2011 Media & Press

Press Inquiries:

All press inquiries should be directed to:

215-840-6489
[email protected]

Press Releases:

September 7, 2011: Activist Crowd of 1,500 Confront Marcellus Shale industry
September 6, 2011: Shale Gas Outrage Release
August 31, 2011: Media Advisory, September 7th Press Conference
August 23, 2011: Josh Fox & Al Appleton to Speak
August 12, 2011: 9/7 Rally to Protect Air, Water, Earth, and Human Health

Video:

Shale Gas Outrage in Philadelphia on YouTube

Broadcast Quality 48-second clip (right-click and save): http://shalegasoutrage.org/ShaleGasOutrage30seconds.mov

Impacted People

Letter from Kimberlie McEvoy to Governor Corbett
Janet & Fred McIntyre*
Tim and Christine Ruggiero
Susan Breese
Ron Gulla
Stephen Cleghorn
Craig  & Julie Sautner

*Janet McIntyre was unable to attend September 7th’s press conference, but is available for interviews upon request.

Rally Speakers

Rally Speakers’ Bios

SGO Schedule Sept. 16-21

Tuesday, Sept. 18th. Peacekeeper Training
6-8 PM
Friends Center, MLK room, 1501 Cherry St. Phila. PA 19102
Help Shale Gas Outrage run smoothly on Thursday Sept. 20th

Wed., Sept. 19th. Non-Violent Direct Action / Know Your Rights Training
6-9 PM
Friends Center 1501 Cherry St. Phila. PA 19102

SHALE GAS OUTRAGE 2012

Thursday, Sept. 20th:

Press Conference 10 AM
Arch Street Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St. Phila., PA 19107

Rally: 12-2 PM
March: 2-3 PM
Arch and 13th St. Outside Convention Center

Blessing of the Waters 5 PM (Interfaith event)
Arch Street Methodist Church, Broad and Arch, Philadelphia, 19107

Shale Gas Outrage After Dark 7:30 PM to Midnight
Come to the Rally and you’ll find the party…or e-mail us.

Friday, Sept. 21st:

Sunrise Intervention
6:45 AM
Friends Center 1501 Cherry St. Phila. 19102

The Health Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia 19 South 22nd St. Phila. 19103
Register Here

Gas Rush Film screening: Three Short Films by Kirsi Jansa, 12:30 – 1:30, Friends Center

‘Freedom From Fracking’ Conference
1:30pm to 5:30pm
Friends Center 1501 Cherry St. Phila., PA 19102
Registration $20, register by September 20th.

SGO2 in the News

NBC: Two Days of Gas in Philly

Philadelphia Inquirer: “‘Fracktivists’ protest at shale-gas conference in Philly”

StateImpact Pennsylvania: “Shale Gas Outrage: Organizers See Civil Disobedience on the Horizon”

NewsWorks (WHYY): “In Philly symposium, experts debate health effects of fracking”

CBS: “Shale Gas Conference in Center City Philadelphia Draws Protesters”

Philadelphia Inquirer: “Shale gas industry pros and protesters will converge in Philadelphia”

Ecowatch: “Shale Gas Outrage Rally and March in Philadelphia Sept. 20″

Bryn Mawr/Gladwyne Patch: “It’s Always OUTRAGE-ous In Philadelphia”

CREDO Action: “Join the Shale Gas Outrage, next Thursday in Philadelphia”

Frack Check WV: “Shale Gas Outrage: The Water Footprint of Shale Gas Development”

Socialist Action: “Fracking Threatens Health, Environment”

StateImpact Pennsylvania: “Environmentalist Author Bill McKibben to Speak at Shale Gas Protest”

RagingChicken: “Shale Gas Outrage 2012 in Philly – Save the Date”

Responsible Citizens Committee of Bécancour, Québec: “Gaz de schiste – 18 septembre 2012“

Conference Program

Freedom From Fracking: Building Strategies Together
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia,  PA 19123

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Schedule

8:30 Registration Opens
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome & Introductions

  • Welcome from Rabbi Eli C. Freedman
  • Announcements from Conference Coordinators Lynne Iser & Rabbi Mordechai Liebling

9:15 – 10:30 Opening Plenary

  • Sandra Steingraber, Keynote Address
  • Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper
  • Paul Rubin, Hydrologist & Hydrogeologist
  • Jerry Silberman, Introduction to Moratorium Action Plan
  • A. Allen, Protecting Our Waters

10:45 – 12:00 Concurrent Workshop Session
12:05 – 12:55 Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 Concurrent Workshop Session
2:30 – 3:45 Concurrent Workshop Session
4:00 – 5:00 Closing Plenary

  • Josh Fox, Gasland
  • Barb Jamoska, Responsible Drilling Alliance
  • Moratorium Action Plan Updates

Workshop Schedule

10:45-12:00

Moratorium Action Plan #1: Power Mapping
When Marching Isn’t Enough: Direct Action to Win a Moratorium on Fracking
Mapping and Fighting Demand for Natural Gas: Power Plants and LNG Exports
Our Aquifers, Our Drinking Water: Casualties of Gas Development
Media Savvy Framing and Messaging
Drilling Through Loopholes: How Exemptions Fuel the Industry and Fail the Public

1:00-2:15

Moratorium Action Plan #2: Developing the Message
Developing Organizing Strategies to Stop Fracking
Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism
Legal Strategies to Fight Fracking
Working With Faith Based Communities
Marcellus Shale and Pipeline Infrastructure: What You Need to Know and Why

2:30-3:45

Moratorium Action Plan #3: The Plan and the Strategies
Electoral Strategies: Fracking as a Wedge Issue
Online Organizing and Internet Strategy
Woods or Wells: The Pennsylvania Wilds meets the Marcellus Shale
The Health Impacts of Fracking
What to Do When You Suspect Contamination

Plenary Speakers

Sandra Steingraber

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health.

Called “a poet with a knife” by Sojourner magazine, Steingraber has received many honors for her work as a science writer. She was named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and later received the Jenifer Altman Foundation’s first annual Altman Award for “the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer.” The Sierra Club has heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson,” and Carson’s own alma mater, Chatham College, selected Steingraber to receive its biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award. In 2006, Steingraber received a Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and, in 2009, the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.

An enthusiastic and sought-after public speaker, Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited to lecture at many universities, medical schools, and hospitals—including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and the Woods Hole Research Center. She is recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists. She has testified in the European Parliament, before the President’s Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland. Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, on National Public Radio, “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning America.”

The final chapter of Steingraber’s new book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, covers the crisis of high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing. Also, see her excellent article on the subject: The Whole Fracking Enchilada: Violating the bedrock, the atmosphere, and everything in between.

Josh Fox

Josh wrote and directed GASLAND as his first documentary feature. The film is now an infamous account of how the largest natural gas drilling boom has swept across the United States. What is uncovered is truly shocking–water that can be lit on fire right out of the sink, chronically ill residents of drilling areas from disparate locations in the US all with the same mysterious symptoms, huge pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation well blowouts and huge gas explosions consistently covered up by state and federal regulatory agencies. Gasland was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards and among many other awards, has won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and at the Sarasota Film Festival.

Josh has toured the country showing Gasland, is an engaging speaker, and a tireless champion of the movement to stop fracking.

Paul A. Rubin

Paul A. Rubin is a hydrologist and a hydrogeologist. He provides hydrologic, geologic and land use technical consulting services to environmental groups and municipalities. He assists groups in identifying issues and developing strategies designed to protect groundwater and surface water resources, community character, and wildlife habitat. Recently he has presented educational programs on the impacts of natural gas development and has provided consulting services related to several ongoing policy and legal matters involving gas exploration, extraction, and production in shale formations. Two recent fact sheets have focused on aquifer protection from gas development, seismic hazards, and hydraulic fracturing impacts, produced for Delaware Riverkeeper Network: What the experts have to say about … Natural Gas Drilling & Aquifer Protection and What the experts have to say about … Natural Gas Drilling, Seismic Risk & Aquifer Degradation. In June, 2010, he presented to the Town of Sullivan Town Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Board in Chittenango, New York (Madison County): Hydrologic Considerations Relative to Mining in a Karst Terrain & Contaminant Risks to Fresh Groundwater Supplies Stemming from Hydraulic Fracturing.

Workshops

Our Aquifers, Our Drinking Water: Casualties of Gas Development Paul A. Rubin

This workshop exposes the truth about the impacts of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Our aquifers will inevitably be polluted if gas exploration and development proceeds as the industry and regulators plan. There is an urgent need for informed and truthful discussion about the impacts to aquifers and our water supplies. This workshop will arm you with the facts you need based on research and analysis done by hydrogeologist Paul Rubin.

Drilling Through Loopholes: How Exemptions Fuel the Industry and Fail the Public Nadia Steinzor

The natural gas industry is exempt from many of the nation’s bedrock laws that protect health and the environment. This workshop will describe the role that federal loopholes and lax state regulation & enforcement play in the mad rush to drill—and why changing this can help ensure corporate accountability, re-balance power in the nation’s energy decisions, and protect communities.

Nadia Steinzor is the Marcellus Regional Organizer for Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project. Nadia provides landowners and groups with information on shale gas development in the eastern U.S. and helps advance state and federal policy reform. She has a background in communications, research, and policy on issues such as land protection, endangered species recovery, and human rights.

