale industry in Philadelphia, including the Mariner East pipeline, the Delaware River’s port system, LNG, natural gas liquids, Bakken crude transport by rail, and action campaigns!
Organizers of both events:
DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK * PROTECTING OUR WATERS * PENNENVIRONMENT * CLEAN AIR COUNCIL * BERKS GAS TRUTH