Developing Organizing Strategies to Stop Fracking Jim Walsh

Stopping the gas companies’ assault on public health and the environment will require campaign strategies that will build power to overcome the moneyed influence of this dangerous industry.  A strategy is more than a plan, it is an overall assessment of your campaign goals, allies, resources, targets and tactics that will build a powerful movement to stop the frackers in their tracks.  In this workshop we will discuss how the elements of a strategy fit together into a comprehensive strategy. Following the discussion participants will practice developing a strategy to pass a local or statewide resolution against fracking.

Jim Walsh is the Eastern Region Director for Food & Water Watch where he oversees and implements a regional strategy to ensure that the wellbeing of the public triumphs over private interests who profit from the exploitation of the essential resources of food and water.

Jim is a dedicated political organizer with over ten years experience working in local and national movements to empower communities to work for social, racial and economic justice. Prior to working for Food & Water Watch, Jim worked as the Program Director for New Jersey Citizen Action, the state’s largest citizen watchdog coalition. In this capacity, he would oversee education and public policy campaigns focused on a variety of social justice issues ranging from health care for all to ending the war in Iraq and ensuring our state and federal governments pass moral budgets that address the needs of people rather than those with money and power.

Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism Traci Confer & Desire Grover

What is environmental racism?  Isn’t it just about class?  Learn about the realities of environmental racism and how the natural gas industry takes advantage of low-income and minority communities.  This workshop discusses the principles of environmental justice and what is means to be involved in the environmental justice movement.

Desire Grover is a community organizer for the Energy Justice Network working in the City of Chester, PA. In coordination with the DelCo Alliance for Environmental Justice, she works to build youth and community involvement to combat the long-standing environmental racism in Chester.

Traci Confer, Co-founder, Energy Justice Network

When Marching Isn’t Enough: Direct Action to Win a Moratorium on Fracking Daniel Hunter & Kaytee Riek

Whether it be nonviolent uprisings in Egypt or casino-slaying in Philadelphia, people around the world turn to direct action when institutions fail.  In this workshop, we’ll hear stories of success and brainstorm about how to use direct action strategy to work towards a moratorium on fracking.

Daniel Hunter has led multiple direct action campaigns, including Casino-Free Philadelphia’s winning against Foxwoods casino.  He is currently a full-time trainer with Training for Change, teaching strategy and direct action to a wide range of groups, including Algonquins stopping mining, Quakers against mountaintop removal, and Canadian unions defending public institutions.
Kaytee Riek is on staff with Training for Change and the director of Casino-Free Philadelphia. She’s been part of dozens of direct actions, including leading a grassroots campaign to win legislation authorizing $48 billion over five years for global AIDS. She also volunteers with ACT UP Philadelphia.

Electoral Strategies: Fracking as a Wedge Campaign Issue Adam Garber & Erin Casey

With most of the Pennsylvania Legislature headed to the ballot box in the fall of 2012, the community organizing on Marcellus Shale has an excellent opportunity to educate and engage voters around the impacts of drilling and the stances of different elected legislators.  The session will include a discussion of how to educate voters on Marcellus Shale issues and use elections to push candidates to address policy solutions including a moratorium on gas drilling.

Adam Garber is the field director for PennEnvironment. Adam helps to coordinate PennEnvironment’s efforts to educate the public about the state’s most pressing environmental issues, increase civic participation, and garner media coverage to inform concerned Pennsylvanians.

Before joining PennEnvironment in the fall of 2007, Adam worked as the energy and consumer associate for the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG).  During his tenure at NJPIRG he helped to pass one of the nation’s strongest renewable energy standards, promote energy efficiency, and promote clean, safe energy production in New Jersey.  In addition, Adam has run citizen outreach office in New Jersey and Georgia to mobilize citizens around environmental issues.

During the 2008 elections, Adam helped coordinate voter registration, voter persusasion, and GOTV efforts in Pennsylvania and Virginia, organizing grassroots efforts to educate tens of thousands of undecided voters about the environmental records in a number of federal races.  In 2010, he ran a statewide volunteer election effort, turning out thousands of voters in 4 key state legislative districts.

Erin Casey is the State Director for Pennsylvania Voice, a coalition of 45 participating partner organizations working together at the state level.   Their mission is to engage underrepresented communities in the democratic process, to develop new leadership within these constituencies, and to take collective action on important policy issues in Pennsylvania.

Erin has over eleven years experience in running and managing volunteer and field campaigns on the national and state level.  Prior to joining the State Voices team, Erin was the Organizing Director with Grassroots Campaigns where she worked with a variety of organizations to develop and run field campaigns.  During the 2008 elections, Erin was the Pennsylvania State Director for a youth voter registration drive that registered over 30,000 young voters in the 8 weeks before the voter registration deadline.  Her other work included directing and managing the recruitment and logistics for Powershift 2007 which successfully brought together 7,000 student activists nationally for a conference and training on global warming.  In addition, she worked to develop a volunteer organizing model in partnership with various environmental organizations.

Working With Faith Based Communities Rabbi Mordechai Liebling & Cheryl Pyrch

We will learn and discuss the steps to get congregations involved in protecting communities from fracking.  We will look at and discuss some of the faith based principles for environmental protection. This workshop is for people who want to get their own congregations involved and for activists who want to reach out to congregations.

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling directs the Social Justice Organizing program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Previously he served as the Executive Vice-President of Jewish Funds for Justice.  He was the Executive Director of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation for 12 years. He has been a congregational consultant for 25 years. He has served on the boards of national  and international non-profit organizations. Currently he is on the boards of the Faith and Politics Institute, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, is the President Emeritus of the Shalom Center and is active in the movement for environmental justice.  His family was the subject of the award winning documentary Praying With Lior.

Cheryl Pyrch is the pastor at Summit Presbyterian Church in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia and on the Board of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. She has an M. Div from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has also been active in the movement for full inclusion of GLBT people in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Mapping and Fighting Demand for Natural Gas: Power Plants and LNG ExportsMike Ewall, Aaron Kreider & Amy Wilson

30% of our natural gas is burned up in gas-fired power plants.  10-15 years ago, Pennsylvanians fought off most of the 50+ gas-fired power plants proposed for our state, but proposals for new power plants are back, threatening to further grow the demand for gas production.  Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals also threaten to drive demand further by exporting gas to other nations.  Learn what we’ve done to stop natural gas power plants and LNG terminals in Pennsylvania in the past 15 years, and how you can help stop this misguided trend.  This workshop will also demonstrate Energy Justice Network’s interactive mapping project, where you can find existing, proposed, closed and defeated power plants and LNG terminals and connect with the grassroots activists fighting them.

Mike Ewall, Founder & Director, Energy Justice Network
Aaron Kreider, Programmer, Energy Justice Network
Amy Wilson, Energy Justice Network

Legal Strategies to Fight Gas Drilling Jordan Yeager

Learn about preventative strategies, including drafting local ordinances to limit the reach of drilling into our communities. We will discuss litigation strategies for challenging regulatory agencies, such as the DRBC, to perform cumulative environmental impact studies and to block weak regulations. We will also address fighting conditional use and special exception applications, appealing DEP permits, defending local zoning ordinances, and bringing citizen suits against polluters.

Jordan Yeager is a partner in the law firm of Curtin & Heefner LLP, based in Bucks County, where he is chair of the Environmental and Public Sector practice group. Jordan serves as a Solicitor and Special Counsel to municipal governments, and also advises and litigates on behalf of community groups, environmental organizations and private parties in environmental and land use matters. Jordan is a graduate of Cornell University and the American University, Washington College of Law.

What to Do When You Suspect Contamination Dana Dolney & Jeremiah Compton

Hear a first-hand account of damage from Marcellus Shale exploration. The presentation is focused on a clear understanding of shale gas development’s impact on one property in Tioga County, PA. Topics include early warning signs of contamination, best practices in responding to incidents of contamination, the organic science of isotopic analysis, and navigating relationships between DEP and gas companies.

Jeremiah Compton is a PhD candidate at Penn State, studying adult education and rural jails. His session is based on experiences at his parents’ property during 2010 and 2011. More information can be found on his dog’s blog.

Dana Dolney is an organizer and fractivist with Marcellus Protest. Dana is part the small group that organized the first, large scale protest against the shale gas industry Pittsburgh. She also provided leadership in winning Pittsburgh’s landmark ban on gas drilling. As a long time volunteer, creative fundraiser, and cancer survivor, Dana now teaches others how to get involved at the local level, educating people about the risks and dangers of exposure to environmental contamination from oil and gas drilling.

Her current project is THE-LEAGUE-OF-ACTIVISTS, a site devoted to educating, empowering, and engaging average citizens by encouraging them to understand and get involved in local politics and public discourse while simultaneously raising funds for families that suspect and face contamination of their air and water.

Media Savvy Framing and Messaging Katie Krauss

Online Organizing and Internet Strategy David Meieran

The Health Impacts of Fracking Dr. Pouné Saberi, Dr. Walter Tsou & Dr. Carla Campbell

Dr. Pouné Saberi is participating in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine program at University of Pennsylvania. She is also a clinician at B.L. Johnson Sayre Health Center and faculty member of the Family Medicine and Community Health Department. Her passion is learning and teaching about the effects of environmental factors and toxicology on personal health. She is currently undertaking a study at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology about the health impacts of unconventional natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. As an environmentalist advocacy for safe air and water brings her personal philosophy together with her career goals.

Walter Tsou, MD, MPH is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches health policy at their Center for Public Health Initiatives. Dr. Tsou is the president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Dr. Carla Campbell teaches in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel, and has long focused on lead poisoning prevention for children. She is an attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Woods or Wells: The Pennsylvania Wilds meets the Marcellus Shale Kevin Heatley

The proposed level of development envisioned by the gas industry for the Marcellus Shale will have dramatic, landscape level impacts on the ecological integrity of Pennsylvania’s forests. The network of pads, roads, and pipeline right of ways, all of which are essential to economic gas extraction, will result in massive forest fragmentation and a multiplicity of cascading, and largely irreversible, ecological effects. As this landscape conversion from rural woodland to industrial land use is proceeding without a comprehensive land use plan, it is critical that the citizens of Pennsylvania understand these consequences in order to more effectively weigh the true societal costs of this industry.

Kevin Heatley is a senior scientist with Biohabitats Inc., a national ecological restoration company. His professional focus includes landscape sustainability, invasive species suppression, and conservation biology. He also serves as a technical scientific consultant to the nonprofit Responsible Drilling Alliance in Williamsport, PA. The RDA is committed to understanding the full ramifications of the Marcellus natural gas industry, both for PA. and for the nation. As a function of that position, he has conducted numerous public educational sessions throughout the Marcellus Shale region. Kevin is a graduate of Penn State with a Masters in Environmental Science.

Marcellus Shale and Pipeline Infrastructure: What You Need to Know and Why Lynda Farrell

Marcellus Shale Gas will be carried to customers by pipeline systems traversing below farms, forests, streams and perhaps your property. This workshop will explain what you need to know about gas pipelines, and why. A tutorial of the types of pipelines, differences in siting and safety process and regulations will make it clear that proactive participation in this cradle to grave process of delivering Marcellus Shale fuel is every citizen’s right and responsibility.

Lynda Farrell is the Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Coalition. Lynda was introduced to gas pipeline safety when the rumble of an unannounced “smart pig” shook the earth below her farm. She “Ran like Hell”, unaware she was practicing Industry dictated protocol. She became a grass roots advocate for pipeline education and safety when the same gas pipeline led her and four neighbors to federal eminent domain proceedings in efforts to protect their land, steep slopes and the historic Brandywine Creek. Dubbed “The Brandywine Five” by a Federal Judge, the five won their case, fended off eminent domain in a landmark Federal Court decision and were awarded attorney fees. Realizing that pipelines and her farm were not compatible, Lynda combined a diverse background to provide environmental/agricultural consulting and grant writing over a decade. Her efforts are now focused on improving public, personal and environmental safety in pipeline issues through Pipeline Safety Coalition (PSC), a Pennsylvania Non Profit, created: “To gather and serve as a clearinghouse for factual, unbiased information; to increase public awareness and participation through education; to build partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government and industry; and to improve pubic, personal and environmental safety in pipeline issues”, Pipeline Safety Coalition was first conceived by twenty landowners disenfranchised in their attempts to find accurate information in a 2008 Chester County pipeline project. In 2009, the twenty formed an ad hoc community group, Citizens Coalition for Environmental and Property Protection in Pipeline Operations, volunteering time, lessons learned and personal expense to provide all citizens equal access to factual, unbiased information in pipeline safety issues. They vowed to one day form a dedicated coalition so that others would not endure the years of frustration and hardship they had faced.

Please contact us on: http://shalegasoutrage.org/

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Press Release on Shale Gas Outrage Action

Friday, August 12, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Feridun, Founder, Berks Gas Truth 610-678-7726 [email protected]
Iris Marie Bloom, Founder and Director, Protecting Our Waters (215) [email protected]

SEPT. 7TH “SHALE GAS OUTRAGE” RALLY TO PROTECT AIR, WATER, EARTH AND HUMAN HEALTH
To Be Held Outside Convention Center While Fracking Industry Meets Inside
Mayor Nutter Declines to Speak at Industry Convention

On September 7th, residents of Pennsylvania and surrounding states will rally at the Convention Center in Philadelphia to put out the message that the region’s people “will not tolerate contamination of our air, water and earth by dirty gas drilling,” according to rally organizers. Over forty organizations locally, regionally and nationally have endorsed the rally, including unions, religious organizations, civic groups and environmental organizations including Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and PennEnvironment.

Speakers will include Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated film Gasland; Al Appleton, international water systems expert; elected officials, faith-based leaders and people impacted by shale gas drilling. Protecting Our Waters, a grassroots advocacy group based in Philadelphia, initiated the Sept. 7th rally, march, Interfaith Blessing of the Waters, and conference. Protecting Our Waters aims to help protect Philadelphia’s drinking water; the Delaware River Basin, the Susquehanna and Ohio River Basins of Pennsylvania, and the region, from fracking and other threats.

The rally targets high-volume hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling for methane gas; the technology used is called “fracking” for short.

When: “Shale Gas Outrage” Rally to Stop Dirty Drilling Wednesday September 7th, 12 – 2pm. March 2pm – 3pm
Where: Arch Street between Broad and 13th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Followed by: Interfaith “Blessing of the Waters” at Penn Treaty Park, 5:30 – 7pm, by the Delaware River
September 8th: “Freedom from Fracking: Building Strategies Together” conference, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Although invited, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has declined to speak at the Marcellus Shale Coalition gas drilling industry convention, to be held September 7th and 8th, dubbed “Shale Gas Insight,” by the industry. Protecting Our Waters Associate Director Alex Allen said, “We are extremely happy with Mayor Nutter’s decision to distance himself from the shale gas drilling industry convention, and applaud his continued commitment to making Philadelphia one of the nation’s greenest cities.”

Shale gas drilling involves “fracking,” the controversial technique using high volumes of toxic chemicals and fresh water to drill deep into shale layers a mile and more underground, explosively fracturing the rock to release methane. Methane gas, a potent contributor to global warming, rushes back to the surface — sometimes uncontrollably, as several major blowouts have shown — along with “flowback” fluid which is often radioactive, always many times saltier than the ocean, and carries naturally occurring poisons like arsenic, barium; hydrocarbons like benzene and toluene; as well as the original toxic chemicals from the fracking fluid. These toxins find their way through multiple pathways into water supplies, air, and the food chain.

“Fracking is hurting human health right now in Pennsylvania,” said Iris Marie Bloom, Protecting Our Waters’ founder and director. “This is not abstract. Clean air, water and earth are absolute requirements for human life and for all life. We must institute a moratorium — not one more shale gas drilling permit — and stop making people sick in Pennsylvania. Our people are not guinea pigs.”

Karen Feridun, founder of GasTruth Berks County, confronted the argument that gas drilling is good for jobs. “In 2010, Pennsylvania ranked third in the nation in job growth. If you subtract all the Marcellus Shale jobs, Pennsylvania still ranked third in the nation in job growth. All of the hype about job creation is baseless,” she said. The Keystone Research Center said in June that the Marcellus Shale Coalition (industry lobbying and PR group) claim to have created 48,000 jobs was exaggerated and that the real number is in the range of 10,000 jobs.

For more information about Shale Gas Outrage: http://shalegasoutrage.org/
For more news and information: Protecting Our Waters’ blog: http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/

News

Shale Gas Outrage 2012 – Philadelphia

Updated website and information coming soon!

First, Join Us to Stop the Frack Attack – Washington, DC – July 28, 2012

In the Philadelphia area, sign up for the bus shared by Protecting Our Waters, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and Food and Water Watch to head to Washington, DC for the “Stop the Frack Attack” rally on July 28th.

Then, Join Us for Shale Gas Outrage 2012

Press Conference, Main Rally, March: September 20th
Health Impacts Conference, Organizers’ Gathering: September 21st


Get on the Bus November 21st — Fight for the Delaware River Watershed

Friends, please join us – bring neighbors, friends, new sectors, new protectors!

What: Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) special meeting about gas drilling
When:  Monday, November 21st 10 AM – 12 NOONgather at 7:30am
Where: Patriots Theater, War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive Trenton, NJ 08608
Why: DRBC has called this special meeting to vote on opening the Delaware River Watershed to fracking, ignoring tens of thousands who’ve stood up for our ecosystem, our economy, our lives.

People are already taking the day off from work, school and their normal schedules to travel to Trenton on Monday, November 21st to stand together to protect our water and to insist on putting health, science and sanity ahead of corporate rule and economic ruin.

Get on the Bus:
Protecting Our Waters is organizing buses which will leave at 6:30 AM from 30th Street Station on Monday, November 21st.  We must get there early in order to fill the seats, as the industry is expected to send busloads.  Reserve your seat on the Philadelphia bus now!!!

Background:  For over three years, Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been leading the fight to protect the Delaware River Watershed from pollution from toxic gas drilling.  For over two years, Protecting Our Waters has joined that fight along with many great allies. Concerted action has helped keep the moratorium on drilling in place.

Most importantly, residents of the entire four-state watershed have enabled us, working together, to generate tens of thousands of comments demanding a continued moratorium and insisting on a cumulative impact study for this watershed, which has not been done.  In the last comment period alone (Dec. 8 2010- April 15, 2011), 69,800 people filed comments with the DRBC – a magnificent, unprecedented level of public participation.

But the DRBC — a four-state entity composed of the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware along with the federal government, represented by the Army Corps of Engineers — doesn’t seem to be listening.

Despite the vast amount of public comment, the scientifically informed in-person testimony provided by countless residents of the four-state watershed, and several active lawsuits, the DRBC has scheduled aspecial meeting on November 21st to vote on the regulations they have drafted in order to move forward with fracking.  An approval of such regulations would lift the current moratorium on high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing for methane gas in the Delaware River Basin.

The New York Attorney General, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability have all filed lawsuits to prevent the DRBC from moving ahead with their existing inadequate regulations with no impact studies.  We’d like the City of Philadelphia to join in that effort. Those of you in Philly, call your City Councilperson, and the Mayor’s office, right now to ask them to step up!  (Just go to seventy.org to find the phone numbers you need)

On November 21st, we need to be there in large numbers — all ages, all walks of life; class field trips, labor unions, faith-based communities, everyone who drinks water and breathes air.  As usual, DRBC meetings are scheduled at times that are terrible for working people.  So students, retired people, and those with flexible schedules please do all you can to fill in that gap and come to Trenton November 21st!

What’s this got to do with the rest of PA and the region?


Media Advisory: Press Conference

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Francesca Lo Basso, Communications Director, Shale Gas Outrage

215-717-8364, [email protected]

Arsenic and Old Gas:  Families directly impacted by fracking to speak at 10:30 am press conference before Shale Gas Outrage rally

WHO: Protecting Our Waters

WHAT: Shale Gas Outrage Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, September 7 at 10:30am

WHERE: Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St. (corner of Broad & Arch) in the Chapel

Philadelphia, PA – Shale Gas Outrage, a two-day event endorsed by over 65 organizations outraged by fracking’s environmental impact and unacceptable risks, will open with a press conference featuring individuals personally impacted by gas drilling.  Protecting Our Waters, pushing for a Pennsylvania statewide halt on high-volume hydrofracking and for a continued moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, will host the pressconference.  At least six impacted individuals will be available for interview.

Dozens, likely hundreds, of families throughout Pennsylvania’s “shale country” have lost access to drinkable water due to gas drilling impacts. Some families have reported severe abdominal pain, mouth ulcers, vomiting, hair loss, signs of arsenic poisoning and other serious health issues as a result of water and air contamination. Farmers and others report dead animals and lost or threatened livelihoods as a result of gas drilling.

Two months after the drilling began on two hydrofracking wells within a mile of her property, Kim McEvoy of Evans City, PA began to notice her well water turning black and emitting a foul odor. “The smell of rotten eggs was so strong that it would wake me up when the shower was running in the next room,” Kim said, adding that headaches, constant fatigue and growing health concerns followed.

Referring to her pursuit of an explanation for the high levels of toxic chemicals in her well water, a resident of Susquehanna County slated to take questions at the press conference said, “I felt helpless. Hopeless. Absolutely hopeless. . . [Southwestern Energy] said, ‘We are not going to help you.’ It’s just me up against a giant oil and gas corporation. My water is ruined, my property value is totally done for.”

Shale Gas Outrage includes a rally against fracking on September 7 from noon to 2pm on Arch Street in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (where 2,000 members of the natural gas industry will be holding their convention), as well as a march, an Interfaith Blessing of the Waters at the Delaware River, and the September 8thFreedom From Fracking Conference. For a complete list of events please visit shalegasoutrage.org.

Ecologist, author and public health advocate Sandra Steingraber is confirmed for the morning plenary at the Freedom From Fracking Conference, along with hydrogeologist Paul Rubin; filmmaker Josh Fox will speak at the closing plenary.

“High volume hydraulic fracturing is a public health disaster in the making,” said Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Protecting Our Waters organizer and Freedom From Fracking Conference Coordinator.

Protecting Our Waters is a Philadelphia-based grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the Delaware River basin, the state of PA and the region from unconventional gas drilling and other threats to drinking water, environment and public health: protectingourwaters.com

“Fracking” is the term popularly used to refer to all the life-cycle phases of high-volume slickwater horizontal hydraulic fracturing with multi-well pads.  Fracking is a heavily industrial process exempted from over a dozen major federal environmental laws in 2005.  Last week the U.S. government slashed by 80% the estimated amount of recoverable gas in the Marcellus Shale region. The controversial combination of techniques is new to Pennsylvania and has increased in scope, speed and magnitude since 2005.  Fracking uses 2 to 8 million gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals and sand, per frack, per well.  Some fracking fluid, injected at high pressure deep underground to fracture rock a mile and more below the surface, stays underground — threatening future generations and permanently losing hundreds of billions of gallons of water from Pennsylvania watersheds.  The fracking fluid which returns to the surface, called “flowback,” has toxic levels of salt, radionucleides, arsenic, barium, benzene, and the original fracking chemicals which include carcinogens, neurotoxins, biocides and endocrine disruptors.

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Press Release: Josh Fox & Al Appleton to Speak

Thursday August 23, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Iris Marie Bloom, Director, Protecting Our Waters
215-840-6489, [email protected]

Wes Gillingham, Program Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper
845-901-1029, [email protected]

JOSH FOX AND AL APPLETON TO SPEAK AT SHALE GAS OUTRAGE RALLY TO “STOP DIRTY DRILLING,” PROTECT AIR, WATER, HEALTH

WHO: Protecting Our Waters & over forty local, regional and national endorsing organizations incl. Catskill Mountainkeeper and Delaware Riverkeeper

WHAT: Shale Gas Outrage Rally and March

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 7, noon-2pm (March 2 – 3pm)

WHERE: Arch St. between 13th and Broad, Philadelphia PA 19107

Philadelphia, PA – As the U.S. Energy Information Administration slashes its estimate of recoverable Marcellus Shale gas by 80%, activists are reinforcing their call for shale gas drilling to be halted.  “Just as the industry has not been telling the truth about recoverable gas, so they have not been telling the truth about what high-volume hydrofracking does to air, water, earth and human health,” said Francesca LoBasso, Communications Director for Protecting Our Waters, the Philadelphia-based advocacy group initiating the Shale Gas Outrage events.

Filmmaker Josh Fox, creator of the documentary Gasland, and Al Appleton, an international water systems expert, will be among the speakers at the Shale Gas Outrage rally and march in Philadelphia on Sept. 7.

Mr. Fox’s film was among the first to document major problems associated with high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing with directional drilling, popularly called “fracking.”  The controversial new combination of techniques is called “unconventional” by the industry and is less than five years old in Pennsylvania.  It has caused air and water contamination, health problems, and widespread methane migration.

“Not only did Josh make a great informative film, but he has become an expert on what has happened to communities across the world when the gas industry marches in. He really understands the big picture,” said an outspoken proponent for protecting the Delaware River, actor Mark Ruffalo.

Al Appleton, a Senior Advisor at The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, is an expert on the real and potential impacts of fracking.  Mr. Appleton’s experience with water systems for major cities includes positions as former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Director of the New York City Water and Sewer system.

“Mr. Appleton’s professional past and experience, coupled with his longstanding dedication to the issue, positions him as a unique expert in the field,” said Wes Gillingham, Program Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, an environmental group that helped sound the alarm on fracking in the region beginning over three years ago. “He understands the absurdity of fracking for gas in the Delaware River Basin – an act which would threaten the drinking water of over 15 million people, including residents of Philadelphia, Princeton, Camden and New York City.”

In a letter to the New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection, Mr. Appleton wrote, “[the fracking process is] an enormous threat to the well-being not only of the city but of the state of New York.”

Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based grassroots advocacy group focusing on unconventional gas drilling and other threats to drinking water, environment and public health, initiated the September 7th protest to protect people throughout the Marcellus Shale region; to push for a Pennsylvania statewide moratorium and to intensify the demand for a continued moratorium in the Delaware River Basin.

An Interfaith Blessing of the Waters will be held after the rally and march at Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

A coalition of over forty organizations has endorsed the event; all are listed at shalegasoutrage.org, complete with a link for each organization.  Rally and other program updates are also posted at shalegasoutrage.org.

For issues-based information, please visit protectingourwaters.com and allies.


Civil Disobedience Statement

We affirm, respect, and value the importance of civil disobedience as one of the essential tactics which will increase this movement’s energy and ability to create social change.  It’s as American as apple pie, as powerful as Rosa Parks, as eloquent as Thoreau, as wise as Barbara Deming, as effective as Gandhi and all the countless and nameless courageous people who have endured arrest and worse during every successful movement, including the abolition, labor, women’s suffrage, civil rights, anti-war, anti-apartheid, Central America solidarity, gay rights, and environmental movements, to name a few!

That said, the organizers of the Shale Gas Outrage initiative are not planning, organizing, facilitating, or participating in any civil disobedience on September 7th and 8th.

During our rally, we want to make sure the voices of those most directly impacted by shale gas drilling are heard, as directly as possible.  Impacted people are the focus of the rally. Their stories must be front and center in the news.

For this reason, we ask that those considering any independent nonviolent direct action or civil disobedience actions during the fracking industry’s “Shale Gas Insight” conference please respect the work which has gone into the legally permitted march and rally by avoiding such actions until after our events in Center City conclude at 3 PM on Wednesday, September 7th.

To ensure the public safety of all the attendees of the Shale Gas Outrage rally and march we will have a trained peacekeeping team and are communicating actively with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police. To further the end of a safe and respectful environment, we ask that all participants and attendees of these events adhere to the following code of conduct:

We ask that attendees of the rally and march NOT:

  • Bring or use weapons, drugs, alcohol, or other illegal substances before or during the events;
  • Use verbal or physical violence against anyone, including attendees of the industry’s conference and police officers;
  • Damage city, convention center, or other property;
  • Risk unnecessary arrest.

We ask attendees of the rally and march:

  • Adopt a respectful and dignified attitude towards anyone we encounter;
  • If provoked, stay calm, respond nonviolently, and get help from peacekeepers.

Thank you for all you do.  Human health, wildlife, our streams and rivers, and future generations depend on you.


 

Media Advisory: Press Conference

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Francesca Lo Basso, Communications Director, Shale Gas Outrage

215-717-8364, [email protected]

Arsenic and Old Gas:  Families directly impacted by fracking to speak at 10:30 am press conference before Shale Gas Outrage rally

WHO: Protecting Our Waters

WHAT: Shale Gas Outrage Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, September 7 at 10:30am

WHERE: Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St. (corner of Broad & Arch) in the Chapel

Philadelphia, PA – Shale Gas Outrage, a two-day event endorsed by over 65 organizations outraged by fracking’s environmental impact and unacceptable risks, will open with a press conference featuring individuals personally impacted by gas drilling.  Protecting Our Waters, pushing for a Pennsylvania statewide halt on high-volume hydrofracking and for a continued moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, will host the pressconference.  At least six impacted individuals will be available for interview.

Dozens, likely hundreds, of families throughout Pennsylvania’s “shale country” have lost access to drinkable water due to gas drilling impacts. Some families have reported severe abdominal pain, mouth ulcers, vomiting, hair loss, signs of arsenic poisoning and other serious health issues as a result of water and air contamination. Farmers and others report dead animals and lost or threatened livelihoods as a result of gas drilling.

Two months after the drilling began on two hydrofracking wells within a mile of her property, Kim McEvoy of Evans City, PA began to notice her well water turning black and emitting a foul odor. “The smell of rotten eggs was so strong that it would wake me up when the shower was running in the next room,” Kim said, adding that headaches, constant fatigue and growing health concerns followed.

Referring to her pursuit of an explanation for the high levels of toxic chemicals in her well water, a resident of Susquehanna County slated to take questions at the press conference said, “I felt helpless. Hopeless. Absolutely hopeless. . . [Southwestern Energy] said, ‘We are not going to help you.’ It’s just me up against a giant oil and gas corporation. My water is ruined, my property value is totally done for.”

Shale Gas Outrage includes a rally against fracking on September 7 from noon to 2pm on Arch Street in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (where 2,000 members of the natural gas industry will be holding their convention), as well as a march, an Interfaith Blessing of the Waters at the Delaware River, and the September 8thFreedom From Fracking Conference. For a complete list of events please visit shalegasoutrage.org.

Ecologist, author and public health advocate Sandra Steingraber is confirmed for the morning plenary at the Freedom From Fracking Conference, along with hydrogeologist Paul Rubin; filmmaker Josh Fox will speak at the closing plenary.

“High volume hydraulic fracturing is a public health disaster in the making,” said Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Protecting Our Waters organizer and Freedom From Fracking Conference Coordinator.

Protecting Our Waters is a Philadelphia-based grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the Delaware River basin, the state of PA and the region from unconventional gas drilling and other threats to drinking water, environment and public health: protectingourwaters.com

“Fracking” is the term popularly used to refer to all the life-cycle phases of high-volume slickwater horizontal hydraulic fracturing with multi-well pads.  Fracking is a heavily industrial process exempted from over a dozen major federal environmental laws in 2005.  Last week the U.S. government slashed by 80% the estimated amount of recoverable gas in the Marcellus Shale region. The controversial combination of techniques is new to Pennsylvania and has increased in scope, speed and magnitude since 2005.  Fracking uses 2 to 8 million gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals and sand, per frack, per well.  Some fracking fluid, injected at high pressure deep underground to fracture rock a mile and more below the surface, stays underground — threatening future generations and permanently losing hundreds of billions of gallons of water from Pennsylvania watersheds.  The fracking fluid which returns to the surface, called “flowback,” has toxic levels of salt, radionucleides, arsenic, barium, benzene, and the original fracking chemicals which include carcinogens, neurotoxins, biocides and endocrine disruptors.

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March Route

2pm- West on Arch St.

Turn south on 15th

Stop at Obama’s Campaign Office:

Obama
Since coming into office, President Obama has permitted every drop of water used to frack in northeast and central Pennsylvania with his vote on the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. The Global Shale Gas Initiative was established in his State Department and he has traveled to countries like India, Poland, and China to sign agreements that the US will assist them in drilling for shale gas. As a candidate, Barack Obama has promoted natural gas since 2008. It’s time for that to change.

Continue to Locust. Turn east on Locust.

Stop by PNC:

PNC Financial Services Group
PNC holds a 25% interest inBlackRock Investment Management., BlackRock the largest funder of both fracking and mountaintop removal mining. Don’t bank with PNC! Tell them to divest from extreme energy extraction now!

North on Broad (200 S. Broad St.)

Stop at the Chamber of Commerce and Corbett’s Office:

Governor Tom Corbett

Corbett maintains that Pennsylvania should not tax the natural gas industry. In February 2011, Corbett repealed a four month old policy regulating natural gas drilling in park land, deeming it “unnecessary and redundant”. In February  2012, Corbett signed Act 13, overriding all local zoning laws for the gas industry, and putting a gag order on doctors. The zoning override has been thrown out by the Commonwealth Ct. but Corbett has appealed to the state Supreme Court. Corbett has been on the payroll of the gas industry for years and received over $1 million in his gubernatorial campaign. Corbett has placed gas industry representatives in government positions to ensure they carry out the will of the gas industry instead of the public’s interests. Corbett does not represent Pennsylvanians, he has got to go!

3pm – end march and celebrate two of the best things in life: food and friends!

Industry Group Harasses Activists

Welcome to Our blog Shale Gas Outrage, A lawyer representing the Marcellus Shale Coalition (the industry coalition whose Philadelphia trade show and convention we’ve protested each of the past two years) recently sent the following bogus and frivolous complaint to our webhost:

Bluehost, Inc.
Attn: Shari Dixon
1215 N. Research Way, Suite Q-3500
Orem, UT 84097
Sent via e-mail: [email protected]

Re: Notice of Intellectual Property Infringement

Dear Ms. Dixon:

This firm represents The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), the exclusive holder of the copyright described below. The following information is presented for the purpose of removing web content that infringes on MSC’s copyright pursuant to Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 512(c), as well as on MSC’s trademark rights. We appreciate your enforcement of intellectual property law and support of MSC’s rights in this matter.

MSC is the owner of an original work of the visual arts, as shown in the attached file labeled “MSC copyright.jpg.”

The web page shalegasoutrage.org, which is hosted by Bluehost, contains content that infringes upon MSC’s intellectual property rights as a derivative work. The infringing derivative work includes the graphic shown in the attached file labeled “SGO graphic.jpg,” as well as variations of it that appear on the web page.

The derivative work appears on at least the following page: http://shalegasoutrage.org. The use has not been authorized by MSC, and the purpose and character of the use on that page includes the solicitation of funds, which is not considered to be a fair use.

The derivative work and web page also incorporate a logo that adapts MSC’s trademark (U.S. trademark application no. 85/615,740, see attached file) for fundraising purposes without a license from MSC.

You are requested to:

1) reply, within 24 hours, that this notification has been received;

2) send your customer written notification, along with a copy of this notification, requesting removal of the infringing material and requiring that confirmation of the removal be sent to you within 24 hours;

3) disable access to the infringing material or the customer’s account if the customer fails to remove the infringing material and/or fails to inform you of the removal within 24 hours of notification;

4) send notice to us of the customer’s counter notification and your intent to re-enable access to the material or the account within 14 days of your receipt of any customer counter notification, assuming that the counter notification meets the requirements of the DMCA.

I have a good faith belief that this use is not authorized by MSC, by MSC’s agent, or the law. Under penalty of perjury, I state that the information contained in this notification is accurate. I further state that we are authorized to act on behalf our client, the exclusive rights holder for the material in question.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, should the need arise. I thank you for your cooperation and prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

/James M. Singer/

James M. Singer
Fox Rothschild LLP
625 Liberty Avenue
29th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3115
[email protected]

 

Although we believe our use of the alleged infringing material was legitimate and protected speech under the law, we have decided to provisionally take it off our website. Our webhost sent us notice that:

Failure to eliminate or disable access to such alleged infringing material within such time period [24-48 hours] could result in suspension or termination of your website.

We’d rather keep our website (and the valuable information on it) online, than risk having it immediately shut down an account of a parody graphic.

This is a dirty trick by the gas industry and a naked attempt to silence our voice and waste our time. We are consulting with intellectual property and free speech lawyers to determine whether we will re-instate the allegedly infringing graphics and then be prepared to deal with any legal wranglings the use of the graphic may provoke.

Go here for more information on this story and to see what you can do to fight back against the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Conferences

The Health Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Symposium

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Friday, September 21, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Registration is free. You must register by September 20th.

Speakers include:

  • Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, authors of “Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health”
  • Raina Rippel, Southwest PA Environmental Health Project
  • David Carey, PhD, Weis Center for Reseach, Geisinger Health System

Freedom from Fracking 2012

Friends Center
1501 Cherry St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Friday, September 21, 2012 from 1:30pm to 5:30pm Mini-Organizing Conference
If you can donate, please contribute to the success of Shale Gas Outrage.

PROGRAM:

PRE-CONFERENCE SCREENING 1:00 – 2:00 – Kirsi Jansa, Gas Rush Film screening

THE WAY FORWARD

STRATEGY DISCUSSIONS

2012 Press Releases

Press Conference Media Advisory – September 19, 2012

Phone Press Conference – September 18, 2012

Press Call Advisory: Frackonomics and Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math – September 13, 2012

Media Advisory: Shale Gas Outrage Calls for Halt on Unconventional Gas Drilling – September 4, 2012

Workers at Risk: Shale Gas Outrage News Bulletin – August 1, 2012

Air Quality Degradation — Health and Climate Impacts: SGO News Bulletin #2 – August 15, 2012

The Water Footprint of Shale Gas Development: SGO News Bulletin #3 – September 6, 2012

Conference Program

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia,  PA 19123

Click Here to Register Now!

Schedule

8:30 Registration Opens
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome & Introductions

  • Welcome from Rabbi Eli C. Freedman
  • Announcements from Conference Coordinators Lynne Iser & Rabbi Mordechai Liebling

9:15 – 10:30 Opening Plenary

  • Sandra Steingraber, Keynote Address
  • Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper
  • Paul Rubin, Hydrologist & Hydrogeologist
  • Jerry Silberman, Introduction to Moratorium Action Plan
  • A. Allen, Protecting Our Waters

10:45 – 12:00 Concurrent Workshop Session
12:05 – 12:55 Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 Concurrent Workshop Session
2:30 – 3:45 Concurrent Workshop Session
4:00 – 5:00 Closing Plenary

  • Josh Fox, Gasland
  • Barb Jamoska, Responsible Drilling Alliance
  • Moratorium Action Plan Updates

Workshop Schedule

10:45-12:00

Moratorium Action Plan #1: Power Mapping
When Marching Isn’t Enough: Direct Action to Win a Moratorium on Fracking
Mapping and Fighting Demand for Natural Gas: Power Plants and LNG Exports
Our Aquifers, Our Drinking Water: Casualties of Gas Development
Media Savvy Framing and Messaging
Drilling Through Loopholes: How Exemptions Fuel the Industry and Fail the Public

1:00-2:15

Moratorium Action Plan #2: Developing the Message
Developing Organizing Strategies to Stop Fracking
Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism
Legal Strategies to Fight Fracking
Working With Faith Based Communities
Marcellus Shale and Pipeline Infrastructure: What You Need to Know and Why

2:30-3:45

Moratorium Action Plan #3: The Plan and the Strategies
Electoral Strategies: Fracking as a Wedge Issue
Online Organizing and Internet Strategy
Woods or Wells: The Pennsylvania Wilds meets the Marcellus Shale
The Health Impacts of Fracking
What to Do When You Suspect Contamination

Plenary Speakers

Sandra Steingraber

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health.

Called “a poet with a knife” by Sojourner magazine, Steingraber has received many honors for her work as a science writer. She was named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and later received the Jenifer Altman Foundation’s first annual Altman Award for “the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer.” The Sierra Club has heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson,” and Carson’s own alma mater, Chatham College, selected Steingraber to receive its biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award. In 2006, Steingraber received a Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and, in 2009, the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.

An enthusiastic and sought-after public speaker, Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited to lecture at many universities, medical schools, and hospitals—including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and the Woods Hole Research Center. She is recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists. She has testified in the European Parliament, before the President’s Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland. Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, on National Public Radio, “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning America.”

The final chapter of Steingraber’s new book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, covers the crisis of high-volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing. Also, see her excellent article on the subject: The Whole Fracking Enchilada: Violating the bedrock, the atmosphere, and everything in between.

Josh Fox

Josh wrote and directed GASLAND as his first documentary feature. The film is now an infamous account of how the largest natural gas drilling boom has swept across the United States. What is uncovered is truly shocking–water that can be lit on fire right out of the sink, chronically ill residents of drilling areas from disparate locations in the US all with the same mysterious symptoms, huge pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation well blowouts and huge gas explosions consistently covered up by state and federal regulatory agencies. Gasland was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards and among many other awards, has won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and at the Sarasota Film Festival.

Josh has toured the country showing Gasland, is an engaging speaker, and a tireless champion of the movement to stop fracking.

Paul A. Rubin

Paul A. Rubin is a hydrologist and a hydrogeologist. He provides hydrologic, geologic and land use technical consulting services to environmental groups and municipalities. He assists groups in identifying issues and developing strategies designed to protect groundwater and surface water resources, community character, and wildlife habitat. Recently he has presented educational programs on the impacts of natural gas development and has provided consulting services related to several ongoing policy and legal matters involving gas exploration, extraction, and production in shale formations. Two recent fact sheets have focused on aquifer protection from gas development, seismic hazards, and hydraulic fracturing impacts, produced for Delaware Riverkeeper Network: What the experts have to say about … Natural Gas Drilling & Aquifer Protection and What the experts have to say about … Natural Gas Drilling, Seismic Risk & Aquifer Degradation. In June, 2010, he presented to the Town of Sullivan Town Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Board in Chittenango, New York (Madison County): Hydrologic Considerations Relative to Mining in a Karst Terrain & Contaminant Risks to Fresh Groundwater Supplies Stemming from Hydraulic Fracturing.

Workshops

Our Aquifers, Our Drinking Water: Casualties of Gas Development Paul A. Rubin

This workshop exposes the truth about the impacts of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Our aquifers will inevitably be polluted if gas exploration and development proceeds as the industry and regulators plan. There is an urgent need for informed and truthful discussion about the impacts to aquifers and our water supplies. This workshop will arm you with the facts you need based on research and analysis done by hydrogeologist Paul Rubin.

Drilling Through Loopholes: How Exemptions Fuel the Industry and Fail the Public Nadia Steinzor

The natural gas industry is exempt from many of the nation’s bedrock laws that protect health and the environment. This workshop will describe the role that federal loopholes and lax state regulation & enforcement play in the mad rush to drill—and why changing this can help ensure corporate accountability, re-balance power in the nation’s energy decisions, and protect communities.

Nadia Steinzor is the Marcellus Regional Organizer for Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project. Nadia provides landowners and groups with information on shale gas development in the eastern U.S. and helps advance state and federal policy reform. She has a background in communications, research, and policy on issues such as land protection, endangered species recovery, and human rights.

Developing Organizing Strategies to Stop Fracking Jim Walsh

Stopping the gas companies’ assault on public health and the environment will require campaign strategies that will build power to overcome the moneyed influence of this dangerous industry.  A strategy is more than a plan, it is an overall assessment of your campaign goals, allies, resources, targets and tactics that will build a powerful movement to stop the frackers in their tracks.  In this workshop we will discuss how the elements of a strategy fit together into a comprehensive strategy. Following the discussion participants will practice developing a strategy to pass a local or statewide resolution against fracking.

Jim Walsh is the Eastern Region Director for Food & Water Watch where he oversees and implements a regional strategy to ensure that the wellbeing of the public triumphs over private interests who profit from the exploitation of the essential resources of food and water.

Jim is a dedicated political organizer with over ten years experience working in local and national movements to empower communities to work for social, racial and economic justice. Prior to working for Food & Water Watch, Jim worked as the Program Director for New Jersey Citizen Action, the state’s largest citizen watchdog coalition. In this capacity, he would oversee education and public policy campaigns focused on a variety of social justice issues ranging from health care for all to ending the war in Iraq and ensuring our state and federal governments pass moral budgets that address the needs of people rather than those with money and power.

Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism Traci Confer & Desire Grover

What is environmental racism?  Isn’t it just about class?  Learn about the realities of environmental racism and how the natural gas industry takes advantage of low-income and minority communities.  This workshop discusses the principles of environmental justice and what is means to be involved in the environmental justice movement.

Desire Grover is a community organizer for the Energy Justice Network working in the City of Chester, PA. In coordination with the DelCo Alliance for Environmental Justice, she works to build youth and community involvement to combat the long-standing environmental racism in Chester.

Traci Confer, Co-founder, Energy Justice Network

When Marching Isn’t Enough: Direct Action to Win a Moratorium on Fracking Daniel Hunter & Kaytee Riek

Whether it be nonviolent uprisings in Egypt or casino-slaying in Philadelphia, people around the world turn to direct action when institutions fail.  In this workshop, we’ll hear stories of success and brainstorm about how to use direct action strategy to work towards a moratorium on fracking.

Daniel Hunter has led multiple direct action campaigns, including Casino-Free Philadelphia’s winning against Foxwoods casino.  He is currently a full-time trainer with Training for Change, teaching strategy and direct action to a wide range of groups, including Algonquins stopping mining, Quakers against mountaintop removal, and Canadian unions defending public institutions.
Kaytee Riek is on staff with Training for Change and the director of Casino-Free Philadelphia. She’s been part of dozens of direct actions, including leading a grassroots campaign to win legislation authorizing $48 billion over five years for global AIDS. She also volunteers with ACT UP Philadelphia.

Electoral Strategies: Fracking as a Wedge Campaign Issue Adam Garber & Erin Casey

With most of the Pennsylvania Legislature headed to the ballot box in the fall of 2012, the community organizing on Marcellus Shale has an excellent opportunity to educate and engage voters around the impacts of drilling and the stances of different elected legislators.  The session will include a discussion of how to educate voters on Marcellus Shale issues and use elections to push candidates to address policy solutions including a moratorium on gas drilling.

Adam Garber is the field director for PennEnvironment. Adam helps to coordinate PennEnvironment’s efforts to educate the public about the state’s most pressing environmental issues, increase civic participation, and garner media coverage to inform concerned Pennsylvanians.

Before joining PennEnvironment in the fall of 2007, Adam worked as the energy and consumer associate for the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG).  During his tenure at NJPIRG he helped to pass one of the nation’s strongest renewable energy standards, promote energy efficiency, and promote clean, safe energy production in New Jersey.  In addition, Adam has run citizen outreach office in New Jersey and Georgia to mobilize citizens around environmental issues.

During the 2008 elections, Adam helped coordinate voter registration, voter persusasion, and GOTV efforts in Pennsylvania and Virginia, organizing grassroots efforts to educate tens of thousands of undecided voters about the environmental records in a number of federal races.  In 2010, he ran a statewide volunteer election effort, turning out thousands of voters in 4 key state legislative districts.

Erin Casey is the State Director for Pennsylvania Voice, a coalition of 45 participating partner organizations working together at the state level.   Their mission is to engage underrepresented communities in the democratic process, to develop new leadership within these constituencies, and to take collective action on important policy issues in Pennsylvania.

Erin has over eleven years experience in running and managing volunteer and field campaigns on the national and state level.  Prior to joining the State Voices team, Erin was the Organizing Director with Grassroots Campaigns where she worked with a variety of organizations to develop and run field campaigns.  During the 2008 elections, Erin was the Pennsylvania State Director for a youth voter registration drive that registered over 30,000 young voters in the 8 weeks before the voter registration deadline.  Her other work included directing and managing the recruitment and logistics for Powershift 2007 which successfully brought together 7,000 student activists nationally for a conference and training on global warming.  In addition, she worked to develop a volunteer organizing model in partnership with various environmental organizations.

Working With Faith Based Communities Rabbi Mordechai Liebling & Cheryl Pyrch

We will learn and discuss the steps to get congregations involved in protecting communities from fracking.  We will look at and discuss some of the faith based principles for environmental protection. This workshop is for people who want to get their own congregations involved and for activists who want to reach out to congregations.

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling directs the Social Justice Organizing program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Previously he served as the Executive Vice-President of Jewish Funds for Justice.  He was the Executive Director of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation for 12 years. He has been a congregational consultant for 25 years. He has served on the boards of national  and international non-profit organizations. Currently he is on the boards of the Faith and Politics Institute, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, is the President Emeritus of the Shalom Center and is active in the movement for environmental justice.  His family was the subject of the award winning documentary Praying With Lior.

Cheryl Pyrch is the pastor at Summit Presbyterian Church in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia and on the Board of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. She has an M. Div from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has also been active in the movement for full inclusion of GLBT people in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Mapping and Fighting Demand for Natural Gas: Power Plants and LNG ExportsMike Ewall, Aaron Kreider & Amy Wilson

30% of our natural gas is burned up in gas-fired power plants.  10-15 years ago, Pennsylvanians fought off most of the 50+ gas-fired power plants proposed for our state, but proposals for new power plants are back, threatening to further grow the demand for gas production.  Liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals also threaten to drive demand further by exporting gas to other nations.  Learn what we’ve done to stop natural gas power plants and LNG terminals in Pennsylvania in the past 15 years, and how you can help stop this misguided trend.  This workshop will also demonstrate Energy Justice Network’s interactive mapping project, where you can find existing, proposed, closed and defeated power plants and LNG terminals and connect with the grassroots activists fighting them.

Mike Ewall, Founder & Director, Energy Justice Network
Aaron Kreider, Programmer, Energy Justice Network
Amy Wilson, Energy Justice Network

Legal Strategies to Fight Gas Drilling Jordan Yeager

Learn about preventative strategies, including drafting local ordinances to limit the reach of drilling into our communities. We will discuss litigation strategies for challenging regulatory agencies, such as the DRBC, to perform cumulative environmental impact studies and to block weak regulations. We will also address fighting conditional use and special exception applications, appealing DEP permits, defending local zoning ordinances, and bringing citizen suits against polluters.

Jordan Yeager is a partner in the law firm of Curtin & Heefner LLP, based in Bucks County, where he is chair of the Environmental and Public Sector practice group. Jordan serves as a Solicitor and Special Counsel to municipal governments, and also advises and litigates on behalf of community groups, environmental organizations and private parties in environmental and land use matters. Jordan is a graduate of Cornell University and the American University, Washington College of Law.

What to Do When You Suspect Contamination Dana Dolney & Jeremiah Compton

Hear a first-hand account of damage from Marcellus Shale exploration. The presentation is focused on a clear understanding of shale gas development’s impact on one property in Tioga County, PA. Topics include early warning signs of contamination, best practices in responding to incidents of contamination, the organic science of isotopic analysis, and navigating relationships between DEP and gas companies.

Jeremiah Compton is a PhD candidate at Penn State, studying adult education and rural jails. His session is based on experiences at his parents’ property during 2010 and 2011. More information can be found on his dog’s blog.

Dana Dolney is an organizer and fractivist with Marcellus Protest. Dana is part the small group that organized the first, large scale protest against the shale gas industry Pittsburgh. She also provided leadership in winning Pittsburgh’s landmark ban on gas drilling. As a long time volunteer, creative fundraiser, and cancer survivor, Dana now teaches others how to get involved at the local level, educating people about the risks and dangers of exposure to environmental contamination from oil and gas drilling.

Her current project is THE-LEAGUE-OF-ACTIVISTS, a site devoted to educating, empowering, and engaging average citizens by encouraging them to understand and get involved in local politics and public discourse while simultaneously raising funds for families that suspect and face contamination of their air and water.

Media Savvy Framing and Messaging Katie Krauss

Online Organizing and Internet Strategy David Meieran

The Health Impacts of Fracking Dr. Pouné Saberi, Dr. Walter Tsou & Dr. Carla Campbell

Dr. Pouné Saberi is participating in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine program at University of Pennsylvania. She is also a clinician at B.L. Johnson Sayre Health Center and faculty member of the Family Medicine and Community Health Department. Her passion is learning and teaching about the effects of environmental factors and toxicology on personal health. She is currently undertaking a study at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology about the health impacts of unconventional natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. As an environmentalist advocacy for safe air and water brings her personal philosophy together with her career goals.

Walter Tsou, MD, MPH is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches health policy at their Center for Public Health Initiatives. Dr. Tsou is the president of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Dr. Carla Campbell teaches in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel, and has long focused on lead poisoning prevention for children. She is an attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Woods or Wells: The Pennsylvania Wilds meets the Marcellus Shale Kevin Heatley

The proposed level of development envisioned by the gas industry for the Marcellus Shale will have dramatic, landscape level impacts on the ecological integrity of Pennsylvania’s forests. The network of pads, roads, and pipeline right of ways, all of which are essential to economic gas extraction, will result in massive forest fragmentation and a multiplicity of cascading, and largely irreversible, ecological effects. As this landscape conversion from rural woodland to industrial land use is proceeding without a comprehensive land use plan, it is critical that the citizens of Pennsylvania understand these consequences in order to more effectively weigh the true societal costs of this industry.

Kevin Heatley is a senior scientist with Biohabitats Inc., a national ecological restoration company. His professional focus includes landscape sustainability, invasive species suppression, and conservation biology. He also serves as a technical scientific consultant to the nonprofit Responsible Drilling Alliance in Williamsport, PA. The RDA is committed to understanding the full ramifications of the Marcellus natural gas industry, both for PA. and for the nation. As a function of that position, he has conducted numerous public educational sessions throughout the Marcellus Shale region. Kevin is a graduate of Penn State with a Masters in Environmental Science.

Marcellus Shale and Pipeline Infrastructure: What You Need to Know and Why Lynda Farrell

Marcellus Shale Gas will be carried to customers by pipeline systems traversing below farms, forests, streams and perhaps your property. This workshop will explain what you need to know about gas pipelines, and why. A tutorial of the types of pipelines, differences in siting and safety process and regulations will make it clear that proactive participation in this cradle to grave process of delivering Marcellus Shale fuel is every citizen’s right and responsibility.

Lynda Farrell is the Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Coalition. Lynda was introduced to gas pipeline safety when the rumble of an unannounced “smart pig” shook the earth below her farm. She “Ran like Hell”, unaware she was practicing Industry dictated protocol. She became a grass roots advocate for pipeline education and safety when the same gas pipeline led her and four neighbors to federal eminent domain proceedings in efforts to protect their land, steep slopes and the historic Brandywine Creek. Dubbed “The Brandywine Five” by a Federal Judge, the five won their case, fended off eminent domain in a landmark Federal Court decision and were awarded attorney fees. Realizing that pipelines and her farm were not compatible, Lynda combined a diverse background to provide environmental/agricultural consulting and grant writing over a decade. Her efforts are now focused on improving public, personal and environmental safety in pipeline issues through Pipeline Safety Coalition (PSC), a Pennsylvania Non Profit, created: “To gather and serve as a clearinghouse for factual, unbiased information; to increase public awareness and participation through education; to build partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government and industry; and to improve pubic, personal and environmental safety in pipeline issues”, Pipeline Safety Coalition was first conceived by twenty landowners disenfranchised in their attempts to find accurate information in a 2008 Chester County pipeline project. In 2009, the twenty formed an ad hoc community group, Citizens Coalition for Environmental and Property Protection in Pipeline Operations, volunteering time, lessons learned and personal expense to provide all citizens equal access to factual, unbiased information in pipeline safety issues. They vowed to one day form a dedicated coalition so that others would not endure the years of frustration and hardship they had faced.

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2011 Media & Press

Press Inquiries:

All press inquiries should be directed to:

215-840-6489
[email protected]

Press Releases:

September 7, 2011: Activist Crowd of 1,500 Confront Marcellus Shale industry
September 6, 2011: Shale Gas Outrage Release
August 31, 2011: Media Advisory, September 7th Press Conference
August 23, 2011: Josh Fox & Al Appleton to Speak
August 12, 2011: 9/7 Rally to Protect Air, Water, Earth, and Human Health

Video:

Shale Gas Outrage in Philadelphia on YouTube

Broadcast Quality 48-second clip (right-click and save): http://shalegasoutrage.org/ShaleGasOutrage30seconds.mov

Impacted People

Letter from Kimberlie McEvoy to Governor Corbett
Janet & Fred McIntyre*
Tim and Christine Ruggiero
Susan Breese
Ron Gulla
Stephen Cleghorn
Craig  & Julie Sautner

*Janet McIntyre was unable to attend September 7th’s press conference, but is available for interviews upon request.

Rally Speakers

Rally Speakers’ Bios

About

The fracking industry is gathering once again in Philadelphia for their annual industry conference and, once again, Shale Gas Outrage will bring together thousands of protestors from several states to tell them to Stop Fracking Now! Shale Gas Outrage 2012 will be held on September 20th and 21st. The main events are the rally on the 20th outside the Convention Center where the industry hold their meetings and the march that follows. Last year’s rally was the biggest U.S. rally We expect Shale Gas Outrage 2012 to be at least twice as big as last year’s rally.

The rally and march are just two of the events scheduled. A press conference and Blessing of the Waters, an interfaith service, are also scheduled for the 20th. On the 21st Physicians for Social Responsibility has invited the public to attend a morning conference on Health and Gas Drilling. We will be holding an afternoon conference for organizers called Freedom from Fracking 2012. The full schedule of events is on our homepage.

Shale Gas Outrage is spearheaded by Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based group committed to protecting the Delaware River Basin, the state of Pennsylvania, and our region from unconventional gas drilling.

The members of this year’s steering committee are:

Protecting Our Waters
Berks Gas Truth
Clean Air Council
Clean Water Action
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Food & Water Watch
Gas Truth of Central PA
Marcellus Outreach Butler
Marcellus Protest
New Yorkers Against Fracking
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
The Shalom Center
United for Action

If your group would like to endorse this year’s rally endorse here.

See our Affirmation of Active Nonviolence And Code of Conduct for Shale Gas Outrage 2012.

Shale Gas Outrage 2012 is organized and supported by the following broad cross-section of groups concerned about the adverse impacts of shale development.

Endorsing Organizations

Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
Catskill Mountainkeeper
Clean Air Council
Clean Water Action
Chesapeake Climate Action Network, MD
CREDO
Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT)
Earthworks
Essex/Passaic Greens
Food & Water Watch
Frack Action
Fracking Truth Alliance
Gas Truth of Berks County
GAS TRUTH of Central PA
Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice
Green Party of Philadelphia
Greenpeace
Labor Working Group of Occupy Philly
Lehigh Valley Gas Truth
Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper
Marcellus Outreach Butler
Marcellus Protest
No Fracking WAy
PennEnvironment
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
Pennsylvania Federation BMWED – IBT
Philly Against War
Protecting Our Waters
Public Citizen
Rainforest Action Network
Safe Water Society
Sane Energy Project
Shaleshock Action Alliance
Sierra Club
Sisters of St. Joseph Earth Center
Sonnewald Natural Foods
South Hills Area Against Dangerous Drilling (SHAADD)
Swarthmore Frack Action
The Penn Community Against Mountaintop Removal
The Shalom Center
United for Action
United Sludge Free Alliance
Upper Burrell CAMP (Citizens Against Marcellus Pollution)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Phila/Delco Branch

Shale Gas Outrage 2012 – Philadelphia

Download this schedule (.pdf).

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2012

Contacts:  Iris Marie Bloom, Protecting Our Waters, 215-840-6489 [email protected]

Tracy Carluccio, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 215-692-2329 [email protected]

Why Shale Gas Outrage Filled Philadelphia Streets

Protesters from shale gas “sacrifice zones” and downstream communities protest industry conference, press for bans and moratoria to “stop fracking now”

Philadelphia, PA – People from throughout Pennsylvania and the shale regions of neighboring New York, Ohio, West Virginia and beyond, along with downstreamers from Maryland and Delaware, joined together to protest the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s industry convention in downtown Philadelphia today, making a unified statement to “Stop Fracking Now.”

Shale Gas Outrage rallied from 12:00 to 2:00 PM outside the Convention Center on Arch Street, led by Protecting Our Waters and endorsed by over 45 organizations, all calling for a moratorium on shale gas development wherever it is occurring.  Speakers included Josh Fox, Bill McKibben, Maya van Rossum, Sandra Steingraber, Stephen Cleghorn, Stewart Acuff, Wes Gillingham, John Scorsone, Wenonah Hauter, Doug Shields, and members of Pennsylvania communities impacted by gas extraction and development –Tammy Manning and her granddaughter Madison from Susquehanna County; farmers Carol French and Carolyn Knapp from Bradford County; Craig Stevens of Susquehanna County; Mary Rodriguez, a nurse from Luzerne County; and Kevin Heatley, an ecologist from Lycoming County.  Musical talent also contributed to the day: Rhetta Morgan, singer from Philadelphia; Spiritchild from Brooklyn, singer song writer Zach Freidhof, and Pennsylvania guitarist Freebo.

A boisterous march through Philadelphia streets followed the high-energy rally. Marchers stopped at four locations to bring the message of Stop Fracking Now. At  President Barack Obama’s election campaign headquarters, marchers demanded “Not One More Drop” be withdrawn from the Susquehanna River for fracking; President Obama votes, through the Army Corps of Engineers, on the Susquehanna and Delaware River Basin Commissions. Marchers also demanded sustainable, clean energy instead of shale gas and fossil fuels. Marchers also confronted PNC Bank (heavily invested in shale gas development and mountaintop removal), Governor Tom Corbett’s office (for a statewide moratorium and to stop polluting our communities and environment), and the PA Chamber of Commerce (which has opposed regulating greenhouse gas emissions and aggressively promotes shale gas exports overseas).

At 5:00 pm today, a Blessing of the Waters, an interfaith event, will take place at Arch Street Methodist Church, Broad and Arch Streets, Philadelphia.

“As the impacted people with fouled water, polluted air and threatened livelihoods have shown today, shale gas drilling is inherently contaminating. Families should not be forced to live with such dangers and health impacts. The best way to stem the tide of displacement, degraded ecosystems and climate catastrophe is to stop fracking now and divest our support from extreme fossil fuel extraction. We are taking the morally responsible position, out of necessity, for our government has turned a deaf ear to these vital concerns,” said Iris Marie Bloom, Executive Director, Protecting Our Waters and lead organizer, Shale Gas Outrage.

The Shale Gas Outrage rally program featured the hardships and suffering that people and communities are experiencing in shale country.  A broad spectrum of constituencies, including labor and faith-based speakers, biologists, climate and energy experts, and ordinary people — came together to make a clear, unified statement to solve the horrific problems facing shale “sacrifice zone” communities – pollution and degradation from shale gas development, including drilling, fracking, infrastructure and all related gas operations. That statement from Shale Gas Outrage and those who took part today offers a positive and reachable solution and one that makes eminent sense when the facts are truly considered – Stop Fracking Now by instituting a shale gas extraction moratorium.

On Friday, Sept. 21, participants will attend the Health Impacts Symposium at College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19. S. 22nd St. Philadelphia, PA.  Shale Gas Outrage is screening Kirsi Jansa’s Gas Rush Films from 1 – 2 at Friends Center, followed by strategy sessions. A nonviolent direct action is also listed for early Friday morning.

For a complete list of endorsing organizations and steering committee members go to: http://shalegasoutrage.org/coalition/

For photos and stories about the Rally and March and the events to come in the next day and a half go to: http://shalegasoutrage.org/

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Thursday, September 20th SHALE GAS OUTRAGE: Stop Fracking Now — schedule

Press Conference 10 AM
Arch Street Methodist Church, Broad and Arch, Philadelphia, 19107

Main Shale Gas Outrage Rally 12 – 2
Outside Convention Center, Arch and 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Speakers include:

Bill McKibben, author; President and co-founder, 350.org
Sandra Steingraber, PhD, Ecologist, Author, Winner of Heinz Award
Josh Fox, Director of Gasland andThe Sky is Pink
Stephen Cleghorn, PhD, organic farmer, researcher, advocate
Stewart Acuff, lifelong labor organizer, utility workers’ sector
Maya Van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper
Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper
Doug Shields, former Pittsburgh City Councilman
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch
Speakers for Impacted Communities, including Tammy Manning, Craig Stevens, and Mary Rodriguez

Performers include: Freebo, Bethany Yarrow, Rhetta Morgan.

March 2 -3
Starts at Broad and Arch St. Ends at Broad and Walnut St.

Blessing of the Waters 5pm (Interfaith event)
Arch Street Methodist Church, Broad and Arch, Philadelphia, 19107

Shale Gas Outrage After Dark 7:30 – 12pm (informal networking, connecting)
Come to the Rally to find out where we’ll be in the evening. Or email [email protected]

Friday, September 21st:

6:45am Friday Sunrise Intervention
Information here.

TWO CONFERENCES:

8:30am – 12pm Health and Gas Drilling Morning Conference
Registration is free. You must register by September 20th.
College of Physicians of Philadelphia 19. S. 22nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19103

Speakers include:

  • Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, authors of “Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health”
  • Raina Rippel, Southwest PA Environmental Health Project
  • David Carey, PhD, Weis Center for Reseach, Geisinger Health System

1:30pm – 5:30pm Mini-Organizing Conference:  “Freedom from Fracking 2012”


Friends Center, 1515 Cherry St. Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

If you want to help mobilize, endorse, or contribute, please contact Shale Gas Outrage Lead Organizer, Liz Arnold:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (267) 270 2211


Encourage continued awareness about the harms of fracking. Urge Willie Nelson to speak loudly against fracking at the FARM AID Concert on Sept.22.

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